Although when we talk about forts, the first place that comes to our mind is Rajasthan. However, one can forts and temples as old as 4th century BC in the magnificent state of Maharashtra, the perfect example of the same is the Ajanta and Ellora caves near Aurangabad. The finest form of sculptures, designs, carving and statues in these caves describe the reveal the centuries old religious and artistic tradition present in the state.
The significance of the state does not end there, in the 14th century, many Islamic rulers governed the state, and that's when Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb built the replica of Taj Mahal, Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad. During this reign, Maharashtra architecture saw a new aesthetic and a concept of Islamic architecture was introduced. The historical places of Maharashtra started capturing eyeballs in early 17th century when Marathas came into power. With this Maharashtra Tour, we bring to you the perfect amalgamation of culture and heritage with a 2 nights and 3 days tour of Ajanta and Ellora caves and Bibi ka Maqbara. The itinerary, tailor made to perfection is described below –
Our Ajanta Ellora adventure as a part of this fantastic Maharashtra Tour begins when we arrive at Aurangabad Railway Station. We head to the hotel to drop our bags and freshen up and head straight to the Ellora caves first. These 34 monasteries and temples, extending over more than 2 km, were dug side by side in the wall of a high basalt cliff dating back to A.D. 600 to 1000. With the essence of the ancient civilization being bought to life, not only is the Ellora complex a unique artistic creation and a technological exploit but, with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India
Explore the grounds and sink in the heritage with an open heart and head back to the hotel at night for a comfortable baby’s sleep
This is the day marked for the Ajanta Caves, comprising of 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE. The caves include paintings and rock-cut sculptures described as among the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art, particularly expressive paintings that present emotion through gesture, pose and form. Explore the grounds through the day and head towards the hotel in the evening. Cultural night at hotel with music and dance awaits you.
Another famous heritage fort located in the state of Maharashtra, built by Mughal emperor Aurangzeb's son Azam Shah in the memory of his mother Rabia-ud-Daurani. To no surprise at all, it bears a striking resemblance to Taj Mahal, the mausoleum of wife of Shah Jahan. We explore the breathtaking views of the grounds till lunch and head back towards Aurangabad Railway Station to bring an end to this eventful and excellent Maharashtra Fort Tour with enough memories to last a lifetime and cherish forever.