Rock-cut Architecture of Ellora

Aurangabad

We leave Pune early morning and drive to Aurangabad via Nagar. We will make a stop or two on the way for breakfast, restrooms, some coffee/tea and reach Aurangabad. We will check into our hotel and rest for some time. Post-lunch we will do a short tour of the local sights of Aurangabad.

We will visit Bibi Ka Maqbara, a mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani alias Dilras Banu Begum, who was the chief wife of Emperor Aurangzeb, constructed by Prince Azam Shah in the memory of his mother. The mausoleum draws inspiration from the Taj at Agra. Time permitting, we will visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum and gain insight into the life of one of India’s greatest kings.

Meals for the day – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Ellora

After an early breakfast, we will depart for Ellora. Ellora caves are divided into three groups based on their religious affiliations, i.e. Hindu, Bauddh, and Jain.  We shall visit the best caves to explore the sculpture, paintings and architectural wonders of Ellora.

The magnificent three-storeyed Kailasa Temple carved top-down from a single rock is the most famous monument of Ellora. Supposed to be modelled after the Kailasnathar Kovil of Kanchi, the Kailasa Temple is a wonderful example of Mature Dravida temple architecture. Kailasa Temple captivates you with its perfection.

Other caves like Rameshwar Cave, Dhumar Lena depicts some of the masterpieces of their times. Different moods of Shiva and the episodes of Ramayana can be best seen here. We spend the whole day exploring the caves of Ellora with breaks for lunch and tea.

We depart towards Aurangabad before the sunset and check in our hotel. Retire for the day after dinner.

Meals for the day – Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Devagiri

On our last day of the journey, we will visit the mighty Devagiri fort, the capital of the Yadava kings. The fort was later captured by the Tughlaqs and the Mughals and was known as Daulatabad during the Islamic period.  The fort of Devagiri is significantly for its defence architecture. Legends say the fort could be only won by treachery.  Let’s walk through the sands of time to experience the might of this fort. The fortifications, Chand Minar, Canons, and the impregnable Citadel tells us the story of what the city would have looked like in the glory.

Post lunch we shall drive back towards Pune so that we can be back by late evening in Pune.

Meals for the day – Breakfast & Lunch