from/per person Rs 4,500
  • 8 hrs
  • Private
  • Pick-up
  • Drop-off

  • Trip to Ellora Caves from Aurangabad

Description

Ellora Caves : Ellora is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple caves complexes in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Maharashtra, India. The site presents monuments and artwork of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism from the 600-1000 CE period. It is also called Verul or Elura. It is the short form of the ancient name Elapura. In the Indian tradition, each cave is named and has a suffix Guha (Sanskrit), Lena or Leni (Marathi), which means caves. The site features over 100 caves, of which 34 caves are open to public. These were excavated out of the vertical basalt cliff in the Charanandri hills. These consist of 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves. All Ellora monuments were built during Hindu dynasties, such as the Rashtrakuta dynasty who built some of the Hindu & Buddhist group of caves and Yadav dynasty who built some of the Jain group of caves. The caves served as monasteries for monks, temples for prayers and a place for pilgrims to rest, but now is an archaeological site. The Buddhist monument Caves are located on the southern side of the Ellora cave collection. The Vishvakarma Cave, which is most famous of the Buddhist caves is Cave 10, a worship hall called the 'Vishvakarma cave'. The Hindu monuments Caves Rameshwar temple, Cave 21, which is also called Rameshwar Lena, It is another early excavations in Ellora and among the most elegant. The Kailaśa temple Cave 16, which is considered one of the most remarkable cave temples in India because of its size, architecture and having being entirely carved out of a single living rock. The Dashavatara temple Cave 15 is another significant excavation, built long after the Cave 14 (Ravan ki Khai, Hindu) was built. Cave 15 has cells and a layout plan that are partly similar to Buddhist Caves 11 and 12. The Jain monuments Caves 30-34 : The five Jain caves at Ellora are located on the north end of Ellora caves complex. They were mostly excavated in the ninth and early tenth centuries, and belong to the Digambara sect. The Indra Sabha: Cave 32 is a two storeyed cave with a monolithic shrine in its court. This cave was excavated in the 9th century. Chotta Kailasha Cave 30 or the little Kailasha, got its name because of carving resemblances between it and the monumental Cave 16 Hindu Kailasha temple in the Ellora complex. It features two larger-than-life size reliefs of dancing Indra, who is wearing beautiful ornaments, a crown and has multiple arms (8 arms in one, 12 arms in the other); Indra's arms are shown in various mudra just like dancing Shiva artworks found in nearby Hindu caves. The Jagannatha Sabha Cave 33, it is the second largest Jain cave at Ellora. This cave dates back to the 9th century according to the inscriptions on the pillars. It is a two storeyed cave with twelve massive pillars and elephant heads projecting towards the porch, all carved out a single living rock.
Bibi Ka Maqbara : It is a tomb located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. It was commissioned by the sixth Mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1660, in the memory of his first wife Dilras Banu Begum, who was born a princess of the prominent Safavid dynasty of Iran (Persia) and was the daughter of Mirza Badi-uz-Zaman Safavi who was the Viceroy of Gujarat. Aurangzeb commissioned a mausoleum at Aurangabad to act as her final resting place after her death. Dilras was buried under the posthumous title of 'Rabia-ud-Daurani'. The Bibi Ka Maqbara bears a striking resemblance to the famous Taj Mahal. Bibi Ka Maqbara was the largest structure that Aurangzeb had to his credit. In the following years, her tomb was repaired by her son, Azam Shah, under Aurangzeb's orders. Aurangzeb, himself, is buried a few kilometers away from her mausoleum in Khuldabad.
Panchhaki : It is also known as the water mill, this ingenious water mill was designed to use the energy generated by flowing water from a nearby spring to turn the large grinding stones of the flour mill. This water mill was used to grind grain for the pilgrims and disciples of saints as well as for the troops of the garrison. This monument located in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, displays the scientific thought process put in medieval Indian architecture. Most of the buildings in the dargah complex (including Panchakki) were erected by Turktaz Khan. 


Inclusions

• Professional English Speaking Guide
• Pick up & Drop from Hotel


Exclusions

• Tips
• Gratuity
• Personal Expenses
• Beverage/Alcohol/Drinking Water
• Monument Entry as applicable.


Highlights

• Ellora Caves
• Bibi Ka Maqbara
• Panchhaki 


Additional Information

• AC will not work in hill areas or stopped / parked vehicle.
• Kms and hours will be calculated from our garage to garage.
• Given rates does not include any other expenses which are not mentioned in the inclusions.
• Once the Tour is booked it cannot get Cancelled or Amended
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• No refund for partly utilized services.
• Due to any uncontrollable circumstances i.e. (weather circumstances) if the tour gets delayed or cancelled, Tripxoxo will provide alternate options if possible.


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