from/per person Rs 4,800
  • 7 hrs
  • Private
  • Pick-up
  • Drop-off
  • Mobile Voucher

  • Trip to Ellora Caves, Grishnewshwar Temple & Khultabad 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.
Grishneshwar temple : It is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. This pilgrimage site is located in Ellora, less than a kilometer from Ellora Caves. This temple was destroyed by the Delhi Sultanate during the Hindu-Muslim wars of 13th and 14th-century. It was rebuilt in the current form in the 18th century under the sponsorship of a Hindu queen Rani Ahalyabai of Indore, after the fall of the Mughal Empire. The Grishneswar temple is an illustration of south Indian temple architectural style and structure which is built of red rocks. It is presently an important and active pilgrimage site of the Hindus and attracts long lines of devotees daily. Anyone can enter the temple premises and its inner chambers, but to enter the sanctum sanctorum core (garbha-ghrya) of the temple, the local Hindu tradition demands that men must go bare chested.
Khuldabad : It is also known as Khultabad. The place has famous Bhadra Maruti Temple. People come from Aurangabad and nearby places by walk for offering puja on Hanuman Jayanti and on Saturdays during Shravan month (as per in Marathi calendar). The place has not only religious importance due to the location of tombs of some Sufi saints, but has also historical importance. It is here that Emperor Aurangazeb, the last of the great Mughals lies interred. Aurangzeb, was described in official writings by the posthumous title of Khuld-makan. The place contains from 15 to 20 doersed tombs and about 1400 plain sepulchre. Khuldabad was once an important and prosperous town. The gardens which surround many of these tombs are overgrown with bushes.


Inclusions

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


Exclusions

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


Highlights

• Ellora Caves
• Grishneshwar Temple
• Khultabad


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
• Some tours require your original passport/ID Proof
• Tripxoxo will not be responsible if you miss any tour where your passport or ID is mandatory.
• Tripxoxo reserves the rights to charge 100% No show charges if guest is not turning up on time at the Meeting Point.
• 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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