Day 01 -- Arrive Bombay
Arrive at Airport and meet the representative of
Extotic Journeys. Later transfer to the hotel and overnight
at the hotel.
Day 02 - Bombay
Pick up at 0900 hours from the hotel and transfer to Gateway of India
for visit of Elephanta Caves
The rock-cut Hindu temples at Elephanta, an island 6
miles across the harbour provide an exciting glimpses of Indian
sculpture dating from 600 AD. Huge panels depict episodes relating to
Lord Shiva, the central one being the most imposing one - a five metre
bust of the god, represents his three aspects as creator, preserver
Afternoon city sightseeing tour.
Bombay - Political capital of Maharashtra and commercial capital of
India, it has no recorded ancient past. Although Buddhist and Hindu
dynasties ruled the region until around the 13th century, there
only scattered settlements on the island. The real development of
Bombay commenced soon after under the East India Company.
Gateway of India built to commemorate the royal visit of
George V and Queen Mary in 1911, the Prince of Wales Museum housing
collection of Indo Saracenic architecture, Flora Fountain,
Victoria Terminus, St. Thomas Cathedral,
Crawford Market, Malabar Hill and the
Hanging Gardens and Dhobi Ghat (Washerman's
village) are some of the attractions.
Overnight at the hotel.
Day 03 -- Bombay-Aurangabad flight
Transfer to airport for flight to Aurangabad. Assistance and
transfer to the hotel. Afternoon visit Ellora Caves.
Ellora Caves, 34 cave temples were carved out of the
hillside with hand tools. Only 12
of these 34 caves are Buddhist. The
17 Hindu caves in the centre are the most impressive. The massive
Kailash Temple (cave 16) is nearly one and half times
taller than the Parthenon and occupies almost twice its area. It is
believed that it was constructed by excavating approx. 200,000 tones
of rock and is possibly the world's largest monolithic structure.
Shiva's Himalayan home, the temple is exquisitely sculpted with scenes
from Hindu mythology, each pulsing with drama and passion. The
depiction of the demon Ravana shaking Mount Kailash is a masterpiece.
Day 04 -- Aurangabad
Full day visit of Ajanta Caves.
Ajanta Caves were discovered in 1819 by a British hunting party. There
isolation had contributed to the fine state of preservation in which
some of the paintings over 2000 years old remain to this day. Aurangabad is known for the caves excavated and painted by Buddhist
monks between 200BC and AD 600. The 30 caves at Ajanta are the superb
example of India's finest artistic treasures. They depict scenes from
the life of the Buddha and Buddhist fables with skill and devotion.
the best known caves(1,12,16,17, 19) contain magnificent depictions of
the bodhisattvas, Avlokitesvara and Padmapani.
Day 05 -- Aurangabad-Bombay flight -
Morning at leisure. Check-out time is 12 Noon
Transfer to airport for flight to Bombay and onward connection.