Historical Aurangabad | 04 Days / 03 Nights

Aurangabad means ‘Built by the Throne’. Being a tourist hub, the city has many historical monuments of great importance. Aurangabad named after Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor, is a city in Maharashtra. The Ajanta and Ellora caves are specimens of the rich cultural heritage of ancient India and are declared as the World heritage site by UNESCO. Many beautiful Mughal monuments can be seen in Aurangabad. It is because of the fact that the city lies on a major trade route that connects India’s sea and land ports to the Deccan area which is known as the ‘Silk Route’.

Day 1

ARRIVE AURANGABAD

Welcome to your ‘Historical Aurangabad’ tour! On arrival at the airport / railway station in Aurangabad, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.

The rest of the day is at leisure for independent activities. Overnight in Aurangabad.

Day 2

IN AURANGABAD

Today, you will proceed on a full day excursion to Ajanta Caves – the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Aurangabad.. This caves have 30 rock cut Buddhist cave monuments, which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE and are the finest examples of artistic sculptures found in India. The basic designs of the caves are called ‘Chaitya grihas’ and ‘Viharas’. En route you can shop for the famous Himroo Shawls and Paithani Saris.

The rest of the day is at leisure to explore the city. Overnight in Aurangabad.

Day 3

IN AURANGABAD

Today, enjoy a full day city tour of Aurangabad including a visit to the Ellora Caves, Siddarth Garden, Panchakki (Water Wheel), followed by a visit to Bibi Ka Maqbara and Daulatabad fort.

Ellora Caves locally known as ‘Verul Leni’ is an UNESCO World Heritage Site of Aurangabad. Built in the Rashtrakuta dynasty, the Ellora caves are the zenith of rock cut architecture, carved on the vertical facade of the Charanandri Hills.

Established in 1984, the Siddhartha Garden and Zoo are a popular tourist spot in Aurangabad. This zoo consists of wide open spaces, towering trees of different varieties and animal enclosures in the midst of the city.

Panchakki, otherwise known as the water mill was built during the early years of the 17th century. The mill used to grind grains for the pilgrims.

The monument Bibi Ka Maqbara also called as the ‘Dakkhani Taj’ was built by Azam Shah, son of Aurangzeb, in 1678 AD in memory of his mother Rabia. This memorial is built of sandstone with plastered walls and has a marble dome. It has an flowery wall around with an entrance which provides the best view of the memorial. The enclosure of the tomb is made of marble and is octagonal.

The Daulatabad fort was built in the 12th century by a chieftain and was annexed from him later on. This fort is 200 feet high and built on the top of a pyramid shaped hill. Later the fort was renamed as Devgiri. Overnight in Aurangabad.

Day 4

DEPART AURANGABAD

Today, bid farewell to your ‘Historical Aurangabad’ tour as you are transferred to the airport / railway station in Aurangabad for your onward journey.