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Caves in Aurangabad Private Full-day Sightseeing Tour

Activity provider: Apollo Voyages (India)

Caves in Aurangabad Private Full-day Sightseeing Tour

Activity provider: Apollo Voyages (India)

From US$ 120 per person

See two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, on this informative and imagination-stretching day tour. View amazing ancient paintings and sculptures that will amaze the mind as you explore these rock-cut temples.

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Duration 8 hours
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English, French, German, Russian, Spanish
Small group
Limited to 10 participants


  • See two UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Adventure through the Ajanta Caves, featuring Jataka paintings of the Buddha's previous lives
  • Experience temples and monasteries carved right into the side of solid rock
  • View a time when different religions lived in harmony at the Ellora Caves
  • Pay special attention to Cave 16 at the Ellora Caves, the centerpiece of all the caves
Full description
Take a journey out of the city to visit the majestic Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Aurangabad. This full-day sightseeing tour will take you to places that seem to have been born out of a fairy tale: stunning temples carved into rock that astound the imagination. The amazing Ajanta Caves have been an UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. They consist of 29 temples and prayer caves cut into the side of the rock. Dating back to the 2nd century, they hold stunningly gorgeous paintings and sculptures that are considered to be Buddhist masterpieces. Much of the art depict the Jataka tales of the Buddha’s previous lives. These pieces of art were created over 800 years and not only document the story of Buddha in his cycle of reincarnations, but also paint a record of life in ancient India. Professional artists and Buddhist monks created these unique and irreplaceable pieces of art under the royal patronage of ancient ruling dynasties. After you have had your fill of Ajanta’s ancient art, you can admire the famous rock-cut temples of the Ellora Caves. Here you can see an amazing example of different religions living in harmony: the 34 caves contain temples and monasteries of the Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain faiths. Built between the 5th and 10th centuries, these caves also contain gorgeous paintings and sculptures that have helped make them a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Cave 16, the Kailash temple, is of particular interest. Though it is carved out of one rock, it appears to be a freestanding temple complex with multiple stories. The city of Aurangabad is one of the fastest growing cities in the world. And, thanks to the marvelous caves, it is also a tourist hub. Grab this opportunity to see not one, but two UNESCO World Heritage Sites and explore the astonished architectural accomplishments that are these rock-cut temple complexes. You won’t regret it!
  • Transportation services with a/c and a driver: Car, MPV Car, Tempo Traveler, Coach
  • English-speaking tour guide
  • Government Service Tax 5.80%
  • Any expenses not specified above
  • Tips / travel insurance
  • Entrance fees for the monuments will be advised separately. Fees can be paid directly by tour takers at the monuments.
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • Masks are required while indoors
  • All participants must also bring a valid government-issued photo ID (e.g. passport, driver's license, etc)

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based on 6 reviews

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Well organised, fabulous trip. The caves were awesome.

Both guide and driver were fantastic. They listened to what I wanted to see and as the flight was delayed into aurangabad, they rushed round to achieve my goals. I saw everything and it was even better than I imagined. Ajanta and Ellora. You could not choose one or the other. A must tour.

February 11, 2018

Thorough n insightful tour

Mr gulati our tour guide was detail edm thorough in explaining the history n culture of all the caves. He painstakingly described all the drawings n carvings n showed us all the caves in a professional, pleasant educational manner. He's excellent in every which way making us see the incredible artistry into making these caves n temples. The driver mr hamid is wonderful in driving us to all the destinations. This tour of the ajanta Buddhist caves (from 3rd century bc -6th century ad) still have original paint and the ellora caves of Buddhism, Hindu n Jain temples(7-13th century) had amazing carvings! These unesco heritage sites are vision to behold knowing they were chiseled by hand into the rock to become temples within the cave n each cave taking 30-150 years to make!

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December 31, 2015

The tour was excellent, I wish we did not have to pass all the street vendors to get into Ajanta. Wish we had more time in Ellora. This portion of the tour seemed rushed.

December 29, 2017

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