Ellora & Aurangabad sightseeing – Mumbai (by air) - Departure
After scrumptious breakfast, check out from hotel to proceed on for guided sightseeing of
Ellora, Devgiri (Daulatabad) Fort & Panchakki. The caves temples of Ellora, real architectural feat,
are feast to the eyes. There are 34 caves, stretched over 2 km long hill, dug out of rock hills.
These rock-cut caves can be categorized into temples, ‘chaityas’ (monasteries) & ‘viharas’ (chapels).
Ellora, a true open-air museum, traces several centuries of the religious history of India.
The caves scroll before our eyes, sometimes Buddhist, Hindu or Jain, as a testimony of inherent tolerance.
Unsurprisingly, Ellora has its place in UNESCO World Heritage. Housed in cave number 16, the temple of
Kailasanatha is perhaps the most beautiful monument in Ellora. It contains the largest monolithic
sculpture in the world that was carved as a single block by 7000 workers over duration of 150 years!
The Kailashnatha Temple was chiseled from top to bottom. It is estimated that 200 000 tonnes of rock
had to be evacuated. It is embellished with beautifully carved sculptures in the rock. For Hindus,
this cave represents Mount Kailash, the home of Shiva in the Himalayan mountain range.
After visiting Ellora cave temples, you will be taken to visit Devgiri Fort Panchakki.
Devgiri Fort was rechristened as Daulatabad Fort after Muhammed Bin Tughlaq of Delhi Sultanate
captured it. The Devgiri Fort was built by the Yadavas. Devagiri Fort, sprawled over 94.83
hectares of area with its two moats and three encircling fortifications, is located on a 200 meter high hill.
Panchakki is a water mill that was built in 14th century. It utilizes water from a man-made reservoir to
grind grains for the pilgrims and troops.
After sightseeing, you will be transferred to Aurangabad airport to board flight for Mumbai. On arrival at Mumbai,
board flight for your onward destination.