An upcoming long weekend of New Year, juggling with many plans, waiting for tatkal to create some magic and a friend messages “Got leave for three days, let’s go somewhere, please plan something”.
Eventually, zeroed on Ajanta – Ellora, easily accessible by Bus and Train. My friend (Amol) had not visited Ajanta – Ellora caves in Aurangabad. And, I had been there like 3 times earlier. Still, was gung-ho about going there again. It is one of the best place to visit in short notice.
One day prior, with tatkal tickets booked (Rs. 150/- per head) in second seating, we booked the accommodation at Opal Apartments (Best accommodation till date, closer to lots of restaurants). We were all set for next day.
30th Morning we boarded the train at 6.15 am (Tapovan Express). Reached Aurangabad in the afternoon at 1.30 pm. Got an auto right outside station (Rs. 80). We did realize later that the Auto drivers just fleece tourist by quoting 80-100-150 for minimum distances.
We checked in at Opal Apartments at New Osmanpura, and were awed at the interiors of the mini apartment and amenities provided. There was a mini kitchen, one bedroom with two beds, and a gallery. After relaxing for sometime, my friend checked out the restaurants nearby, there were lot of options. We chose to have a Thali at Swad Restaurant (walking distance, Rs. 250/- per head).