History excites us. Stories of Kings, Sultans,Messiahs, battles, scandals, conspiracies, artists.. anything from the pages of history compel us to know more about that. In my school days I faced hard times to complete my history paper in exam, even though I read the entire book (just like reading storybooks). Is that how we want to experience the history by reading books under the restriction school syllabus!! Although "experiencing history" - sounds bit paradoxical until time travel will be a reality, but people like me always have that desire to experience the remarkable historical incident, and when you are an Indian then that desire becomes more intense because of our rich heritage.
The heritage city Aurangabad and ancient marvels like Ajanta and Ellora can insist any Indian to think about the glorious past of India.
Friend 1: I want to plan something during the long weekend in August (11-15th Aug).
Me: Come to Bangalore, lot of destinations are nearby, we can go to Coorg, Gokarna, Chikmaglur..
Friend1: Nah! not a weekend destination..plan something bigger, like Thailand
Me: How about second trip to Goaaaa...
Friend 1: I am always ready for Goa.
Me: Wait a minute! How about some place other than beaches and hills, some place which will be an experience for life time.. like.. like Ajanta!!
Friend 1: Done!!!
Ultimately we became a group of 6 people - Me & My wife from Bangalore, 2 friend from Kolkata, 2 from Mumbai and 1 from Pune.
Travel Itinerary :
11th Aug: Started from Bangalore by a Spicejet flight at around 11 pm (flight got delayed)
12th Aug: We reached Pune at around 12.45 am, hired one OLA Outstation cab for 4 people, started from Pune Lohegaon airport at around 2 am, reached Aurangabad Hotel at around 6.30 am. We visited Aurangabad caves and Biwi ka Maqbara at afternoon.
13th Aug: Visited Ajanta caves
14th Aug: Visited Daulatabad fort and Ellora.
15th Aug: Back to Bangalore following same route (Aurangabad-Pune-Bangalore)
Some Important information:
Ajanta is closed on every Monday, Ellora is closed on every Tuesday, Daulatabad fort keeps open everyday between 8am-6pm. People can avail cab package for 2 days which costs 3500 for Swift and 5500 for Innova. They promise to cover Ajanta on one day and Ellora, Daulatabad fort, Panchakki, Bibi Ka Maqbara on another day if the time permits.