Dating back to 100 BC, Ajanta Caves is a complex of 29 rock-cut caves around modern-day Aurangabad. The caves once served as a seat of learning for the Buddhists. This set of caves is almost 600 years older than the Ellora Caves and hence is acknowledged amongst the finest surviving example of early Indian art. Excavated as a horseshoe-shaped bend of a rock surface in a valley, it has serene and calm surroundings. The world famous mural paintings in tempera technique from both the early and later periods of time found here show religious influences. Graceful sculptures illustrate the exotic relationship between a man and a woman. The other noteworthy ornamentation of the Ajanta Caves are the Chaitya pillars. Beautiful wooden architectural styles on the octagonal pillars tapering inward envelope the paintings from the 1st to 6th century AD. The standing statue of Sahyadri-style Buddha is also a remarkable sculpture. Due to its location in the Waghora river valley, every cave was once connected to the Waghora stream by a flight of stairs, of which only ruins remain today. Once you are done exploring these historical monuments, you can also visit the Tomb of Aurangzeb, located nearby.
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Best time to visit Ajanta is from October to March
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298 Kms from Ajanta
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Called the Oxford of the East, Pune is a bubbling cosmopolitan city. A large student hub, this city loves art, culture and theatre. The Sahyadri hill range of the Western Ghats makes this destination ideal for hiking and wildlife spotting. A shower of rain brings the city alive. The Agha Khan Palace of Pune is a sprawling complex with emerald green gardens and sprawling lawns, perfect for a casual stroll. The Shaniwarwada is an ancient structure built by the Peshwas and the ruins of this marvellous architecture can still be seen in the city. Dedicated to the brave hearts of the Indian Army, the National War Museum is a popular tourist destination and houses militia paraphernalia. Those interested in meditation can get day passes from the Osho International Meditation Resort, which is very popular with tourists. Handcrafted beer, baked goodies at the Kayani Bakery on East Street and eateries such as Touche the Sizzler, Malaka Spice and Dario's will complete your trip here.
243 Kms from Ajanta
Best time to visit - January,February,September,October,November,December
A rapidly developing city in Madhya Pradesh, Indore is the perfect example of a small town packed with the right kind of holiday experiences. Especially if you are a foodie! The Sarafa Bazaar which is open till the wee hours of morning is a must visit and should not be missed! The market opens only around midnight and this is perhaps what makes it a little more special. The bazaar offers a plethora of street food and it's one of the best foodie experiences you can have in the country. Other than that, you can visit the beautiful Central Museum. The museum houses collections dating back to the pre-historic era and if art and history interest you, do head here. Indore is also at a prime location for tons of tourist spots including Shri Omkareshwar Jyotirlinga, Patalpani and Maheshwar. If you are in the mood for trekking, you can head to Ralamandal Wildlife Sanctuary for a bit of adventure. The summer months here are quite harsh, so it's best to go during winter. The people of Indore are warm, welcoming and quite adventurous so if you happen to know an Indori, you will have a chance to explore a different side of the city.
212 Kms from Ajanta
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Famous for its many temples and ghats, Nashik is one of the holiest cities in India. And for those looking for something more, there are the Sula Vineyards to explore. The eventful history of Nasik is evident in its various forts, including Harihar Fort and Ramshej Fort, that are sprinkled all over the city. The Sita Gufa or the Cave of Sita is believed to be the spot from where Goddess Sita was abducted by Ravana, while Panchvati is believed to be the asylum of Lord Rama during his exile. The Timbakeshwar Temple of Nasik is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a religious centre. Carved intricately, this much-celebrated temple is perched on top of the Brahmagiri hills. Indulge your senses at the Sula Vineyards, which offer an insightful and entertaining tour that offers information on wine manufacturing and a chance for wine tasting. Nasik offers an impressive assortment of Maharashtrian food that is lightly influenced by the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Popular restaurants include Barbeque Ville Veg Aroma and Aster The Coffee Shop. For accommodation, Nashik has options in all segments – budget, mid-range and luxury hotels.
234 Kms from Ajanta
Best time to visit - February,October,November,December
Bhandardara is a hill statiomerely 185 km from the busy city of Mumbai, making it a very popular weekend destination. Perhaps one of the few towns that offers eco-tourism opportunities, Bhandardara is home to a number of waterfalls, lakes and temples. Situated by the Pravara river, this laid back town offers a quiet, peaceful respite from the chaos of the cities. The lakes here include the 34 km long Lake Arthur Hill, which receives water from Randha Falls that come down from over 45 meters. It is also used as a major source of generating hydro power. The lake is surrounded by dense forests and holds religious importance. Umbrella Falls situated near the old Wilson Dam is a beautiful tourist spot and is certainly a must visit if you'd like to spend your afternoon amidst nature. There are quite a few food stalls around so you will have enough choices for a good lunch! The 1,200 year old temple, which features Lord Shiva's Amruteshwar Temple, is surrounded by mountains and has beautiful rock carvings on the main shrine. Do also visit the Ratangad Fort, which is located at a close distance to the old Lord Shiva Temple. Mount Kalsubai, considered to be the highest peak in Maharashtra is also located here and makes for a great trekking destination for experienced trekkers. In fact, Bhandardara has many opportunities for small treks and hikes.
83 Kms from Ajanta
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The destination of the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves where you find a new meaning of beauty, Aurangabad was named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city is located at the banks of the Kham River and known as one of the most historically significant cities of Maharshtra. You will also find the best museums out here which include the three most important ones. These are the Sunehri Mahal Museum, University Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. apart from recieving all other modern facilities and amenities during your trip, you can laze away the afternoons in the beauty of the Bani Begum Gardens too.
83 Kms from Ajanta
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
We've all heard numerous stories about the enchanting twin caves of Ajanta and Ellora. Located about 30 km from Aurangabad, Ellora is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are a total of 34 caves in Ellora that are inspired by Buddhist architecture and are a delight for history buffs, art lovers, photographers and explorers. Quiet, serene and extremely pleasing, Ellora should be on every traveller's list! Do visit the stunning Kailasa Temple in Ellora's cave 16. Considered to be one of the largest rock-cut temples in the world, the temple assumes an overwhelming presence and is a sight to behold. It is an attempt to replicate the temple at Mount Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva and for tourists visiting, it truly does seem like an impression. There are a few other places to see in Ellora including waterfalls and temples, though every touristy spot is connected to the caves and it'll be quite a surprise if you do find time to visit other places! The caves can take up to 3 days if you want to explore them thoroughly and enjoy the art and architecture. Do remember that the caves are closed on Tuesday, but open on all national holidays. You don't have to worry about places to stay here since there are tons of wonderful hotels in Ellora, including the Ellora Heritage Resort. Incase you are looking for a homestay, do check out a few reviews before you take your pick!
295 Kms from Ajanta
Best time to visit - January,February,March,September,October,November,December
Located on the banks of the river Shipra, Ujjain is a city famous for its many temples and religious centres. The Ram Mandir Ghat of Ujjain is the site for the world renowned Kumbh Mela, which is one of the largest peace gatherings to take place in the country. The calm and cool waters of this ghat are believed to cleanse those who take a dip of their sins. The most famous temple is the Mahakaleshwar Temple, which is one of the 12 jyotirlingas of India. The intricate construction of the temple is an architectural marvel in itself. Considered to be the most important among the eight Bhairavas of Lord Shiva, the Kal Bhairav temple is also situated here. Perhaps the most important educational destination of ancient Ujjain would be the Ved Shala Observatory, where scholars and astronomers would convene and unravel the many mysteries of their disciplines. Relatively simple in architecture, this spot is a must visit. The cuisine is predominantly Indian with Punjabi cuisine and Rajasthani thalis being a favourite amongst a majority of tourists. Popular restaurants here are New Sudama, Shivam Restaurant and Aarti Restaurant. Hotels are very easily available here, and you can easily find one which suits your budget and taste. The aura of the city is sure to engulf you. Visit Ujjain to delve into and experience the sanctity of India.
208 Kms from Ajanta
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Saputara is a picturesque hill station located in the Dang district of Gujarat. Known as the 'womb of nature', Saputara is wrapped in greenery and boasts of untouched beauty. Perhaps the most famous hill station in the region, it offers a respite from mundane city life. Similar to most hill stations, Saputara has tons of places for you to explore. Do visit the pristine Saputara Lake, the Nageshwar Mahadev Temple, the sunrise point and the sunset point, which offers panoramic views of the entire region and are a photographer's delight! The hill station, situated on a plateau of the Western Ghats, has an interesting tribal culture with an 'Artist Village' that offers a peek into tribal culture and way of life. Saputara is natively known as the 'abode of serpents', and the beautiful Sarpagana river that flows by it has sacred relevance for the tribals. Saputara is also home to several wildlife sanctuaries and national parks, including the Purna Wildlife Sanctuary. The Gira Falls located in the periphery is another must-visit and so are the myriad gardens surrounding the falls.