If you love history and like to explore reminiscence carrying stories, Aurangabad is the right place for you. I bet, the inner knowledge-seeking aficionado would be invigorated once you reach the Ajanta and Ellora Caves.
This time I made a quick plan for an extended weekend.
How to reach?
- Not only Aurangabad is the nearest city to Ajanta Ellora caves, but the city is in itself a place for great tourist attractions.
- Aurangabad is only 335 km from Mumbai and 235 km from Pune.
- Regular overnight buses and trains are available from these cities
Ajanta Caves –
- Distance from Aurangabad is 96 km [around 2.5 hours in cabs and 3 to 3.5 hours in local bus]
- From the central bus stand depot, local government buses go till Ajanta Caves at regular intervals.
- Private tour and travel shops near this bus stand also take you on sharing basis (one way) in a cab, SUV etc.
- OR, Booking a cab can also be an option.
- Return from Ajanta might be a bit hectic. But regular government buses are there till 5 p.m. After that one needs to depend on local private buses.
Ellora Caves –
This is near the city (30 km) and can be covered with the other attractions of the city, on the same day.
Where to stay?
Aurangabad city has various hotels in different price ranges. It is better to book a hotel near any of the Bus stands – CIDCO or Central Bus stand.
Expected budget for a semi-luxurious trip:
- Bus from Mumbai to Aurangabad – Rs. 2000 per Head (To and Fro)
- Hotel – Rs. 2000 for 1 night for 2 Pax.
- Aurangabad to Ajanta – Rs. 400 per head in a shared Cab/ Rs. 250 approx. per Head in Local Bus
- Ajanta to Aurangabad – Same as above
- City tour at Aurangabad and Ellora Caves – Rs. 1600 for a Cab for 8 hours
- Tickets – (per Pax.)
- Ajanta Caves: Rs. 30 + Rs. 25 (for Camera)
- Bibi-ka-Maqbara: Rs. 10 + Rs. 30 (for Camera)
- Panchakki: Rs 10
- Daulatabad Fort: Rs. 10
- Ellora Caves: Rs. 30 + Rs. 25 (for Camera)
(Prices are subject to change after the writer’s day of visit)
What to eat?
Aurangabad doesn’t have a specific food type. You can expect regular Maharashtrian foods and Mughlai/tandoor food items.
We had simple food throughout our journey and had breakfast with local Misal Pav and Sabudana (Tapioca) Khichdi.
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