This journey is to the awe-inspiring paintings at the famous Buddhist caves at Ajanta, situated near Aurangabad. Beginning in the 2nd century BC and continuing for 900 years, twenty six caves were chipped out of a horseshoe shaped cliff. The early followers of the Buddha created an isolated haven, shrouded in the darkness of the caves where they could meditate in peace. The exquisite Buddhist paintings and sculptures created by using simple tools in the glow of lamps rank among the world's most important cultural treasures and has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO. Although the Jataka tales form the main theme of the paintings, also depicted are scenes from contemporary court life, all demonstrating a startling degree of sophistication. In the Ajanta paintings we see the brilliant union between sacred and secular art.
Nearby is Maharashtra state's most phenomenal ancient monument, the Ellora caves which carried on the legacy of Ajanta from the 7th century AD and has Buddhist, Jain and Hindu influences. The sculptures at Ellora are massive in form and the entire spectrum of carvings pulsates with life and energy. The phenomenal rock cut Hindu temple of Kailash, which is carved out of a hillside and is the world's largest monolith, is the site's principal attraction. Ellora too, is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
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Extensions that may be added before and after the Exquisite Caves:
In the Footsteps of the Buddha - Peepal Pilgrimage: 17th February to 2nd March 2018
The Taj Mahal at Agra - 2nd March to 3rd March 2018
Caves Option for Peepal Pilgrimage: 4th March to 6th March 2018 (3 Days)
Price: US$ 1350 (US$ 355* single room supplement
Day 1: 4th March 2018: Delhi - Aurangabad by air
Day 2: 5th March 2018: Aurangabad
Day 1: 6th March 2018: Aurangabad - Delhi by air. Caves journey ends.
*Forced single room supplement (in case we are not able to room you with anyone else) will be 40% of the single supplement)