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Aurangabad Getaway with Lonar extension(3 Nights)

Mumbai, Aurangabad, Mumbai

for Getaway Seeker, Heritage Traveller

Holiday Overview

Around lonar
Lonar Crater
Monuments Around Lonar
Ellora Caves
Grishneshwar Temple
Daulatabad Fort
Bibi Ka Maqbara
Panchakki
Paithan Gate (Photo Courtesy: Trekkergirl)

Aurangabad Getaway with Lonar extension is an extension of the popular short break to heritage destination of Aurangabad visiting Ajanta and Ellora Caves alongwith rare Lonar Crater.

Route

Aurangabad(3)

Summarised Itinerary
  • Day-1 Travel to Aurangabad via Nashik. Enroute visit Trymbakeshwar Temple near Nashik
  • Day-2 Morning Visit to Ellora Temple, Grishneshwar Temple. Afternoon excursion to Ajanta Caves.
  • Day-3 Lonar Excursion. Local monuments visits in the evening.
  • Day-4 Visit Daulatabad Fort before departure
Sightseeing Summary

Aurangabad - Panchakki (1.00 kms), Bibi Ka Maqbara (3.00 kms), Daulatabad Fort (16.00 kms), Ellora Caves (30.00 kms), Grishneshwar Temple (30.00 kms), Ajanta Caves (102.00 kms), Lonar Crater (120.00 kms)

Preferred Arrival /Departure Destination
Arrival - Mumbai Departure - Mumbai
Best Season to Travel
  • Jan
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Popular Extensions to the Itinerary

Guests looking to explore Ajanta and Ellora better may look to spend additional days exploring the monuments in greater detail.

Distances
  • Mumbai to Aurangabad -374 kms (7 hrs)
  • Aurangabad to Mumbai -374 kms (7 hrs)
Route

Mumbai - Aurangabad(3) - Mumbai

Detailed Itinerary

Day-1 Travel to Aurangabad via Nashik. Enroute visit Trymbakeshwar Temple near Nashik Travel to Aurangabad via Nashik. Enroute Visit Trymbakeshwar Temple near Nashik (One of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva). Aurangabad is a renowned heritage destination visited for its proximity to Ajanta / Ellora Caves (UNESCO heritage site) and Grishneshwar Temple near Ellora (One of the 12 Jyotirlinga Temples of Lord Shiva).

Day-2 Morning Visit to Ellora Temple, Grishneshwar Temple. Afternoon excursion to Ajanta Caves. Early morning start and visit Ellora Caves (40 kms)and Grishneshwar Temple. Travel to Ajanta (100 kms - 2 hours) for the Ajanta Caves. Return by evening.

Day-3 Lonar Excursion. Local monuments visits in the evening. Excursion to Lonar Crater, one of the largest craters in the world. There are number of heritage monumetns and temples around Lonar (120 kms - 2.5 hours). Lonar is also good for bird watching in winter. Return by late afternoon to visit local monuments in Aurangabad such as Bibi ka Maqbara and Panchakki.

Day-4 Visit Daulatabad Fort before departure Visit Daulatabad Fort in the morning and depart for onward journey.

Detailed Sightseeing

Aurangabad :

  • Panchakki - 17th century water mill at 1 km from Aurangabad. Panchakki is renowned for its underground water channel, that traverses more than 8 kms.

  • Bibi Ka Maqbara - Situated about 3 kms from the city is Bibi Ka Maqbara, the burial place of Aurangzebs wife, Rabia-ud-Durrani alias Dilras Banu Begum. It is an imitation of the Taj at Agra and due to its similar design, it is popularly known as the Mini Taj of the Deccan.

  • Daulatabad Fort - Daulatabad is a 14th century fort at 16 kms from Aurangabad. Daulatabad was often referred to as Impregnable fort. Muhammad-bin-Tughluq succeeded the Khiljis at Delhi and seeing impregnable fort of Daulatabad, shifted the capital from Delhi in A.D. 1328. Daulatabad is a popular tourist visit option.

  • Ellora Caves - Ellora is set at about 30 kms from Aurangabad and is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the best of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 caves are structures excavated out of Charanandri hills. Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock-cut temples and viharas and mathas were built between the 5th century and 10th century. There are 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain caves. It is a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India..

  • Grishneshwar Temple - Grishneshwar Temple is set near Ellora and is recognised as one of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shiva Temples.

  • Ajanta Caves - The Ajanta Caves are a set of 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave dated from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures that represent Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. Ajanta Caves is a UNESCO World heritage site

  • Lonar Crater - Lonar Crater is recognized as an impact crater created by the impact of either a comet or a meteorite. Crater is now a large lake around which many temples having a heritage character located. e.g. Daitya Sudan Temple, a Vishnu temple built between the 6th and 12th centuries. Lake is a haven for a wide range of plant and animal life and considered excellent for Bird watching.

Destination Overview

Mumbai - Mumbai is financial capital of India and a major International airport, second only to Delhi in terms of flight connectivity. Mumbai is a major business hub for trade in Asia and a transit point for others destinations in India such as Goa, Kerala, Gujarat and Madhya Pradesh.

Aurangabad - Aurangabad is situated at about 400 km from Mumbai and 350 km Pune. Its a major industrial town and a renowned heritage center in the Buddhist circuit

Access
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Distances
  • Mumbai to Aurangabad -374 kms (7 hrs)
  • Aurangabad to Mumbai -374 kms (7 hrs)

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Travel Ideas incorporated in the itinerary

Lonar Crater

Lonar is the world's third largest crater filled with water forming Lonar Lake, saltwater lake 120 more

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Distances
  • Mumbai to Aurangabad -374 kms (7 hrs)
  • Aurangabad to Mumbai -374 kms (7 hrs)

Expert Speak

The itinerary works well for guests travelling to Aurangabad by Car. Guests travelling by morning flight or overnight train may still need two and half days to be able to visit all monuments well (and will not be able to visit Trymbakeshwar enroute).

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