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Ajanta and Ellora caves. One of the most famous tourist destinations of India. A trip to these caves is a must for every one who enjoys Indian heritage architecture.
Ellora Caves: are situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of approximately 30 km from the city of Aurangabad. Founded in the period between 5th century and 10th century AD, these caves were declared as one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, a number of years back. They are believed to have been built by the rulers of the Rashtrakuta Dynasty and serve as the epitome of rock-cut architecture in India. The total number of caves at Ellora is 34 and they represent the three different religions of the world - Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
Ellora Caves were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills and comprise of temples as well as monasteries. There are 12 Buddhist Caves (numbered 1 to 12), 17 Hindu Caves (numbered 13 to 29) and 5 Jain Caves (numbered 30 to 34). The co-existence of Hindi, Jain and Buddhist Caves, at the same site, serves as a proof of the fact that religious harmony prevailed during that period.
It is the tomb of Begum Rabia Durani, wife of Emperor Aurangzeb. Due to its similar design, it is popularly known as the mini Taj of the Deccan.
The Maqbara stands in the middle of a spacious and formally planned Mughal garden with axial ponds, fountains, water channels, broad pathways and pavilions.
The AJANTA CAVES located 105kms from Aurangabad City in Maharashtra, is world's greatest historical monument recognised by UNESCO.
Ajanta’s wondrous cave temples are cut into the rocky sides of a dramatic crescent-shaped gorge, at the head of which is a waterfall that drops over the mountain rim in a series of seven steps to a pool far below – the Saptakund. These caves were discovered in AD 1819. Dating back to the 2nd century B.C., deep inside the mountain are the Buddhist chaitya – vihara prayer and monastery caves. There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas and the rest are monasteries. They cover a span of 800 years where under the royal patronage of ruling dynasties, professional artists helped Buddhist monks to create magnificent murals narrating the story of Buddha in his cycle of incarnations, while simultaneously creating a painted record of the panorama of life in ancient India. Etched and painted in mineral dyes, the paintings have a langourous stylised beauty and magical eloquence.
Itinerary: ( May change later, please do not grumble)
Friday: Start From Hyderabad to Aurangabad via train.
Reach Aurangabad, checkin into Hotel and freshen up.
09:00 am: Visit Bibi-ka-Maqbara (which is a replica of Tajmahal and is called mini Taj.)
02:00 pm: Start for Ellora Caves
07:00 am: Visit Ajantha Caves.
Start back to the hotel and board the train back to Hyderabad.
Monday: Reach Hyderabad
1) A Rucksack / haversack, in other words a bag u can put all your stuff in and hang on ur back, try to keep the bag less then 5 kgs
2) water - 2 lts (Please get your own bottles to avoid buying plastic bottles)
3) walking /sport shoes
4) Torch (must)
5) 1 Extra pair of clothes - full length & a T Shirt and other Toiletries needed.
6) Mosquito repellent
7) Toiletries required
8) Photo Id (any valid ID card with your photograph and signature on it)
a) Refreshments / energy bars (to make new friends)
b) Sun hat/ Sun screen
c) Camera for clicking Kodak Moments
Note: Most of us may not be serious travellers but all of us have equal responsibility in protecting our beloved earth. GHAC earnestly requests all its members to be socially responsible while travelling and avoid any littering, shouting when in wild or causing anything that would disturb the normal ecology. Try to avoid plastics as much as possible.
Important Instructions: (Please read)
1) no smoking and no alcohol 2) No littering, no pollution of water 3) This is not a luxury trip, but all care has been taken to make your trip comfortable 4) Accommodation will be separate for Men and woman.5) Food will be mostly vegetarian. 6) We carry Basic First Aid and if you need anything you can ask the organizers 7) if you feel unwell bring to the notice of the organizers immediately. 8) If you cant swim don't go deep into the water 9)Organizer word is final, and if any unwanted behavior is exhibited, the person would be removed from the trip at anytime.
We will be staying at basic budget hotels which will have basic amenities. So do not expect luxury :)
Cost : Rs.3000/- ( this is estimation for: to & fro train tickets, local transport, one day accommodation, Organizer reimbursement, GHAC Fund ) Excluding food
Payment Details:Amount will be shared equally if it is more or less and if we have money left it will be refund back and cost expense will be shared with all at the end of the trek.
Account Holder Name: Great Hyderabad Adventure Club
Account Type: Savings
Bank: AXIS BANK Road no:2, Banjarahills Branch
Branch: Road No 12, Banjara Hills
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(Please start making the payments at earliest, the last date for the payments is 25th December, 2013, after that train tickets will be filled up and we will not get any train tickets)
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Refunds are not offered for this Meetup.