On The Trail Of Cave Temples

12 Days / 11 Nights

Mumbai - Aurangabad (Ajanta & Ellora Caves) - Pune - Chennai - Kanchipuram - Mahabalipuram

Overview

On The Trail Of Cave Temples - the name explains everything. With this tour, you will discover thousands-years old Hindu and Buddhist cave temples at different destinations. Many of them part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This tour is ideal for those who seek a distinctive historical and spiritual experience.

Highlights of this tour

* Explore India's famous ancient cave temples

* Visit the sights of Mumbai - Gateway of India and Elephanta Caves

* Discover UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Ajanta and Ellora Cave Temples

* Pay homage at famous temples in Pune

* Exploring popular attractions of Chennai

* Guided tour to "The City of Thousand Temples": Kanchipuram (optional)

* Explore Mahabalipuram ancient temples


Itinerary

This is a suggested itinerary indicative of what could be possible. We tailor holidays for your specific requirements for no extra cost. Contact us and we create your itinerary to suit your need for an unforgettable India tour.


Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, the capital of Maharashtra. This is a multicultural, flourishing cosmopolitan city, India’s financial capital, and the hub of India’s booming entertainment industry - known as Bollywood. 


Day 1 - Arrival to Mumbai

Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Mumbai and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is free for your own activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Mumbai.


Day 2 - Mumbai sightseeing

Visit  St. Mary’s Anglican Church and  St. Thomas Cathedral, then visit Gateway of India, and take the ferry to Elephanta Island, discover UNESCO World Heritage Site Elephanta caves temples, constructed about mid-5th to 6th centuries AD.  

Overnight stay at the hotel in Mumbai.


Aurangabad is surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ellora Caves are over 2000 years old and consist of temples and monasteries hewn from rocks by Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain monks and craftsmen.  


Day 3 - Travel to Aurangabad

Our representative will receive you at the Aurangabad Airport and takes you to your hotel.

The afternoon is free for your own leisure.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.


Day 4 - Explore Ajanta Caves

Morning leave for Ajanta Caves. Temples are cut from the volcanic lavas of the Deccan trap in a steep crescent-shaped hillside in a forested canyon of the Sahyadri hills. The wall paintings and frescoes of these caves are an abundance of colors. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.

 

Day 5 - Discover Ellora Caves

After breakfast an excursion to Ellora Caves. Explore the 34 caves, which are Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain temples, were built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Aurangabad.


Pune is a historical city and a spiritual spot. The city kept its old-world charm inract, which os evident in its historical monuments, buildings, and temples.


Day 6 - Travel to Pune

Travel to Pune by road. The rest of the day is free for your own activity.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Pune.


Day 7 - Temple visit

After breakfast visit Pataleshwar Cave Temple, Changa Vateshwar Temple, and Jejuri Khandoba Temple.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Pune.


Tamil Nadu temples are rich sources of religious teachings and cultural shenanigans. From old to contemporary and from nature to architecture, Chennai possesses an impressive variety of places to impress and entertain tourists.


Day 8 - Travel to Chennai
Travel by flight to Chennai. Our representative will receive you on arrival at the Airport in Chennai and transfers to your hotel. The day is free for your leisure. Watch the sunset at Marina Beach.
Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Day 9 - Explore temples in Chennai
After breakfast, your tour guide will take you for a temple tour in Chennai. Explore the historic temples of Chennai - Marundeeswarar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, and it is a place of curative worship for people with diseases. Visit Arupadai Veedu Murugan Temple and Ashtalakshmi Temple, dedicated to the goddess Lakshmi, and her eight primary forms. Then visit Annai Vailankanni Shrine, a Gothic-style Catholic pilgrimage destination with a small museum. 

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Kanchipuram, the “City of Thousand Temples” amongst the seven sacred cities of India, is a paradise of beautiful temples. With a great number of shrines the town is an illustrious pilgrimage site for Hindu devotees. Kanchipuram is also known as "Silk City" for its unique hand-woven sarees.


Day 10 - Day trip to Kanchipuram (optional)

After breakfast, travel to Kanchipuram and visit Kamakshi Amman Temple, Ekambareswarar Temple, Varadharaja Perumal Temple, Kanchi Kailasanathar Temple, and Devarajaswami Temple.

Explore Kanchipuram local market, then visit a silk-weaving factory and see traditional weavers at work still using century old methods for silk production. Travel back to Chennai.

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Mahabalipuram is an ancient place known for rock-cut built-up architectures with extensive carvings. The city is famous for its 7th and 8th century cave temples.


Day 11 - Day trip to Mahabalipuram

Travel to Mahabalipuram, explore and observe the fine sculptures of the various monuments in the city.  The iconic Shore Temple, among the oldest temples of South India, is carved out of a large block of granite. ‘Pancha Rathas’ or the five chariots are carved out of a single rock. On the way back to Chennai visit Dakshinachitra, showcases traditional arts and crafts from South India.  

Overnight stay at the hotel in Chennai.


Day 12 - End of Tour & Services
Our representative will escort you to Chennai Airport.


Cost of this tour per person

Luxury: From $4,490

Deluxe: From $3,060

Economy: From $2,120


Note: Above prices are subject to change accordingly to the hotels' different season rates.

Inclusions

  • Accommodation in the selected category on sharing basis, 11 nights
  • Buffet breakfast in the hotel
  • English speaking chauffeur-driven Air-Conditioned private vehicle
  • Airport pick-up and drop-off
  • Professional English speaking private local guides
  • Other activities as per itinerary (Rickshaw ride, Houseboat cruise, Cooking class, Yoga, Cultural programs, etc)
  • Entrance fees to monuments
  • Bottles of mineral water during journeys
  • All government taxes, service charges, parking and toll fees
  • All applicable hotel taxes

Exclusions

  • Visa
  • Insurance
  • International and Domestic flights
  • Excess luggage charges (where applicable)
  • Pre- or post-night accommodation
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Tips and Gratuities
  • Personal nature expenses i.e. Telephone Calls, Laundry, Soft / Hard Drinks, etc.
  • Camera Fee at Monuments
  • Any expenses arising out of unforeseen circumstances like flight delay/cancellation/hike in fare, strike or any other natural calamities
  • Any other expenses not mentioned in the inclusions above

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