SHIRDI - AJANTA - ELLORA (FROM MUMBAI)

Pilgrimage | Historical & Heritage

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Mumbai City

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Ideal Start Time: 6 AM (Day 1), 8 AM (Day 2) & 9 AM (Day 3)

Total Places Visited: 5

DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO SHIRDI & SHIRDI SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Mumbai to Shirdi

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 24 Hours
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 72 km from Shirdi and 44 km from Ahmednagar, Shani Shingnapur or Sonai is a village in Nevasa taluka of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. The village is known for its popular temple of Shani Mahadev, the Hindu god associated with the planet (graha) Saturn. This is one of the most popular Shani temples in India and also among the famous pilgrimage places to visit near Pune.

The idol of Lord Shanidev at the Shingnapur temple is swayambhu and the temple is believed to be a jagrut devasthan, meaning that a deity still resides in the temple. The idol is personified in the form of a black stone that is five and a half feet high installed on an open-air platform. There is a Trishul alongside the stone as well as a Nandi on its south. In front are the small images of Shiva and Hanuman. An east-facing multi deity temple was built west of the Shani idol later. The premises also contain a tomb of Saint Udasi Baba and a temple dedicated .....

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 4 AM to 11.15 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry, Rs. 100 per Person for Special Darshan

At a distance of 600 m from Shirdi Bus Stand, Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is situated in the center of Shirdi town. It is one of the most famous shrines of pilgrimage in India and also prime place to include in your Shirdi Tour Packages.

The Shirdi Temple is dedicated to Sri Sai Baba and he is revered as one of the greatest saints ever seen in India, endowed with unprecedented powers, and is worshipped as an incarnation of God. Baba first made his appearance in Shirdi as a youth and remained there until he died in 1918. He transformed the lives of those who met him and continuously is doing so even after his Samadhi for those who pray him for his blessings. This is one of the popular places to visit in Shirdi.

The temple complex of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is spread in approximately 200 square meters. Samadhi .....

Overnight Stay in Shirdi

DAY 2 : VISIT AJANTA & TRAVEL TO AURANGABAD

Travel from Shirdi to Ajanta Caves

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 3 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM on all days except Mondays
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians & Rs. 250 for Foreigners

At a distance of 98 km from Aurangabad, 98 km from Ellora Caves, 202 km from Shirdi, 272 km from Nashik, 326 km from Pune, and 443 km from Mumbai, Ajanta Caves are ancient Buddhist caves situated near Ajanta village in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Ajanta Caves are one of the oldest UNESCO World heritage sites in India and also one of the top attractions you must include in Maharashtra tour packages. The caves are now protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Ajanta - Ellora Caves are one of the most visited ancient monuments in India and also one of the top tourist places in Maharashtra. The Caves were carved between the 2nd Century BC and 6th Century AD. Construction of the caves was carried out in two phases; the first group of caves was built around the 2nd century BC, while the second group was built between the 4th .....

Overnight Stay in Aurangabad

DAY 3 : VISIT ELLORA CAVES & TRAVEL TO MUMBAI

Travel from Aurangabad to Ellora Caves

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 9 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians & Rs. 100 for Foreigners

At a distance of 16 km from Aurangabad Railway Station, Daulatabad is an ancient hill fort situated on the way to Ellora Caves from Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It is one of the best-preserved places of heritage in Maharashtra, and also one of the best Aurangabad tourist places.

The historical triangular fort of Daulatabad was built by Yadava king Bhillama V in 1187 AD. It is one of the best historical places near Pune. The city was then called 'Deogiri', meaning the hill of gods. Daulatabad or 'the abode of wealth' was the name given by Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq when he made his capital here in 1327 AD. The region and the fort passed on into the hands of Bahamani rulers under Hasan Gangu in 1347 AD and Nizam Shahis of Ahmednagar in 1499 AD. Daulatabad became the capital of the Nizam Shahi dynasty in 1607 AD. The .....

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days except Tuesdays
Entry Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians & Rs. 250 for Foreigners

At a distance of 28 km from Aurangabad, 98 km from Ajanta Caves, 104 km from Shirdi, 176 km from Nashik, 253 km from Pune, and 344 km from Mumbai, Ellora Caves are ancient historical caves located at Verul near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Ellora is the most visited monuments of heritage in India, and among the top tourist places in Maharashtra.

Locally known as 'Verul Leni', these caves are were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Ellora is one of the top tourist places near Mumbai. The caves at Ellora were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills between the 6th and 10th centuries AD. The carving work began around 550 AD, about the same time the Ajanta Caves were abandoned. Kailash Temple (Cave16), which is the most remarkable structure that can be visited as .....

Travel from Ellora Caves to Mumbai