Day 2: Aurangabad - Ellora
Post early morning breakfast, proceed towards the mesmerizing Ellora caves, located at about a distance of 30 km from the Aurangabad city. Built by the Rastrakuta kings, the Ellora caves perhaps exhibit the highest examples of India-s rock-cut architecture. Noted for its exquisite carvings and illustrative figurines, the Ellora Caves house in its midst - temples and monasteries belonging to 3 distinct faiths including Hinduism and Buddhism, besides Jainism. The detailing of the intricate carvings actually makes one wonder that man is indeed capable of doing even the impossible. With limited tools, but loads of imagination and creativity; the artists of the era have indeed achieved more than the impossible. Visit the Kailash temple, the largest monolithic structure in the world to believe what we say. Post lunch travel around Aurangabad and visit the local attractions including the Bibi ka Maqbara, a monument dedicated to the queen of Aurangzeb, Begum Rabia Durrani. Built by her son, this monument almost replicates the Taj Mahal of Agra through its designing. The inspiration for fountains and the backdrop of well manicured gardens have definitely been derived from the Taj itself.