Nagpur to Aurangabad via Melghat Tiger Reserve, Burhanpur & Akola Tour Package (5 Nights/6 Days)

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Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India
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Embark on an unforgettable journey from Nagpur to Aurangabad via the enchanting destinations of Melghat Tiger Reserve, Burhanpur, and Akola. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature as you explore the diverse flora and fauna of Melghat Tiger Reserve. Discover the rich historical heritage of Burhanpur, with its magnificent forts and ancient temples. Experience the cultural charm of Akola, known for its intriguing landmarks. Finally, reach Aurangabad, where you’ll encounter the magnificent Ajanta and Ellora Caves, a testament to ancient art and architecture.

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On arrival at Nagpur airport assistance and transfer to hotel.

Later city tour visit Sitabuldi Fort a significant historical importance. The fort is situated atop a hill and is the site of the Battle of Sitabuldi, 1817. The highlight of the fort has a cell where Mahatma Gandhi was imprisoned. Besides, it has a war memorial dedicated to soldiers who lost their lives in the battle. The fort is now home to the Indian Army's 118th infantry battalion. Dhamma Chakra Stupa a very important place for Buddhists built out of Dhaulpur sandstone, marble and granite and is 120 feet in height. Followers of Ambedkar and Buddhism gather here on Ashoka Vijaya Dashmi, marked to celebrate the amalgamation of many Dalits to Buddhism by Doctor Ambedkar, to offer their tributes. The place is of great religious importance to them. Central Museum (Mondays closed), this eclectic museum is a treasure-trove of specimens related to archaeology, art, anthropology, natural history and geology. The collection housed here has been sourced from Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Vidarbha and some parts of western Maharashtra. This comprises sculptures with a representative collection of fossils, minerals, pre and proto-historic metal tools, pottery, beads, coins, inscriptions, ethno-anthropological articles, architectural pieces, manuscripts, paintings, etc. The museum is spread across 11 galleries with a thematic scheme for each. Rest time free and easy to relax. Overnight at hotel.

Breakfast at hotel drive to Melghat Tiger Reserve. Enroute visit The Ambadevi Temple at Amravati. This ancient, spiritual temple finds its mention in ancient gazetteers and it is believed that Rukmini, daughter of King Bhishmak's, a day before her marriage to Shishupal, visited this temple. Lord Krishna is said to have abducted her from here and married her thereafter. The temple & its walls are adorned with sculptures telling the tales of different Puranas. Inside the high walls of the temples, one can find a spacious hall called "Garbhagriha. The Garbhagriha is split into three main arches with a sandstone idol of Goddess Ambabai, Lord Ganpati, Lord Mahadev, Lord Vishnu and Goddess Parvati. In the main chamber, one can see the huge idol of Goddess Amba with Lakshmi and Narayan. The Western wall of Garbhagriha has idols and engravings of various gods and goddesses.

Continue drive to Melghat Tiger Reserve check in at hotel. Later as per your interest you can go on Jungle walks and trekking. There are many trekking routes along the Sipna River with scope for birdwatching. One popular route is a 12-km long trek from Semadoh to Bandarkahu (towards Chikaldhara). The 10-km long jungle route to Makhla from Semadoh is also scenic. Most of the reserve is flat land with very few climbs, and therefore, Melghat lends itself easily to treks. Rest time free and easy to relax. Dinner & overnight at hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. Morning game drive safari in tiger reserve and capture the colours of the forest. Besides tigers, the park is home to gaur, leopards, sloth bears, dholes, jungle cats, common palm civets, jackals, striped hyenas, sambar, cheetal, barking deer, mouse deer, four-horned antelope and nilgai. Birdwatchers may be able to spot these five critically endangered bird species: white rumped vulture, kesser kestrel (falcon), forest owlet, rufous babbler and green avadavat.

After lunch drive to Burhanpur check in at hotel. Founded in 1400 AD on the bank of the Tapti River, the historical city of Burhanpur was once the capital of the Mughal Kingdom. An important outpost of the Mughals, Burhanpur was known as the gateway to southern India for its strategic location. Ruled by Shah Jahan for a very long period, it is one of the most beautiful symbols of Mughal architecture and Mughal grandeur. The magnificent mosques, tombs and palaces give you a sense of what Mughal life at its peak was like. Burhanpur’s glorious and rich past will leave you fascinated and engrossed, just like a child. Visit The Badshahi Qila, Dargah-e-Hakimi, Jama Masjid. Overnight at hotel.

Breakfast at hotel, excursion to visit Asirgarh Fort (20kms/ 30min). Asirgarh Fort was constructed by Asa Ahir, in the Satpura Range on the apex of Satpura Mountain. Its height is about 259.1 meter from the base and from sea level 701 meter high. It is actually formed in 3 parts and every part has its specific name. "Asirgarh" is the first part, second part is "Kamargarh" and last third part is called "Malaygarh". Fort expands more than 60 acres area, There is a lord Shiva temple, a gurudwara & a mosque inside the grand fort. If we go by records, it can also be seen that the fort was never conquered by force.

After sightseeing drive to Aurangabad. Enroute visit Ajanta Caves (Monday closed). The Buddhist Caves of Ajanta were discovered by the British officers in 1819 while tiger hunting. Ajanta Caves were first mentioned in the writings of the Chinese pilgrim Hiuen Tsang who visited India between A.D 629 and 645. The Caves at Ajanta are older than those at Ellora, which date from about 200 B.C to 650 A.D. Thirty beautiful Buddhist Caves with mesmerizing sculptures and paintings depicting Buddha's life as well the lives of the Buddha in his previous births. Five of these Caves are Chaityas (Place of worship) while the other twenty-five are Viharas (monasteries). Ajanta Caves are divided in two categories based on two schools of Buddhist thought - Hinayana Caves and Mahayana Caves.

Continue drive to Aurangabad check in at hotel. Overnight stay.

Breakfast at hotel, excursion to visit Ellora Caves & Grishneshwar jyotirlinga Temple.

Ellora Caves a UNESCO World heritage sites (Tuesday closed). It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It also has some of the excellent stonework depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva. Grishneshwar Temple one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. The temple is an important pilgrimage site in Shaivism tradition of Hinduism, which considers it as the last or twelfth Jyotirlinga. Made of red and black stones boasting intricate carvings and patterns the temple was constructed by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore, in the Maratha style of architecture. On way back visit Daulatabad Fort one of the most powerful forts of the medieval Deccan. The defense system that made Daulatabad virtually impregnable comprises fortifications with double and even triple rows of massive walls.

Later city tour of Aurangabad visit Bibi ka Maqbara Built by Azam Shah in 1678, the Bibi ka Maqbara is a son's loving tribute to his mother. Due to its similar design standing spectacularly on the lawns of the landscaped garden with ponds, fountains and water channels, the white marbled monument is popularly known as the mini Taj of the Deccan. Overnight at hotel.

Breakfast at hotel. As per flight schedule transfer to airport to board flight for onward destination.

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Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra, India

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