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Excursions

Daulatabad Fort
A famous fort throughput the historical period, this fort was once the stronghold of the Yadava dynasty who built this in 1187. Known as Deogiri during the Yadava rule, it was renamed Daulatabad by Mohd-bin-Tughlaq who shifted his capital from Delhi to this place temporarily in 1326 A.D.

Khuldabad
The place is home to the simple tomb of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. There are tombs of several Sufi saints including Zar Zari Zar Baksh, Shaikh Burhan ud-din Gharib Chisti & Shaikh Zain-ud-din Shirazi.

Ellora Caves

The most famous example of cave temples is that of Ellora in the state of Maharashtra. The Ellora Caves belong to the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain faiths. There are in all 34 caves, of which 12 are Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain. The most remarkable of the carved shrines at Ellora is the Kailashnath temple, hewn from solid rock. Lavishly carved and sculpted, this temple is the foremost example of rock cut temple architecture in ancient India.

Pithalkhora Caves
These are clusters of 13 caves - Chaityas and Viharas, dating back to the 2nd century B.C. with additions in the 5th and 6th centuries.

Grineshwar Temple
One of the sacred places of the Hindus, the place is home to one of the 12 Jyotirlingas. Located near Ellora Caves, the temple was renovated by Maloji Raje Bhosale of Verul and Ahilyabai Holkar.

Mhaismal

A beautiful hill station famous for its tranquility, Mhaismal is an ideal place to spend your time far from the madding crowd. Covered in greenery this diminutive hill station 12 km from Khuldabad is located at an altitude of 1067 m. The place is home to an ancient temple of Girijamata and a beautiful lake as well as a replica of the Balaji Temple at Tirupati.

Paithan
Situated on the banks of the river Godavari is this ancient city of Pratishthan, also famous for its association with the renowned Marathi poet Saint Eknath, whose shrine is located here. Paithan is also famous for its gold and silver embroidered saris called ‘Paithanis’. 4 Km. north of Paithan town is the Jaikwadi Project and the area around Jaikwadi has been developed into the Gyaneshwar Udyan, planned along the lines of the Brindavan gardens at Mysore.

Shani Shingnapur
The place is famous for the venerated Shani shrine.

Ajanta Caves

One of the famous Buddhist sites in India, these thirty rock-hewn caves are cut into the scarp of a cliff in the form of Chaityas (chapels) and Viharas (monasteries). Painting was a highly developed art in ancient India. The cave paintings of Ajanta testify this. These paintings on the walls of the caves are still glowing with their original colors. The outer walls are covered with brilliantly executed sculpture. The Buddhist theme of the Ajanta paintings recounts the life of Lord Buddha and tales of his previous births as Bodhisttvas.


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