Mumbai to Ajanta & Ellora caves

#1 Oct 27th, 2015, 15:32
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Jan 2014
Santa Cruz West, Mumbai, India
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I plan on travelling to Aurangabad from Santa Cruz West Mumbai during the third week of December. The idea is to visit Ajanta caves on the second day after we reach A'bad and Ellora on the third day and drive back to Mumbai after visiting Ellora on day 3
Which is the best route to take. On the outbound it's imperative to go via Nasik as we have to call in on some people there. On the return should I stay on the same route or travel back via Pune.
Also from Nasik to A'bad, what is the best route in terms of road conditions, speed of travel and facilities like restaurants and rest rooms. I will be travelling with my NRI cousin and his 17 year old daughter an my wife.
I had thought the straight road via Kopargaon on SH 30 would be ideal, but I have a friend who says to take the Sinnar Shrirampur Newasa route. He says this a dependable route and is not aware of SH30 conditions etc.

Looking forward to members sharing their opinions on the above and the travel time from Mumbai to Aurangabad.
#2 Nov 14th, 2015, 00:01
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Jan 2012
Mumbai - Pune - ?
  • kapilankar is offline
You may revise your itinerary a bit if you have no major plans for the first day ...
After nasik, head to ajanta first. At the end of the first day, you willl cover nasik only. Spend the second day in ajanta. It normally takes 2 days to see the entire set though.
Third day head to ellora. Daulatabad, ghrishneshwar and bibi-ka-maqbara are good places too. And then return to Mumbai.

Check the distances though, I feel it may be a bit too much to be crammed in 3 days with self-drive.

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