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Old 8th February 2016, 20:52   #46
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Hi Varun,

I couldnt make it. My trip ended in a disaster. You carry on mate. Enjoy and have a safe trip!!
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Old 11th February 2016, 14:28   #47
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Be aware that roads are pathetic around that region. I dont see any hope they would have improved. Especially Vaijapur-Verul.

With Ajanta, do you also want to visit Lonar?

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonar
Checked with a colleague working in Aurangabad and his feedback is that the roads are not great but have improved to a large extent so he has advised to come over. (Good to be working in a bank with branches all over )

I plan to take the plunge, though, I would be very very careful given all the feedback here.

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Would not advise Lonar on the same day as Ajanta, with Aurangabad as base.

Sorry to be a little pessimistic, overall I think this will be a very hectic journey

I would want to spend at least 3-4 hours each in Ajanta and Ellora and also quick visits to Bibi ka maqbara and Daulatabad.
Lonar - Not on the cards right now. Seems extremely hectic already.

Plan
4:00am - Start from Mumbai
1pm : Reach Ajanta Caves
4Pm : Leave from Ajanta Caves
6 pm : Check in at Ajanta caves

Sunday - Elora and then back to Aurangabad for the local visits.
3 pm: Return from Aurangabad

I am still contemplating Lonar, but this already seems extremely hectic to say the least

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I couldnt make it. My trip ended in a disaster.
Hope all is well Arun !!
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Old 11th February 2016, 16:32   #48
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Plan
4:00am - Start from Mumbai
1pm : Reach Ajanta Caves
4Pm : Leave from Ajanta Caves
6 pm : Check in at Ajanta caves

Sunday - Elora and then back to Aurangabad for the local visits.
3 pm: Return from Aurangabad

I am still contemplating Lonar, but this already seems extremely hectic to say the least
All the best! You have a packed schedule. I think Lonar is out of question. Would be interested to hear your feedback on return.

Since you are going directly to Ajanta from Mumbai, have you considered the route via Malegaon? Don't know the road condition between Malegaon and Aurangabad, but if it's not bad then my guess is that it will be a shorter journey as compared to Vaijapur route.
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Would be interested to hear your feedback on return.

Since you are going directly to Ajanta from Mumbai, have you considered the route via Malegaon?
Finished the trip and have detailed the route and the 2 days here

http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...ta-ellora.html (Lalu's first trip - Mumbai to Ajanta & Ellora)
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I would appreciate views about the road conditions from among the three options that Google Maps have thrown as shown in the image. Which route would you recommend for traveling from Gujarat to Ellora caves?
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No need to go all the way to Pune. You could get off the Expressway at the second toll gate and go via Talegaon Dabhade, Chakan to Shikrapur to join the Nagar road there.

Local road conditions ex-Aurangabad are good.
Dear Sir,

I will be travelling to Aurangabad on the morning of the 3rd September with the intention of visiting Ajanta (on 4th) and Ellora Caves (on 5th). The return will be on 5th, after visiting the Ellora Caves. Will try to cover Daulatabad fort and bibi ka maqbara on the 3rd afternoon and evening. Is it possible to cover Lonar lake after completing a trip to Ajanta caves on 4th? I have the whole day at hand.

I am starting from Kandivali in Mumbai, and will try to leave by 5.30 AM. Which route would be more advisable? The one via Nashik- Niphad - Yeola - Vaijapur - Aurangabad, or should I stick to the Chakan - Ahmednagar - Aurangabad route?

Since my return leg would have significant amount of night driving, which route would be more preferable in terms of overall safety?

Thanks in advance,
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Is it possible to cover Lonar lake after completing a trip to Ajanta caves on 4th? I have the whole day at hand.
Lonar and Ajanta in one day would be too hectic majorly due to condition of roads between the two. Your average speed would be maximum 40-50 kms. Also, there is a lot of walking and waiting involved in Ajanta especially on a weekend due to ban on private cars near the caves so you will need to hop on Govt appointed bus and then one needs to climb a lot of stairs to visit all the caves.

This takes more time than one can imagine.
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Lonar and Ajanta in one day would be too hectic majorly due to condition of roads between the two. Your average speed would be maximum 40-50 kms. Also, there is a lot of walking and waiting involved in Ajanta especially on a weekend due to ban on private cars near the caves so you will need to hop on Govt appointed bus and then one needs to climb a lot of stairs to visit all the caves.

This takes more time than one can imagine.
I agree with this and if the road conditions are similar to what I went through a couple of years ago, I would recommend that you park your vehicle at your hotel in Aurangabad and hire a local vehicle to take you to Ajanta and back. It'll be quicker, as the locals know the roads better than us, and you'll avoid certain damage to your own car, either immediate or long-term. Similarly for Lonar, as I described earlier in this thread.
Daulatabad and Ellora can be done in your own car, in one day.
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Ajanta is best seen in the morning as the caves are east facing. Similarly, Ellora are best seen in the evening (west-facing). Ellora caves are beautiful in the evening light. Lonar is seen best in the early morning - to avoid the sun while walking and to increase the probability of seeing birds.
Ajanta - Aurangabad - Lonar are in a triangle with around 3 hrs on each side. Even a fast trip to Ajanta would take you until noon (caves open at 9 am). So, it is just not practical to combine it with Lonar.
There is an arch just before Ellora where people have been judiciously getting traffic-jammed in the same manner for years together. So be prepared for a jam there.
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Thanks for all the pointers. Any guidance on the route would be much appreciated as well
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I agree with this and if the road conditions are similar to what I went through a couple of years ago, I would recommend that you park your vehicle at your hotel in Aurangabad and hire a local vehicle to take you to Ajanta and back.
Got pointers from another thread that Aurangabad-Ajanta route was safe to take one's vehicle. Infact, the route had some of the best stretches that I encountered on the entire trip. The roads appeared freshly laid, so good to go at the moment.

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Lonar and Ajanta in one day would be too hectic majorly due to condition of roads between the two.
Had to chuck Lonar out of the itenary.

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Ajanta - Aurangabad - Lonar are in a triangle with around 3 hrs on each side. Even a fast trip to Ajanta would take you until noon (caves open at 9 am). So, it is just not practical to combine it with Lonar.
There is an arch just before Ellora where people have been judiciously getting traffic-jammed in the same manner for years together. So be prepared for a jam there.
Exactly! Was back from Ajanta only by 3 PM. Since both of us (wife and I) were fasting, it was impossible to start for Lonar in any case.

Visited Ellora on the morning of 6th. Fortunately for us the arch was completely free on both occasions (probably due to the Ganpati). Even the Ellora caves weren't very populated compared to Ajanta.

Thanks for all the pointers
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