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Old 2nd September 2016, 13:53   #16
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Unfortunately I have booked my stay at Aurangabad. However, shouldn't a 6.30 AM start on 4th help me beat the rush?
It should, but as its a Sunday, you never know! Try not to delay your 6:30 am departure. A 30 min breakfast stop should ideally land you in Ajanta Caves at 9 am. It takes 3 hours to see Ajanta Caves in detail, even more if you choose to trek all the way up to a view point. Have a good breakfast, carry fluids (glucose water) and hope for some rains!

Also you might be knowing Mondays, Ajanta is closed and Tuesdays, Ellora is closed.

Enjoy your trip.
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Thanks for all the tips. Had a good trip to the caves. Ongoing route was through Nasik and save for the Vaijapur-Aurangabad stretch, roads were good all through out. Aurangabad-Ajanta stretch is in a very good state as well

Return was through Ahmednagar-Chakan route and it was a seamless drive.

FYI- The worst roads in the entire drive was probably in the Mumbai city on WEH

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Thanks for all the tips. Had a good trip to the caves. Ongoing route was through Nasik and save for the Vaijapur-Aurangabad stretch, roads were good all through out. Aurangabad-Ajanta stretch is in a very good state as well

Return was through Ahmednagar-Chakan route and it was a seamless drive.

FYI- The worst roads in the entire drive was probably in the Mumbai city on WEH
Glad to know that you had a good trip to the caves! Do share some pix.
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Hi Surajonwheelz and aviat18

I would be travelling from Pune to Aurangabad on a 2 day trip at the start of August. Request your inputs for my travel needs.

1. Is the route fairly straight via Nagar road or are there detours.
2. I reckon we pass Ahmednagar. Whilst going to Shirdi in early May I made a mistake of taking the Ahmednagar bypass. Do we need to take the bypass or do we go via the Ahmednagar town.
3. How are the roads from Aurangabad to Ellora and importantly Aurangabad to Ajanta.

I would be travelling with wifey and my 7 year old kid.

Any inputs will be deeply appreciated.

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Hi Surajonwheelz and aviat18

I would be travelling from Pune to Aurangabad on a 2 day trip at the start of August. Request your inputs for my travel needs.

1. Is the route fairly straight via Nagar road or are there detours.
2. I reckon we pass Ahmednagar. Whilst going to Shirdi in early May I made a mistake of taking the Ahmednagar bypass. Do we need to take the bypass or do we go via the Ahmednagar town.
3. How are the roads from Aurangabad to Ellora and importantly Aurangabad to Ajanta.

I would be travelling with wifey and my 7 year old kid.

Any inputs will be deeply appreciated.

Thanks
Rish
I have done that route last year, hence my information is dated.

1. There is no detour, straight road.
2. Avoid bypass at all cost, go through the Nagar town. You can depend on google map to get you to the Nagar Aurangabad road, if you are in doubt.
3. Aurangabad to Ellora road is excellent. But last year road to Ajanta was in horrible condition. I am not sure, but heard that the road was freshly laid.

You have to walk a lot, be prepared on that aspect if you are with a 7 year old. My kiddo was 2 when we were there, also with my elderly parents. We had to drop a lot of caves due to that.

At Ellora, the designated parking area is far off the caves, if you can get a spot on the highway, better. There is a bus service from gate to all the 3 zones. If you are planning to cover all caves,better take the bus, ticket can be bought at the entry ticket counter.

If you are planning for Ajanta, it is better to split your accommodation between Ajanta and Aurangabad. Parking is at the base and bus is mandatory to reach the starting point.

Have sufficient water and food items with you for the cave visits. Have a nice journey.
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