I spent two nights at Hotel Pancahvati in Aurangab and used Ashoka Tours and travels to arrange for a ride to Ellora and other sites. The hotel was clean, the bed was far more comfortable than most budget hotels, and the staff was polite and thoughtful, particularly some of the young guys working the floors. It had the best shower I have had in a budget hotel in nearly 6000 miles of in-India travel -- plenty of hot water and a strong flow. It's near the main road from the station so it can be a little noisy at night, but I sleep through anything. Also great tv with several English-language movie channels.
Ashoka Travel and Tours is in a separate little building on-site and the owner, Ashok, does not use a hard sell or try to have you buy more than you want, His rate (off-season) for a cab (non AC) to Ellora and anything else in the area I wanted to see was only 100 rupees more than tuk tuk rates. Ashok is aware that his English is not yet very good, and he doesn't attempt to book complicated, multiple-stop train trips. It is refreshing to have a tour operator who doesn't answer every question with, Yes, no problem, when in fact there turns out to be many problems.
For budget travelers like me (and I am older, at 66) I highly recommend both the hotel and Ashoka Travel in particular. Honest and helpful, a combination you don't always find in India;
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