Ajanta & Ellora Tourism
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Ajanta & Ellora Tourism

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  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • District: Aurangabad
Located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the Ajanta-Ellora Caves are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ajanta and Ellora Caves are two different tourist destinations, which are often mentioned together. The reason behind this is that both are rock-cut cave monuments, which feature beautiful paintings and sculptures.

The Ajanta Caves are located 107 km away from Aurangabad city, just outside the village of Ajanta. This complex comprises 29 rock-cut cave monuments, which date back to around 2nd century BC. Construction of the caves was done in two phases, the first group of caves was built around 200 BC, while the second group was built in 600 AD.

Nestled in the semi-arid Sahayadri Hills above the Waghur River, the caves at Ajanta are famous for beautiful paintings and sculptures that depict tales of Jatakas. Built using only hammer and chisel, these caves served as secluded retreats for Buddhist monks, who performed their rituals in the chaityas and viharas of these caves.

The artwork in the caves comprises well preserved wall paintings of Boddhisattva, Padmapani and Avalokiteshvar. On 28th April 1819, these caves were rediscovered by a British officer, John Smith. His name along with the date is still faintly visible on the wall of Cave 9.  

Located 30 km from the city of Aurangabad, the Ellora cave complex is an archaeological site, which was built by the Rashtrakuta rulers. The cave complex comprises of 34 caves that were hewn out of solid rocks of the Charanandri Hills. Built between the 5th and 10th centuries, these caves are monasteries for Buddhists as well as temples for Hindus and Jains.

A symbol of religious harmony of that time, the Ellora complex includes 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain caves. Caves 1 to 12 are Buddhist monasteries, chaityas and viharas, while caves 13 to 29 are the Hindu temples. Dating back to the 9th and 10th century, caves 30 to 34 are the Jain temples.  

Every year in Aurangabad, the Ajanta-Ellora Festival is organised for paying tribute to the legendary caves of Ellora, Ajanta and other historical possessions of India. This grand ceremony is attended by the greatest artists of Indian art and culture. The cultural event includes performances in classical and folk dancing, singing and instrumental music. Earlier the venue for this festival was Kailash Temple of Ellora Caves; however, it has now been shifted to Soneri Mahal, which is a historical palace in the city.

From the weather point of view, the best time to visit the Ajanta Caves is during monsoon season, when the sound of the Waghur River can be heard in the caves. Tourists can also visit these caves during the winter season. On the other hand, the ideal time to visit Ellora Caves is after the end of the monsoon. June through February is also considered good for planning a trip to the Ellora Caves.

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Abhishek Dhirahi

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  • Abhishek Dhirahi
  • Lives in Korba
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  • 13 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  9336 readers

"Rediscover the history"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Ajanta is in jalgaon dist. Whereas Ellora is in Aurangabad dist. Both are easily accessible by any mode of transport. Both places are of historical importance and are example of unbelievable piece of art by humankind. A must visit for anyone who wants to experience the history and wants to witness something out of the world.
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Malli Arjun goud

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  • Malli Arjun goud
  • Lives in Kadapa
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Ajanta & Ellora, it was awesome"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
These are the caves which are from the ancient days. This is place which every one to see the architecture is very nice. W e went to see all places by auto and the quides explained nicely. This place can exhibits the architecture of our ancient people. So I request every one to go.
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Mayank Verma

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  • Mayank Verma
  • Lives in Bulandshahr
  • 1 Review
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"Nice historical place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 18, 2016
It is an adorable place for explore ancient civilizations and a work performed there is unique and unbelievable that it was craved out of signal stone into heritage place. That was created centuries before and by this place we can imagine that ancient civilizations were well developed as they created such places.
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Kiran sood Sood

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  • Kiran sood Sood
  • Lives in Dehradun
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  • 62 Reviews
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"Life in Art-Ajanta & Ellora"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Feb 3, 2016
Journey of life reflects in meandering rivers and uniting forces of universe. Art captures both beautifully. Remember those pencil sketch of childhood. That's what I could feel at caves of Ajanta-Ellora. A king with bow and arrow following a deer as food -hunter or congregation of common people. Goddess Mother rising after finishing off evil. Nandi sitting quietly on high rock. Ganga and Ardh-narishwar Shiva or many other deities are making these caves alive Most precious is Buddha's nirvana. Silence's power surrounding and quiet from within. This place is to feel and relive rich heritage. Entire vicinity is magically mystified. Artists' work only speak. Worth visiting for knowledge of past through artistic expression. There's hardly anything to eat. Better to carry water and chocolates. Yup life's hidden meaning is still to be explored.
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Parth Patel

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  • Parth Patel
  • Lives in Surat
  • 6 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  2076 readers

"Ellora the heaven on earth!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
Don't tell me. That shiv and kailash has been literally translated on this hills. With unseen cave architecture and rock cut temples. The greater Kailash stands by itself. Amazing destination to understand the Indian past and cherish but do take enough time to visit it. I mean a serious guy requires minimum a day each for both Ajanta and Ellore and in total 3-days including the local transportations. Food should not be an issue but a damn good destination. Don't forget your cameras too.
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Avinash Bhingardive

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  • Avinash Bhingardive
  • Lives in Aurangabad
  • 1 Review
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"Must visit for a mini vacation!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 20, 2016
It's a great place to visit. I had visited the place a week before I had great time there with my friends. We feel very closed to our ancient culture. We got lots of interesting information about the our great culture. The sculptures shows how advanced the technology was at that time. It's fabulous place:)
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Ameet  Kori

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  • Ameet Kori
  • Lives in Bijapur
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"Night drive adventure trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 29, 2015
Its marvellous place to spend quality time. Visited Ellora after visiting Shirdi, and Shani Shiganapur, reached Shani Shiganapur at 4:30 am on 27th December, dint get a room to stay requested the receptionist of a lodging, who gave room at 9am, next day 27th Dec, spent whole day at Shirdi.
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Pradeep Singh

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  • Pradeep Singh
  • Lives in Ballia
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"Worth a visit, nice heritage town"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2015
Ajanta and Ellora Caves are the ancient repository of Indian architectural heritage. Located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra. I went for the Ajanta caves in my vacation. You'd be surprised see stunning glimpse of ancient India. India's greatest collection of cave paintings dates back two millennia and is housed within massive carved stone caverns. Accommodations are available during any time of the year. There are various individually owned Hotels as well as State owned Hotels. Ajanta is about 100 kms from the city of Aurangabad. Buses ply daily between Aurangabad and Ajanta. In addition to buses there are also private vehicles that are ideal for renting if the visiting group is large (about 8-10). Ellora is 15 kms away from Aurangabad. The famous rock cut caves temples of Ellora depict the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths, and were constructed between the 5th and 8th centuries A. D.. A place worth visiting, in the month of December and January. And cave timings are 9:00 am to 5;30 pm (Caves closed on Monday and National holidays)
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Shiva Ukali

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  • Shiva Ukali
  • Lives in Pune
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  • 31 Reviews
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"Greatness of Carving- Ajanta & Ellora"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 20, 2015
The Ajanta & Ellora caves are great examples of carving in mountain. The caves have Lord Buddha's paintings in it with his followers. Ellora cave is example of carving in single rock. This place is good for relaxation. This place is pollution free and romantic also. Feeling awesome to be here.
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Manish

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  • Manish
  • Lives in Aurangabad
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"Good destination-Ajanta & Ellora"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Dec 14, 2015
Those travellers who are interested in visiting & studying caves & historical places must visit Ajantha & Ellora. It is situated near Aurangabad in Maharastra. We visited there in month of November. In Aurangabad you must see Bibi ka Makbara and Panchakki which is historical places. Then you visit Doulatabad fort, Auranjeb's tomb in Kultabad, Badramaruti mandir, Ghrushnewar mandir, and Ellora caves in same route It is 35 kms from Aurangabad. Ellora caves are beautiful shows an ancient jain, Hindu, Buddha sanskruti. Ajantha caves are 110 kms from Aurangabad city. In Ajantha you see Buddha Sanskruti. It is beautiful carving in mountains. So you must visit to Ajanta & Ellora in winter season.
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