Ajanta & Ellora Tourism
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Ajanta & Ellora Tourism

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  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
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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Manoj Chows

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"Amazing to explore and fantastic to travel" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 7 days ago
It was an fantastic opportunity to travel to ajanta and Ellora, the place was so good and cool. The structures present in that was amazing, the place composed of many statues and caves and tunnels. It was fantastic and amazing experience to explore ajanta and Ellora.
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C v ramana reddy

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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A historical place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The caves Built by Budhism, Jainism and Brahmaism are exceptionally great remembrance. By seeing those you will surprise how people those days have done a great sculpture work. The caves are spread over 2 to 3 km. It takes 3 hours from Aurangabad city. You can stay at Aurangabad hotels which is available in budget and luxury.
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Ravi Thakur

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  • 4 Reviews
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"A must visit place to see natural beauty"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is a place with a natural beauty you can see how difficult was it to build these caves in old time. Ellora caves, Kailash Temple nearby dhabas are must visiting place. I was busy mostly in exploring the place, its simplicity and beauty. All travellers must come this place at least once there life for a good experience.
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Mayurkumar

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  • Mayurkumar
  • Lives in Aurangabad
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  •  15 helpful votes
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"The best place in capital of marathwada"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Ajanta ellora is 100 km from Aurangabad. It was my college trip to ajanta ellora during rainy season and it was best experience. Ajanta contain hindu temple and buddhist caves best time to visit is rainy season. Waterfall is great in ajanta. Its also best place also for hill climbing.
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  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"Must watch for people who take pride in rich Indian history and culture"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Ajanta & Ellora which are in Aurangabad, Maharashtra is a must watch. The Ajanta cases are examples of Buddhist arts and Craft, diligently curved out of a single piece of stone. You will be amazed to see and feel how the same was curved out.

Ellora talks about religious deities of Hindus and has the best of architecture. Visiting the cave 30-34, 29, 21 and 17 are must watch. You will be awestruck.
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Shailendra Bendale

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"A good tourist spot"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Ajanta and Ellora caves are world heritage centres. One should visit at least once. And should carry a good camera. Should carry our own water bottles. It is must. Try not to buy anything without bargain. The rates are nearly triple. Don't hesitate to bargain or else you will pay triple...!
Ellora caves are near Aurangabad. So, you should have a complete full day for Aurangabad sightseeing as well.
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Rajat Jain

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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2014
It is worth to visit them both. Ellora and Ajanta are quite different and both worth seeing. Nowadays it is possible to go to Ajanta by car from Aurangabad. The official guide was a little bit disappointing.
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Aasim Tamboli

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"A place displaying ancient Indian culture"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 12, 2014
It is a good place for history lover. There are many statues than you can think. Its interesting place. It shows ancient India culture. Many foreigners visit here daily. Many geographical scientists also research here.
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Rahul Gupta

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  • Lives in Nagpur
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"Amazing caves with beautiful carvings"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2014
Ajanta and Ellora both are located in Aurangabad district. Both are amazing heritage of the world. In Ajanta, there are many caves which are made within the caves, idols of Lord Buddha and Hindu mythology Gods. You must take a cab because the distance is too much. Other must see places are Pawan Chakki, Bibi ka Makbara and Shivling temple near Ellora.
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Shailendra Tokas

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"Mature architecture of ancient India"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2014
Ours was a long awaited, well planned, well researched and wonderfully travelled holiday experience at Ellora in July 2013. Ellora caves are beautiful and one of the best destinations one can see in their lifetime. The cave temples (like Kailash Temple or the Buddhist Temple), have beautiful carvings and paintings that shows how mature the architectures were in the ancient India. All in all a very good experience visiting Ellora caves.
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