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Subodh Bisht

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25 reviewsPosted 3 years ago

Two world heritage caves - Ajanta & Ellora

This time I am going to write about the destination which is famous for only who have faith in Buddhism. Ajanta & Ellora..!!! The halt places was aurangabad from where we visited both the caves. Started in the morning went to visit Ajanta caves which is 129 kms from Aurangabad City. So we reached that point from where we had to start for Ajanta. We took local bus. The buses were beautiful with different colour and took us to the point from where we had to start walk for Ajanta. There are 30 caves in Ajanta. You will find all caves dedicated to Lord Buddha. There are different sculptures are there which show the different stages of Gautam Buddha's Life. It was good to visit this heritages sites for which the people from far east comes to visit. Our next tourist spot was Ellora. Ellora caves covering too much area. Every cave is built in different locations. Architecture of Ellora caves is Far Better than Ajanta Caves. In ellora the temple are dedicated to all religion Jain temple are there, shiva temples are there and Buddhist temples are there. You need too much time to visit Ellora caves. We visited only those caves which are important and famous for it's architecture. So this was about the Two UNESCO world heritage sites. After caves we went to visit "Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple" one among 12 Jyotirlinga in India. It's all about near by destination from Aurangabad. Soon I will write about my new Experience but for that i have to plan for new holiday. I am going to visit Leh on September. I hope i will be the best experience for me. Something different the destination I had been earlier.

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Prashant Patil

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1 reviewPosted 2 years ago

The Buddha's Abode -Ajanta & Ellora

It's a great place for a person who likes to visit historical places and to know about the different aspect of intricate carving. Serenity in the caves gives you the most lightened moments of your life. While coming across these we come to know how this place was found by smith the British hunter.

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Ajanta & Ellora Overview

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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