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Mukesh Sagar4.3/5

102 reviews

Ellora is a great place to visit

Ellora is really beautiful, nice and calm place. There is Jostling I. E. Grishneshwar Temple, there are Ellora Caves and then there is Ajanta Caves.
It is advisable to stay in Ellora and visit Ellora caves and Grishneshwar Temple. Hotel Kailas is very close to both the attraction and it is the best hotel in Ellora.
For Reaching Ajanta it is advisable that you travel to Ajanta while staying in ellora. By the way Ellora caves are much better than Ajanta.

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Annthasubramanian nagendra4.3/5

4 reviews

Bewildering

A historical place with paintings of Jainism and Budhism, discovered accidentally by a Britsh Army Officer.
Both the caves and paintings reveal the marvelous paintings many of them in the original pigment that was used then and still bright despite damage by climate, weather etc ., A guide is a must - otherwise you cannot appreciate much.
Caves are in a horse shoe shape. Some caves have nothing much to show but those that have been well preserved and restored by Archaeology Department are brilliant.
If you are coming from Aurangabad, about 20 Kms short of the Ajanta caves, make it a point to go over to the view point. It is a stretch of 7 Kms through two villages. The view of all the caves from the top is fascinating. If you go down the steps from the view point, you can see a beautiful waterfall in a cascade (best in rainy season).
Prebook the Maharashtra Tourism cottages online within the area of the caves. These are absolutely comfortable and you will have a lovely peaceful and enchanting stay there. The caves are closed on one day of the week -either Monday or Tuesday. Check it out.

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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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