most famous Ajanta and Ellora caves are located near the city of Aurangabad
in Maharashtra. The cave shrines were all hewed on rock, by hand, and rank
amongst some of the most finest specimens of ancient Indian architectural
heritage. The 34 caves at Ellora and the 29 caves at Ajanta, remained shrouded in mystery for over a millennium, till John Smith, a British Army
Officer, accidentally rediscovered them while on a hunting expedition in
1819. The view point from where John Smith first glimpsed the caves,
provides a magnificent sight of the U-Shaped gorge and its scenic
Ajanta Caves :
Hidden away from view in the middle of nowhere, or so it may seem to us today, and nestled in the hills themselves, are two magical locations where the rulers of yore thought it befitting to display the artistry of their time recording for posterity stories from mythology. These caves are none other than the famous Ajanta and Ellora caves, located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra. This city is all geared for tourists who flock in from around the world to see these famous caves. The richness of their imagery and the fact that they were carved between the 2nd century BC and the 8th century AD is highly impressive. It appears that while the rest of the world was in dark ages, we in this country were highly evolved in thought, word, and deed. India and Indians indeed have a past to be proud about.
It was only in the 19th century that the Ajanta group of caves, lying deep within the Sahyadri hills at Maharashtra and cut into curved mountain side above the Waghora river, were discovered. A group of British officers on a tiger hunt stumbled on these wonderous ancient works of art. They depict the story of Buddhism, spanning the period from 200 BC to 650 AD.
Ellora Caves :
The Ellora caves, of which there are a total of 34, are carved into the sides of a basaltic hill 30 kolometers from Aurangabad. The finest specimens of cavetemple architecture, they boast of elaborate facades and house exquisitely adorned interiors. These structures representing the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, were carved between the 350 AD to 700 AD. The 12 caves towards the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the center are dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are Jain.
The Indian caves of Ajanta-Ellora are easily accessible by air, road, and rail from the other major Indian cities and states. Tourist Places in India can arrange all types of transport for your comfortable journey to and in Ajanta-Ellora and also throughout the Indian state of Maharashtra.
In order to make your travel tour to Ajanta-Ellora memorable you need to choose the right kind of accommodation for you and your family or friends in Ajanta-Ellora. Aurangabad makes for a convenient base for a trip to the caves of Ajanta-Ellora. The various hotel packages in Aurangabad offer you the best of facilities.
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How to Get There -
Air : Aurangabad (99 kilometres from Ajanta and 30 km from Ellora) is the ideal base to visit Ajanta and ellora, is directly linked to Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, and Mumbai.
Rail : Aurangabad is directly linked to Mumbai and Pune. Jalgaon, a railhead on the Central Railways line, is 59 kilometres from Ajanta.
Road : The excellent road network in Maharashtra links the caves of Ajanta and Ellora with Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Shirdi, Nasik, Dhule, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore, Bijapur, and Aurangabad.