Ajanta Ellora Caves, Maharashtra, India

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About Ajanta Ellora Caves


If your replies are in YES, then without a doubt plan a trip to visit the famed Ajanta Ellora caves. The twin caves are one of the prime attractions in the Aurangabad region of Maharashtra. They have outstanding cultural and historical significance and are visited by thousands of tourists every year. The Ajanta caves are much older than the Ellora caves and were carved between 2ndCentury BC and 6thcentury AD. They have a horseshoe-shaped gorge that runs along the Waghur River. The Ajanta paintings and tales that are depicted in the caves are some of the finest in Buddhist architecture. The Ellora caves are some of the most intricate and beautiful and have been names UNESCO World Heritage Site due to the diverse stories that they bring to life.


The paintings in these caves are very diverse and bring out excellent engineering and artistic skills to marvel at. The caves take you back in time and tell intimate stories of the royal time they are set in. The sculptures are intricate and the carvings and inscriptions on the rocks are based on the Hindu and Jain culture. The caves also hold monasteries and temples. The immense calm and contemplative caves have attracted tourists from all over the world for years.


How to reach the Ajanta Ellora Caves


If you wish to take the road route to the caves, then the Ajanta caves are about 100 Km from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra. The Ellora caves are a further 30 km by road. You will easily get a local taxi and can also take the state buses which will take you to the Ajanta Ellora Caves. The caves are about 400 km from the capital city of Mumbai and the highway that connects Mumbai to Aurangabad is well-connected to other major Indian cities like Delhi, Udaipur, and Jaipur.

There is also a rail route to Aurangabad which is well-connected to Mumbai and Pune. The closest railway station to Ellora is the Jalgaon Station from where you can take the local transport and taxis. The nearest airport is Aurangabad airport.

The Timings of the Ajanta Caves are from 9 am to 5 pm. Please note that it is closed for tourists on Mondays. You can visit the caves all around the year.


About the Ajanta Caves – A UNESCO World Heritage Site


The Ajanta caves are a chain of 30 mesmerizing caves but if you want to understand the caves that are and out for a short trip, here we list them for you as per their historical importance and artistic excellence. You can pick these caves first and explore the rest if time allows:



What stands out here are the wealthy paintings with the highlight of Bodhisattvas Padmapani and Vajrapani in both sides of the entrance to the shrine that highlights the life of Buddha.





Main attractions of the Ellora Caves


How to reach Ellora Caves - These caves are at a distance of 30 km from Aurangabad station and about 100 km from the Ajanta Caves. You can take a local taxi to reach the destination.


Here are some do the top attractions of the Ellora caves and places you must visit 










Places to Stay near Ajanta and Ellora Caves


The best time to visit the Ajanta Ellora caves is from June to March. This is the most pleasant time to visit this region. The monsoons (June to September) are average in the region and this also adds to the delight of the visit. The temperature in the region is pleasant from November to February as the temperature drops at this time. If you want a pleasant visit then you should avoid the summer months.


There are many different types of luxury and budget hotels near the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Some of the top hotels in the area are as below:

1. Ellora Heritage Resort – This is a fine and luxury resort with a restaurant and a fitness resort and many other features. It is a 3 Star resort and has an elaborate garden too.

2. The Meadows – This is a decent place with many features like an outdoor swimming pool, spa, and a wellness centre and a spa. They have many other features like free Wifi and other facilities.

3. Hotel Kailas – This is a good hotel located in Ellora Caves with many services like a bar, a garden, and a restaurant. The place has many other luxury facilities too 

4. Shivam Residency - This is nice accommodation with private parking and other luxury features at a budget price

5. Hotel Shivneri Lodge – A decent place with budget rooms and good facilities

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