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General Information about Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Country India
State Maharashtra
Location Ajanata Caves (100 Km from Aurangabad) & Ellora Caves (28 Km from Aurangabad)
Best time to visit October to March
Tourist places to visit Ajanata Caves & Ellora Caves, Kailashnath Temple , Grishneshwar Temple , Cave Temples of Ajanta & Ellora
Significance Oldest UNESCO World Heritage Site in India
Nearby Tourist Places Sanchi, Aurangabad Caves, Khuldabad, Mumbai, Elephanta Caves, Lonavala
Festivals to visit Ellora Festival

The Ajanta and Ellora caves are world famous for its mural paintings and monolithic rock cut temples. Some of the tourist attractions of Ajanta and Ellora were created under patronage of Satvahana and Vakataka and Rashtrakuta periods.

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How to reach Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Nearest airport from Ajanta and Ellora Caves is Aurangabad Airport (15 KM). Ajanta is about 100 KM from Aurangabad. You can reach by hiring private vans and local vehicles, tourist buses and state transport corporation buses. Jalgaon is the Nearest Railway Station (56 KM) of Ajanta. Ellora is just 30 Km from Aurangabad. Aurangabad is nearest railway station and bus depot. Aurangabad is well connected by other cities of India through air, road and rail transport.

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Tourist Attractions of Ajanta and Ellora

Some of the greatest attractions of and Ellora Caves are Ajanta Caves. We have listed here some for general information.

Tourist attractions in Ajanta Caves

In Ajanta are filled with numerous mural paintings, paintings, sculptures, monasteries and cave temples associated with Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. These cave paintings are from Vakataka and Satvahana Periods. Many of paintings depict stories of Bodhisattava from the Jataka Stories.

Tourist attractions in Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves are archeological site featuring similar rock cut structures those of Ajanta. It is built between the 5th and the 10th centuries. It features Buddhist caves, as well as Hindu ones, and even a few Jain Caves. The Ellora caves were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site along with the Ajanta caves. Some of the must visit sites of Ellora caves are Kailashnath Temple, Grishneshwar Caves , Jain Caves and Buddhist Caves.

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Nearby Tourist Attractions Ajanta and Ellora

Ajanta and Ellora Caves are near many other tourist sites which are located in Aurangabad. Nearby Tourist places of Ajanta Caves are Aurangabad Caves , Bibi ka Maqbara , Panchakki , Lonavala , Khuldabad and Shirdi.

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Climate and Weather at Ajanta and Ellora

Ajanta and Ellora Caves experience mostly a moderate weather due to its nearness with sea. It experiences summer, winter and monsoon.

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Influence of Buddhism in Ellora Caves

Ajanta and Ellora has a lot to offer to visitors that is related to Buddhism. Many of the panels, rock cut sculptures; architecture is adorned by the tales of Jatakas. Bodhisattvas and life of Buddha is the central part of Cave paintings and murals.

Local Sightseeing of Ajanta and Ellora

Caves of Ajanta, Paintings, Sculpture from different caves and rock cut structure are special attractions of Ajanta and Ellora. Some of the places to visit in Ajanta and Ellora are Cave Temples , Jain Caves, Buddhist Caves, Hindu Temples , Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple , Kailashnath Temple , Dashavatar Temple and Rameshwar Temple.

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