Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves

Monuments and Memorials in India
Ajanta & Ellora Caves | Gateway of India | Jaisalmer Fort | Qutub Minar | Sanchi Stupa

Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves : Introduction

ellora-cavesAjanta Caves and Ellora Caves, situated in Maharashtra, is considered as one of the most wonderful art example of India’s ancient heritage. It comprises rock-cut monuments and dates back to second century B.C. They are considered to be the finest examples of Buddhist religious art.

Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves Architecture

Ajanta Caves consists of 29 rock cut cave  monuments that dates back to the 2nd century B.C. Ellora has 34 caves that dates back to between 6th and 11th centuries A.D. Ajanta has Buddhist caves while the caves of Ellora contain traces of Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu religions.

Significance of Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves

Ajanta Caves are primarily known for their exquisite paintings. These caves contain panels  that depict tales from the Jatakas, which is a collection of fables based on the reincarnations of the Budhha. There are as many as 29 caves and these caves were built to serve as places of retreats of the Buddhist monks. Here the monks taught and also performed the religious rituals.

Ellora caves are better known for their architectural superiority. There are as many as 34 caves and are dedicated to Hindu, Jain and Buddhist faith. These caves resemble ideal places for meditation and worship. They are carved out of basaltic hill sides and are the finest examples of cave temples.

Daily timings for Caves visit

Entry timings are 9 A.M. to sunset with Ajanta Caves closed on Mondays and Ellora caves closed on Tuesdays.

Best time to visit Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves

The best time of the year to visit the caves is from November to March as it cool and dry. Monsoons should better be avoided.

Connectivity by air, road, and rail

By Air: Aurangabad is the nearest airport to Ajanta and Ellora Caves and is connected with all major cities of India.

By Railway: Aurangabad railway station is around 45 minutes away from the Ellora Caves and Jalgaon railway station is around 1.5 hours journey by road from Ajanta Caves.

By Road: Good roads connect the caves to the nearby cities and taxis can be hired for travelling.

Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves Nearby attractions/places of interest

Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves are very closely situated to the major Indian cities of Mumbai and Goa that draw huge number of tourists from all across the world all round the year.

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