• Country:
    India
  • State:
    Maharashtra
  • Altitude
    1864 ft
  • Railway Station
    Jalgaon -55km
  • Airport
    Aurangabad – 100km
  • Best Time to Visit
    Any Time
  • Any Time
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  • Temprature
    Summer - 30°C to 40°C
  • Winter - 20°C to 30°C
  • Road Distance
    From Mumbai – 380km
  • From Banglore – 1122km
  • From Delhi/NCR – 1120km

Holiday In Ajanta - Aao Chale

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AJANTA is one of the world's important historical monument recognised by UNESCO located just 55kms from Jalgaon city and 105kms from Aurangabad City of Maharashtra. It is one of the most famous heritage sites of India as well as world. Thousands of visitors come here every day and admire the art and craftsmanship of the people who built these caves. There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas and the rest are monasteries. The caves which have been carved out of solid rocks using just hammers and chisels are world famous and illustrate the degree of skill and artistry that Indian craftsmen had achieved several hundred years ago.

So aao chale Ajanta Caves !!

Please keep in mind that the Caves remain close on Mondays so plan your trip on any other day. For people of the state of Maharashtra the best way is to come in your own vehicle or a taxi and reach the Ajanta caves directly. By Bus you will have to reach either Aurangabad or Jalgaon from where you can board bus to Ajanta Caves at regular Intervals. For travelers coming by train the nearest station is Jalgaon which is on the main line between Bangalore-delhi or Mumbai-Delhi via Bhopal. Direct flight to Aurangabad is available from Mumbai and Delhi Airport. It is recommended for travelers to do their stay arrangement at Aurangabad or Jalgaon and then do day tour  of Ajanta along with Ellora which is another similar site 26km from Aurangabad

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Ajanta Caves Ajanta

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The Ajanta Caves were carved in the 2nd century BC out of a horseshoe-shaped cliff along the Waghora River. They were used by Buddhist monks as prayer halls (chaitya grihas) and monasteries (viharas) for about nine centuries, then abruptly abandoned. They fell into oblivion until they were rediscovered in 1819. Ajanta caves preserve some of the best masterpieces of Buddhist art in India Some reflect the earlier Theravada tradition of depicting the Buddha only in symbolic form such as a throne or footprints. Others, the Mahayana caves, feature colorful murals and statues depicting the life (and former lives) of the Buddha and various Bodhisattvas. The caves also depict scenes from everyday life and many include inscriptions indicating a prince or noble who gifted the cave to the monks

Ellora Caves Ajanta

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Ellora caves are around 100km from Ajanta Caves and takes 2hrs to reach.

The caves at Ellora were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills between the 6th and 10th centuries.The Ellora Caves were built at time when Buddhism was declining in India and Hinduism was beginning to reassert itself. The coexistence of structures from three different religions serve as a splendid visual representation of the prevalent religious tolerance of India.

There are 34 caves in all: 12 Buddhist caves (500-750 AD), 17 Hindu caves (600-870 AD) and 5 Jain caves (800-1000 AD). The caves are numbered roughly chronologically, starting with the oldest Buddhist caves at the south end.

The Buddhist caves (also called Vishvakarma caves) are the earliest of the Ellora Caves, dating from 500 to 750 AD. All except Cave 10 areviharas (monasteries), which were used for study, meditation, communal rituals, eating and sleeping.

The caves become steadily larger and more elaborately decorated as they progress to the north, which scholars have explained by the growing need to compete with Hinduism for patronage. The earliest Hindu caves at Ellora date from 600 AD, right in the middle of the Buddhist period

 

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