THE GLORIOUS AJANTA-ELLORA

THE GLORIOUS HERITAGE
HOW TO REACH
By Road
Ajanta is at a distance of 100km whereas Ellora is 30km from Aurangabad,98km from Ellora caves , 202km from Shirdi, 272km from Nashik, 326km from Pune and 443km from Mumbai.
Route is well connected to Aurangabad city and it is 7hrs drive from Mumbai.

By Train/Bus
Boared a overnight train/Bus to Aurangabad for Ajanta and Ellora or Jalgaon only for Ellora caves. Roads are well connected from mumbai, pune, nashik and various cities.
Take a local bus from Aurangabad bus depot going toward Jalgaon/Yawal/Bhusawal which will drop you at Ajanta caves entrance.
Once enter inside Ajanta caves you will get shuttle service till the main caves which are 4km from entrance,(please note private vehicles needs to park at entrance only)

By Air
Nearest Airport is Aurangabad which is domestic and Ajanta is only 15km from Airport.Being one of the most important city Air service is well connected from Major cities and state.

Aurangabad is known as historical city of Maharashtra.It is 5th largest city in maharashtra state and named Aurangabad after Mughal Emperer Aurangzeb.
Astonising hillside caves located on rocks is Ajanta and ellora caves.Both are marked as UNESCO world heritage site.
Ajanta the first budhist caves monument situated in Aurangabad district.The caves are fully distinguish between ancient indian part by its attractive painting and rock cut sculpture, particularly expressive painting that describe the emotions, view and form.Most interesting point about Ajanta and Ellora is Ajanta has all caves comprises of Buddhist monument where as Ellora consist of mixture of Buddhist,Hindu and Jain temples.

I had never been to Aurangabad before and heared of this caves and googled it and it became my strong desire to visit there, It was my college internship due to which I got opportunity to visit Aurangabad for Educational training. I felt so joyful when I came to know I have to head to Aurangabad for training, Excitment was overflowing ,not for my internship!but yea it was for my Travel as Aurangabad city was on my bucket list.There is always so much things to learn from new places,new people,nature trails. Aurangabad was one of those city where your sense will force you to gain bucket of information,and the day arrived when I reached Aurangabad .
I along with my friend reached Aurangabad from mumbai city and the day we reached Aurangabad next day we visited Ajanta caves,as we had stayed overnight near Ajanta.Next day we left early morning for caves and it took almost 5-6hours to understand the sculpture of this caves.
Ajanta caves are the place where tourist crowds to visit not only from india but also from other countries.

Ajanta Caves are 30rock-cut caves which is dated from second century BCE to about480 CE in Aurangabad  district of Maharashtra. These caves includes painting and rock-cut sculpture describes final surviving example of  ancient indian art,particularly expressive painting that present the emotions through gesture, pose and art.
According to UNISCO,these are masterpieces of Buddhist relegious art.The site is protected monument in the care of Archeological survey of India and since 1983 Ajanta Caves have become
UNISCO World Heritage Site.
When we stepped into Ajanta we came across 30budhist caves with their sculpture and each caves has number which is really an interesting point about it.

Ajanta Caves represents ancient Monasteries and worship halls of different Budhist tradition carved into 250feet wall of rock.The caves also presents painting that portrays past lives and rebirths of Budhha.
Textual record suggests that the caves served as monsoon retreat for monks as well as resting site for merchants and pilgrims in ancient India. Vivid colors and mural wall painting were infinite in Indian history as mentioned by historical record.
Caves 1,2,16&17 forms largest corpus of ancient India.
CAVES 1
UNDERSTANDING PAINTING AT CAVES 1

CAVES NO 16&17
Ajanta Caves are mentioned in historical account of Budhist traveller to india in early seventeen centuries.Earlier It was covered by dense forest due to which no one had had ever imagined that there will be such a  beautiful caves.It was accidentally discovered and brought in attention in 1819 by colonial british officer
Captain John Smith on tiger hunting party.

Out of these 30caves five(caves no.9,10,16,19&29) caves are chaityagrahas and rest are viharas.From these caves 6caves belongs to Earlier phase and rest belongs to this phase.First phase are named as satavahana period whereas second phase is know  as vakatak period. Caves 10object is mainly known for Stupa.
STUPA CAVES WITH ART ON PILLRRS
There is one cave in Ajanta where you can see sleeping statue of Buddha,It is known for mystery cave and Mystery is that when we measure length of Buddha statue from head to feet and when we measure it from feet to head it shows different number.
SLEEPING STATUE OF BUDDHA
IMPORTANT CAVES TO VISIT AT AJANTA
Best work finds in caves 1,2,16,17&19.
Best sculpture finds in 1,4,17,19,24&26.


PANORAMIC VIEW POINT OF AJANTA CAVES
WATERFALL VIEW FROM VIEW POINT

Most important attraction most tourist misses when visiting Ajanta caves are Saptakunda or Waghora waterfall which is on either side of cliff and view point of Ajanta caves from where single view panoramic clicks are possible.
If you are real adventurous photographer and want to click beautiful panoramic views then you must visit to Ajanta view point which is 13km from parking area of caves.

ELLORA CAVES
Ellora also called verul and its short form of ancient name Elapura.


As like Ajanta caves Ellora is also known as World Heritage Site situated in Aurangabad District of Maharashtra.It is one of the largest rock cut-monestery-temple caves in the world.Ellora comprises of 12 Buddhist caves(caves1-12),17 Hindu(caves13-29) and 5Jain(caves30-34).
Caves served as monasteries,temples and rest stop for pilgrims.
This large structure was built on hill Elapura by Krishnaraja.The most remarkable cave is Kailasa (cave 16) named for the mountain in kailash range of the Himalaya where Hindu god Shiva resides. 
One of its better known decoration is scene of Vishnu transformed into man lion and battling demon.
KAILASH TEMPLE ELLORA

ART OF ELLORA TEMPLE CAVES
Ajanta caves along with ellora caves has become most popular tourist destination of Maharashtra and are often crowded in holiday times therfore to decrease the crowd, In 2012 Maharashtra tourist development corporation announced the plan to add ASI visitor centre at the entrance complete replica of caves 1,2,16&17 to reduce crowding in original.
They are Imitating all original caves so people can get idea how it would be looked in past because original caves has been damaged by human so you will get complete idea from this duplicate caves.
REPLICA OF AJANTA CAVES
Today,the Ellora caves along with Ajanta caves are a major tourist attractions in the Marathwada region of Maharashtra and a protected monument under the Archaeological Survey of India.

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER
  • Carry Torch to see inside paintings in caves.as there will dark inside the caves.
  • You can buy book to collect information about caves if you dont want to hire           guide.
  • Ajanta caves are closed on all monday.
  • Entrance fees is Rs 10 for indian and 250 for foreigners where camera charges are 25 per camera for photoshoot/videos.A
  • Ajanta caves along with Ellora caves in one day is not possible as Ajanta itself will take 5-6hours and distance between Ajanta and Ellora is 100km.
  • Explor Ellora with other sightseeings places like Daulatabad fort,Grishneshwar temple,mhaismal hill station,Bhadra maruti temple and Bibi ka maqbara which are on route and easily accessible by autos.
  • There are hotels available near caves to stay.






Comments

  1. What a great post! I have never been to this area..you have peaked my interest! Love the great pictures!

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  2. What a beautiful and intoxicating place to visit. I've never even heard of this area before and I'm in love.

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  3. I've never been to Aurangabad either. It looks amazing, I need to visit the caves.

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  4. I have never even heard of this place. How amazing it would be to stumble upon such architecture rich in history. Great photos.

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  5. I'd love to visit this place! Lots to see and learn from this.

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  6. I would love to visit sometime. It looks beautiful and full of history!

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  7. This looks like an incredibly magical place! I didn't realize that tourist attractions charged for bringing in cameras. Is that typical?

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  8. WOW!!! This place looks stunning - defo adding this to my bucket list

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  9. What a beautiful place, I have never even heard of this place before. I can't image the breathtaking views. I know this will be something your remember forever.

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  10. I can't believe that I (someone who went to college to be an art history major) never heard of this palce. Holey smokes, it looks amazing from an aesthetic and historical point of view. from your pictures, it looks like there weren't that many tourists there. Is that correct? I hate going to places that are crowded.

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  11. These photos are so incredibly gorgeous. So amazing and I am sure you will hold these memories forever.

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  12. I am speechless to how wonderful the architecture is. It has a rich history behind it which makes it more interesting. The sculptures are beautiful.

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  13. I would be so in awe there. Not only is the scenery beautiful, I love all the history! I don't know that I would ever make it to that part of the world so thanks for sharing photos

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  14. Oh wow, your photos are absolutely stunning. I would love to see those incredible sights and the caves first hand. It's incredible to see the detail that has gone into the works of those who came before us - an incredible insight into who they were.

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  15. Fascinating views and piece of history. I would absolutely enjoy this place . The views to the caves is breathtaking. Definitely adding to the bucket list.

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  16. This is the first time I've heard of this place. I think it's awesome to see it for myself.

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous. After visiting Italy, I've been addicted to architecture.

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  18. Looks and sounds incredible, I would be more than happy to visit. Love the architecture.

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