AJANTA CAVES

Ajanta caves are located in Aurangabad District of Maharashtra. These caves are astonishingly carved into hillside rocks. There are about 30 caves at Ajanta dating back to between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. These caves includes paintings and scriptures of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tales. The most fascinating thing about these caves is that they were crafted by hand, with only a hammer and chisel They are described as “the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting” by Archaeological Survey of India . These caves are protected monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, and were included in UNESCO world heritage site in 1983. Ajanta caves are about 100 km away from equally famous Ellora caves, carved at around the same time.

Interesting information: Both the caves of Ajanta and Ellora were discovered in the early 19th century by a group of British officers on manoeuvres. The paintings and scriptures in the caves provide a lot of useful and interesting information about the life of ancient India like their ornaments, costumes, musical instruments, hair style, customs etc.

Best time to Visit: The best time to visit is from November to March when it’s cooler and dry. The caves can be visited from 9am till sunset (around 5.30 p.m.). Ajanta caves are closed on Mondays, but open on national holidays. There can be huge crowd on holidays and weekends.

How to reach here: The closest Railway station for Ajanta caves is Jalgaon .There’s also a Domestic airport in Aurangabad. Cabs are available from both places.

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