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Ajanta and Ellora caves are considered to be one of the most important tourist destinations in the world owing to the magnificent paintings of Ajanta and well-carved sculptures of Ellora. The rock-cut caves containing carvings are the finest example of Indian paintings and sculpture.
For those who love to travel the past to get a panorama of life in ancient India, Ajanta and Ellora caves by the river Waghora, are the best sites to visit. Adorned with beautiful sculptures, paintings and frescoes Ajanta and Ellora caves are an amalgamation of Buddhist, Jain and Hindu monuments as the complex includes both Buddhist monasteries as well as Hindu and Jain temples. They are the queen of Sahyadri hills buried by thick forests all around. The greenery that surrounds the caves keeps the atmosphere pleasant and fresh. This visit will induce a sense of discovery, a discovery of the self, and of the divine.
Visiting these caves should ideally be a two day trip. It takes around 6 hours by road from Mumbai, after which exploring the caves (and all the walking involved in between) can get tiring. The paintings of Ajanta and sculptures of Ellora used to be marvellous many years ago, and they still retain this beauty, but they seem to have deteriorated in terms of maintenance. However, it remains a must-visit destination for its beautiful illustrations and reminder of a regal Indian era. I would advise avoiding visits in the summer because the caves become incredibly hot and it is hard to enjoy the experience. Instead, come in the later months of the year from August and September onwards.
- Ajanta caves face the east so visit them in the first half of the day as there is no light inside by the evening.- Ellora caves face the west so visit them in the second half of the day.- This trip has to be well planned. Covering Ajanta and Ellora caves in one day is very very difficult considering the distance and walking to do. Best is schedule 2-3 days.- Don't go to the corners of the caves as there are lots of bats.- Keep a torch with you when you visit the caves.
It is one of the Jothirlinga. It is a Holy place. You can touch the Jothirlinga and pray to God.
The beautiful sculptures and painting from the bygone era. Depicts the rich heritage and culture of India.
Cannot be visited all year round because of the extreme temperature during summer time.
This place is a must visit for everyone no matter how small or how old they are. This place has captivated everyone's attention and speaks so much about the Indian history and about the glorious era that was.
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