June to March are the best months to visit Ajanta and Ellora Caves. It becomes a little difficult to travel around and explore the caves in summers April-May. Winters and Monsoon are ideal as the climate is pleasant from October to March and June to September which is the best time to visit the caves. Avoid summers if you don't want the sun to bother you while you are enjoying your archaeological journey. The scorching heat of April and May makes it a bit challenging for the tourists.
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June brings refreshing monsoon to Ajanta and Ellora, drenching the region in lush green beauty. The South-west monsoon winds bring abundant rains to the region, drastically changing the landscape from an arid, dry region to green vastness. The monsoon is not very intense in Aurangabad though– travel is rarely impaired on account of the monsoon. This is the first tourist season in Ajanta and Ellora – you can expect a large influx of tourists although the caves are rarely very crowded. With temperatures ranging between 22°C and 32°C, the weather is pleasant. The interiors of the caves become cooler as well, enhancing the experience. The rocky façades of the caverns look even more delightful in the rain. The verdant vegetation enriches the beauty and magic of the caves.
Things to Do
Walk around the Viharas and pillars of Ajanta, and admire the stone carvings and murals at Ellora in the monsoon, as the sounds of the rain play second fiddle. As you approach September, the rains decrease, and the weather gets even more comfortable. A key festival to watch out for at Ajanta and Ellora during the monsoon is Ganesh Chaturthi – the birthday of the Hindu God Ganesha. All revere this elephant-faced god as the harbinger of good luck and prosperity. Huge idols of Ganesha are taken in procession, and the festivities are delightful to watch. Do not forget to snack on modaks, the sweet offering of coconut, jaggery and rice! This is the ideal time for families to visit Ajanta and Ellora, as there are ample places to visit. Shopping may get comparatively more expensive now because of high demand, but feel free to bargain until you can strike a deal.