How To Reach Ajanta and Ellora Caves

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How to Reach Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Ajanta and Ellora caves are located about 100 km from each other. Jalgaon is the closest airport to Ajanta caves located 50 km away with connecting flights from Mumbai and Ahmedabad. Aurangabad is the closest city to Ellora Caves. It is about 100 km away from Ajanta and 30 km away from Ellora. Aurangabad Airport is the best-connected airport with several flights from major cities across India. Jalgaon and Aurangabad Railway station are the two railway junctions which are well connected with all the cities in India. There are many private and government buses which run from the main cities in and around Maharashtra.

How to reach Ajanta and Ellora Caves by flight

Aurangabad, which is about 99 km from Ajanta and 30 km from Ellora, can be reached directly from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur airports. All types of cabs and buses are available from there.

Nearest Airport: Aurangabad Airport (IXU)

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How to reach Ajanta and Ellora Caves by road

Ajanta Caves are connected to a network of excellent roadways with Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Shirdi, Nasik, Dhule, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore, Bijapur, and Aurangabad. Numerous bus services are running to Ellora from Aurangabad Central Bus Station, but the Maharashtra State Tourism Corporation (MTDC) Bus Service is most reliable. There is a luxury bus tour departing daily (except Tuesdays) at 9:30 AM from the MTDC office. In addition to Ellora, the tour also includes several famous sites in Aurangabad.

How to reach Ajanta and Ellora Caves by train

Jalgaon and Aurangabad are the two railway junctions. These junctions are very well-connected via major trains from all across India. The train ride is very convenient, comfortable and pocket friendy. You will have to book the tickets well in advance via IRCTC or Travel Agent. Taxis can be easily hired from these destinations.

Local transport in Ajanta and Ellora Caves

In Aurangabad, an easy way to travel is by auto-rickshaw, but cars on hire and local taxis are also available to travel within the city and to its surrounding areas. To Ajanta and Ellora, there are several MTDC as well as local buses. Tours regularly run between Aurangabad and the Ajanta/Ellora Caves. The tour to Ellora includes the Grishneshwar Temple, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangzeb's Tomb at Khuldabad, and the Panchakki and Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad. Commuting within the city is not a problem as cabs and buses are easily available.

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The Buddhist Caves, Ellora
Exterior of Ajanta Caves
The most intact painting in Cave 6: Buddha seated in dharma-chakra-mudra.

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