Ajanta Ellora Caves - A Rendezvous with the Yore
The world heritage sites Ajanta- Ellora caves are wonders to the world with their pre-historic sculptures and exquisite stone carvings. People from various parts of the world make their visit to this place just to have a glimpse of those excellent sculpture that have seen many ravages of time. UNESCO did not hesitate to declare the caves as world heritage sites in 1983.
Splendours that Define Ajanta Caves
Situated at 112 km from Aurangabad, the journey to Ajanta cave through ancient hills and windy road is also an extraordinary experience which will make a preface for you before unveiling the immense treasure hidden in the layers of time. As you enter in the cave, along with the intricate rock work, the calmness catches your senses; that has been prevailing here for centuries and millennia. There are 30 caves at Ajanta chiselled out of hard rock by Buddhist monks between 200 BC and 650 AD as Chasityas (chapels) and viharas (monasteries), that exhibit intricate stone-work and frescoes. As you take a view from the Ajanta caves ticket office, the beautiful ensemble of green and gray make visual treat for your eyes. A tour to the caves of Ajanta is nothing but an unparalleled experience to savour.
Ellora Caves Sheen with Pride
The primeval caves of Ellora are the epitome of art, spirituality and religious harmony. The Ellora caves represent 34 Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples carved out of the rock between 350 AD and 700 AD. The temples exhibit the extreme artistry of the human hands creating magic on the rocks as if making them alive and speak. The most famous amongst them is the Kailasa Temple, the world's largest monolithic sculpture, covered with a variety of finely carved panels. You can give a special look at the elephant standing outside the Kailasa temple, his trunk being lost in the mystery of time. Scenes from the great epics Mahabharata and Ramayana intricately carved on the walls of Kailasa temple narrating the minutest details of the epics is something jewel on the earth.
The nearest airport to the Ajnata and Ellora caves is Chikalthana airport in Aurangabad at a distance of 112 km and 27 km respectively. Indian Airlines daily operate flight from Aurangabad to Delhi via Mumbai. Jet Airways and Air Deccan have also started their flight service from Auranagabad to Mumbai and Delhi. The nearest international airports to Ajanta-Ellora caves are Mumbai and Pune.
The nearest railhead to both Ajanta and Ellora caves is situated at Aurangabad. Direct train link between Aurangabad and Mumbai is available as Devgiri Express and Tapovan Express run on daily basis. Direct train connection to Hyderabad is also available from the city. Sachkand Express ply in a regular basis from New Delhi and Aurangabad.
Regular tourist bus services are available to the Ajanta-Ellora caves from Aurangabad. The air conditioned deluxe buses ply on a regular basis. Ajanta and Ellora is connected with Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Shirdi, Nasik, Dhule, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore, Bijapur, and Aurangabad by excellent road network in Maharashtra and neighbouring states.
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