The rock-cut caves of India

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October to March

Aurangabad Airport
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Ajanta and Ellora Caves Tourism

Beautifully carved into the massive hillside rocks, Ajanta and Ellora Caves gracefully represent the art, history and culture of a bygone era. Today, Ajanta and Ellora caves are UNESCO World heritage sites with 64 rock-cut caves located in close proximity to the city of Aurangabad. Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad is well-known all over the world for the art and skill of Indian craftsmen.   

Ajanta: Carved straight out flood basalt rock of cliffs, lays a spectacular jewel of Indian art, history and culture, the Ajanta caves. Located at a distance of 101 kms from Aurangabad, cut into the face of a mountain, form a horseshoe shape around the Wangorah River. The Ajanta caves depict as extensive exquisite craftsmanship of ancient times. Effortlessly they unfold the stories of forgone times in front of the onlooker.

Attractions

Khuldabad

1.Khuldabad

81 kilometres from city centre

Located 13 kms from the city of Aurangabad, Khuldabad is a small town known for its religious and historic importance. It is said that in the 14th ...

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Kailasanatha and other temples, Ellora

2.Kailasanatha and other temples, Ellora

80 kilometres from city centre

A megalith carved out a single rock, the Kailasanatha temple is one of the ancient and largest rock-cut temples of the world. Located within the El...

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Jain Caves, Ellora

3.Jain Caves, Ellora

80 kilometres from city centre

Located to the north end of Ellora caves, away from all the bustle of tourists lies the five Jain caves. Though smaller compared to the Buddhist an...

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Bibi Ka Makbara, Aurangabad

4.Bibi Ka Makbara, Aurangabad

80 kilometres from city centre

Located at a distance of 5 kms from the city of Aurangabad, Bibi ka Maqbara is a Tomb built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb’s son Azam Shah in memo...

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Panchakki, Aurangabad

5.Panchakki, Aurangabad

80 kilometres from city centre

Situated in the beautiful city of Aurangabad is the Nehar- e -Panchakki. It is a watermill that was used to grind grains for the pilgrim. Surrounde...

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Grishneshwar Temple, Ellora

6.Grishneshwar Temple, Ellora

80 kilometres from city centre

Located less than a kilometre from Ellora caves, the Grishneshwar temple is of the 12 Jyotirlinga Shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. Situated a...

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Aurangabad shopping spots

7.Aurangabad shopping spots

80 kilometres from city centre

Aurangabad is famous for a number of shopping spots. You could buy the well known Himroo shawl or Paithani sarees from here. Paithani Weaving Centr...

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Aurangabad caves, Aurangabad

8.Aurangabad caves, Aurangabad

80 kilometres from city centre

Located close to the city of Aurangabad, the Aurangabad caves are a series of 12 caves carved of Basalt rocks during 6th – 7th century. Overlooking...

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The Buddhist Caves, Ellora

9.The Buddhist Caves, Ellora

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Located within the Ellora caves, these are the largest excavated caves built during 7 – 8th centuries. With detailed carvings of figures and storie...

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The shopping plaza

10.The shopping plaza

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One of the major tourist attractions in Ajanta apart from the caves is the shopping plaza.  The market is famous for a wide variety of stones. The ...

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Ajanta Caves

11.Ajanta Caves

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Hidden away from the busy streets of Mumbai, carved straight out flood basalt rock of cliffs, lays a spectacular jewel of Indian art, history and c...

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Daualatabad fort, Daulatabad

12.Daualatabad fort, Daulatabad

85 kilometres from city centre

Located 15 kms from the city of Aurangabad is the most ancient and beautiful fortification of Daulatabad. Known to be one of the most well-preserve...

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Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip
Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip
Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip
Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip
Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip
Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip
Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip
Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip
Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip
Ajanta and Ellora Caves trip

Ellora Caves: One of the largest, ancient rock cut temple complexes of the world and one of the most visited UNESCO World heritage site in the country, Ellora caves are located at a distance of 29 kms the city of Aurangabad. Over 100 caves at the site, all excavated from the basalt cliffs in the Charanandri Hills, featuring Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, and artwork, dating from the 600-1000 CE period, 34 of which are open to the public. The coexistence of structures from three different religions serve as a splendid visual representation of the prevalent religious harmony of ancient India.

How to reach

Aurangabad can be easily accessed by road, rail or air. Ajanta and Ellora caves can be accessed by road.

How to Reach by Flight

The nearest airport is the Aurangabad airport, which is about 99 km from Ajanta and 30 km from Ellora, can be reached directly from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur airports.

How to Reach by Train

Aurangabad is well-connected to Mumbai and Pune by rail. The Jalgaon Station is the closest rail head to Ellora.

How to Reach by Bus

There are numerous bus services are running to Ellora from Aurangabad Central Bus Station including the Maharashtra State Tourism Corporation (MTDC) Bus Services.

How to Reach by Road

Ajanta Caves are connected to a network of excellent roadways with Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Nasik, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore, Bijapur, and Aurangabad.

How to travel within

You can explore the city by auto-rickshaw, but cars on hire and local taxis are also available to travel within the city and to its surrounding areas.

Local cuisine:

Ruled by both the Mughals of the North and the Nizams of Hyderabad, Aurangabad has a versatile and exquisite cuisine. Being a Muslim predominated area, this place is a gourmand's delight, especially for non-vegetarians.

  • NaanKhaliya: A simple dish of Sheermal or the naan bread cooked in a tandoor served with Khaliya, a spicy red mutton curry, the NaanKhaliya is a must try once you are in Aurangabad.
  • Kebabs are yet another speciality of the place. The tender, mouth-watering beef kebabs in Buddi Galli and Roshan Gate are a must try.
  • Once you are in Aurangabad during Ramadan, Haleem is a must try.
  • Mawa Jalebis are thicker, brown in colour, made from condensed milk and taste more like Gulab Jamun. The freshly made jalebi’s tastes best at Shahganj near Roshan Gate.

Some of the best restaurants in Aurangabad include:

  • Green Leaf Veg cuisine (Chinese, Indian)
  • Swad (Indian)
  • Great Sagar Restaurant (Indian, Asian)
  • Indian Asian (Indian, Asian)
  • Rama International (Indian, Asian)
  • Citrus Café (Italian, Chinese, Indian)

Ajanta and Ellora Caves Itinerary

Day1: Reach Aurangabad in the morning. After the breakfast head out to Ellora Caves. After exploring the caves, stop for lunch. After lunch, you can move toward Khuldabad and explore the small town. Return and after the dinner, retire for the night.

Day2: After an early breakfast head to Ajanta caves. Spent the day at the caves. You can go out shopping in the plaza in the evening. Spend the night.

Day3: After an early breakfast, head toward the Daulatabad Fort. Return to the city for a sumptuous meal. Later head toward Bibi Ka maqbara and Panchakki. Spent the night and head back the next morning.

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