Ajanta Caves

#10 of 12 things to do in Ajanta and ellora caves

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 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, Ajanta caves comprises of 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date back to 480 century BC. known to be one of the famous UNESCO World Heritage Centers in the country and a major tourist spot, the caves depict the richness of art and culture of an ancient era. These caves with numerous paintings and rock cut sculptures are believed to have the masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that influenced Indian art later. The caves consist of ancient Buddhist monasteries and prayer halls carved into a 250 ft wall of rock. The caves represent paintings depicting the past lives and rebirths of the Buddha, along with rock-cut sculptures of Buddhist deities. These paintings in the Ajanta caves predominantly narrate the Jataka tales.  Apart from the paintings on the wall and sculptures within the caves, you could see beautiful and intricate geometric designs and motifs in the ceiling.

As you walk in a move deeper, the caves tend to get engulfed by the darkness slowly. Although multiple artificial lights are added on to the spot, the dimly lit interiors add up to the ambience and the mystery of a bygone era.

  • Open Time: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (Tuesday-Sunday), Closed on Mondays
  • Cost: Indians: INR 10.

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