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Ajanta and Ellora Caves

, Maharashtra

(Ajanta and Ellora Caves is also known as Ajanta & Ellora)
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State: Maharashtra
District: Aurangabad
Famous for/as: Historical, Heritage
Languages: Marathi, Hindi
Best Season: Jun - Mar
Weather: Summer 20 to 42°C, Winter 10 to 32°C
Altitude: 513 m
Pincode: 431118
STD code: 02432
Aurangabad is home to the World Heritage Site - the Ajanta & Ellora Caves. A cluster of 29 rock-cut caves at Ajanta which date back to the 2nd century BC is a site of great historic importance. The cave walls are adorned with beautiful paintings, sculptures & fresco's which are believed to be masterpieces of the Buddhist religious art which are reminiscent of the ones found in the caves at Sigiriya in Sri Lanka.

The Ellora Cave temples are an epitome of Deccan rock-cut architecture. Over a 2 km long stretch of caves where monks of different religions carved out sculptures with remarkable attention to detail is a spectacle in itself. The largest monolithic here is the Kailasa Temple in Cave 16 - which took 17,000 laborers, 150 years to complete.

Both the Ajanta & Ellora caves are an amalgamation of Buddhist, Jain & Hindu sculptures, paintings & fresco's. This is testimony to the fact that the three religions lived in harmony for a long time.

While at the Ajanta Caves a short walk from below the Cave 8 & 27; and a further uphill climb takes you to the spot where the British first saw the caves - are the view points to look out for to view the horse shoe shaped gorge.
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A Look at the Ellora Festival

  by Madhav Srinivasan  on Dec 07, 2011
The legendary cave complex at Ellora is often described as one of the most stunning examples of Indian talent. These 1,400 year old caves provide the perfect backdrop for the celebration of Indian heritage.
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