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Monday, 14 May 2012

Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Ajanta and Ellora Caves



Ajanta and Ellora Caves: Very beautifully carved paintings on caves of Ajanta and Ellora, are a marvelous 
piece of art and history in India. With 34 caves which were painted between the 6th and 11th centuries AD. and there are 29 caves at Ellora, all beautifully architecture between 2nd century and 6th century AD.

The caves at Ajanta are famous for their rich paintings and sculpture, whereas the caves at Ellora are famous for their remarkable architecture.

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Ajanta and Ellora Festivals:

The four day Ellora Ajanta Festival is held at Soneri Mahal (Golden Palace), an historic 17th century architectural marvel in Aurangabad near Ellora, in the last week of November each year. The festival features some of the most distinguished singers and dancers of India.



Ajanta caves are at a distance of 99 km from Maharashtra's Aurangabad district. It is believed that Ajanta caves started carving from 2nd century BC and ended at 6th century AD. The entire course of the evolution of Buddhist architecture can be traced in Ajanta. Images interpreting the life stories of Buddha and animal figures were carved out from the huge rocks. 

Everything including the contemporary people, kings, slaves, women, men and children are seen in the Ajanta wall paintings interlaced with flowers, plants, fruits, birds and beasts. There are also the figures of yakshas, kinneras (half human and half bird) gandharvas (divine musicians), apsaras (heavenly dancers), which were of concern to the people of that time.

Location: The caves are in northern Maharastra, around 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Mumbai

From Aurangabad: - Ajanta-100km, Ellora-30km
Built in:-Ajanta Caves (200BC to 650AD),Ellora (350AD to 700AD)
Discovered By: - John Smith in 1819
Best Time To visit :  Anytime of the year
Visiting Time : 9am to 5.30 p.m. The Ajanta caves are closed on Mondays, and the Ellora caves are closed on Tuesdays
How to reach : Nearest Railway Station to Ajanta Caves - Jalgaon, Nearest Railway Station to Ellora Caves - Aurangabad
Best Time To visit :  Anytime of the year


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