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- Address: Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad- 431117, Maharashtra, India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Ticket Price: 10 INR
- Time Required: 02:00 Hrs
- Tags: Religious Site, Outdoors, Cave, Ancient Ruin, Tourist Center, Family And Kids
Ajanta Caves - Review
It is located just a few kilometers away from Jalagaon city on one side and Aurangabad city on the other. There are 30 caves here and among these a few caves are Buddhist shrines. These were discovered around the early part of the 19th century for the basic purpose of serving as resting and praying places for the Buddhist saints called bodhisattvas. Research says the caves were built in the 2nd century and the paintings also date back to that time and been completed over the next two centuries. These mainly include paintings of Lord Buddha and incidents from his life and the Jatakas. Some pictures also reflect the Greek and Roman styles and in some parts you will also feel the essence of Chinese mannerisms.
There are many large statues of Lord Buddha here carved out from single rocks of the cave. The change in architecture from one part of the hall to the other, reflect well the change in the movement from Hinayana to Mahayana Buddhism. The other type of hall has narrower and high monasteries with the shrine or ‘stupa’ as the main focus. Some caves have fantastically carved verandahs and windows and some in a way to let abundant sunlight to come inside. The later viharas are more beautifully done than the plain ones that were constructed earlier on. There are caves inside of various sizes and designs but one common aspect is that all of these are based on Buddhist styles and culture.
Ajanta Caves Information
- Cameras to be used without flash.
- There are many shopping outlets outside these cave areas. These are ideal for you to collect souvenirs on your way back.
- There are lovely resorts where you can take some rest and refresh yourself for the day ahead.
Ajanta Caves Ticket Prices
- Entry is free for Indians below 15 years of age.
- US $ 5 for foreigners. (Paid in equivalent amount in Indian currency).
- For still / video cameras- Rs 5.
How To reach Ajanta Caves by Public Transport
- The nearest airport is the Aurangabad Airport.
- The nearest railway station is the Jalagaon Railway Station.
- Take a taxi from the town to reach the caves.
Restaurants Near Ajanta Caves
- Maratha Darbar
- Kream n Krunch
- Golden Crown Restaurant
- Castle Executive Restaurant
- Amrapali Restaurant
- Hotel New Banjara Restaurant
- China Town Restaurant
- Indian Street Restauran
- Tandoor Restaurant And Bar
- Kafe Dor
- Chimney Restaurant
- Green Park Restaurant
- Good Times Restaurant
- Food Lovers
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Things to Know Before Visiting Ajanta Caves
95% of people who visit Aurangabad include Ajanta Caves in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
68.62% of people start their Ajanta Caves visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Ajanta Caves
95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ajanta Caves
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Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad Reviews
It is great place . Awesome experience to be there. Well maintained. It's pure example of the architecture skills of India. I am amazed. You can take good photos and videos. Very peaceful atmosphere .
Excellent place to visit.. guides are too expensive... instead u can ask the staff to explain they do it better and they don't charge anyone.. if satisfied if u give them 50 or 100rs they are happy.. instead of paying 1200rs for guide there 100 hundred at 4 important caves is better and works excellent too.
It's a sign that man is capable of doing anything.. human mental power is beyond our own comprehension.. beautiful carvings, paintings, nature, history... Heavenly feeling :)
The buddhist monk have carved the caves mostly from the rocky mountains and have used them for centuries for worshipping there lord Buddha and meditating for eternal peace. Amazing work of craftsmanship and incredible work which can only be understood after visiting the place and taking a guided tour. In my opinion, it should be among one of the wonders of the world. It is a protected place and Japanese people have done a lot to restore this place as they are followers of Buddhism. It is a must visit place for all those who have interest in ancient art and religion. I have always been fond of visiting caves and have visited lots of caves. The experience of exploring numerous caves with their wall paintings and intricate carvings is something that will stay with me throughout my life. India is a country with a historical past of great significance. You have to be there to understand what I am talking about. Do not forget to take a light pass, which costs 5 rupees only. And it would be better if you could take a guide for the first three caves in order to understand the paintings, most of which represent tales of the Jataka.
The enthralling caves of Ajanta and Ellora in Maharashtra are the epitome of beauty. With their authentic rock-cut sculptures and ancient Indian art, the caves have become a UNESCO World Heritage site. The artifacts in the cave portray the past lives and rebirths of Buddha in spellbinding sculptures and murals. Discovered in 1819, the caves are a popular tourist hot spots and a must visit.