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 Travel Tips
- 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.
Entrance Ticket Details For Ajanta Caves
- 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
- 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.
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