Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad

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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
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About Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad

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

  • 65.33% of people start their Ajanta Caves visit around 10 AM - 11 AM

  • People usually take around 2 Hrs to see Ajanta Caves

Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ajanta Caves

People normally club together Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary and Ellora Caves while planning their visit to Ajanta Caves.

People also prefer to start their day with Ajanta Caves.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad Reviews

  • Ajanta Caves are good place to visit. This Historic place is mainly influenced by Buddhism. You will find numerous figures of lord Buddha carved out of the stones. However most of them are similar. Centuries old paintings on the walls of the cave are still visible.

  • What a great place.. I never ever visited such a historical place. It is best in all. Caves are just fabulous & a waterfall near caves is also best of all. If you want to visit this place then rainy season is good to visit because of beautiful waterfall & greenery all around it touches our heart. I am so happy that I live close to this wonderful place.

  • Amazing place to visit but you must get guide here. Guides will tell you stories behind different art, paintings which take u back in time. Ajanta caves were out of public site for almost 1000 yrs and most of the art is damaged. But whatever is present makes you feel proud about rich heritage we Indian have. There are many caves, few with paintings others with only idols and sculptures. Those with paintings are exclusively preserved. Carrying torch or other light not permitted to visitors. Guides carry UV torch lights approved by authorities. Please do not latter here, keep place clean. And use your imagination how this place would be 1000 yrs back, it will blow your mind.

  • Ajanta is a wonderful creation of ancient architectures. There you can take pictures without using flash light. You take take guide there to understand all the architecture. The Ajanta caves are about 29¬†rock cut Buddhist cave monuments.The caves include paintings and rock cut sculptures described as among the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art.

  • Visit to caves is an enriching experience. Caves dating back to 2500 years with 1300 year old amazing paintings. Most spectacular painting is of the 3d pearl necklace of a queen in the story of elephant with 6 tooth. Try to visit in morning hours when heat is minimal. Small tourists market at the base is also nice but you have to be good at bargaining.

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