Ajanta CavesCurrently Open [Closes at 05:30 pm]
- 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
10 AM - 11 AM
77.78% of people start their Ajanta Caves visit around 10 AM - 11 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
Its famous historical place in Aurangabad Maharashtra. You can experience awesome sculptures and nature here. Fresh air and beautiful sights specially in rainy days. Delicious and very affordable food- veg and non veg too at the foot place of caves. Its full fun package spot. Go and experience rich art of Indian art and history. Its a life time experience.
Beautiful place to visit and see the hand carved work of our ancestors. Best time to visit is November to March. Carry sunscreen cap or an umbrella. Must visit caves are 1 , 2 , 9 and 10. Quite a different place from Ellora but is equally beautiful. Wear shoes as there will be lot of walking
Ajanta caves are beautiful. The paintings and the caves are well preserved. You reach outer tourist centre, from where you can take a bus to the actual caves. Rates are quite cheap. Alternatively you can choose to walk down from the Ajanta view point which is situated around 16kms away, but it's a long walk! :P Would recommend taking lots of water when you go to explore the caves.
went to see Ajanta caves last year during winters. The caves are beautiful and overwhelming. Take lots of water and food items. A good camera will always help.Also carry a lot of sunscreen. Even in winters its pretty hot there. Wear comfortable shoes as well. You will be enchanted by the fact that way back in time, somebody carved those beautiful caves!!
Really Mindblowing, Expressive paintings of real human emotions. Doesn't understand what is present in painting making this long beautiful Journey. The Rock Cut Buddhist Monuments are another marvelous human effort.