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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 Tickets 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 Get To 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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Address: Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad- 431117, Maharashtra, India

Ticket Price: 10 INR

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Time Required: 02:00 Hrs

Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details

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  • IMPORTANT : ONE CANNOT DESCRIBE THIS PRECIOUS STRUCTURE (one of the nine wonders of the world) IN WORDS. JUST SEE WITH YOUR EYES AND ENJOY... Those moments will never return in your life... Any frame of any camera will be great...

  • The place not to be missed !! History is still live in places like this, Never miss if you are in Maharashtra or around !! This place masters in paintings describing life history of Gautam Buddha from his birth to his death(nirvana) And a Guide is must otherwise you won't understand anything as each and every paintings describes a story. So good luck and happy travelling !!

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  • A calm places must go if you loves art. no camera flash allowed. Local seller may charge higher price for each and every things. No good food available for what you need to find a good restaurant. Good parking area. But disappoints about cleanliness 😓

  • Best place.. international tourist place.. historical place..must go to watch it..get lots of information about culture,art of that era.... peaceful place

  • This place is amazing. It is a world heritage site. Caves here are very old and are made into stones with beautiful carvings and paintings on them. This place always has crowd of native people and foreigners too. Paintings from here are world famous. Along with historical walks, we can roam here to soothe our eyes by watching beautiful greenery here and enjoy beside banks of river here. So come and experience Ajanta.

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