Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

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Address: Ellora Caves, Aurangabad- 431102, Maharashtra., India

Phone: +91-240331217

Ticket Price: 10 INR

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Time Required: 03:00 Hrs

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

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Website: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellora_Caves

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About Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

The Ellora Caves in Maharashtra are the finest examples of rock cut architecture in India. It is a World Heritage Site as designated by the UNESCO. These caves are known for Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples. These were built during the 6th and the 9th centuries during the rule of the Kalachri, Chalukya and the Rashtrakula dynasties. It is a collection of 34 caves cut out from the straight face of the Charanadri Hills.

The Buddhist caves here include large halls and various rooms that were earlier used for the purposes of dining, sleeping and cooking. There are many carvings of Lord Buddha and the Jatakas and also of many Buddhist saints.

The Hindu Caves were constructed mostly during the reign of the Kalachuri dynasty. A few caves were also built in the reign of the Rashtrakula dynasty. All of the caves are so different from each other but equally beautiful. The most important Hindu cave is known as the Kailasnath Cave. This was designed as a dedication to Lord Shiva’s abode in the Kailash Mountains.

The five Jain caves in the Caves all belong to the Digambara sect and were built strictly maintaining the authenticity of the Jain culture. These caves are not as large as the other caves but outshine all others in the aspect of art and designs.

The other important caves are- The Dashavatara, Rameshwara, Dhumar Lena, Ravan ki Khai, Nilkantha, Kumbharvada, Gopilena, Chota Kailash and the Jagannath Sabha.

Ellora Caves Information

  • Photography is allowed free of any extra charge.

Ellora Caves Ticket Prices

  • Rs 10 per person (for Indians and citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC countries).
  • Rs 250 for foreigners.

Ellora Caves Opening and Closing Hours

  • Actual hours are from sunrise to sunset each day.

How To reach Ellora Caves by Public Transport

  • The nearest airport is the Aurangabad Airport.
  • The nearest railway station is the Aurangabad railway station.
  • Take a taxi or a state bus to Ellora from Aurangabad. Its about a 2 hour drive.

Restaurants Near Ellora Caves

  • Maharaja Restaurant
  • Kailash Hotel
  • Ellora Restaurant
  • Shanjini Restaurant
  • Shivani Restaurant
  • Akash Restaurant
  • Dishan Family Garden Restaurant
  • New Mayur Family Garden Restaurant
  • Suruchi Dhaba
  • Crystal Bar And Restaurant
  • Hotel Anand Restaurant
  • Sai Ram Dhaba
  • Tinus Dhaba
  • Zoom Dhaba

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Ellora Caves, Aurangabad Reviews

  • Ellora is the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world. It is a best place for a monument lover. One may visit & explore the place with friends & family. There are so many caves on the sites. If you have 3 to 4 hours then firstly you must visit cave no.16(the cave which is just behind the garden) after that visit other caves. And if you wanna explore all the caves you have to spent more time.

  • Such an important piece of Indian history. This place is a must visit for all those who are interested in learning about culture and gape in awe at the intricate sculptures and relief work. Please do not miss the magnificent cave 10 which houses a beautifully carved statue of Buddha in teaching 'mudra'. Do book a guide if you want to fully appreciate the significance of the structure. Also carry lots of water and wear comfortable shoes as you'll be walking a lot.

  • Very good place to visit. Nicely maintained. Bring water from outside. No food items available inside the premises. Ellora caves consists of more than 30 caves. It has. Hindu, Buddhist and Jain monuments. Cave 16 is the best of the lot. It has Kailasha temple in it. The caves have been made by cutting the mountains. Certainly it must have taken the people decades to excavate those. You will be amazed to know that these things were done when there were no modern technologies around. Certainly a place to visit. Incredible monuments of Incredible India.

  • One of finest rock cut man made structure... Wonderful experience.. Few things to note is that if possible do take guide for all caves and do negotiate with them. Start with caves 30 to 34 as they are less crowded and then come to cave 16 and do rest..

  • Ellora caves are real engg marvel and show the peaks of Indian architecture. To visit the main cave(cave 16), you would need to buy tickets. Rest can be explored without one. But the main attraction itself is cave 16. There are around 34 caves that can be explored, which consist of 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves. Exploring all the caves take a lot of energy as the caves are built in clusters which are far apart, having sufficient water and some snack is a must if you plan to cover all the caves.

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