Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
Ellora Caves, Aurangabad - Address, Phone Number, Ticket Price
Address: Ellora Caves, Aurangabad- 431102, Maharashtra.
Ticket Price: 10 INR
Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
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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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If you wants to fully enjoy the experience, you must read extensively about the history of Ellora caves before visiting. Each and every sculpture here is meaningful. There are total 34 caves and it may take around 2 days to explore each one in details. But if you're short on time, important caves are no. 10, 16, 29 & 32. No. 16 is marvelous wonder of the history.
Fantastic place with Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves. Plan to spend at least 3 hours if you want to see them all. They are spread out over a kilometer but there is a bus. It can be hot and exposed to sun. There's no restaurant on site but there are numerous for stalls on the street outside of the entrance. It's about an hour's drive from town.
What to say about this marvel. Hundreds of years history behind these 32 caves. It would take a whole day and 2 mans effort to visit all these caves. Shiv ji is yet another attraction in these caves. Overall a great experience I must say. During weekend, students from various schools visit this place to experience the history.
History is right there waiting for you, per local resources there were 36 caves, we were able to see only few caves due to time constraint. To cover the entire caves and its beautiful crafting 1 would need an entire day. Use to read them in school history books made more sense visitng it.
It's a marvelous Rock cut Temple. Few of them took some 200 years to get ready . It's worth spending min 2 hours. The place is clean and well maintained. You should carry your own water. Place opens up at 9 and closes at 6. There are many caves to explore.