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- Address: Ellora Caves, Aurangabad- 431102, Maharashtra., India
- Timings: 09:00 am - 05:30 pm Details
- Phone: +91-240331217
- Ticket Price: 10 INR
- Time Required: 03:00 Hrs
- Tags: Outdoors, Cave, Historical Site, Family And Kids, Architecture
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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Things to Know Before Visiting Ellora Caves
95% of people who visit Aurangabad include Ellora Caves in their plan
09 AM - 10 AM
48% of people start their Ellora Caves visit around 09 AM - 10 AM
People usually take around 3 Hrs to see Ellora Caves
94.27% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Ellora Caves
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Ellora Caves, Aurangabad Reviews
Ellora (वेरूळ) Caves is located approx 29 km North-West of the city of Aurangabad. The site is collection of Buddhist(caves 1-12), Hindu(caves 13–29) and Jain(caves 30-34) cave temples. Try to get best guide with you. The supreme art of sculptures can be seen into these caves. The caves can be seen created up to three storeys high and some of them are really huge. Don't miss the main caves 10,11,12,16,21,22,25,27,29,32,33. Note: the water & food stall only available near Jain caves, there is no other than this, so try to carry a 2 litters of water per person during the visit. Some time they are allowing to drive your vehicle to approach the Hindu & Jain caves. If you are more interested in waterfall & green surrounding then visit this place in monsoon, else winter (Oct-Feb) is the best time to visit this place. If you are visiting this place in summer time, please come with arrangement of ample water as you will required more to drink. (However packed water bottle available near by but it will cost you more.) It was really wonderful experience to visit this much more popular place and yes the visit is really a worth of each penny. Just go and visit this place, if you got a change in any case.
One needs half day to really appreciate the basalt rock caves. Buddhism Hinduism and Jainism at one place. U get good guides to show u around. Well maintained good ambience. All locations may not be accessible to person on wheelchair. Good street food to enjoy. A must visit place since part of world heritage sites. Happy visiting.
The magnitude of these rock carved caves leaves you amazed as to how did sculptors take out tonnes of rock leaving such amazing sculptures in place. A must visit with family and children. Which civilization will you find in the world that had tools and imagination to carve out over 300 tons of rock to create a temple named Kailash! With today's excavation techniques and sculptors will not come close to creating these marvels after 100s of years of effort. You can spend a week and yet not cover all of the caves...
Ellora caves are located near to the Aurangabad city. Some belief are there that the scales have been made by aliens due to it's architecture. The construction of the Caves was started more than 2000 year ago and it last more than 700 years. The entire caves and all the structures have been carved from the one single mountain. There is no joint anywhere in this Caves. You should and must visit once in your life time at this architectural Marvel.
Great architectural work!! Perfect for people exploring historic monuments and for ones capturing beautiful moments ;) Although no place for recreation so one might get bored who's not much interested in exploring such places. Caves are sequentially numbered from 1 to 34, right to left, cave no. 16 being the center. Might take around 3 hours to explore religiously. Can visit any season except summer for obvious reasons :p For specific information on each of the caves there please take a tour guide. Thank you.
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