The thirty rock-hewn caves at Ajanta, cut into the scarp of a cliff are either Chaityas (chapels) or Viharas (monasteries). On the walls of the caves are paintings, many still glowing with their original colours. The outer walls are covered with brilliantly executed sculpture. The Buddhist theme of the Ajanta paintings recounts the life of Lord Buddha and tales of his previous earthly experiences. Timings: From 0900 hrs. to 1730 hrs(or sunset). (Closed on Mondays).
The Ellora Caves belong to the Buddhist, Hindu and Jain faiths. There are in all 34 caves, of which 12 are Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain. The most remarkable of the carved shrines at Ellora is the Kailasa Temple chiseled out from a single rock & is lavishly carved and sculpted. Timings: Open from 0900 to 1730 hrs.(Closed on Tuesdays).
Altitude: 515 Mts
STD Code: 0240
Language: Hindi, English, Marathi
Temperature: Summer: 40 - 24 C Winter: 30 - 12 C
Best Season: Best time to visit Ajanta & Ellora is between August to March
How to reach
By Air: The nearest airport is at Aurangabad, which has daily flights to Delhi and Mumbai
By Rail: Aurangabad is well connected by rail with the almost all major cities of India like like Amritsar, Bhopal, Gwalior, Mumbai, New Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad.
By Road: Aurangabad is well connected with the all important cities like Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bhopal, Mumbai, Nashik, Pune, Shirdi etc.