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A Travel Guide to Ajanta and Ellora Caves

The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are perhaps the most visited caves in India. Here is a complete guide to these caves that boast of history and architecture dedicated to Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

The Nearest Connecting City

The Nearest Connecting City

Aurangabad is the nearest centre to connect you to Ajanta and Ellora caves. Aurangabad is 99 km from Ajanta and 30 km from Ellora. The caves are around 400 km from Mumbai.

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The Caves of Ajanta

The Caves of Ajanta

Ajanta is a cluster of 20 caves that depict the different phases of Lord Buddha's life.

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Incidents in Buddha's Life

Incidents in Buddha's Life

Each cave among the 29 caves narrate a different story. For more details into each cave, click here.

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To the Caves of Ellora

To the Caves of Ellora

Ellora is a group of 34 caves that include caves belonging to the Buddhist Group, Hindu Group and the Jain Group.

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Buddhist Group of Caves

Buddhist Group of Caves

From Cave1 to Cave12 they are the Buddhist group of caves. The Cave12 is also the largest monastery in Maharashtra.

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Brahmanical Group of Caves

Brahmanical Group of Caves

The Brahmanical Group of Caves are popularly called as the Hindu caves. These are from Cave13 to Cave 29.

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Jain Group of Caves

Jain Group of Caves

Cave30 to Cave34 belong to the Jain Group of Caves. Cave30 resembles the Cave16 of the Hindu Group of Caves. However, the architecture seen here is nowhere close to the original Hindu cave.

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Best Time to Visit the Caves

Best Time to Visit the Caves

Any time can be chosen to visit these caves, but summers are generally a bit hot when compared to the other seasons. Ajanta and Ellora caves are one of the top 10 destinations to be visited in India.

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Opening Hours

Opening Hours

The caves are open to visitors from 9am to sunset. They are also open on all national holidays and are generally found over-crowded on these days. The Ajanta caves are closed on Mondays and the Ellora caves are closed on Tuesdays.

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