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Travel Guide for Ajanta Caves

The Ajanta caves are located at a distance of 107 km from the Aurangabad city headquarters. The place got its name from the nearby village named Ajanta located at a distance of 12 km. This place is the very famous tourist destination around the world and attracts a good number of travelers every year.

The Ajanta caves are also included in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These caves depict Buddhism culture from the sculptures and paintings that are carved inside these caves. These caves are here from the very ancient times but were rediscovered by a British hunting officer back in 1819.

There are also temples around these caves and many other tourist spots which make it a good place to visit.

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Jewels of the Deccan is one of the different itineraries that Deccan Odyssey offers to its travelers. It explores the different cities of India in 7 nights and 8 days. The train departures from Mumbai and arrives in Ajanta on the day 7. Enjoy the breakfast on the train and then you are all set to explore Ajanta.

Take a tour to explore the history of India. Ajanta Caves being really old are a great source of our culture back in the old days. So let’s explore the Ajanta Caves and learn new things during the adventurous trip.

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How to reach Ajanta Caves ?

Ajanta caves attract a large number of tourists every year and also these are included in UNESCO world heritage site. Ajanta caves are famous around the world so it is easy to reach this place by every mode of transport.

  • By Air:

    The Chikalthana Airport is the nearest airport to the city. This airport is well connected with all the major cities of India. There are regular flights to this airport from Mumbai, Delhi, Pune, Jaipur and Udaipur. You can hire a taxi or cab to the city from the airport.

  • By Rail:

    Jalgaon railway station located at a distance of 60 km from Ajanta is the nearest airport to the city. This Railway station is the best way to reach Ajanta if you are comfortable in travelling by trains. Another railway station known as Bhusalal Railway Station is also near to the city. This railway station has a good connection of trains with all the major cities.

  • By Road:

    There are well constructed road in and around Ajanta. Inter-buses and state buses both are available to reach the city.

  • What to see and do in Ajanta Caves ?

    If you are looking for sightseeing spots in Ajanta Caves, you ought to visit

    Top attractions to see in Ajanta Caves are

    • Ajanta Caves

      These caves are located at a distance of around 107 km from the Aurangabad city. This site has made its place in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The sculptures and paintings in these caves portray the stories and traditions of Buddhism Culture. The Ajanta Caves are amongst India’s most prominent monuments as the paintings and sculptures inside the caves tell the story of rich culture of India. These caves are here from the period of 2nd century BC. A total of 29 caves are here which were hidden from the world in the thick forests until rediscovered by a British officer in 1819.

    • Kailasanatha and other Temples

      Ajanta caves are popularly known as the depiction of Buddhism culture but these caves also proves that Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism were one. So there are also some Hindu temples here to visit. There is a temple in cave 16 known as kailasa to worship mount Kailash which is known as the home of lord Shiva. It’s the biggest construction across the globe that is engraved top- down using a single rock. The interiors of this temple are beautifully designed.

    • The Buddhist Caves

      There are 12 caves in total which represents the statues and paintings of Buddha, Bodhisattva and Saints. In these caves, the Chaitya Hall Cave 10 is the most famous one. It is also known as carpenters cave. A 15 feet high statue of Buddha is there in the middle of cave. The attraction of this cave is the Stupa Hall called Chaity.

    • Grishneshwar Temple

      It is a historical site located at a distance of two kilometers from the city center. It was built in 18th century using red rocks that delivers and enchanting look. There are beautiful carvings and sculptures of Hindu gods and goddesses inside of the temple. This temple is a highly devoted place.

    • The Shopping Plaza

      Other than exploring the caves you can spend some time here enjoying shopping. This shopping plaza is another best tourist attraction in Ajanta. This market is popular for its jewelry made of semiprecious stones, special stones and decorative units. You can also buy small sculptures of Buddha from here.

    Best time to visit Ajanta Caves

    Best time to visit Ajanta caves are the months from October to March and June to September. Winters and monsoons are the perfect times of the season. The weather in these months remains pleasant. Avoid the summer season to enjoy the trip to the fullest.

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