Though always referred together as Ajanta and Ellora caves, the Ellora caves too are a part of the famous travel destinations in Maharashtra. Unlike Ajanta, which has more frescoes or paintings Ellora caves have exquisite sculputures and less dramatic. Built between the 5th century and 10th century, these impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples or the 34 “caves” have been excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills. Like Ajanta caves these too are UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Best Time to Visit
Best Time to Visit in Sepetember to June.
Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005, India
Open and Closing Time
6 am - 6 pm
Entrance Fee: INR 40 for Indians; INR 600 for foreign ; INR 25 per camera video photography nationals.
Another architectural brilliance of a bygone era, Ellora Caves is also among the not to miss places to visit near Aurangabad. Located around 29km from the city centre, this chain of caves were built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty of the Buddhist clan and Yadav group of the Jains. A must visit UNESCO World Heritage site in Maharashtra, this series of caves also showcases the perfection and epitome of the pre historic times of the Indian culture.Built in accordance with the Buddhist and Jain architecture, the caves also stand a testimony to the peace and brotherhood among these groups and were carved out during the late 5th and 10th century. The entire structure mainly comprises of monasteries; also known as 'viharas', and are divided into different levels. The multi-level structure is further divided into small quarters meant for sleeping, kitchen and several other purpose.
Near By Attraction
Kali Bari Temple
The caves are located on the Aurangabad-Chalisgaon Road at a distance of 30 km north-northwest of Aurangabad and can be reached by hiring a taxi or taking a bus. Aurangabad Airport is at a distance of approximately 37 km from the Ellora Caves. Public transport is easily available outside the airport.
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Interesting facts about the The Ellora Caves
With detailed and intricate carvings, the caves are now given distinct numbers. Among all these, the Vishwakarma; cave number 10, Dashavatara; cave number 15, Kailasanatha Temple; cave number 16, Rameshvara; cave number 21 and IndraSabha; cave number 32, are the most prominent and sought after in the Ellora Cave. The glimpses of a bygone era, the diverse history, architectural brilliance and the grandeur of this chain of caves make it one of the most popular tourist places near Aurangabad.The rock-cut caves of Ajanta and Ellora are the major tourist attraction of the Marathwada region of Maharashtra, known for Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples. Maharashtra state is home to the largest number of caves in India and Aurangabad has the two of the monumental caves which are world heritage sites.
Ellora caves are locally known as ‘Verul Leni’.The Great Kailasa (Cave 16) at Ellora boasts of being the largest single monolithic excavation in the world.Ellora caves have been hewn out of the volcanic basaltic formation of Maharashtra, known as ‘Deccan Trap’.The caves are datable from circa 6th-7th century A.D. to 11th-12th century AD.The hills that have served as the venue of Ellora caves form a part of the Sahyadri ranges of the Deccan. These ranges date back to Cretaceous era of the Geological time scale (about 65 million years ago).Buddhist caves mostly consist of viharas or monasteries, which include living quarters, sleeping quarters, kitchens, and other rooms.Vishwakarma cave (Buddhist cave 10) is also known as "Carpenter's Cave" and houses a 15 foot statue of Buddha, seated in a preaching pose.Amongst all Buddhist caves, the first nine (caves 1-9) are monasteries, while the last two - Do Tal (cave 11) and Tin Tal (cave 12) have three stories.The Jain caves at Ellora stand adorned with exceptionally detailed art works and rich paintings on the walls and the ceilings; some of which are still visible.Chhota Kailash (cave 30), Indra Sabha (cave 32) and Jagannath Sabha (cave 33) are the most remarkable Jain caves.
Ellora caves, in combination with Ajanta caves, have been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.The Hindu caves were constructed during the Kalachuri period from the 6th century to the end of the 8th century. Most of these temples contained scriptures and wall carvings depicting the wedding rituals of Goddess Parvati and Lord Shiva.The caves are open for sighting throughout the week (except Tuesday) from the time of sunrise to the sunset.The Cave 16 is named as the Great Kailasha. It is recognized as the world’s largest structure that was carved out of a single stone. This cave is attributed to the Rashtrakuta ruler named Krishna I. This multi-storied cave temple is dedicated to the Kailash Temple, the home of Lord Shiva.