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#3 of 41 Places To Visit in Aurangabad
ajanta caves
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Near Jalgaon, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431117, India
entry fee
per person for Indians
per person for foreign tourists
per camera for photo camera/ video camera
no entry for children below 15 years
All days of the week except Monday
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday Closed
visit duration
2 to 3 hours

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The nearest airport is at Aurangabad (99 km) and is linked to Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur and Mumbai. Ajanta Caves can be visited by road from Mumbai, Pune and other nearby cities of Maharashtra. Monsoon makes the area colourful with beautiful waterfalls and rich emerald foliage. The caves are situated at a distance of 107 km north of Aurangabad and can be reached by hiring a taxi or by taking a bus.

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The majestic Ajanta Caves, in Aurangabad district, are 29 rock-cut caves, dating from the second century BC to about 480 or 650 CE. Excavated in horseshoe shape, these caves derive their name from a nearby village named Ajanta located about 12 km away. A UNESCO world heritage site, it has been described as 'the finest surviving examples of Indian art, especially painting' by the Archaeological Survey of India given its masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with depictions of the Jataka tales and figures of the Buddha.  

The world famous paintings of Ajanta can also be divided into two broad phases. The first phase is noticed in the form of fragmentary specimens in caves no. 9 and 10, datable to second century B.C., while the second phase can be noticed in caves no. 1, 2, 16 and 17, which started around 5th to 6th centuries AD and continued over the next two centuries. These paintings were executed after elaborate preparation of the rock surface initially. The colours and shades utilised vary from red and yellow ochre to lime, kaolin, terra verte, gypsum, lamp black and lapis lazuli.

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Hanu Channi-Tiwary
Hanu Channi-Tiwary
Fantastic craftsmanship
Nov 05 2014
The caves are two hours away from Aurangabad by road. They’re cut into a cliff face and overlook a stream. The 30 caves can be accessed via a sunny pathway along the cliff. The caves have lovely murals and paintings, most depicting Buddhist phi ...... read more
Mahek Khan
Mahek Khan
World heritage
Jun 25 2014
Ajanta caves are world heritage site located in aurangabad. The amazing grand architecture of ajanta caves makes it world heritage site. There are more than 30 caves available to see which are more than 1000 years old. The wall of caves are still str ...... read more