|The Ajanta Caves are situated 108 kms. north-east of Aurangabad. They are carved in rock in the form of a horse-shoe with stream Waghora flowing through it. Thirty Buddhist caves; some unfinished comprising of either viharas(monastic halls) or chaityas(chapels) are situated in its surroundings. They potray Buddhist architecture and sculpture in India. The creation of the caves dates back to some period between 200 B.C. and 600 A.D. The caves were accidently discovered in|
|1819 by a group of British Officers
on a hunting expedition. The Ajanta paintings and sculptures illustrate the major
events from the life of the Buddha and tales from the 'Jatakas'. |
Desite its age, most sculptures remain well preserved. Natural light illuminates the caves at certain times of the day that leaves one gazing at architectural brilliance. The Ajanta Caves is placed on the World Heritage List of Monuments and is today an important tourist landmark and a true 'Wonder of the World'.
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|Location||Situated 170kms. from Mumbai at the foot of Parvati Hills.|
|Area||146 sq. kms.|
|Altitude||1,800 ft. above sea level|
|Temperature||Varies from 18 degrees in winter to 36 degrees in summer.|
|Rainfall||424 cms annually (June to October)|
|Peak Season||October to May.|
|Languages Spoken||Marathi, Hindi, English.|
|Places of Interest||Raja Kelkar Museum : 8.00a.m.
to 5.30 pm|
Aga Khan's Palace : 9am to 5.30 pm
Lal Devlal :
Saras Baug : 8am to 5.30 pm
Osho Ashram :Conducted tour timings 10.30am to 11.30 am
Karla caves are about 10 kms. from Lonavala.They are the largest Chaitya cave
present in India dating back to 80 B.C. The Chaitya Hall is about 45m long, 15m
wide and 16m high and its arched ceiling has wooden rafters that have remained
intact through the centuries. A pillar with three lions on its face stands on
one side of the caves the temple of Goddess Ekveera on the other. |
|Bhaja & Bedsa Caves|
on heels are the Bhaja and Bedsa caves.The Bhaja caves are as old as the Karla
caves. The road is motorable to the foot of the caves and the remaining distance
of about 1.6km is to be covered on foot. There are 18 caves in all. |
Getting There :
|The Ellora caves located 29kms North-West of Aurangabad. They were constructed between the sixth and tenth century A.D. Included in the World Heritage List are 34 caves- 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 of the Jain faith. They extend in a north-south linear arrangement and are numbered in a sequence. The Buddhist caves occupy the southernmost part of the site, the Hindu monuments are|
|located in the middle and the Jain caves are located to the north.|
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