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Ajanta Caves(UNESCO World Heritage Site)
City: Jalgaon State: Maharastra Country: India
Ajanta Caves are rock-cut cave monuments dating back to the 2nd century are group of 30 caves carved out of the sides of a steep ravine, varying from 30 to 110 ft apprx. in elevation above the bed of a stream. These caves were re-discovered by some British soldier accidentally while hunting in 1819 after which the excavation work started. The caves contain paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of both "Buddhist religious art" and "universal pictorial art". These historic wall paintings trace the development of painting styles during that time. Most of the wall paintings are based on the Jatakas (stories of the former lives of Gautama, the Buddha), or on events in the life of the Buddha. The caves are located just outside the village of Ajin?ha in Aurangabad District in the Indian state of Maharashtra.Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983. The caves are in a wooded and rugged horseshoe-shaped ravine,along the bottom of which flows the river Waghur.
Climate | When to Visit
But if one wants to enjoy the lush green hillside view and waterfalls besides the cave then one
Visit during: March to October
Directions | How to Reach
It is 3km from the village of Ajintha and ~105 kilometers away from the city of AurangabadBy Air :Aurangabad is the nearest Air point.By Rail: Jalgaon is the best place to drop in for Ajanta if you like Rail journey.By Road: Bombay is ~390 kms,Nanded ~270 kms,Pune ~230 kms.
miscellaneous | Important Information
Cave Timings: 9.00AM to 17.30PM Indian Standard Time (IST) Ajanta Caves remain closed on Monday.