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Ellora Caves(UNESCO World Heritage site)
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Ellora Caves are an archaeological site, built by the Rashtrakuta Dynasty. Famous for its monumental caves, Ellora is a UNESCO World Heritage site since 1983 .Interestingly, Ellora, unlike the site of Ajanta, was never 'rediscovered'. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture.The 34 "caves" – excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills – comprised of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples and monasteries, were built between the 5th century and 10th century. There are 12 Buddhist (caves 1-12), 17 Hindu (caves 13-29) and 5 Jain caves (caves 30-34), built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony between different religions during this period of Indian history.The most imposing excavation is the magnificent Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) which is the largest monolithic structure in the world. The temple that took nearly 100 years to be completed, is decorated with themes and incidents from the Puranas.
Climate | When to Visit
One can visit this place at any time of the year,but avoid the tropical heat in summer months.
Visit during: October to March
Directions | How to Reach
30 km from Aurangabad the nearest big city,which is bery well connected to other big cities like Mumbai,Pune,Nasik. Aurabgabad is well connected by Road,Rail and Air.
miscellaneous | Important Information
Cave Timings: 9.00AM to 17.30PM Indian Standard Time (IST) Ellora Caves remain closed on Tuesday.