Day two started with visiting Ellora Caves. Ellora caves are at a distance of 30 kms from Aurangabad city. There are 32 caves in this UNESCO World Heritage site so it will take time to visit all the caves properly.
Ellora is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world, featuring Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, and artwork, dating from the 600–1000 CE period. Cave 16, in particular, features the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world, the Kailasha temple, a chariot shaped monument dedicated to Shiva. The Kailasha temple excavation also features sculptures depicting the gods, goddesses and mythologies. Cave no 16 is the main attraction, cave nos 10,11,12, 29 are must visit.
Second and last visit of the trip was to the Daulatabad Fort which is on the way to Ellora caves. Booking online entry ticket is recommended.
This beguiling structure was built by the Yadava kings through the 12th century and originally conceived as an impregnable fort. This place was known as Deogiri or Devgiri, Hill of Gods.
In 1328, it was renamed Daulatabad, the City of Fortune, by Delhi Sultan Mohammed Tughlaq, who decided to shift his kingdom’s capital to this citadel from Delhi. But the capital was soon shifted to Delhi because of water crisis and all.
A tower of victory, known as the Chand Minar (Tower of the Moon), built in 1435, easily visible from the entrance, it’s closed to visitors. The fort has oddly spiked doors to prevent attacks and canons from different forts on display with all the infomation therein.
Reach there early to avoid rush if you want to reach the top crossing 750 stairs.