Ellora also called Verul and Elura is the corrupt form of the ancient name Elapura. The group of caves at Ellora, in Maharashtra which include 'a few largest,most varied and finest examples' of the three religions- Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, is of absorbing interest both to the student and the connoisseur of architecture, sculpture and painting. The wealth of sculptures here is both of aesthetic interest as well as of iconographic importance. It was probably the incredible scenic beauty of the place which induced the Jainas of ancient times to name the hill on which the caves are excavated as Charanadri i.e. the hill of Charanas, the denizens of celestial regions.
Ellora is about 29 kms to the north-west of Aurangabad on the Manmad- Kacheguda section of the Central Railway and can be reached by a good motorable road from there. Aurangabad railway station is well connected to most cities. It is about 5 kms from Khuldabad. The world famous Buddhist caves of Ajanta are 105 kms from Aurangabad. There is a regular bus-service between Aurangabad and Ellora. Cabs are also also easily available from Aurangabad for journeys to and fro. The nearest airport is Aurangabad which has daily flights to major Indian cities.
Aurangabad has lots of hotels, both private and MTDC. Visitors to the monuments can stay in the guest house and Travellers' Bungalow at Khuldabad and also in Travellers, Bungalow at Ellora village. Accommodation has to be reserved by previous application to the Collector, Local Engineer or Executive Engineer, Public Works Department, Aurangabad. Visitors can also stay at the Guest House by previous arrangement with the keeper of the Guest House.