Best time to visit8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Open hours6:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Things to doPhotography, History Tours
BudgetRs 10/person (for Indians and citizens of SAARC and BIMSTEC Countries.)
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesFamilies, Couples
Rank2 out of 48 attractions in Aurangabad
Ellora Caves were created along an amount of about 600 years beween the 5th and the 11th centuries. They are today preserved as Artistic History monuments which keeps surprising people on the generations. These caves unlike the Ajanta were never discovered and are the exact same people that have been in historical days known as Verul Caves. The caves certainly are a several kilometeres northwards of Aurangabad and extend along 34 caves such as Buddhist Chaityas or shrines and Hindu and Jain Temples. The Earliest excavation that you will discover here is the Dhumar Lena in Cave 29. The absolute most attractive is however the large Kailasa Brow in Cave 16 which will be also known as the largest monolithic framework in the whole world. From the very historical days, the Ellora temples and caves have attracted tourists and devotees the exact same way as ever. Residing at Aurangabad Major is the best selection through your trip as typical Ellora Visits are structured from here.
Reviews of Ellora Caves • 15
3. Ellora Caves:Mhaismal is on the road to Ellora Caves, which makes this a place that has to be visited if you decide to visit Mhaismal. This site is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is one of the largest rock cut temple complexes in the world with carvings dating 600-800 BC. The Ellora Caves complex houses different caves and temples, with distinct separation between Hindu carvings, Jain carvings, and Buddhist carvings. Several idols show damage which is said to have been caused by Muslim armies when the area was under the Sultanate.
When we reached the bus stand the next morning we found out as Ellora is closer to Aurangabad, many share taxis and autos plied on the route. So we got into one of these taxis which waited for at least 15 people to climb in and then left charging us only 30/- person.
Ellora CavesWolrd famous Ellora Caves situated 30 kilometers from Aurangabad city. Ellora Caves are World Heritage Site, really impressive rock cut temples & monasteries. There are 34 caves, structures excavated out of the vertical face of the hills. There are 12 Mahayana Buddhist caves (caves 1-12), 17 Hindu caves (caves 13-29) and 5 caves of the Jain faith (caves 30-34), 22 more caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva, were recently discovered. The Ellora Caves are not only a unique artistic creation but also with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India.
We had to start early for Ellora caves, because we couldn’t book tatkal ticket back to Mumbai. So, we had the option of taking the afternoon bus till Nashik, there on bus till Kasara and train from Kasara to Dadar. Seemed hectic, but it was the only choice, as the buses from Aurangabad to Mumbai would have left us in Mumbai, late midnight.
The Kailasa temple is surreal which leaves a lasting impact on the sternest of souls. As in History TV, it has been described as Shiva constructed this with Brahmastra. Even if humans would have carved this, it would have taken more than three generations. Went to Dargah at Khuldabad and got robbed of my ego and hatred.
We drove from Trimbakeshwar to Ghrineshwar temple and finished the Darshan as soon as we could because out next sightseeing was to the Ellora Caves.From Grishneshwar it takes just 5 minutes to reach the Ellora Caves in Khuldabad and from Aurangabad it is at a distance of 30 kms.Ellora caves are a group of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain rock cut caves.Number of caves in the Ellora group are 34, out of which 12 are Buddhist caves, 17 are Hindu and 5 are Jain caves. Striking features of these caves include a 15 metres tall statue of Lord Buddha. This statue is situated in cave no. 10 that is there in the Buddhist group of caves.
Be amazed by the spellbinding craftsmanship at Ellora Caves.To see what wonders a hammer and a chisel can do, you must visit the Ellora Caves, 30 km from Aurangabad. What makes the architecture even more splendid is that the entire complex was carved out of a single monolithic rock.
As soon as you enter the Ellora complex, your eyes drift towards the splendid structure before you. It really doesn't matter if you worship the gods that the temple was built for. You will stop in your tracks and stare at the marvel in front of you, the marvel that has been carved out of one rock. The beauty seems impalpable, and it seems even more so upon entering the temple. The rock and stone at Ellora sing and beauty flows through the cracks. It's a wonderful harmony to witness.
Ellora Caves took me about an hour to reach from Aurangabad. This is a world heritage site now and has 34 caves that were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 17 Hindu (caves 13–29), 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history. The entrance to this site will directly lead you to cave 16 which is the kailash temple. This is the best preserved cave and is carved out of a single rock. The kailash temple is 2 storeys, the top most storey has a Shiva idol and a small chamber has Nandi , the bull. it is surrounded by a pillared corridor. The temple on the outside is surrounded by elephants. I clearly saw lot of sexual positions carved on the outer side of the temple but could not understand why they would be present in a temple. I came back and searched a lot of articles on the internet but none mentioned any of these carvings. (I have uploaded some of these figurines in pictures). Could it be possible that the process of mating was considered sacred and hence carved outside a temple?! The Kailash temples awed us so much that the Buddhist caves looked a little too simple and plain in comparison , much like the religion itself. There were only huge rooms inside with idols of Buddha. The jain temples are about 2 kilometres away and you have to take a bus to reach cave 34. The five Jain caves at Ellora belong to the ninth and tenth centuries. They all belong to the Digambara sect. Jain caves reveal specific dimensions of Jain philosophy and tradition. They reflect a strict sense of asceticism – they are not relatively large as compared to others, but they present exceptionally detailed art works. The most remarkable Jain shrines are the Chhota Kailash (cave 30), the Indra Sabha (cave 32) and the Jagannath Sabha (cave 33). Cave 31 is an unfinished four-pillared hall and a shrine. Cave 34 is a small cave, which can be approached through an opening on the left side of Cave 33. Amongst other devotional carvings, a place called Samavasarana can be found in Ellora caves. Samavasarana is of special interest to Jains, as it is a hall where the tirthankara preaches after attaining omniscience.
tourist attractions in Aurangabad that have made it to the list of World heritage sites are the Ajanta and Ellora caves. The Ajanta and Ellora cave shrines cut out of rock, by hand, rank amongst the most outstanding historical tourist attractions in India. It is believed that, originally, Buddhist monks sought shelter in these natural grottos during monsoons and began decorating them with religious motifs to help pass the rainy season
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The caves were just exquisite and it was a different kind of experience going inside these caves.This was one heck of a different experience.Very exciting place.
The Ellora Caves are an impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD near the ancient Indian village of Ellora. The caves have a slightly less dramatic setting than those at Ajanta, but more exquisite sculptures. Ellora is a World Heritage Site and the most visited ancient monument in Maharashtra State.