Also including one of the famous AJANTA CAVES of MAHARASHTRAAjanta Ellora caves, listed among the UNESCO World Heritage sites, are a set of 29 caves. These caves are the splendid paragon of ancient Buddhist Civilization. There are multifarious paintings in these caves depicting the popular Jataka Tales and other varied fables of Lord Buddha. Filled with paramount tranquility, these caves exemplify the engineering excellence and unsurpassed imaginative power of the bygone era.
We have already booked a ticket in bus provided by state government for Ajanta Caves.Next morning reached the bus stop and boarded the bus ,it takes around 3 hours to reach the Ajanta Caves.The first Buddhist cave monuments at Ajanta date from the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. During the Gupta period (5th and 6th centuries A.D.), many more richly decorated caves were added to the original group. The paintings and sculptures of Ajanta, considered masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, have had a considerable artistic influence.We have visited all the caves , enjoyed the beautiful waterfall.And head back to the bus , reached the railway station at 8 and back to Hyderabad next morning.Everything happens as per plan except we didnt get the sat in train and have to pay fine to TC🤣🤣
Day 2 :-•Ajanta caves :- Time - 9:00 AM - 5:30 PM , 20 Rs Entry charges + 45 Rs maintenance changes + 40 Rs to and fro for Shuttle.•Gul mandi (Shopping Market) :-No fix time as such , shops get closed around 9 Pm.
Overview:Of all the ancient monuments in India, the rock-cut caves near Ajanta have won a unique place by virtue of their having the most perfect specimens of Indian mural paintings. Their reputation has spread far and wide and is second to none in the country, except probably that of the Taj Mahal. The name Ajanta casts a spell on the Indian mind and conjures up a vision of artistic excellence attained by the ancient painter's brush.Ever since the discovery of the caves in the beginning of the 19th century their paintings have influenced the artistic pursuits in the country. They provided the greatest inspiration in the art-revival in the 1st quarter of the 20th century, as they have influenced many centuries earlier, the art tradition not only of contemporary India but also of Central Asia.Get In:The caves are situated at a distance of 6.5 km from the village of Fardapur in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Fardapur lies 55 km from Jalgaon, which is also the nearest railhead on the Central Railway, 420 & 1120 km from Mumbai and Delhi respectively. The nearest airport from Fardapur is at Aurangabad,103 km away.Fardapur is easily approached by a motorable road from both Aurangabad and Jalgaon. There are regular bus services to the caves up to the T-Junction on the Aurangabad-Jalgaon road. The caves are located at a distance of 4 km from the T-Junction and one has to board special shuttle buses to reach the foothill of the caves. These buses are both air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned and tickets have to be bought for travelling on them.Stay:There is no halting place in Ajanta village which is about 5 km (as the crow flies) from the caves. At Fardapur there is PWD guest house, Inspection Bungalow, accommodation for which can be reserved by prior application to the Collector and Executive Engineer, Aurangabad, respectively.. Accommodation may also be availed at Holiday Resort at Fardapur run by MTDC ( Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation). Visitors intending to halt near the caves may contact the District Forest Officer, Aurangabad, to reserve accommodation in the Forest Bungalow. There are also some private resorts at Fardapur.
Now, came the favorite and most awaited part of my trip – Day 2It is roughly 100 km away from Aurangabad city, I left early in the morning and took a window seat in a state transport bus. To enjoy this city of gates window seat is a must, here I am talking about its 52 gates which made Aurangabad stand out in many medieval cities.30 something rock cut caves dates back to 200 BC, you can read all these nerdy information about Ajanta on its Wikipedia page. I am here to tell you how does it feels to witness a metaphor! When Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan said “Jism jaise ajanta ki murat koi” I swear it was the ultimate comparison someone could make.Each cave has its own individual history and explanation why it is the way it is. Even a smallest carving on rock has stories and thoughts behind it.The below image is from cave no. 1 , I will somewhat blame this person to put the desire to Ajanta in my mind