We started early morning from Pune, and reached Aurangabad by afternoon. The Ellora caves are about an hour away from Aurangabad. The Ellora complex comprises of a total of over 100 caves, only 34 of which are open to public. Some of these caves are Hindu, some Buddhist and a few others are Jain caves. This fact is relevant even in the contemporary times, as it signifies the religious harmony prevalent in India for centuries!
The most magnificent structure at Ellora is the Kailash temple- the temple of the Hindu god Shiva, which is carved in one single stone. Another startling fact about this temple is that is was carved starting from to top towards the base. I was completely stunned looking at the sheer size of this structure, and the accuracy and symmetry in its design, I just could stop admiring this architectural marvel! The temple is said to have been constructed by the Rashtrakuta king Krishna I, in 7th century C.E.
After exploring these wonderful caves, we headed back to Aurangabad, which was our base for the overnight stay.