Located in the northern Maharashtra, Ajanta and Ellora are an architectural wonder. Amazingly carved into hillside rock, these caves hold your attention. Ajanta houses the Buddhist caves and the at Ellora are an amalgam of Hindu, Jain and Buddhists.
Situated adjacent to the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the Ajanta-Ellora are the proud UNESCO World Heritage Sites. On your Ajanta and Ellora caves tour, you get the opportunity to view the rock-cut monuments that feature lovely paintings and sculptures.
These 3rd century caves are known as the best masterpiece of Buddhist art and architecture. These manmade caves encompass gorgeous paintings on the walls and ceiling representing the life sketch of the Buddha. With Ajanta and Ellora tour package, you can experience the marvels of bygone era.
At Ajanta, these caves are known as to view the rise and spread of two sects of Buddhism, the Hinyana and the Mahayana. Tourists can see the enough example of architecture in the caves. There are around 30 caves, encompassing the unaccomplished ones. These seem to inherit a unique charm that exemplifies the real faces of the flourishing Buddhist art, architecture and the religious imprint at the period of time.
The Ajanta are situated 107 km away from Aurangabad, outside the village of Ajanta. The complex houses rock cut cave structure that dates back to 2nd century BS. The construction of the caves was done in two phases, the first group of caves was constructed around 200 BC, while the second group was built in 600 AD.
Snuggled in the semi-arid Sahyadri Hills, the Ajanta distinguish themselves with the gorgeous paintings and sculptures, depicting tales of Jatakas. Constructed using hammer and chisel, these caves served as the isolated escapes for Buddhist monks. They used to perform their rituals in the Viharas and Chaitayas of the caves.
Tour Packages to Ajanta Ellora offer you an opportunity to witness the amazing artwork. The artwork in the caves encompasses well-kept wall paintings of Bodhisattva, Avalokiteshvar and Padmapani. The caves were again found by a British officer, John Smith. His name along with the date is visible on the wall of Cave 9.
The Ellora lies 30 km away from the city of Aurangabad. The complex of the cave serves as an archaeological site, built by the Rashtrakuta rules. It comprises 34 caves, hewn out of the rugged rocks of the Charanandri Hills. Constructed between the 5th and 10th centuries, the serve as monasteries for Buddhists and temples for Jains and Hindus.
It used to be a symbol of religious unanimity of that time. There are 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain in the Ellora complex. Held every year, the Ajanta-Ellora Festival is celebrated to pay tribute to the legendary caves of Ellora. Many great artists of Indian art and culture attend the ceremony.