Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

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Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Ellora Caves, a series of 34 temples carved in the Charanandri hills. The majestic, stone-cut cave temples were built between the fifth and 10th centuries, carved into a tall basalt cliff in an uninterrupted sequence. Despite some of the structures being dedicated to Hindu deities, and others serving as Jain and Buddhist monasteries, the temples harmoniously coexisted for hundreds of years. Admire the architectural splendor, elaborate detailing, and intricate decorations of the massive, multi-religion complex. Use our Aurangabad planning tool to arrange your visit to Ellora Caves and other attractions in Aurangabad.
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  • Its a beautiful wonder to explore. The hill cut from all sides and the way caves are designed and the sculpture on the rocks is worth more than a wonder to see.  more »
  • These are among the greatest treasures India has to offer the visitor. Easily accessible from Aurangabad, the caves are a series of temples representing three major religions, Buddhism, Hinduism and J...  more »
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  • Huge area of caves of ancient temples of different religions. Can take at least 5 to 6 hours or longer to go inside every cave. Cave #16 is biggest and very worth seeing, it is located near the main entrance. Takes about 1 hour to go through inside entire cave, it is huge, carved out the inside of a mountain or hill which is actually a huge rock. The other caves are smaller and simpler, some are much older than cave 16. Before the park entrance there are food stalls, best to get bottled water and some snack foods before go into the park, you may spend 5 to 6 hours in the park. Prepare to spend at least 2 hours just to see cave 16 and a few caves next to it. 600 Rs park entrance fee for most foreign tourists, no more fee for each cave. Monkeys hanging around the park exit waiting for people to feed them foods. Sellers of peanuts and banana can be found near the exit, 10 Rs for small handful of peanuts, 20 Rs for a few bananas. Best go there not on weekend or India public holiday due to too many visitors. Wear shorts on hot day and wear comfortable shoes, many stone stairs to climb. Photos are allowed.
  • Ellora caves don't need introduction. Our history books helped us there. We had a wonderful time exploring various caves. I'm not saying anything that can be googled and found. So Ellora requires minimum 3 hours. And it's really worth every minute of it. You can walk and see all caves from 16 to 10. For Jain caves you need to catch a shuttle, which starts from the front of cafe 16. Jain caves 32-34 are around 1 km away. Last shuttle is at 5:40 range so plan accordingly. Caves-16. 10. 12. 21. 29. 30- 34 are the ones you shouldn't miss.
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