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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. Plan to visit Ellora Caves during your Aurangabad vacation using our convenient Aurangabad itinerary maker.
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  • Marvelous carvings depicting the events from Ramayana and Mahabharata. Amazing stone work and a treat to watch. It is a pity to see these carvings are disfigured by ruthless invaders.  more »
  • The largest cave which contained a giant Hindu temple took your breath away. These were all carved out by hand over several generations. I am so glad we went to see these caves.  more »
  • We visited caves 16 and 14 with our friends who live in Aurangabad. They were amazing but unfortunately we did not have time to do the rest of the caves- maybe we will revisit. Would recommend at leas...  more »
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  • One of the best historical site I have visited these days. Maintained but not that well when compared to international standards. Definitely can be maintained with more care. Definite recommendation from my side but be ready for long walks and to spend good time to enJoy it better.
  • Nice place with historic importance. But the carvings have worn out to a great extent I believe. Government should have done better to preserve the rich culture and heritage.
  • Simply wonderful. It makes you understand how developed the culture of India was in the ancient times. Incredible place and a must see overall. Well maintained by the government. Do hire a guide to understand the place better.
  • Cave no. 16 Kailash Gufa is excellent and jain Gufas are also very good.
  • We visited Ellora and Ajanta in the same week; and my personal opinion would be that Ellora has examples of everything that Ajanta offers and more. If you have just two days to spare, I would recommend spending the time in Ellora and giving Ajanta a skip. Though Ajanta may be older and more unique due to the paintings, the scale of work and the grandeur of Ellora is unmatched. Ellora needs at least two days if you want to cover all the caves and explore at a leisurely pace. Ideal trip: - Arrive early in the morning and enter the cave complex by around 8 am. - Hire a guide if you want to cover all the essential spots within one day. - Else, buy a guide book outside for Rs.100, which gives an overview of all the essential caves. - Start with the Kailasanatha temple and then cover the caves in either direction. - Some of the bigger caves will need more time, so you can skip or quickly walk through the smaller caves. - Take a bottle of water and some eatables to keep you energized for all the walking and climbing. - Do not forget to carry powerful and bright torches!