Ellora Caves Information
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Wolrd famous Ellora Caves situated 30 kilometers from Aurangabad city. Ellora Caves are World Heritage Site, really impressive rock cut temples & monasteries. There are 34 caves, structures excavated out of the vertical face of the hills. There are 12 Mahayana Buddhist caves (caves 1-12), 17 Hindu caves (caves 13-29) and 5 caves of the Jain faith (caves 30-34), 22 more caves, dedicated to Lord Shiva, were recently discovered. The Ellora Caves are not only a unique artistic creation but also with its sanctuaries devoted to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it illustrates the spirit of tolerance that was characteristic of ancient India.
The central attraction at Ellora is Kailash Temple (cave16), is the most remarkable. Shaped by hand from a single massive rock, it includes a gateway, exhibition area, square, hall, hut, sanctorum and tower which bear testimony to the excellence of Dravidian art. It is believed to have taken 7000 laborers, working in continuous shifts and 150 years to build. Ever since the first European visitors in 18th Century, Ellora has attracted chroniclers, antiquarians, scholars and in more recent years, ever- increasing number of tourists.
The Buddhist Caves: The Buddhist caves were the earliest structures, created between the 5th and 7th centuries. These consist mostly of monasteries: large, multi-storied buildings carved into the mountain face, including living quarters, sleeping quarters, kitchens, and other rooms.
The Hindu Caves: The Hindu caves were constructed in the beginning of the 7th century and represent a different style of creative vision & execution skills. Some were of such complexity that they required several generations of planning and coordination to complete.
The Jain Caves: The Jain caves reveal specific dimensions of Jain philosophy & tradition. They reflect a strict sense of simplicity – they are not relatively large as compared to others, but they present exceptionally detailed art works.
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Ellora Caves: How to reach Ellora Caves
You can reach Ellora Caves by Air, Train or by Road as per your convenience and
How to Reach Ellora by Flight
The nearest airport is at Aurangabad, 30 kms away from Ellora Caves.
Aurangabad has a good national airport, which is well connected to major cities
like Mumbai, Delhi & Hyderabad.
How to Reach Ellora by Rail
Aurangabad Railway station is nearest to Ellora Caves, there are a plenty of private car
services you can hire or you can avail the bus service from railway station to
How to reach Ellora by Road
There are public & private buses from Aurangabad to Ellora Caves. Alternative you can
hire private car, there are plenty of tour operator you can choose from. The drive from Aurangabad to
Ellora takes 1-2 hours.
Getting Around Ellora
If you are going from Aurangabad, you can get various places to stop by while you drive to Ellora Caves.
When you start your journey from Aurangabad after 15km you reached to Daulatabad
Fort, and an about 10km head to you will reach Khuldabad, a kind of calm &
beautiful hill station, there are few Sufi’s tomb to stop by, head over few
kilometer to east and you reach to Bhadra Maruti Mandir.
Our advice is to start off early morning and plan your
Ellora Caves visit accordingly so that you can visit all above mentioned places
while stopping at the Ellora Caves at the end of the day journey.
Ellora Caves: Best Time to Visit
The best time to visit Ellora Caves is during the months of October to February (winter season) and from June to September (monsoon season), these are the best time to visit Ellora Caves, as the weather is really pleasant during these months.
Although March, April and May are holiday season (most of the school & colleges are shut downs during these months) in India, but the temperature is really high during these months i.e. between 37 °C to 44 °C making the weather really hot and humid making it difficult to travel around the caves.
Ellora Caves: Visitor Information Centre
For more information about Ellora Caves you can contact the MTDC office in
Aurangabad at below address:
MTDC (Holiday Camp)
Station Road, Aurangabad,
Maharashtra- Pin Code 431001
Telefax: 0240-2331198, 0240-2334259
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