The Ajanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site located about a 100 kms from the city of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra on State Highway No.8, and 55 km from Jalgaon.
There are 29 caves at Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas and the rest are monasteries, dating back to between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. These caves were discovered by an Army Officer in the Madras Regiment of the British Army in 1819 during one of his hunting expeditions.
These caves are excavated in horse–shoe shaped bend of rock surface nearly 76 m in height overlooking a narrow stream known as Waghora. The original entrance to the caves was along the riverbed, each cave having a flight of stairs leading up to it. Everything including the contemporary people, kings, slaves, women, men and children are seen in the Ajanta wall paintings interlaced with flowers, plants, fruits, birds and beasts. There are also the figures of yakshas, kinneras (half human and half bird) gandharvas (divine musicians), apsaras (heavenly dancers), which were of concern to the people of that time.
How to reach Ajanta Caves:
By Air: Aurangabad is the nearest Air point for Ajanta.
By Rail: Jalgaon is the nearest railway station for Ajanta. An even more major station is Bhusaval, 28km from Jalgaon
9.00AM to 17.30PM Indian Standard Time (IST)
Ajanta Caves remain closed on Monday.
Entry fee for Visiting Ajanta Caves:
The entry fees for Ajanta Caves is mentioned below.