Aurangabad to Ajanta 105Km
AJANTA is world’s greatest historical monument recognised by UNESCO located just 55kms from Jalgaon city and 105kms from Aurangabad City of Maharashtra, India. There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas and the rest are monasteries.These caves were discovered in AD 1819 and were built up in the earlier 2nd century BC-AD. Most of the paintings in Ajanta are right from 2nd century BC-AD and some of them about the fifth century …
AD and continued for the next two centuries. All paintings shows heavy religious influence and centre around Buddha, Bodhisattvas, incidents from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas. The paintings are executed on a ground of mud-plaster in the tempera technique.
Conjures before one’s vision, a dream of beauty- of caves, hidden in the midst of a lonely glen with a streamlet flowing down below, caves that were scooped out into the heart of the rock so that the pious Buddhist monk, out on mission to spread the tenets of Buddhism could dwell and pray, caves that the followers of Lord Buddha, embellished with architectural details with a skilful command of the hammer over the chisel, with sculpture of highest craftsmanship and above all, with the paintings of infinite charm.
At Ajanta, the paintings on the walls, illustrate the events in the life of prince Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism and in the more popular Jatakas stories pertaining to Buddha’s previous incarnation. According to the older conceptions, the Buddha wrought many deeds of kindness and mercy in a long series of transmigration as a Bodhisattva, before achieving his final birth as the sage of sakyas.
Incidentally they contain the scenes of semi-mythological history, the royal court and popular life of the ancient times, as told in romances and plays. Some pictures recall the Greek and Roman compositions and proportions, few late resemble to Chinese manners to some extent. But majority belongs to a phase, which is purely Indian, as they are found nowhere else. These monuments were constructed during two different periods of time separated by a long interval of four centuries. The older ones were the product of last to centuries before Christ and belong to Hinayana period of Buddhism in later part of 2nd century AD when Buddhism was divided into two sections, after the conduct of the fourth general council under another great king, Kanishka.
The entry fee per person for Indians is Rs. 40 and for foreigners it is Rs. 600. Children below 15 years can enter for free.
Where to stay
It will take a whole day to visit all the caves, which is why you’ll need to spend at least one night here. Plenty of staying options can be found in the city of Aurangabad, which is 110 km from the Ajanta caves. Here you can find hotels from luxury, budget, to cheap accommodation.
How to reach
The biggest city near the caves is Aurangabad. You can reach Aurangabad by rail, road and air. The city is well connected to various major cities of the country.
By air: The nearest airport is in Aurangabad, around 15 km away. Various flights can connect you to the caves from Mumbai, Udaipur, Bangalore, Haidrabad, Ahemdabad, Delhi and Jaipur.
By train: The nearest railway station is in Bhusawal station and is 65 km from the Ajanta caves. There are various major trains that stop on this route and the station.
By road: The city is connected to the national highway, which is why it is easy to reach Aurangabad and from there to Ajanta Caves from various cities of the country.
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