Aurangabad to Ellora Caves (35Km)
Ellora Caves are a World Heritage Site and are famous for their architecture. The place is a complex of monasteries and Buddhist temples that have been cut out of a single mountain rock. These 34 caves are actually halls of worship that were built during the 5th century AD. It is a unique creation that unites three religions, that of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. You can see the element of tolerance that is even today a basic characteristic of India. The attraction of Ellora Caves is centered at the Kailasa Temple, which is a marvelous example of the Dravidian art.
The rock-cut caves of Ellora have a long history that goes back to the 6th century. The caves were built during the time period between the 6th and the 10th centuries. The work began around 550 AD. This was a time when Buddhism was in decline and Hinduism was a strong religion here. It was during the period of the Chalukya dynasty that Hinduism came to surface again. History says that the kings of the Rashtrakuta and the Chalukya oversaw the work at these caves and temples. The last of the structures seems to have been built in the 10th century.
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 35 km from the 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 Aurangabad and is 35 km from the Ellora 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 Ellora Caves from various cities of the country.
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