Indulge yourself in archaeology, history and have an overall grand adventure exploring the ancient caves and relics of the Ajanta and Ellora caves of Aurangabad, India.
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The fabulous, mind boggling Ajanta caves are a series of 29 rock cut Buddhist cave monuments that were built in two phases starting in the 2nd Century BCE and then in 400-650 CE
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The caves contain paintings and sculptures which are masterpieces of Buddhist art including sculptures of the Buddha and depictions of tales from the Jataka (Buddhist literature). A place to live, learn and study, the caves were a sort of college monastery to Buddhist monks to achieve enlightenment.
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Ellora, 29 kilometers from Aurangabad, represents the pinnacle of Indian rock cut architecture. The 34 caves were constructed from the vertical hill face during the Rashtrakuta dynasty.
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The twelve Buddhist caves, sixteen Hindu caves and four Jain caves built in close proximity with each other are a clear indication of the religious harmony of those times.
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These exquisite monuments were crafted by hand, with only a hammer and chisel as aid. The splendor of the paintings and sculptures at Ajanta, combined with the magnificent architecture at Ellora makes a visit to these caves completely, absolutely and without any reservations worth your while.