Tag : Cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site
Built in : During 5th and 7th century BC.
Year of Inscription : 1983
Reasons for Inscription : Criteria number (1), (3) and (6). Ellora Caves is a valued paradigm of creative brilliancy by humans. These caves are the exclusive figures of primitive traditions, art and architecture.
Category : Archaeological site, South (East) Asian
Timing : 9 AM until sunset
Closed : Tuesday
Ellora Caves is a renowned tourist place in India. The caves, situated at a distance of around 30 kilometers from Aurangabad, are famous for their amazing architecture and style. These caves are manmade temples cut into an enormous stonework hillside, constructed by generations of Jain, Hindu and Buddhist monks. Ellora Caves comprise of 34 cave temples from the period between the 6th and 11th centuries AD. Among these temples 12 are Mahayana Buddhist caves that date back to 550-750 AD, while 17 are Hindu caves belonging to 600-875 AD and 5 caves of the Jains from 800-1000 AD. The Kailasa Temple, in cave number 16, is the most outstanding of all.
The Caves in Ellora are a wonderful amalgamation of Hindu, Jain and Buddhists cultures. Amazingly, the most unbelievable fact about these caves is the incredible rock cut sculptures made by hands, with just a chisel and hammer. The Ellora Caves had remained cloaked in obscurity for more than a hundred years.
In 1819, a British Army Officer, John Smith, unintentionally stumbled upon these caves during his hunting expedition. The skill of the myriad unknown Indian artists at Ellora, astounds and fascinates the tourists. Tourists are certain to walk away with some great insights about India's affluent cultural inheritance.
Aurangabad is the nearest airport from Ellora Caves.
The nearest railway station is Jalgaon.
The caves are well linked by excellent roadway network to the major cities like Mumbai, Pune, Jalgaon, Shirdi, Aurangabad, Ahmadnagar, Nasik, Bijapur, Ahmedabad, Hydrabad and Indore.