Ajanta is a world heritage site.
The 30 rock-cut caves at Ajanta have been excavated in a panoramic, horseshoe shaped gorge of the Waghora river. They elong to two distinct phase of Budhism- the earlier Hinayana phase from the 2nd century BC to the 1st century AD and the later Mahayana phase from the 5th century AD to the 6th Century AD.
Among the finest examples of early Buddhist architecture, cave-paintings and sculpture, these caves comprise Chaitya halls or shrines and Viharas or monasteries.
Some of the magnificent paintings, for which Ajanta is world-famous, can be seen in Caves 1,2, 9, 10 , 16 and 17. They depict episodes from the life of the Buddha and scenes from the Jataka tales which relate to the Buddha’s previous incarnations as a Bodhisattva.
The sculptures, on the façade of some of the caves and in the shrines contain superb images of the Buddha. More remarkable among these is the one depicting the Buddha’s Mahaparinirvana- his ultimate release from the cycle of rebirth, in Cave 26 evoking a sense of awe and reverence.
How to reach:
The nearest city is Aurangabad which is approx. 100 km from Ajanta caves.
Aurangabad is the nearest Air point for Ajanta. It can be reached from New Delhi and Mumbai (Bombay), international airport.
If coming by train, Jalgaon is the nearest station. It is centre point of all major railway stations of India and has Bhusaval (Just 28kms from Jalgaon) as Second largest depot of railways in entire Asia. All Super-Fast, express, mail and passenger trains stops at Bhusaval and most of them at Jalgaon as well. You can check online status of availability of reservation on Indian railways official website. From Jalgaon, you can pick up Taxi/ state transport department bus to reach Ajanta.
Cave timing : 9.00AM to 17.30PM
Ajanta Caves remains open throughout year with weekly Holiday of Monday