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The Ajanta Caves
                  The Ajanta Caves are situated 108 kms. north-east of Aurangabad. They are carved in rock in the form of a horse-shoe with stream Waghora flowing through it. Thirty Buddhist caves; some unfinished comprising of either viharas(monastic halls) or chaityas(chapels) are situated in its surroundings. They potray Buddhist architecture and sculpture in India. The creation of the caves dates back to some period between 200 B.C. and 600 A.D. The caves were accidently discovered in
1819 by a group of British Officers on a hunting expedition. The Ajanta paintings and sculptures illustrate the major events from the life of the Buddha and tales from the 'Jatakas'.
          Desite its age, most sculptures remain well preserved. Natural light illuminates the caves at certain times of the day that leaves one gazing at architectural brilliance. The Ajanta Caves is placed on the World Heritage List of Monuments and is today an important tourist landmark and a true 'Wonder of the World'.

  • Carry drinking water and snacks although some canteens have been built at the foot of the caves.
  • The atmosphere within gets warmer towards afternoon.
  • Timings : The caves are open from 6.00 am to 5.30 pm.
  • Transport Facilities : ST buses offer an Ellora and Aurangabad city tour daily. Taxis, auto-rickshaws and Tongas(horse-carriages) are means of transport.
  • Train : Aurangabad is on the south central railway and is connected to Mumbai by daily trains Devnagri and Tapovan Express.
  • Road : Mumbai-Aurangabad, 388 kms. Private and MTDC luxury buses operate daily from Mumbai to Aurangabad.

For further details contact :
M.T.D.C Aurangabad
Holiday Resort
Station Road
Tel : (0240) 331513, 331198.

      M.T.D.C Mumbai CDO Hutments
Madame Cama Road,
Near LIC Bldg.
Tel : 2026713.
Fax : 2852182.

Location Situated 170kms. from Mumbai at the foot of Parvati Hills.
Area 146 sq. kms.
Altitude 1,800 ft. above sea level
Temperature Varies from 18 degrees in winter to 36 degrees in summer.
Rainfall 424 cms annually (June to October)
Peak Season October to May.
Languages Spoken Marathi, Hindi, English.
Places of Interest Raja Kelkar Museum : 8.00a.m. to 5.30 pm
Aga Khan's Palace : 9am to 5.30 pm
Lal Devlal :
Saras Baug : 8am to 5.30 pm
Osho Ashram :Conducted tour timings 10.30am to 11.30 am

Karla Caves
             Karla caves are about 10 kms. from Lonavala.They are the largest Chaitya cave present in India dating back to 80 B.C. The Chaitya Hall is about 45m long, 15m wide and 16m high and its arched ceiling has wooden rafters that have remained intact through the centuries. A pillar with three lions on its face stands on one side of the caves the temple of Goddess Ekveera on the other.

Bhaja & Bedsa Caves
        Close on heels are the Bhaja and Bedsa caves.The Bhaja caves are as old as the Karla caves. The road is motorable to the foot of the caves and the remaining distance of about 1.6km is to be covered on foot. There are 18 caves in all.

Getting There :
  • Nearest Airport  : Pune, 56kms.
  • Nearest Station : Malavli, 2kms. on Central Railway
                            Lonavala, 10kms.
  • Road               : 114 kms. from Mumbai. ST buses ply from Mumbai, Pune and Lonavala to Karla.

Ellora Caves
            The Ellora caves located 29kms North-West of Aurangabad. They were constructed between the sixth and tenth century A.D. Included in the World Heritage List are 34 caves- 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 of the Jain faith. They extend in a north-south linear arrangement and are numbered in a sequence. The Buddhist caves occupy the southernmost part of the site, the Hindu monuments are
located in the middle and the Jain caves are located to the north.

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