100 km northeast of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the world famous site of Ajanta is home to some 29 rock-hewn Buddhist caves which were excavated into the scarp of a cliff of a hillside set in the valley of the Waghora River. Of these four are Chaityas and the rest viharas (monasteries). These caves were constructed from the 2nd century BC to 7th century AD.
The spectacular sculpture and lovely paintings with which the Ajanta caves adorned make them one of the most splendid monuments of ancient India. The murals depict scene from the life of the Buddha and from the Jatakas.
Among the many works of genius of Ajanta, the statue of Avlokitsvara Padmapani in the pose called tribhanga is something that defies imagination.
How to reach
Air: Nearest airport to Ajanta is Aurangabad which is 106 km from the place. The Aurangabad airport is connected by flights with major cities in India.
Rail the nearest railway station to Ajanta is Jalgaon railway station which is 59 km from the place. Jalgaon railway station is connected with all major cities and places in India.
Road: Ajanta is approachable by regular buses, taxis, coaches and tourist cabs from different parts of Maharashtra.
Best Time to visit
This is one of the places where you can visit throughout the year.