Ellora is pronounced in the same breath with Ajanta, but is known for different reasons. If Ajanta is known for its paintings, Ellora's claim to fame is the sculptures. In some hidden niches of the Western Ghats, these are splendid temples carved from solid rock long back in 600 AD.
Ellora was never 'rediscovered'. Known as Verul in ancient times, it has continuously attracted pilgrims through the centuries to the present day. The Ajanta Ellora caves, dating back to the period between 350 AD and 700 AD are carved into the sides of a hill 30 kilometers from Aurangabad. The finest specimens of cave-temple architecture, the Ellora caves represent the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism, thus gaining the status of spiritual tourist attractions in India and Maharashtra in particular. The most magnificent of these cave temples is the Kailasa Temple, the world's largest monolithic structure.
How to Reach Ellora
It is easy to reach Ajanta and Ellora caves by air, road and rail from the major cities of and states of India.
The nearest airport (which is a domestic airport) from these caves is situated in Aurangabad (15 kms) and can be reached directly from Delhi, Mumbai, Jaipur and Udaipur.
Aurangabad is the nearest railway station on South Central Railway Line, about 30 kms from Ellora.
Aurangabad is a major city of Maharashtra, therefore it is well connected by road. To reach Ellora Caves tourists should take a taxi from Aurangabad. There are State buses run from Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Shirdi, Nasik, Dhule, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore and Bijapur to Aurangabad.
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Last Updated on : 10/09/2013
Last Updated on : 03/09/2013