The perfect traveller's guide to the Ajanta Caves!

Updated: Aug 23, 2021

The Ajanta Caves in India are a truly spectacular and famed tourist-attraction and definitely a place worth seeing. It is not only a cave but an entire rock carved city built in it! But, before we dive in, I have got something special for you!


Trivia Time!


Did you know that during Aurangzeb's rule, a wall was built around Aurangabad in 1682. The entire wall was terraced and was built of solid masonry. A total of 54 gates were built for entering the city. The total length of the entire wall is six miles but is not very high.


In 1653 Prince Aurangzeb made Fatehnagar his capital and called it Aurangabad. Aurangabad is sometimes referred to as Khujista Bunyad by the Chroniclers of Aurangzeb's rule.


Naan Khaliya is Aurangabad's historic dish. Each city has a special signature dish that is exclusive to it and in the case of Aurangabad, the exclusive non-veg dish that only the city can call its own is Naan Khaliya.


Guavas are very rich in level of pectin,dietary fiber and vitamin C. It is a very famous fruit in Aurangabad.


 

Located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, the Ajanta Caves are a group of about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave temples. It is among the most exquisite examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculptures. These caves include Chaitya halls or shrines, dedicated to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monasteries which were used by Buddhist monks for meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings.





These caves were built during the Vakataka dynasty, during the rule of Harisena, and at the end of his rule, these caves were abandoned. Inside the caves, there are beautiful paintings showing the life of Gautam Buddha, and also stories from Jataka Tales.


The caves were built in two phases, the first starting around the 2nd century BCE and the second occurring from 400 to 650 CE. The site is a preserved monument in the care of the Archaeological Survey of India, and since 1983, the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.




How to get there?


How to get there... Hmm. That's a really important question... Luckily we have the answer! To get to Ajanta Caves from Kolkata, You need to book a flight from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport to Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Airport, Sambhaji Nagar. Then you need to take a taxi or bus to Ajanta Caves.


Now, saying this I shall bid my farewell with an image for your inspiration... See you next time!



 

Sunset at the Ajanta Caves











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