Historical Ajanta Caves

Historical Ajanta Caves

Situated more than 100 kilometers north of the city of Aurangabad and located in the northern state of Maharashtra, Ajanta Caves is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These impressive caves have taken its name from the neighboring village of Ajanta, 12 miles from the area.

The caves, which serve as one of the most famous events in India, were accidentally discovered in 1819 during a hunting expedition that pleased Captain John Smith. Today, Ajanta, caves is not only a popular tourist destination but also very important in understanding the broader Indian history.

These caves are found in a rock cave, which is shaped like a horseshoe and is about 76 feet high with a stream that connects with the Waghur River. Ajanta is a sacred site for Buddhists, whose masters return to this area because of their natural resilience. Although they were clusters of caves, each cave was not painted all at once. In all, 30 mines were mined.

The cave group was then split into two main groups. The first set of caves became Buddhist monuments that took place in the 1st and 2nd centuries B.C.E. The second Buddhist history dates back to a short period of the 5th to 6th centuries A.D. During this time, the Gupta Dynasty ruled the country and led what is today known as the Indian golden era.

Ajanta is considered by many professionals, as the birthplace of Indian art. The walls of these caves are covered with exquisite exemplars, and very tall heavy metals. The paintings on the wall in these magnificent caves are very expressive of Buddha's life. They are hailed as some of the greatest Buddhist art in the world ever known.

Although very old, many cave paintings are kept in perfect condition. Thus, giving the younger generation the opportunity to learn more about the role of Buddhism in the region and the progress of Indian art during this period of years. Considered the most important Cave 10 of all these caves is Cave 10, which was the first cave into which Smith entered. The prominence of Cave 10 is due to its age (started in the second century) and the building of the oldest house of Buddhist life.

The closest airport to the Ajanta Cave is Aurangabad. From here, you can rent a taxi to take you to the attractions. The nearest train station to Ajanta is the one in Jalgaon, 1.5 hours from the actual location. It is possible to rent a car from nearby cities and drive into caves.

Ajanta Cave welcomes visitors daily except Monday, from 9am to 5:30 pm. The place is still open during the national holidays but can be really busy. A reception fee of 250 rupees for foreign visitors will allow them access to not only Ajanta but also its cave system called Ellora. Accommodations can be found in the city of Ajanta, the Ellora area, the city of Jalgaon and Aurangabad. You can reach the caves by walking along a paved walkway. Each cave has its own flight of steps, connected to the stream.

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