Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad
Ajanta Caves are rock-cut monuments dating from the second century BC. These caves were declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983.
There are 30 caves in Ajanta of which 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaityas and the rest are viharas.
Cave # 1
This is the first cave on the eastern end of the ‘horse-shoe’. It has been proposed that the Vakataka king Harisena may have been the benefactor of this cave.
The paintings depict incidents from the life of Buddha and the Jatakas.
Cave # 2
Cave # 6
This was the first important cave of the Mahayana phase.
Cave # 7
In front of the ‘Miracle of Saraswati’
Cave # 10
Cave # 16
Buddha in the Abhayamudra (teaching gesture)
Cave # 19
This is a chaitya (meditation hall), with many paintings and sculptures.
Cave # 21
Cave # 23
Cave # 24
This cave was never completed due lack of funds.
Cave # 26
The imposing Chaitya Horseshoe Arch
Cave Timings: 9AM to 17.30PM
Ajanta Caves remain closed on Monday and Ellora Caves remain closed on Tuesday.
Both caves remain open on all national holidays