Magical UNESCO Caves
Ajanta and Ellora Caves, located in the state of Maharashtra, are renowned for their ancient rock-cut architecture, mesmerising sculptures and stunning frescoes, showcasing the rich cultural and artistic heritage of India.
Originally called Khadki, the city was renamed by Malik Ambar in 1610. After the Nizam Shāhī dynasty’s fall in 1633, it came under Mughal rule. Renamed Aurangabad, it became the headquarters of Aurangzeb during his Deccan viceroyalty. Presently known as Sambhaji Nagar, it is well-connected by flights from Delhi, Mumbai, and other cities, offering accommodation in good four and five star hotels.
Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ajanta & Ellora Caves, located about 100 kilometers and 32 kilometers from the city, respectively.
Ajanta Caves, featuring 29 rock-cut Buddhist monuments dating from the 2nd century BCE to 480 CE, are renowned for expressive paintings and sculptures. Built in two phases, the caves showcase ancient Indian artistry.
Ellora Caves, a multi-religious rock-cut complex with over 100 caves dating from the 6th century CE onwards, highlight Hindu, Buddhist and Jain influences, reflecting religious harmony in ancient India.
Recognised for their exceptional architecture, Ellora Caves were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 1983.