Ajanta caves are located at the distance of 107 km North of the Aurangabad. These caves named by the nearest village Ajenta which is 12 km from these caves. These caves were discovered in 1819 AC by the Army officer of Madras Regiment of British Army, during his hunting expeditions.
There are about 800 Buddhist caves spread across Maharashtra, out of these 29 are at world heritage site Ajenta. All these caves are spread near the Waghura River. These caves are excavated in horse–shoe shaped bend of rock surface nearly 76 m in height. Ajanta had a large emphasis on teaching like all other ancient Buddhist monasteries. These are divided into several different caves for living, education and worship, under a central direction. Out of 29 caves, 5 caves are chaityagrihas (Cave number 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29) and others are viharas.
Best Time to Visit: You can visit these caves during June to February of the year. During March to May the temperature of this area reach about 45°C.
Nearby Tourist Attractions:
Daulatabad Fort: This fort is one of the best preserved forts. The fort is situated on the 190 meter high isolated cone shaped hill which rising suddenly. This fort is about 115 km from Ajanta caves.Verul Caves (Ellora Caves): Verul Caves commonly known as Ellora Caves shows mutual tolerance between Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Religions. Verul caves spread over the 2 km area of the mountain range Satmal. These caves are about 110 km from Ajanta.
Bhadra Maruti: Bhadra Maruti temple is about 100 km from Ajanta Caves. The temple is located in a small village. In this temple The lord hanuman is in sleeping posture and formed by the natural stone.
How to Reach to Ajanta:
By Air: The nearest airport is at Aurangabad.
By Train: The nearest rail head is at Jalgaon which is about 60 kms away from Ajanta.
By Road: State transport buses ply regularly from Pune, Mumbai and Aurangabad.