Ajanta Caves

Situated in the Aurangabad district, the Ajanta Caves boast of Buddhist shrines hewn out of soft basalt rock. They are located on the side of a stony cliff that is on the upper side of a U-shaped gorge on the tiny river Waghur in the Deccan plateau. Hailing back in time to the 2nd century BCE and 40 CE, these magnificent caves are home to some rare sculptures of the culture and tradition of that age. It’s magical how the figures nestled in these caves are almost unscathed by time. Each cave within has a different story to tell with a quaint sense of tantric Buddhism from his past lives to his rebirths.

These caves are home to some of the earliest monasteries and worship-halls of diverse Buddhist customs etched into a 250-feet solid rock wall. Located a few kilometres away from the heart of Aurangabad the site is under the purview of the Archaeological Survey of India. A tour of the entire site would take you anywhere between 4.5 to 5 hours. It’s a steep walk up and downhill, so it’s important to go well prepared. One of the famous monuments of Maharashtra, these caves lure a flock of tourists during the holiday season.

Ajanta Caves opening timings are from 9 am to 5 pm. The timings need to be checked before visiting the site. You can also visit other monuments in Aurangabad like Ellora Caves, Bibi KaMaqbara, Aurangabad Caves, Daulatabad Fort.

# The location of Ajanta Caves is in the northern part of Maharashtra and is almost a two-hour drive from the city of Aurangabad. A few hotels near Ajanta Caves are Hotel View Point, Hotel Padmapani, Hotel Murli Manohar, Hotel AGC. Ajanta Caves address is Aurangabad District, Maharashtra 431117. It is best explored from the city of Aurangabad and you will get many local guides to take you there.

# The ticket price for Ajanta Caves for Indians is Rs 30 and for foreign tourists, it is Rs 500. The entry fee for SAARC and BIMSTEC tourists is Rs 30 each. A few other interesting things to do in Aurangabad are visiting Paithani Silk Weaving Centre, or Shrimat Chatrapati Shivaji Museum dedicated to the Maratha hero. One can also experience the Ellora Ajanta Aurangabad festival during the month of January and enjoy the local culture and tradition.

# You can now buy tickets for Ajanta Caves online from Yatra.com. You can easily book tickets online for ancient monuments across the country on the website of Yatra, India’s leading online travel aggregator. Visit the website today and browse through the museums and historical sites to check their ticket price.


Did You Know?

* It is said that the paintings and sculptures adorning the walls of the caves were the creation of the Buddhist monks who used to take refuge inside the caves during monsoon.

* The stories depicted on the walls are basically the life history of Buddha himself. The monks carved out tales and descriptions of Buddha’s life with strong artistic influences from Sri Lanka and Tibet.

About Ajanta Caves

Situated in the Aurangabad district, the Ajanta Caves boast of Buddhist shrines hewn out of soft basalt rock. They are located on the side of a stony cliff that is on the upper side of a U-shaped gorge on the tiny river Waghur in the Deccan plateau. Hailing back in time to the 2nd century BCE and 40 CE, these magnificent caves are home to some rare sculptures of the culture and tradition of that age. It’s magical how the figures nestled in these caves are almost unscathed by time. Each cave within has a different story to tell with a quaint sense of tantric Buddhism from his past lives to his rebirths.

These caves are home to some of the earliest monasteries and worship-halls of diverse Buddhist customs etched into a 250-feet solid rock wall. Located a few kilometres away from the heart of Aurangabad the site is under the purview of the Archaeological Survey of India. A tour of the entire site would take you anywhere between 4.5 to 5 hours. It’s a steep walk up and downhill, so it’s important to go well prepared. One of the famous monuments of Maharashtra, these caves lure a flock of tourists during the holiday season.

Ajanta Caves opening timings are from 9 am to 5 pm. The timings need to be checked before visiting the site. You can also visit other monuments in Aurangabad like Ellora Caves, Bibi KaMaqbara, Aurangabad Caves, Daulatabad Fort.

# The location of Ajanta Caves is in the northern part of Maharashtra and is almost a two-hour drive from the city of Aurangabad. A few hotels near Ajanta Caves are Hotel View Point, Hotel Padmapani, Hotel Murli Manohar, Hotel AGC. Ajanta Caves address is Aurangabad District, Maharashtra 431117. It is best explored from the city of Aurangabad and you will get many local guides to take you there.

# The ticket price for Ajanta Caves for Indians is Rs 30 and for foreign tourists, it is Rs 500. The entry fee for SAARC and BIMSTEC tourists is Rs 30 each. A few other interesting things to do in Aurangabad are visiting Paithani Silk Weaving Centre, or Shrimat Chatrapati Shivaji Museum dedicated to the Maratha hero. One can also experience the Ellora Ajanta Aurangabad festival during the month of January and enjoy the local culture and tradition.

# You can now buy tickets for Ajanta Caves online from Yatra.com. You can easily book tickets online for ancient monuments across the country on the website of Yatra, India’s leading online travel aggregator. Visit the website today and browse through the museums and historical sites to check their ticket price.


Did You Know?

* It is said that the paintings and sculptures adorning the walls of the caves were the creation of the Buddhist monks who used to take refuge inside the caves during monsoon.

* The stories depicted on the walls are basically the life history of Buddha himself. The monks carved out tales and descriptions of Buddha’s life with strong artistic influences from Sri Lanka and Tibet.

Outstanding Universal Value

The Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra have found their way in the memoirs of a Mughal official of Akbar era in the early 17th century. Lost in the abounding lush green landscapes, they were accidentally discovered and were excavated in 1819 by a British colonial officer on a tiger-hunting party. They have been known to be first stated about in the chaityas and are the most ancient monuments. A major part of these caves were created in the 2nd century BC. With the downfall of the Vakataka empire in 480 AD, these caves were soon abandoned after the death of Harishena. The loyal patrons of these caves fled and Buddhist monasteries.

Monument Information

Address

" Maharashtra 431117"

How To Reach

  • Nearest Airport :Aurangabad Domestic Airport
  • Nearest Railway Station :Jalgaon Railway Station
  • Nearest Bus Station : Ajanta Foot Cave Bus Stop

Opening Hours

  • Opening Time : 06:00:00 am
  • Closing Time :06:00:00 pm

Weather

  • Monsoon : Minimum: 23°C, Maximum: 30°C

    Summer : Minimum: 21°C, Maximum: 40°C

    Winter : Minimum: 13°C, Maximum: 33°C

    Recommended Season to Visit : Winter season (October to March)

Facilities available At the Monument

  • Signages (In Braille as well).
  • Toilets for Ladies & Gentleman.
  • Benches
  • Wheelchairs & Wooden Ramps for differenly abled.
  • RO Drinking Water Facility
  • Sales Counter.
  • Basic facilities available.

Accommodation near the monument

Contact Details

  • Mr. M.S. Chauhan
  • Phone: 91-240-2400620, 2400602
  • E-mail: Circleaur.asi@gmail.com

Ticket Information

Terms & Conditions

  • The e-ticket is not transferable.
  • Entry Fee is not refundable.
  • E-ticket cancellations are not permitted.
  • The Monument is open for visitors between sunrise and sunset.
  • Visitor shall be required to show photo identity proof in original at the entry to the monument.
  • Edibles are not allowed inside the monument.
  • Inflammable/dangerous/explosive articles are not allowed.
INDIAN Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
FOREIGNER Visitor:
Total ₹ 600
₹ 600 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
SAARC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax
BIMSTEC Visitor:
Total ₹ 40
₹ 40 - by ASI as Entry fee & ₹ 0 - by ADI as Toll tax