Cultural Tour to Ajanta and Ellor Caves

The famous Ajanta and Ellora caves, shrines cut out of rock, by hand, and rank amongst some of the most outstanding specimens of ancient Indian architectural heritage. The caves are located just outside the village of Ajinha in Aurangabad district in the Indian state of Maharashtra and since 1983, these Caves are listed as one UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Ajanta Caves are a series of 29 Buddhist cave temples in Ajanta, India; which depict the story of Buddhism, spanning a period from 200 BC to 650 AD.
There are approximately 30 caves, of which cave number are 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are chaitya-grihas. The rest of the caves have been found to comprise of monasteries. There are some unsurpassable paintings in the caves, each of which centers around Buddhist religion and illustrates the life and incarnations of Buddha. Some of them portray Lord Buddha, some Bodhisattvas, while some other are based on the Jatakas tales and incidents from the life of Lord Buddha.

The 34 Ellora caves represent the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. These caves are an impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain cave temples built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD near the ancient Indian village of Ellora demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of ancient history.
The magnificent Ellora Caves were built at time when Buddhism was declining in India and Hinduism was beginning to reassert itself.

The 12 Buddhist caves to the south also called Vishvakarma caves are the oldest Ellora caves which were used for study, meditation, communal rituals, eating and sleeping.
The 17 centre dedicated caves were created during a time of prosperity and revival of Hindusim, they occupy the center of the cave complex, grouped around either side of the famous Kailash Temple. These caves are dedicated to the god Shiva, but there are also some images of Vishnu and his various incarnations.
The 5 caves to the north are Jain which reflects the distinctiveness of Jain philosophy and tradition. Many of these Jain caves have rich paintings in the ceilings, fragments which are still visible.

The Buddha tour India is one of the life time experiences, India Buddhist Tours is incomplete without exploring the magnificent Ajanta and Ellora caves. All these Buddhist Tour Detonations India are associated with important events of Buddha’s life, visited by Buddha or later thrived into great Buddhist centers