Maharashtra, India
Ajanta Caves

Ancient caves that depict a religion.

If exploring ancient Indian caves to gaze at some of the most stunning masterpieces sounds like something that is right up your alley, then the Ajanta Caves in Maharashtra is a stop you definitely must make. The Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is home to a collection of about 29 caves dating back from the 2nd century BC to 6th century AD, where the artwork within is generally designed to reflect the Buddhist religion. The caves form a unique horseshoe-shape, each representing different forms of Buddha – some adopt the older Theravada tradition and use symbols such as footprints as a representation, while others follow the Mahayana method and have colourful statues and murals dedicated to the religious tales. Whatever the method, you are bound to amazed at these cave artworks, withstanding the test of time and tide.

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Tips Before You Go
Hop on the shuttle bus all the way up to the Ajanta Caves to skip the long walk up, likely to be tough for the elderly, disabled and children, the shuttle bus is recommended for all. To maximise your trip to the beautiful caves, it is best to bring torchlights to illuminate the dark caves and come as early as 9 in the morning or perhaps get your tickets in advance! A sure way to ensure you will not be swamped by crowds, Ajanta Caves awaits you.
Maharashtra 431117, India