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Ellora Cave Temples

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Located about 200 km northeast of Bombay in the Deccan plateau which separates north from south India is the famed cave temples of Ellora.

The cave temples of Ellora were excavated from the solid rock and symbolizes the three faiths of Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. Carved during the 350 AD to 700 AD period, these finest examples of cave - temple architecture houses detailed facades and exceptionally carved interiors.

The caves opening to the west are equally associated to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism. Out of total 34 caves, 12 caves to the south are Buddhist, the 17 in the centre dedicated to Hinduism, and the 5 caves to the north are dedicated to Jainism.

From south to north there are about 34 caves here, which corresponds more or less (Cave 21 with some significant exceptions) to the order in which they were constructed. The caves 1 to 12 in southernmost direction, are dedicated to Buddhism and were built in & around 7th & 8th centuries AD. The middle caves 13 to 29 are dedicated to Hindu deities, which dates back from 7th century to 9th century AD. The upper caves are related to Jainism (9th century).

Aurangabad at a distance of 30 kms is the closest city from these cave temples. These unparalleled cave tempes are memorable for their pricelessscontribution to the immense wealth of Indian heritag.

Ellora Caves

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» By Air : Aurangabad, the closest town from Ellora is just 30 km away and is the ideal base for air passengers. Aurangabad is directly linked to Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, and Mumbai.

» By Rail : Aurangabad is directly linked to Mumbai and Pune. Jalgaon, a railhead on the Central Railways line is the closest railhead from Ellora.

» By Road : The excellent road network in the state make easy road accessibility to the caves of Ellora from Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon, Shirdi, Nasik, Dhule, Ahmedabad, Hyderabad, Indore, Bijapur, and Aurangabad.

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