Ellora

Ellora is one of the largest rock-cut monastery temple caves complexes in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site in Maharashtra, India. The site presents monuments and artwork of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The caves at Ellora were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills between the 6th and 10th centuries.

The coexistence of structures from three different religions serves as a splendid visual representation of the prevalent religious tolerance of India. There are 34 caves in all: 12 Buddhist caves, 17 Hindu caves and 5 Jain caves. The caves are numbered roughly chronologically, starting with the oldest Buddhist caves at the south end. The Ellora caves are also known as ‘Verul Leni’ and are located at a distance of about 30 km from Aurangabad. During the monsoon season, the caves appear even more beautiful and so people throng the caves in large numbers to take a glimpse of Mother Nature in full bloom.

Weather

Surrounded by a lush green valley, Ellora has pleasant weather all around the year. From the month of March till May, summer season remains hot and humid. The average temperature lies in the range of 21°C to 35°C but can rise up to a maximum of 42°C.

During Monsoon Season, Max temperature remains around 35°C.

Winters season remains cold with the temperature reaching as low as 10°C. The preferable months to visit this site during winters will be from November to February. The best season to visit Ellora is during winters.

How to Reach

Chikalthana Airport of Aurangabad is the nearest airport to Ellora, it connects to other major cities of India. Regular flights from Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi and Udaipur are available for Aurangabad and from there one can find a bus or a taxi to Ellora caves.

Apart from Aurangabad railway station, Jalgaon railway station is the closest railway station that is situated 59 km away from Ellora.

Key attractions/Sightseeing

Panchakki (Water Mill): To commemorate the Muslim saint, Baba Shah Muzaffar, Panchakki was built in 1624 A.D. The mill derives its name from a mill using water power for grinding corn.

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