Rediscover the mystic magic of Ajanta Caves
Explore the mystic and magic of Ajanta and Ellora caves in Aurangabad through vacations in India tours. The fascinating ajanta elora caves were excavated between the 2nd and 6th century AD and are a great tourist attraction The rock-cut cave monuments dating from the second century BCE, contains paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of both “Buddhist religious art’ and “universal pictorial art”.
You will step back in time when you visit the Ajanta caves which are located in the vicinity of the city Ajanta, in the northeast Indian state Maharashtra. They are located about 60 miles north of the city Aurangabad. Deep into the steep U-shaped valley cut by the Waguma River, you will be amazed at the numerous large cave temples carved into the valley’s rocks. In a Mahayana cave, you will be able to see the well-maintained wall paintings that depict the life of Buddha. All of the caves were listed during 1983 by UNESCO on its world cultural heritage list.
From the 2nd century to the 5th century the valley was inhabited by the Buddhist. They carved and decorated the large rock caves; each taking about 30 years to carve out and decorate. During the 5th century, even though the Buddhists were located in the valley, they were still banished from the beautiful and safe caves they so loved. Soon the caves were worn down by the weather and time.
While on a tiger hunt during 1819, the British cavalry officer John Smith slipped through a hole and accidentally discovered cave 10. After that, the other caves were gradually discovered as explorers found the narrow doors that were carved into the rock.
When you enter the cave, you will be in awe at the rock Buddha carvings, and the plaster paintings that decorate the walls. In other caves you will see warriors paying homage to Buddha, one in Chinese clothing and one in Roman clothing. This shows how important Buddha was in the world, and his impact on Rome, China and other countries around the world. Another cave contains a Stupa—which is a large Buddha carved out of rock.