Ajanta and Ellora the Architectural Marvel and Masterpiece of Religious Art of ancient India
Posted on May 1, 2016
Deep, dark and fascinating- are the words that best sum the mysterious allure of Ajanta and Ellora caves, one of the architectural marvels and masterpiece of religious art of ancient India. Situated on the outskirts of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra, the caves are a testimony to the craft of the skilled artisans of bygone eras. It is no wonder that they top the list of almost all the India tour packages that are available for the historic traveler.
Go back in time….
Nestled in the dense natural vegetation of the Sahyadri hills the caves exude peace and serenity and are thronged by tourists the world over for their unsurpassed artistic splendor and engineering excellence. Being away as they are from the mad chaos of the city, the caves take you back in history to depict the story of a ruler who left his kingdom and riches to live a saintly life.
The Ajanta caves were discovered in early nineteenth century and total about 29 in number. Many of them are in the form of Chaitya Halls (prayer halls) and Viharas (residential rooms) which were devoted to Lord Buddha and used as places of meditation by the Buddhist monks in those times. The Ajanta caves are best known for their mural paintings which depict the various events and stories from the Jataka tales, regaling us with the earlier incarnations of Lord Buddha. The caves are one of the magnificent surviving examples of Indian sculpture and have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1983.
The Ellora caves which are located about 100 kms from Ajanta are another site which is frequently visited by tourists for their marvelous rock-cut architecture. The caves comprise of rock-hewn monuments depicting the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain religions. The world famous monolithic excavation, the Kailasa Temple lies here. This is truly an architectural marvel, the entire temple which consists of a gateway, pavilion, sanctum, assembly hall and the tower all being carved out of a single giant rock. The interior of the cave temple contains intricate and delicate art-work, something which has to be seen to be believed. Among the 100 odd caves, about 34 caves are frequented by the tourists. Of these, the first twelve caves belong to the Buddhist creed, the next 17 caves belong to Hinduism and the remaining 5 are Jaina.
There are several modes to get to this place and many Ajanta and Ellora tour packages are on offer but if one opts for luxury train tours one can get the ultimate travel experience. The Indian Maharaja or the Deccan Odyssey rail tours are two such options that can be availed of. You can also combine a visit to the caves along with other travel destinations as you choose a package from the several India tour packages available for the heritage connoisseur. There are many cheap Ajanta Ellora travel deals for the budget traveler too. Whatever india travel deals you choose, one must make a visit to the site if not for anything than to get a glimpse of the ancient culture prevailing at those times and be inspired by its artistic splendor. If you want to get more information write a mail to us or contact us.