Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

Ellora Caves
4.5
Ancient Ruins • Caverns & Caves
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Spectacular rock cut caves and elaborate sculptures of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths are over 10 centuries old.
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sjain-USA
Herndon, VA15 contributions
The Kailasa temple is an out of the world marvel - amazing that these caves and the temple were made in 700-1000 AD.
Written 23 July 2022
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Jino
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Friends
Very scenic and full of diverse history, these caves are definitely worth it. They’ll be more crowded than Ajanta since they’re closer to Aurangabad but Ellora caves are a must-see.
If you need a kind and reliable driver, do reach out to Hussain: 9923616671 or 8855835494
mdhusain5494@gmail.com
Written 20 July 2022
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skb
5 contributions
Amazing architecture especially the Kailasa temple in Cave 16. Plan to spend some time at this place among other caves here.
Written 15 July 2022
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AKT
Bengaluru, India2 contributions
Ellora caves are a must do when visiting Aurangabad. Its a short distance from the city and the roads are good (unlike Ajanta).
Like many have mentioned below, I too hired Md Hussain for this trip and it was a good experience. The guide (Mr Ali) was a patient man answering my numerous queries. While at Ellora, do not miss the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple which is next door.

Should you wish to contact Hussain he is available at +919923616671, +918855835494.
Email id : mdhusain5494@gmail.com
Written 12 July 2022
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G2designin
New Delhi, India269 contributions
Took a short stop at Ellora.guides are available and they charge about 300/-. Since we didn't have time, we didn't take one. But without guide, one cannot relate its historical significance. Well maintained.
Written 4 July 2022
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kesharwaniashish
New Delhi, India93 contributions
Must visit for any Indian, rich history, do take a guide to know everything about the place, it takes around 2 - 2.5 hours to cover the caves, etc. Small entry fee.
Written 28 June 2022
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Hersh L
Mumbai, India23 contributions
Couples
Ellora Caves are an absolute must-visit on your trip to Aurangabad. Heck, it's worth making a trip to Aurangabad for Ellora (and Ajanta) caves - and for the people.

As pointed out by our super -knowledgeable guide, these caves are not really caves which are naturally occurring, but distinct and deliberate creations across centuries. The first set of caves at Ellora are Buddhist in origin, covering but Hinayana and Mahayana ideologies. Then come the Hindu ones, the crown jewel of which is Cave #16 aka Kailasa Temple. And a short bus ride away are the 4 Jain caves. Our guide, Ali, walked us through all the main sections, not just explaining the architecture, design and history behind the caves, but also engaging with us to clarify our many questions and thoughts. He was truly one of a kind and I recommend getting a guide if you are visiting Ellora for the first time - if you are lucky, you'll bump into Ali :)

Ellora caves and specifically Kailasa Temple, is deserving of finding it's place as one of the wonders of the world. It's beautiful and you should look to keep anywhere a minimum of 3-4 hours to fully explore the whole set of caves with a government-certified guide.

During our trip to Aurangabad, we also covered Ajanta caves, Khuldabad, Daulatabad/Deogiri fort, amongst other places. Our constant companion through 3 full days of our trip was Hussain, who not only took us around in his car but also provided valuable information and introduced us to the right people, shop, restaurants and much more to ensure our trip is well rounded. Above all, he was tireless and extremely helpful in every which way possible. With Hussain, there was never a dull moment or one where we felt that we were not taken care of. A true gem of a person, who made our trip amazing beyond compare.

The caves and other monuments around the city are quite a distance away, so even if you bring your own car, do consider having Hussain drive you around so you can enjoy the experience fully. The climb up Daulatabad/Deogiri fort or trekking about the caves tends to leave you tired and a taxi makes utmost sense.

Hussain has years of experience with foreign and domestic visitors, so do reach out to him and let him give you the best that Aurangabad has to offer. He also does inter-city pick up and drops.

MD Hussain. +91 9923616671
Mdhusin5494@gmail.com
Written 24 June 2022
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Ohtake
16 contributions
Solo
It is astonishing to see the level of perfection and scale of the stone cave ruins. It is not easy to imagine how long it took to build. It is a historical heritage site that impresses visitors so much. I arrived at 6:00 am by private taxi. The morning hours are less crowded and the cooler temperatures allow for a slower, more relaxed viewing of the site. The driver I used was friendly and sensibly priced. Contact details are provided for reference.

Md. Hussain
+91 9923616671
mdhussain5494@gmail.com
Written 17 June 2022
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Vaneet
India11 contributions
Family
It is very fantastic place for a visit. The caves are beautiful and well planned architecturally. It's a wonder how single rocks have been craved into such astonishingly beautiful and detailed temples. Must visit here with family and friends.
Written 14 June 2022
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Lakshmi R
Colombo, Sri Lanka18 contributions
Solo
A fantastic place where Buddhism Hinduism and Jainism blends together.Marvellous carvings on stone that will keep you mesmerized with memories and an experience that’s hard to explain.A big Thank you to Guide Vivek for spending so much time and answering all my questions.An unforgettable day and after visiting Ellora and passing Daulatabad and reaching Taj Aurangabad after a tiring day made me feel I am visiting this place again after many centuries.Thank you to the Staff at Taj Aurangabad for making me feel like a queen!Will defineitly stay at your lovely hotel next time when visiting Ellora and Ajanta for a longer stay,to experience the warmeth of Taj hospitality.
Written 5 June 2022
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