Ellora Caves
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Pradeep Chandra Sati
Mumbai, India48 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Family
Ellora caves are famous for work on stone whereas Ajanta caves are famous for painting on wall beside stone work. Both places are must visit place if one is visiting Maharashtra. Both are world heritage sites.
Written 24 January 2020
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Sandeep Chatterjee
New Delhi, India4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Family
Tour of Ellora from Aurangabad was quite nice.we were family of 3 where my aged mother in law was also accompanied us.It was important to have safe n comfortable ride& it is possible only when u get right vehicle n driver.

We got nice guidance about the road condition,climate, road eateries etc from our tour driver Mr. Hussain.His mobile no:-9923616671,8855835494

He is a local person from Aurangabad and he knows practically everything about the city n tourist spots.We had quite comfortable ride with him. Well behaved, humbled, polite in nature & helpful.

We tried local cuisine for dinner n local markets for shopping guided by Hussain

His swift desire was very comfortable, clean and he is experienced driver. Would recommend him for any tour in and around Aurangabad, ajanta , ellora etc.
Written 21 March 2022
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Ajit
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Magnificent view into the heritage of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism!
Understanding the history and message behind the sculptures makes them even more interesting and impressive.

We were helped by Guide Ayaz +91 99609 04030.
His guidance was a really helpful for us to connect with the fabulous murals.

More needs to be done to safeguard the sculptures from graffiti etc. I suppose the Archeological Survey of India (ASI) has done some good work and is working on more.
Written 22 February 2023
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kaki77
New Delhi, India4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022 • Family
1. We were two families on a 3 day trip to Aurangabad. Ellora Caves was on day 2 of our trip.
2. To cut things short, a must do place. Approx 3-4 hours of time inside the complex is needed. This time does not include breaks/ food, so plan accordingly.
3. A guide is must if one wants to really know the details and intricacies involved in the architecture. Ayaz 9960904030 is recommended as a guide, ASI certified, knowledable and thoroughly professional.
4. We went in Nov first week, the weather was pleasant, slightly warm around 12 noon-3pm..if you are visiting anytime other than winters, avoid going around noon.
Written 13 February 2023
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yen n
Toronto, Canada5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
This is the place you need to see to understand the cultures before the end of life. It is a tremendous effort by the Indian people to carve down the mountain to show their religion and culture. Some of the carving was even done before Christ in the nearby caves in Ajanta. These carving show people that human is an intelligent group of species way way back in the past before Christ .
Written 10 April 2023
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Manish W
London, UK28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
One of the most important structural monuments in the world. The artistry and structural design are second to none. The added mystery of the absence of debris (excavated rock) is astonishing.

A must see but take your time.
Written 13 January 2024
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SurplusGrey
16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Family
Treat this as your guide: Ellora cave complex is located outside Aurangabad and Daulatabad where there are only few accommodation options, such as Hotel Kailas, a Gurukul with Jain Dharamshala which allows Jains, and a couple of low key lodges. Most tourists stay at hotels in Aurangabad and visit Ellora by privately hiring cab/bus. Dec-Feb is best time to visit since you won't sweat. Kailas can be booked online and is 300m walk from cave complex entrance. Outside the complex is a bustling road with vendors, hawkers, parking lots and dhabas that are active only until sunset (there are bold langoor monkeys also). Parking available for cars, cabs, bikes, tourist buses. After that the place becomes deserted as majority of them shut down since tourists would've left. There's an SBI ATM near the entrance rarely having money. A good idea is to reach early, before 9am, so you avoid the queues, crowds and get the best parking slots and visit some of the caves before it starts getting crowded. Second half of the day is most crowded - the caves are West facing and they get more natural light in afternoon. Best days to visit are Wed-Fri. At the complex entrance you buy tokens at the ticket office costing Rs40 for anyone above 15yrs (600 for foreigners), below 15y plus your SLR cams go free. Retain the token till you finally exit (pay Rs100 penalty if you lose it). Wheelchairs can be hired at ticket office if required (it's free, but if you hire a helper he charges flat Rs800 for any duration of the day). The complex is wheelchair-friendly only upto cave entrances and inside cave16. Complex is open 6am-6pm. In between you may exit and re-enter (say if you want to eat outside or buy snacks and come back) by informing the security at the exit gate, they'll ask you to deposit your token. Hire a guide from ticket office if you wish. Once you enter, you find several vendors selling water bottles, guide books, pics, articles, etc. Toilet is available on your left when you enter the complex, free water dispenser on your right. At major caves, the staff will double up as guides if you opt and will expect tips, but try them. It's important that you carry lot of water, snacks, hats, sunglasses and wear shoes/sandals having decent grip, torch (in summer also add umbrella, face towels, suncreen). There's no frisking for food you carry inside. From entrance you can see cave 16, the star attraction, at 250m distance. To the right are caves 15 to 1 and to the left 17 to 34. Farthest right is cave1, about 600m walk from complex entrance. Farthest left is cave34, 1.2km from entrance. There's optional shuttle bus from inside the entrance to cave34, pay Rs20 for return trip and board any bus anytime. No other stops. Cave1 to cave34 is about 2km stretch, recommend using bus, it's totally worth. Caves 1-12 are dedicated to Buddhism, 13-29 Hinduism, 30-34 Jainism. MUST visit caves are 5, 10, 12, 15, 16, 21, 31-33, ask respective staff to guide you in these (and then tip them). A keen tourist can expect to spend 1hr at cave16 (the most popular and crowded), 2hrs for caves1-15, 1.5hrs for caves 17-29, 2 to 3 hrs for 30-34. So plan 8-9hrs including walking and resting between caves, it will consume your full day. If you plan to stay nearby Ellora, it's a good idea to split into 4-4hrs on one afternoon and next morning. This will help you avoid tiring and a cave overkill (some idols are repetitive although each cave is fabulous). Some caves are 2 or 3 storeyed and the elderly or those with knee or foot problems may not be able to climb upper floors, nor those with baby in arms. The stairs are carved out of rock and are often steep, uneven, dark, some sharp broken and slippery. Don't have to remove footwear in every cave except inside few sanctum santorums. Generally a safe place. Now go ahead and plan your visit!
Written 29 December 2018
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Webbse
Masterton, New Zealand86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Family
This an absolute must see if visiting Aurangabad. The caves date back to 600 AD and are just amazing. Each cave has a bit of history for you to read up about it, and it cost 600 rupees to enter.
Written 5 February 2023
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vancouverluke
Vancouver, Canada297 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
This place is amazing. You can spend a couple days exploring the many caves. Besides the big main cave 16 there is very cool caves down by 3 and also way up at the high 20s. There were hardly any tourists there the couple days we went which made for great pictures. This site should be way more known than it is as it is on par with many of the biggest historical places on earth. Go see it before it gets busy.
Written 20 December 2019
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So_Winnie
Hong Kong, China263 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
The Kailas temple is definitely a highlight but the rest are not amazed if you have already visited the Ajanta caves.
Written 12 October 2019
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