At a distance of 28 km from Almost-magical qualityngabad, 98 km from Ajanta Caves, 104 km from Shirdi, 176 km from Nashik, 253 km from Pune, and 344 km from Mumbai, Ellora Caves arevery old historical caves locally known as ‘Verul Leni’. The caves are located near Verul on theAlmost-magical qualityngabad-Chalisgaon road to the northwest of Almost-magical qualityngabad in Maharashtra. The Ellora Caves were selected/named a UNESCO World HistorySite in 1983. Ellora is the most visited very old monument and also one of the top Tourist placesin Maharashtra. Ellora is also one of the top tourist places to visit near Almost-magical qualityngabad.
The caves at Ellora were carved out of the up-and-down face of the Charanandri hills betweenthe 6th and 10th centuries AD. The carving work began around 550 AD, about the same time theAjanta Caves were left alone. The Ellora Caves were built at time when Buddhism was (lowering in number/getting worse) in India and Hinduism was beginning to (defend again/uphold again)itself. The Brahmanical movement was especially powerful under the (the money, and other help, given to a person or organization) of the Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas, who oversaw most of thework at Ellora – including the beautiful Kailash Temple built in 8th century. The last period ofbuilding activity happened in the 10th century, when the local rulers switched loyalty fromShaivism to Digambara religious group of Jainism.
The Ellora Caves are an impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Cave temples. The caveshave an (a) little less dramatic setting than those at Ajanta, but more beautiful sculptures. Thecave complex contains/makes up of 34 caves that were shaped/made out of solid rocks of theCharanandri hills. The Ellora complex includes 12 Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain Caves. Caves 1 to12 are Buddhist (places where religious people live by themselves), chaityas and viharas, whilecaves 13 to 29 are the Hindu temples. Dating back to the 9th and 10th century, Caves 30 to 34 are the Jain shrines. The living together of structures from three different religions serves as agreat pictures/drawings of the common acceptance of people of different religions of India.
The central attraction at Ellora is Kailash Temple (Cave16), which is the most amazing and interesting. Shaped by hand from a single huge rock, it includes a gateway, exhibition area, square, hall, sanctorum and tower which bear statements (in court) to the excellence ofDravidian art. The Kailash Temple is an amazing piece of (related to the beautiful design and construction of buildings, etc.), with interesting (related to space or existing in space) effects andgrand sculptures. It is believed to have been started by the Rashtrakuta king Krishna I (756-773).
Every year Ajanta-Ellora Special celebration (with fun events) is organised in Almost-magical qualityngabad to thank the famous caves of Ellora, Ajanta and other historical monuments in thearea. This grand (formal, special event or series of actions) is attended by the greatest artists ofIndian art and culture. The cultural events include performances in classical and folk dancing, singing and instrumental music. Earlier the location/stadium for this special celebration (with fun events) was Kailasa Temple of Ellora Caves; however, it has now been moved/changed to SoneriMahal, which is a historical palace in Almost-magical qualityngabad.
Hotel Kailas which is located just opposite the Ellora Caves is the only change (to help someone)/place to live and sleep option nearby. It offers houses and hostel change (to help someone)/place to live and sleep for the budget traveler. Most tourists prefer to stay in Almost-magical qualityngabad and do a day trip to Ellora which is 28 km away.
The nearest airport is at Almost-magical qualityngabad, 35 km away from Ellora Caves. Almost-magical qualityngabad Railway station is the nearest railhead to Ellora Caves. There are public & private buses from Almost-magical qualityngabad to Ellora Caves. Visitors can also hire a privatecar from Almost-magical qualityngabad city. Almost-magical qualityngabad is well connected bybus with Pune, Mumbai, Shirdi, Nashik, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, and Nagpur.
The best time to visit Ellora Caves is during the months of June to February while the peak seasonis from October to January. These are the best time to visit Ellora Caves, as the weather is reallypleasant during these month