Ajanta caves

Ajanta caves Timings, Entry fees, Online Booking, Route info, Contact number.

Ajanta Caves Timings

DayOpening Timings
Sunday6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tuesday6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Wednesday6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Thursday6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Friday6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Saturday6:00 am – 6:00 pm
Sunday6:00 am – 6:00 pm

The horseshoe-shaped rock is of height 76.20 mt. Ajanta Caves is a combination of 30 caves. Best work is to be found in Caves 1, 2, 16, 17 and 19. Best Sculptures are in Caves 1, 4, 7, 19, 24 and 26. Caves 9, 10, 19, 26 and 29 are Chaitya-halls. The remainings caves are Viharas. Chaityas Caves 9 and 10 and Viharas 8, 12, 13 and 30  are the oldest (2nd Century BC to 2nd Century AD) which are the creation of the Hinayana system. The other caves belong to the 15th and 16th Centuries and make the Mahayana series.

Ajanta Caves History

Cave 1Royal ViharaEvolved towards the end of the
5th Century.
The paintings mainly illustrate
Jataka stories.
Cave 2ViharaDramatizes the legend of the
Buddha’s birth.
Cave 4Largest ViharaThe main entrance leads to a hall
with 28 pillars.
Cave 5 Shal Bhanjikays on both sides of the
entrance gate.
Cave 6ViharaTwo storeyed Vihara.
Cave 7 Plan and Pillars of this Cave
are of different style
Cave 8 Electricity arrangement is available
in this Cave
Cave 9Chaitya-hall1st Century BC. Typical examples of
Hinayana art.
Cave 10Prayer hallDates to 2nd Century BC.
Cave 11 Only a few paintings are left in this Cave
Cave 12Hinayana ViharaLiving places of Buddhist Saints.
Cave 13 Used by Archaeological department

Ajanta caves Entry fees

Entry forTicket Cost/ person
SAARC (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Maldives and Afghanistan)Rs.10
BIMSTEC Countries (Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Myanmar)Rs.10
Children ( under 15 years)Free

The light charge is extra.

How to reach Ajanta Caves?

By Air

  1. The nearest airport is at Aurangabad which is 108 Km away.

By Train

  1. The nearest Railway station is Jalgaon which is 59 Km from the Caves.
  2. It falls on Delhi-Bombay and Allahabad-Bombay line.

By Road

  1. Private Taxi is available from Aurangabad station.

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