While visiting Ellora Caves, it is a good idea to travel 2 hours north and also visit the Ajanta Caves. The complex is not as extensive as Ellora, but Ajanta has magnificent religious paintings on the cave walls, that have been well preserved. The statues and intricate stone carvings are magnificent.
We hired a taxi for the trip. Nearest town is Jalgoan.
There are food stalls at Ajanta where you can have lunch, be sure to drink plenty of bottled water. It can be very hot here, and there are many steps to negotiate. I began to feel quite dehydrated when we visited here.
More info about Ajanta here:
One of the holiest towns in this part of India, Khuldabad, whose name translates to "Abode of Eternity," is the burial place of some 1500 14th century Sufi Moslem saints. The abundance of domed shrines of these saints earned the town the nickname "Valley of the Saints," which led the pious Aurangzeb, the last great Mughal Emperor, to select it as his own burial place. Khuldabad is located only 5 minutes from Ellora, on the road to Aurangabad. It makes an interesting quick stop on anyone's itinerary when visiting the area, and completes one's understanding of the history of Aurangabad.
For more, please check out the Khuldabad page.
A formidable defence structure, the Daulatabad Fort occupies a hill that overlooks the surrounding plains of the Deccan Plateau. Originally called Deogiri under the Yadava dynasty's rule, the Fort fell into the hands of the Delhi Sultanate in 1328. Its conqueror, Mohammed ibn Tughluq, renamed it Daulatabad and made it the capital of the Sultanate, but its moment of glory was ephemeral for the capital was soon moved back to Delhi, mainly due to the insufficient water supply. Much of the Daulatabad Fort now lies in ruins, but it has numerous well preserved structures, including a few architectural gems dating from the 14th to the 18th centuries. The most famous structure is the red minaret, Chand Minar.
Daulatabad is situated about 15 minutes by car from Ellora, along the road to Aurangabad. The two are, therefore, easily combined on the same day trip from Aurangabad.
For more, please check out my Daulatabad page.
This temple is located about half a kilometre away from the Ellora Caves and we got taken here as part of our Ellora Caves tour. The present structure dates from the 18th century temple and is one of the five Jyotirlinga sites in Maharashtra where Lord Shiva is worshipped.
There's a sign outside saying that men have to remove their shirts before entering (which we did!) and that "no milk in bag"! A few guys were inside, shirtless, with a few women singing around a fire and burning incense and offering food and flowers. Outside the temple complex are a series of stalls selling souvenirs and the food and flowers that the women where offering to the shrine inside the temple.
It is a place where the Last Mughal Emperor os burried ..and a lot of muslim saints burial tombs are here with great architectural values.