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    Ajanta Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort

    by travelmana Updated Oct 10, 2007

    Favorite thing: Hey,

    Ajanta Ellora Caves are the most definitely best part of mystic Ancient India one must see. The whole grandeur of the majestic sculptures and paintings literally transport you back to an ancient era. You cant simply help but wonder.... how did they make this place? Also another thought to cross your mind is that if this place is so magnificient today, wonder what it must have seemed like when the paint was still fresh and the sculptures were newly chiseled.

    An important tip is to carry a mobile or camera having high resolution and clarity as no photos or video recording having flash is permitted inside the cave.
    Also definitely carry a small fan or newspaper to fan oneself coz it can get a bit hot and humid after a lot of walking and esp inside the caves.
    Also purchasing a book guide before entering the caves is a good idea and also most definitely hire a guide as also no book or any research knowledge can explaing the finer intricacies of the paintings or scultures as a guide with a torch. Giudes are available at the entrance and are government approved with standard rates.

    The caves are definitely a visit and Ajanta caves require atleast one full day to cover as they are located 2 hrs away from Aurangabad and the trek over there can tire one out. Try to reach the caves as early as possible to enjoy the finer details of the paintings and sculptures before the influx of the tourist crowds.

    Also wondrous are the natural stone formation artifacts sold outside the Amenity Centre of MTDC.

    At Daulatabad fort most definitely enter the Andher Entrance (a dark stinky tunnel to the top of the fort). Carry your own bright torch, cover your noses with hankerchiefs and look up for the Bats! A real spooky experience, but worth it for the view from up there.

    Best time to visit this place as per me is the end of September or start of October when the monsoon is almost through and the place is blooming with green foliage.

    Manasi Shenoy

    Fondest memory: Must Visit Places in and Around Aurangabad:
    1) Ajanta Caves and Paintings
    2) Bibi Ka Maqbara
    3) Aurangabad Caves
    4) Ellora Caves (Buddhist, Hndu & Jain)
    5) Daulatabad Fort
    6) Grineshwar Temple (Jyotirlinga)

    Ajanta Caves from Far off Ajanta Caves from outside
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  • Aurangabad , Ajanta and Ellora

    by cncengr Written Jan 1, 2008

    Favorite thing: This is nearest city ,where the tourist stay for the visits to Ellora ( Verul in loacn marathi language ) and Ajantha Caves.
    Aurangabad it self is a historic city with all the facilities . Aurangabad is approx 250 km from Pune. Nov to Feb is the right time to visit.

    I visited Aurangabad in Nov 2007
    We checked in in Hotel Shree Maya . I had taken the reference from the VT web site.
    This is really a good budget hotel . we checked in the Executive room . The room was clean . The staff cleans the room to your satisfaction and bed sheets can be replaced on request. The bath rooms are clean. The restaurant and the breakfast are Ok.

    We found a dining hall named Swad Dining Hall. It is 7-8 minutes drive from the station . It has big neon sign on it. It Serves authentic Thali ( indian meal consisting of 8-10 dishes in small quantity ). You can eat as much as you want with out additional cost. The price is approx Rs 75 per Thali . It is a very clean hotel with good quality food , which kept our stomach away from indigestion.

    Fondest memory: We can go to Ellora by our own car .Have a decent breakfast in Aurangabad before starting. it is situated approx 35 km from Aurangabad . The Daulatabad fort is on the way. Better not spend energy and time in climbing.

    There are toilets at Ellora as well Ajantha which are well managed.
    Remember to take video pass at Ellora and Bibi ka Maqbara . It costs Rs 25.

    Ellora has beautiful statues and sculptures. We can take photos and video as well. There are 34 dispersed caves . Hiring a local Auto Rickshaw ( Approx 100 Rs) is a good option to save energy and visit the best caves.
    On way back one can visit Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb's tomb in the walled historic village Khuldabad. It is a very simple tomb and a very humbling experience.

    For Ajantha ,We booked seats in ITDC bus but it was full , so we were given Toyota Qualis. We had a friends from USA and Europe with us who were from the same hotel and enjoyed the two hour journey . The road is excellent.
    Still photography (with out flash) is allowed in Ajantha caves. Better have Digi Cams capable of working in low light ( ISO 1000+) . The ITDC tour guide was with us. Do not leave the tour guide as he holds all the passes to enter the caves.

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    Entry Ticket

    by aurokant Written Apr 4, 2008

    Favorite thing: Dear Friends
    This is for all international tourists who are planning to visit Ajanta/ Ellora caves that the ASI officials have stopped accepting dollars as entry fees to these places. you have to pay compulsorily in indian rupees only (Rs 250 / person)
    for any other information regarding visiting these places please feel free to mail me at

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    Inexpensive Hair Cut

    by muddybok Updated Apr 23, 2006

    Favorite thing: robertgaz Tue Mar 28, 2006 13:50 MYT
    Hair cut Rs20... hand massage Rs10... the smile on your face... priceless :~) (head massage actually)
    > delete this comment

    Wild_Orchid Fri Mar 31, 2006 12:55 MYT
    head massage atau hand massage? kedua-duanya lain, tau?
    > delete this comment

    When I arrived at Aurangabad, my hair is so messy & long and I almost look like one of those African lions. So, to avoid all the dust (to be collected) and sweat (and smell) on my hair I opt to cut my hair in Aurangabad on New Year eve of 2006. I was quite surprised of the charges involved here and it save me so much money that I can buy 3 bottles of Kingfisher beer as compare to if I were to cut it in Malaysia. Anyway, I can consider myself having 2 free bottles of Kingfisher beer on New Year eve.

    The Rs10 head massage is superb, so go get a hair cut here.

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    Ajanta Cave 9

    by Paul2001 Written Apr 16, 2004

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    Favorite thing: This is a large chaitya hall with a Buddha carved into a stupa. There are many such halls in Ajanta. Cave 9 is one of the best preserved and also has several paintings.

    Cave 9
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    Ajanta Path

    by SirRichard Written Mar 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Most of the caves can be comfortably reached by a paved way all along the cliff, though there are also little and abandoned caves “off the beaten path”, but most of them are closed or ruined.

    A break
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