Travelogue by Rogen
Ajanta Caves - Travelogue by Rogen Joseph
Affter visiting Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh we catch a Passanger train to Jhansi in Uttapradesh. We got a train to Mumbai side and drop down at Jalgaon railway station early morning. Jalgaon in Maharastra is nearest Railway station to Ajanta and Ellora caves. We catch a bus to Aurangabad and drop down near Ajanta caves. Bus takes nearly three hours to reach Ajanta caves from Jalgaon, 59 km away.
Now i'm in Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. Ajanta caves located 104 km away from Aurangabad is one of the major tourist attraction of the Marathwada region of Maharashtra.
The Ajanta Caves are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 - 650 CE. The caves are numbered 1 to 28 according to their place along the path, beginning at the entrance. The area was previously heavily forested, and after the site ceased to be used the caves were covered by jungle until accidentally rediscovered in 1819. The caves paintings is the finest surviving examples of Indian art.
The Ajanta caves are cut into the side of a cliff that is on the south side of a U-shaped gorge on the small river Waghur. Five of the caves are Chaitya-grihas (halls of worship) and the rest are Viharas (monasteries). Among the prayer halls, caves 9 & 10 are the oldest and were built around the 2nd century BC .
For my readers, Unlike Ellora we had to enter most of the caves at Ajanta without our shoes. A mini bus would take you from the Highway to the Caves entrance at a nominal rate of Rs 20. Ajanta Caves remain closed on Mondays.
We walk few km through road enjoying beauty of the region. We catch a bus to Bhusawal, 60 km from Ajanta. We stayed that night at Bhusawal in Jalgaon district of Maharashtra. Next day we proceed to Panvel from Bhusawal railway junction, one of the largest railway yards of the Indian subcontinent.