Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves

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Ellora cave or Kailasha temple is a must visit temple caves, located around 30 km from Aurangabad, Maharashtra. It is one of the finest historical and World Heritage sites in India. Ellora have most graceful gems of rock-cut architecture and the ultimate jaw-dropper is the Kailashnath Temple (Cave 16).
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Amazing Kailasha Temple
On the way to Ellora is the Daulatabad Fort. We didn’t have the time to visit this mighty fort, but heard the story of this fort and it is in our future travel list. This fort is an excellent example of the internal defense system, if intruders managed to enter the fort anyhow, then they got trapped in some tunnels and guards would welcome them with hot oil and burning coals, grilling them alive.
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Entrance of Kailasha Cave at Ellora
Ellora was once the trade route connecting the western ports of Arabian Sea like Kalyan, Chemula and island cities like Paithan and others. Ellora was excavated in three different forms- Buddhism, Brahmanism and Jainism, dated by 6th-7th century AD to 11th-12th AD. 
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Myself at Ellora Caves
Presently, there are 100 caves, out of which 34 fall under famous tourist spots. Caves 1-12 belong to Buddhist, 13-29 to Brahamanical and 30-34 to Jaina. These caves are carved out a 2 km long cliff-face, running north-south. The Jain Temples are at the northern end, the Hindu caves and temples in the center and finally the Buddhist ones at the southern end.
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
First view of Ellora Cave 16 from main entrance
The most stunning cave is number 16 (Kailasha), it is a great monolithic rock cut temple isolated from the surrounding rock and excavated from top to bottom and scooped out all through from outside to inside. This is designed to recall Mount Kailash, the abode of Lord Shiva – looks like a freestanding, multi-storied temple complex. This temple is situated just in front of main entrance. This feat of labor took generations of workers 200 years to complete. No wonder it's the shining gem of Ellora.
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
History of Kailasha Temple
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves

Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Me and Mukhtar at Ellora Cave
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves

Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
The cave is the largest single monolithic excavation in the world. One of the interesting parts of Ellora is the caves were built out of the volcanic basaltic formation of Maharashtra, also known as Deccan Trap. As you move ahead to explore the caves, you’ll come across the glimpse of channels through which volcanic lava once flowed. The lava further gave rise to horizontal flows with vesicular traps beds.
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves

Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves

Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Giant Elephants at Ellora Caves

Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Two stories Kailasha Caves
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves

Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Kailasha Temple cave from top view
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Beautiful Kailasha temple cave
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves

Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Aerial view of Ellora Cave 16
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves

Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Ellora Cave 14
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Ellora Cave 12
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Ellora Cave 11
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Ellora Cave 10
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Southern portion of the Ellora Caves
Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves

Mesmerizing Tour to Ellora Caves
Welcoming the guest at Ellora Caves
Ellora is believed to be visited by enthused travelers and royal personages.
There is a restaurant near entrance to Ellora caves and a lot of stalls with street food in case you come hungry. There is no food available once you enter the caves, but the water is still available inside the complex. 

Entry fee     : India, SAARC Rs 30, Foreigner: Rs 500
Camera fee : Free (Video camera charges: Rs25)
Timings       : 6 AM to 5:30 PM

Parking       : Rs 10

Here's a map for reference (Ellora Caves):


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