Ajanta Caves were discovered in 1819. The isolated scrap of horse shoe shaped rock rising over a ravine to a steep height of 250ft houses thirty caves and some of them are unfinished. Sixteen caves contain mural paintings, but the best work is located inside caves 1,2,16,17 and 19. These caves are famous for its paintings known as Ajanta paintings.
There is a bus service made available by MTDC to take you to the hill top or starting point of caves. One way fare is Rs 10 in AC buses and 6 for normal buses. It took ten to fifteen minutes for us to reach near the caves from our parking area.
Entry fee is Rs 10/- ( Rupees ten ) and free for children. For foreign tourist it is US$10. We found many caves are under maintenance and chemical treatment was being applied on rocks for longer life. It will take minimum one and half to two hours if you are just a casual visitor here. If you are an art lover or follower of Buddhist art and culture then spend one or two days here. Take the help of local guides or buy some good books available at the entrance.
Closing time of caves is 5.30 PM and Ajanta caves are close on Monday.
You can carry your mobile phones and cameras. You have to pay Rupees 25 for video cameras at the entrance. Pay the video camera fee while paying the entry fee. Use of flash is not allowed inside the caves.
How to reach Ajanta Caves
From Mumbai it is 491 KM
From Aurangabad it is 104 KM By rail
It is just 60 KM from Jalgoan station on Delhi-Bombay root.
Nearest airport is Aurangabad