Ellora ranks among the most well known popular tourist attractions in India. They are famous for their grand carvings and are specimens of the rich cultural heritage of ancient India. Hundreds of tourists from various parts of India and across the world visit the caves to get a feel of the awe-inspiring structures and carvings.
The Ellora caves are listed among the World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO. They are situated near the city of Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. There are 34 caves in Ellora which date back to the period between the 350 AD and 700 AD. The Ellora Cave temples consist of various spectacular monuments, carvings and sculptures which are related to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism. The caves are situated in the midst of the Sahyadri Hills.
The caves in Ellora are carved into the sides of the hill. There are 12 Buddhist caves while 5 caves are related to Hinduism and 17 to Jainism. The most famous site among the cave temples is the Kailash Cave Temple. It consists of magnificent sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. The sculptures and carvings are awe inspiring. The other caves consist of stunning sculptures and monuments of Lord Buddha, Lord Vishwakarma, dwarfs, dancing girls, yakshas and musicians.
The Ellora caves can be easily reached from various parts of the country. The nearest airport is located at the city of Aurangabad. Buses, cars and autos ply between Aurangabad and the caves. Aurangabad is also connected by railways and roadways with the rest of the country.