The Ajanta Cave is the 29 rock-cut Buddhist caves which are dated from 2nd century BCE to 650 CE and that is situated in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites in India. This cave includes the paintings and rock cut sculptures of Indian art which describes the emotion of gesture, pose and form.
Places to Stay
There are budget hotels available for the tourists near this place such as Hotel Padmapani Park (Tariff – Rs. 760 onwards), Agrawals Restaurant & Lodging (Tariff – Rs. 999 onwards), Hotel View Point (Tariff – Rs. 1,344 onwards), Anjanta Tourist Resort (Tariff – Rs. 12,420 onwards) and others.
The official language of Ajanta is Marathi. Hindi and English are also understood by most of the people in the city.
The important festival celebrated each year in the month of November is Ellora Ajanta Aurangabad Festival. The other festivals celebrated here are Ganesh Chaturthi, Banganga Festival,
Places of Interest:
The best time to visit this place is from November. This place is familiar with the cave called Ajanta Cave; many people visit this place to fall in love with the architecture and to have a heavenly peace. Few places to be visited near Ajanta Cave are Kailasanatha temple (1 km from the city), Jain Caves (1 Km from city center) and many.
How to Get There:
The nearest airport to Ajanta is Chikalthana Airport of Aurangabad which is 97 km away from the destination. There are also regular flights available from Jaipur, Mumbai, Pune, Delhi, and Udaipur to Aurangabad.
Jalgaon railway station is the nearest railway station that is situated at a distance of 60 Km from Ajanta. Bhusaval is another nearest station to reach Ajanta; major cities of the country are connected by this station.
There are frequent buses available to connect major cities like Pune, Indore, Aurangabad, Mumbai, Delhi, Udaipur, Jaipur, Hyderabad, and Nashik. TicketGoose, India’s leading online bus ticketing portal is always at your service, book the bus tickets anywhere and at any time.
Sillod is a major city in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. The Aurangabad District Court has its seat here. Sillod, whose economy is held strong by farming, is one of the leading producers of maize, corn, cotton, and ginger. Palshi, Bharadi, and Borgaon Bazaar are the major villages near Sillod. The city is also well known for huge markets where cheap computer hardware products are sold.
Places to Stay
Hotel Yuvaraj (Tariff – Rs. 500) is located on Jalagaon Road, Sillod. Other options available near Ajanta Caves are: MTDC Ajanta Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 1800), Hotel Panchavati (Tariff – Rs. 800), Keys Hotel, and The Aures (Tariff – Rs. 1,600).
The official language of Sillod is Marathi. Hindi is also spoken and understood.
Ganesh Chaturti (August/Septemeber) is the most important festival here. Diwali and Dushera (October/November) are also celebrated here.
Places of Interest
Sillod is situated very close to the famous Ajanta Caves (40 km) - a certified Wworld Heritage Site by UNESCO, well-known for its frescos and sculptures. Borgaon Bazaar, a village in Sillod, is the cremation site of Swami Narayan Saraswati Maharaja. A statue of Shivaji Maharaj (opposite the Masjid in Pannalal Nagar) is the tallest ever built and worth seeing.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Sillod is the Aurangabad Airport (65 km).
The Aurangabad railway station (60 km) is well connected to all major cities in India.
Plenty of options in bus operators-both private and state run, are available between Sillod and major cities in Maharashtra. Raj Travels and Hans Travels are two agencies that provide good bus services to Sillod from Indore. It is easy to get a discount on bus booking by logging on to several online bus booking websites.