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Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Ajanta Caves are located in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra State of India. Ajanta Caves are around 29 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which are dated in 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. Ajanta caves includes wonderful paintings and splendid rock cut sculptures which are considered amongst finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art, especially expressive paintings that depicts emotion through gesture and pose, depicting the past lives and rebirths of the Buddha, pictorial tales from Aryasura's Jatakamala.

Ajanta Caves are UNESCO Heritage site and explored by numerous traveller around the world. These are truly masterpieces of Buddhist religious art that are influenced by Indian art. The caves were built in two phases, the first group starting around the 2nd century BC, while the second group of caves built around 400–650 CE. Ajanta Caves comprises ancient monasteries and worship halls of different Buddhist traditions carved into a 250 feet wall of rock. Cave one includes grandiose Murals and finest carvings of Lord Buddha. Cave Second consists of glorious paintings, Cave four comprises of sanctum, Verandah and hall.

Ajanta Caves along with Ellora Caves constitutes major tourist attraction over the State. Ellora Caves contains Hindu, Jain and Buddhists caves dating similar to Ajanta Caves.

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