Maharajas' Express Blog



“The beautiful Ajanta caves tell a story OF India that cannot be told by even the best OF narrators. These stone narrations almost speak to you to show you a glimpse of the India that was.
The Ajanta Caves are located in Aurangabad district OF Maharashtra, India are about 300 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which DATE FROM THE 2nd century BCE TO about 480 OR 650 CE. THE caves include paintings AND sculptures described BY THE government Archaeological Survey OF India AS “the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting”, which are masterpieces OF Buddhist religious art, WITH figures OF THE Buddha AND depictions OF THE Jataka tales.
THE Ajanta caves are cut INTO THE side OF a cliff that IS ON THE south side OF a U-shaped gorge ON THE small river Waghora. IN 1983, THE Ajanta caves were conferred WITH THE title OF being a UNESCO World Heritage Site.LIKE other ancient Buddhist monasteries, Ajanta had a large emphasis ON teaching, AND was divided INTO several different caves for living, education and worship, under a central direction. Monks were probably assigned to specific caves for living. THE layout reflects this organizational structure, WITH most OF THE caves only connected through THE exterior. THE caves are generally agreed TO have been made IN two distinct periods, separated BY several centuries: Caves of the first (Satavahana) period & Caves of the later, OR period.”