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“Brilliant!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves
Ellora, Aurangabad, India
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Ranked #3 of 40 Attractions in Aurangabad
Type: Ancient Ruins, Tourist/ Visitor Centers, Caverns/ Caves, Cultural
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Owner description: Spectacular rock cut caves and elaborate sculptures of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths are over 10 centuries old.
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“Brilliant!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

We went to Ellora by the MSRTC bus, which was cheap and comfortable. The caves are simply beautiful with Buddha statues and carvings. The first cave you enter (cave 16) is the best one. The caves are very well maintained when we visited - clean. Just remember there are over 36 sections, most people go 1- 16 and think it's over, 16-36 is not very well signed.

Great day spent in ancient historical remains.

Visited January 2013
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“Ellora, Aurangabad, India”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Very Ancient Caves. Good Place to visit . Better reach the caves within 10am or so to see all the caves. About 34 of them. Ticket price is 10Rs for Indians and 250Rs for foreigners. Its very close to Aurangabad. Cave 16 is most spectacular. Caves 1-15 are very close. If you want to see caves 17-34 you have to walk more. Cave 32 is also very wonderful. It is better to see them by car if you are not used to walking. There is a very nice path to reach more distant caves walking. Unfortunately cliff's rocks destroyed some part of it and path is closed. It is very bad as there is no information about this and after walking so far you have to go back, as there is no other way. You will have to go back to the road to go beyond that destroyed part. There is a Govt Restaurant and beer bar at the entrance . Make sure u reach there by 14:00 hrs as when we finished seeing caves and reached the restaurant at 15:00 hrs they refused to give us food and didn't want to cook food for us. Only drinks were served. But it's open till 17:00 hrs. Or else u will have to go to Kailash Hotel next to caves.

U can reach caves from Aurangabad by Government bus for 27Rs. By Maxi Jeep it is 30Rs. On the way back you can visit Daulatabad fort by paying 20Rs by Jeep. Entrance fee is 10Rs for Indians and 100Rs for Foreigner.

Visited February 2013
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Rennes, France
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“Special place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2013

Really excellent and special place to visit - BUT when you visit, take care to do it in a right time - not in a weekend mid-day, like we did, because at that time, place is full of people. Indian people have to pay only 5 rupees tickets, and foreigners 100 rupees... this means, there's a lot of Indians without real interest for this place, just running around with mobile phone cameras and posing with the sculptures - and staring at you or asking your name or country if you look like a foreigner.

Area's canteen offers basic Indian food, but the quality is not so good (very salty). Same place will keep your lockages over your visiting time in caves, which is a good deal (20 rs one bag).

Visited January 2013
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“Spectacular”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2013

Fantastic and awesome sight. Still marvelling at the architectural and engineering skills that went into carving out the Kailash Temple.

We took the local bus - around 40 mins and stayed most of the day. It was worth it so we could take our time and have a rest at the restaurant in between seeing all of the caves.

Part of the footpath taking you to the Jain temples in the North has been blocked so you need to use the road that the taxis and autos use - but its not far, and you certainly don't need to use the taxis/autos unless you are infirm or just lazy!! It's a pleasant walk so take the exercise.

I wouldn't recommend a tour as there is so much to see you would miss half of it and you would not be able to take it all in.

Take it slow and appreciate the artistry and skill that has gone into these amazing caves.

Tip - use the toilets near the restaurant - these are ok. Avoid the toilets next to the canteen - I couldn't set foot over thethreshold for the stink! Really not acceptable for a World Heritage Site.

Visited January 2013
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“Must see”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2013

Very interesting, close to Aurangabad, so no problem to reach. Cave temples are similar to others (like Ajanta or Elephanta Island near Mumbai), but the biggest one with the temple is really must to see!

Visited January 2013
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