The cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment, are 26 km north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jai temples.
Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5 th and 11 th century AD, the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (Cave 29).The most imposing excavation is, without doubt, that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) which is the largest monolithic structure in the world. Interestingly, Ellora, unlike the site of Ajanta, was never 'rediscovered'. Known as Verul in ancient times, it has continuously attracted pilgrims through the centuries to the present day.
Ellora has been designed as a World Heritage Site, to be preserved as an artistic legacy that will continue to inspire and enrich the lives of generations to come.
Ajanta Ellora Festival:
The Ajanta Ellora Festival is a popular cultural celebration organized annually by Aurangabad Festival Committee under the chairmanship of the Divisional Commissioner Aurangabad in association Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) at the Soneri Mahal (in the historic city of Aurangabad). It is usually held in the December month. The festival comprises of great traditional dance, singing, and music by some of the most distinguished artists and singers of India.
Aurangabad is the nearest airport.RAIL
The nearest rail head for the Ellora Caves is Aurangabad railway station (30 km). It falls on the South Central Railway Line.ROAD
Daily tours to Ellora from Aurangabad. It is connected by state highways to the major cities of Maharashtra such as Mumbai, Nashik, Pune etc.