Hardly 30 kilometers from Aurangabad is Ellora. It is a world famous tourist destination due to the famous caves and the Kailasa temple, world’s largest monolithic structure. I liked the cultural mix that you can see in the caves. There are some Jain caves, maximum Hindu caves and some Buddhist caves at Ellora. there are a total 34 caves at Ellora and they stretch over a range of 2 kilometers.
I went to Ellora by a Maharashtra state transport bus. It was crowded with enthusiastic tourists. As I reached Ellora and took my ticket to enter the caves, I saw two buses full of school students. They seemed to be on a school trip, meaning I was going to be caught in a lot of crowd. But I did not mind, I was far too excited to see the caves.
From a little reading on the internet about Ellora I came to know that there were 17 Hindu caves at Ellora, 13 Buddhist caves and the rest four were Jain caves. As I entered the caves, I could see a croud of foreign tourists posing in front of every sculpture and taking photographs. Right! How good to spot something as beautiful as those sculptures!
The most prominent of the Hindu caves is where the Dashavtaras or the ten incarnation of Lord Vishnu are sculpted finely. And the Kailasa temple is incomparable structure. I wish the government takes more efforts to keep the place clean as I saw many wrappers and plastic bags lying around the place.
There is also a waterfall near the caves. But it is good to see it during the rainy season. I was very happy to see the caves and in around 3 hours I was on my way back to Aurangabad from I was to go back to Pune, my hometown.