We had not planned to go to Ellora, but I and my group of friends were very bored. So, we got into the car and went to huge shopping mall nearby. But it did not change our mood. As we got back into the parking a friend of mine suggested that we go to Ellora. All of us gave in to his idea.
Ellora is very near to our hometown, Aurangabad. It takes hardly an hour or hour and a hal to reach Ellora. The place is a world famous tourist destination because of beautiful caves which are carved in the rocks. These caves are very old and have great traditional importance. In total there are 34 caves, they represent three religions: Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism. They prove that there was co-existence of these three religions.
There are 17 Hindu caves at Ellora, out of these the most prominent is the Kailasa cave. The Kailasa temple is the largest monolithic structure in the world. The Jain caves are last in the row. There is exquisite artwork in these caves. The rich paintings on the walls of these Jain caves can still be seen and admired.
I and my friends went to Ellora just to have fun. We had been there many times but never had as much fun as we had that day. It was a great day; we explored all the caves, took funny pictures and had fun. If you need a quick week end get away you must surely go to Ellora, from Aurangabad it is very very near and a day is enough to explore all the caves. Please make sure not to go to these caves on Tuesdays as they are closed that day. Better go on week days when there is not much rush.