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The Ajanta Caves enjoy pleasant climatic conditions. Even though the region can be visited throughout the whole year, the ideal time to visit Ajanta is from the month of June to March. The summer season begins in March and continues till May. The weather becomes hot and the average temperature ranges between 21°C to 37°C. The maximum temperature during summers can rise to almost 42°C. Tourists face some difficulty in walking around and exploring the caves during the peak months of summer, especially April – May. Monsoons, extending from the month of June to September, bring relief from the warm climate and the major portion of the rainfalls in the region occurs during this season. The Caves remain open during the monsoon season. The season of winter lasts from November till February. The weather remains comfortable and dry with the lowest temperature recorded being 10°C.

How To Reach

By Road:

Buses headed for Ajanta on a regular basis are available from the city of Aurangabad and Jalgaon. Private and public buses are also available from different cities such as Ahmednagar, Shirdi, Ahmedabad, Indore, Hyderabad, Mumbai, Bijapur, Nasik and Pune.

By Air:

The nearest domestic airport is present at Aurangabad, situated at a distance of 90 km from the Ajanta Caves. Regular flights are available to most of the important cities in India, including Mumbai, from the Aurangabad Airport. Mumbai, which is located 400 km away from Ajanta, is the closest international airport and remains well-connected to several major cities round the globe.

By Rail:

The nearest railway station from the Ajanta Caves is Jalgaon, situated at a distance of 60 km away. Jalgaon connects Ajanta with other parts of the country. Tourists can avail bus or taxis from the station to reach the caves.


The Ajanta Caves in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra are one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Considered to be one of the finest artistic treasures of India and designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO, the Ajanta Caves boast of some of the finest instances of ancient Indian murals and sculptures, the finest example of Deccan rock-cut sculptures made by Buddhist monks. Stretched over 2 kms, the 29 caves here were once important Buddhist centers that date back to the 2nd to 7th century BC are a great spectacle. Development work on these caves began in 400 AD when the Buddhist monks started to excavate these prayer halls and temples from the cliffs situated within the majestic Shayadari Hills.


The frescoes and paintings seen at Ajanta depict the story of the rise of Buddhism from 200 BC to 650 AD. The 29 caves evolved into monasteries and prayer halls over a period of time. While the majority of the sculptures depict portraits of gods and animals, the paintings showcase life in the courts as well as various illustrations derived from the Jataka legends.


The rock-cut caves are believed to have been discovered by an officer of the British Army, John Smith, while he was out hunting. The Ajanta Caves depict the artistry and unparalleled skill that the craftsmen of India had acquired so long ago. Both the sculptures and the paintings present within the cave have withstood the test of time and continue to astonish tourists with their beauty and complexity.


Ajanta caves are an epitomy of the Buddhist, Jain & Hindu art and show the harmony of the three casts that existed years back. Visitors can buy souvenirs from the government shops present in the area. There are no restaurants in Ajanta. Therefore, tourists are advised to pack their water and picnic lunch to take along with them before heading out to the site.