Day 03: Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves
After breakfast we proceed for a full day excursion tour phenomenon Ajanta Caves inspires awe in the art connoisseurs all over the world and the Ajanta Caves stand for the entire evolution of the Buddhist architecture. The caves were cut out of the volcanic lava of the Deccan. The sylvan surroundings of the caves add much charm to these stunning pieces of Buddhist architecture. Ajanta Caves were discovered inadvertently in 1819, by a British captain John Smith while he was on a hunting expedition. The caves are an exclusive amalgamation of architecture, sculpture and paintings. The monastic Buddhist architecture at Ajanta comprises of two forms - the Chaitya or prayer hall and the Vihara or monastery.
While you pay a visit to the caves, you will come across countless scenes from the tales of Shibi Jataka, Samkhpala Jataka, Mahajanka Jataka and Champeyya Jataka. Out of all the Viharas or monasteries, Cave 16 is the finest monastery at Ajanta. The walls of the cave are decorated with a number of paintings including the conversion of Nanda, miracle of Sarvasti, elephant procession, Gautam's first meditation and scenes from Hasti Jataka and Maha Ummagga Jataka. Cave 17, which is a vihara, bears the greatest number of paintings including a row of eight Buddhas. Other scenes include different Jataka Tales such as Chhaddanta Jataka, Mahamapi Jataka, Sama Jataka, Ruru Jataka and Nigrodhamriga Jataka.
We return back to the hotel , evening at leisure and enjoy your comfortable stay