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“Architectural Marvel” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves
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Aurangabad Private Tour: Ajanta And Ellora Caves Sightseeing Day Tour
Ranked #2 of 56 things to do in Aurangabad
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Owner description: Spectacular rock cut caves and elaborate sculptures of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths are over 10 centuries old.
Mumbai (Bombay), India
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134 reviews
45 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
“Architectural Marvel”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 March 2012

One visit to this place and I just fell in love with it. It is so hard to believe that these marvels were created years and years ago and with such bare minimum tools/technology and yet they are so perfect. The peace one could get in the main prayer hall is just out of the world; the way the prayers echo it makes you feel that there are many people chanting whereas the voice is of just one person. The stone carving/cut out are just to intriguing and makes you wonder that we could create something of this quality 100's of years ago.

Visited August 2011
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Detroit, Michigan
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“Incredible caves, terrible guide.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2012

The Ellora Caves are definitely worth working into your itinerary and will likely take most of the day to see. They are phenomenal. Guides were highly recommended, so we decided to shell out 750 Rs for a government guide. Others may have different experiences with other guides, but I must recommend against one named Siddarth. He did not give us much additional information from what we could read on the helpful plaques in front of the caves. He acted irritated when asked questions and often did not answer them. He refused to accompany us into the caves so we could ask more questions as we looked around. He tried to rush us and when we confronted him about this he stated we were "killing his time" and cited a bathroom break and questions as our offenses against him. We tired of his rushing and attitude and politely asked if we could pay him for the portion of the information and have him leave us. He yelled in Hindi for a long time and accused us of trying to cheat him and being beggars. We have had and found great value in many guides for many places in India, but this experience was terrible to a nearly comical extent. Please be warned against hiring this guide in particular. Perhaps getting a guidebook or reading the plaques is a safer bet.

Visited February 2012
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Gurgaon, India
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“World Heritage site in a pathetic condition”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2012

This is about 25 KM from Aurangabad. We hired a taxi to visit different places near by.

There are 34 caves which are divided religion wise. Hindu caves, Jain caves and Buddhist caves. This is basically on the basis of the statues carved out. Hindu caves and Buddhist caves are nearby whereas Jain caves are slightly away, about 1 KM apart.

Taxi dropped us in front of the cave no. 16 which is a Hindu cave and is the biggest of all caves in terms of carvings. Frankly it is an open cave.

Jain caves are quite difficult to visit due to odor of urine inside. However, there is a beautiful fall a midst the caves.

Buddhist caves are beautiful and clean.

One should have plenty of water and food because it takes many hours to visit the caves. If a person wants to see all the caves then he/she will need more than a day.

Visited March 2011
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“Absolutely worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

no one will harass you to buy their trinkets, the drive is easy from Aurangabad and Cave 16 should be a "wonder of the world"!

Visited February 2012
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Chennai
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“Mesmerising”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2012

Really an amazing place. Six decades of work. I rate it better than Petra, Jordan. A must see place for an average Indian.

Visited January 2012
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