Central Maharashtra

The splendid carved volcanic caves (Hindu, Jain and Buddhist) at Ellora and Ajanta, dating from the sixth and second centuries AD respectively, are among India's finest sights, including monasteries, meditation chambers, cloisters, chapels and colonnaded halls gouged from rock, graced with friezes and shrines. The triumphant Kailasanatha Temple is the star of Ellora. Ajanta's exquisite craftsmanship - Buddha's story etched into a sheer cliff face - was nearly lost to the world, lying hidden under dense jungle from the seventh to the 19th century. Aurangabad, Mughal ruler Aurangzeb's military headquarters during his Deccan campaign, is a spacious town to base yourself en route to the caves.

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