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Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra by Helicopter (4N/5D)

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Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra by Helicopter

Why to choose Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra by Helicopter

  • * An initiative taken by Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board
  • * Luxury pilgrimage with adventure experience.
  • * First time ever in India.
  • * 6 Helicopter Trips & ATVs
  • * Subsidy by Uttrakhand Government

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India's no.1 adi kailash yatra agency, adi kailash aerial darshan by mi 17 2d/1n (pithoragarh to pithoragarh).

It's great to hear about the initiative taken by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board to organize the Adi Kailash & Om Parvat aerial darshan, especially on the auspicious occasion of Mahashivratri Day, starting from April 1st. The use of MI-17 Helicopter adds a unique touch to the experience, making it an exciting adventure for both Shiva devotees and adventure enthusiasts.

The effort of the Central Government, collaborating with BRO and state machinery, to complete the road for Adi Kailash & Om Parvat shows a commitment to improving accessibility to these sacred sites. The subsidy of Rs. 26000 provided by the Uttarakhand Government for pilgrims during the winter darshan project is a thoughtful gesture that may encourage more people to take part in this spiritual journey.

The limited seats and the option to book through TripToTemples.com or by calling on +91-8510007751 add convenience for those interested in participating.

  • * For the first time in history, Aerial Darshan of Mt. Adi Kailash, Om Parvat and Vyas Valley.
  • * Now do Aerial Darshan of Mt. Adi Kailash and Om Parvat with the comfort of flight.
  • * Exclusive Booking Platform: Trip to Temples
  • * Travel Dates*: April 1st, 2024 to April 8th, 2024
  • * Trip Duration: 2 Days & 1 Night (Pithoragarh to Pithoragarh)
  • * Accommodation: Top Hotel at Pithoragarh (Uttarakhand)
  • * Most Reasonable Rate
  • * Enjoy special inaugural prices subsidized by the Uttarakhand Tourism Development Board
  • * Don't delay - limited seats available, book now!
  • *In case of adverse weather conditions, the dates of the aerial journey may be affected.

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Kailash mansarovar darshan 2024 started.

Now possible for Indians. Exculsive 1st Batch of TTT completed the Kailash Mansarovar Mountain Flight successfully!!

After 4 years Trip To Temples became the 1st Company in India to make Kailash Mansarovar Darshan possible for Indians. In an exclusively done collaboration with Shree Airlines, Nepal, on 29th Jan 2024 the first ever Kailash Mansarovar Mountain Flight took off from Nepalgunj and returned with success and100% satisfaction of Yatris. A new vision of Mount Kailash and Mansarovar has also given a new hope for Indians.

Kailash Mansarovar Mountain Flight with TTT

Why to choose Kailash Mansarovar Mountain Flight with TTT

  • * Only available option for Indians
  • * NO VISA, NO PERMIT, NO AGE LIMIT
  • * Passport NOT MANDATORY
  • * Kailash Mansarovar Darshan in just 3 days
  • * At Lowest Price with high quality Service
  • * Jet engine aircraft used here for optimum sefty & minimize time.
  • * Many Free Gifts along with Mansarovar Jal and Original Rudrakhsh
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If asked to name a place on the earth where the most powerful source of eternal cosmic energy exists then there is only one answer, The Land of admired God – The Kailash Mansarovar. Energy of this place is full of spirituality & divinity. This the place where each & everyone who follows or seeks Hinduism, Yoga, Divinity or Peace, must wish to visit this holy land of God of Gods. Though it’s a dream of each Shiva devotee to go for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra at least once in this materialistic life but in reality, there are very few who are really able to make it, even though they might have all resources to go but probably there is no invitation from the land. Visiting Kailash Mansarovar is not just for this life but also for the life beyond this life.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Packages 2024

Packages to Kailash Mansarovar. we offer are through Nepal route which is lowest in cost & comparatively convenient. One is Kailash Yatra by bus from Kathmandu which takes 14 Days & another is Kailash Yatra by Helicopter route via Nepalgang. Kailash Yatra by Helicopter is shortest Kailash Mansarovar Yatra option and takes from 5 Days to 11 Days.

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Kailash Yatra Via Lhasa

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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2024 Via Lucknow

Route : Lucknow → Nraplgunj (1N) → +7

Overland Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2024 By Bus

Route : Kathmandu (2N) → Dhunche / Syabrubesi (1N) → +9

Kailash Yatra 2024 By Helicopter From Kathmandu

Route : Kathmandu (1N) → Nepalgunj (1N) → +7

Shortest Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2024 By Helicopter In 5 Days

Route : Lucknow → Nepalgunj (1N) → +4

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Route : Lucknow → Nepalgunj (1N) → +2

Kailash Mansarovar Inner Parikrama 2024

Route : Lucknow / Kathmandu (1N) → Nepalgunj (1N) → +7

हेलीकाप्टर द्वारा कैलाश मानसरोवर 2024 यात्रा

Route : लखनऊ(1 एन) → नेपालगंज (1 एन) → +7

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2024 By Helicopter from Lucknow

Route : Lucknow (1N) → Nepalgunj (1N) → +7

All Details About Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Mt. kailash.

This is the place which is called the center of universe, this is the source of cosmic energy, this place is different in shape, this place is different in significance, this is the Place of Shiva. This is our dream pilgrimage, probably we are born to be there at least once. More Details..

Route for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

There are mainly 2 routes for Kailash Mansarovar, first one is directly from India which is organized by Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) of Govt. of India and another is Nepal route. MEA route has another 2 options, first is Kailash Yatra via Lipulekh Pass in Uttrakhand & second option is Kailash Yatra via Nathula Pass in Sikkim. Nepal route also has 2 options, by helicopter & by road.

Place we see in Kailash Yatra

Apart from most popular attraction of the Yatra that’s Mt. Kailash & Lake Mansarovar, we get blessed to see Yam Dwar, Rakshastal, Chu Gompa, Gauri Kund, Shivsthal & many more places. More Details..

Subsidy for Mansarovar Kailash Yatra

Kailash Mansarovar Trip is one of the most important pilgrimages among all Shiva devotees. Mt. Kailash is in autonomous region of Tibet & the Yatra is governed by Chinese authorities, it’s one of the costliest pilgrimages. So, many state governments in India support pilgrims in form of subsidy for Kailash Yatra. More Details..

Weather & Temperature at Kailash Mansarovar

At altitude of more than 15000 ft, Kailash Mansarovar weather & temperature has extreme versatilities. In the May & June months of Yatra season, its sunny in the days & colder in nights. During Yatra ending time of August & September months, days are pleasant & nights are colder, but in Yatra we don’t travel in nights.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Eligibility

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra eligibility depends on the route we choose for the Yatra. Passport & registration form are essential documents in all circumstances. Additionally medical certificate, pan card & photographs are other documents needed for the Yatra. More Details..

Best Time to Visit Kailash Mansarovar Yatra

Kailash Yatra season starts from May month & continues till September. Each month has some positive aspects & some challenges. Though May & June are too sunny but preferred mostly due to vacations. July & August are preferred for Shrawan month & August & September are better if someone wishes to do Mt. Kailash Parakrama in pleasant weather. More Details..

Why Trip To Temples is Best Operator for Kailash Manasarovar Yatra

Trip to temples serves highest pilgrim for kailash mansarovar yatra in india:.

Customer centric approach bought Trip To Temples to the pinnacle in terms of volume we are serving for Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. Higher volume supports us in terms of getting holds on things & getting priorities.

Customer First approach for Kailash Yatra :

Trip To Temples started with exclusive pilgrimage to Kailash Mansarovar & just like starting, we serve each pilgrimage with Customer First intent & devotion. It’s just not a tour package for us, but a responsibility to ensure execute in best possible manner.

Own staff from Head Office for Kailash Yatra :

Probably we are the only company which deploys on ground professional staff from our Head Office. Its just to ensure that we deliver to the Kailash Yatra pilgrims what we have committed.

Trip To Temples exclusive groups for Kailash Yatra :

Trip To Temples has clear policy since starting to create its own exclusive group for Kailash Yatra & don’t mix-up with others who have committed lower service level. This way we ensure to fulfill what we plan.

Panchang based Kailash Temple Yatra dates :

Auspicious dates & Panchang are closely linked to pilgrimage & life’s most precious pilgrimage can’t be different from this. We created all Kailash Yatra dates in consultation with priest so you reach at Mt Kailash & Lake Mansarovar on some auspicious dates.

Priority in getting flights & helicopters for Kailash Yatra :

Because of our volume & strong association with aviation companies, we get highest priority in getting flights & helicopter for Kailash Yatra. It minimizes the probability in getting trips delayed.

6-9 Nights best in location hotel stay during Kailash Yatra :

Its our consistent endeavor to ensure make best possible infrastructure available to Kailash Yatra pilgrims. Probably Trip To Temples is the only company to provide this much nights in during the Kailash Yatra.

Puja & Prasad Kit to Kailash Mansarovar Tour pilgrims :

Pilgrimage is at its best when clubbed with ritual. We organize Hawan Puja at Lake Mansarovar in front of Mount Kailash. We distribute Puja & Prasad kit to each pilgrim at Nepalganj who take this route.

Portable Toilets facility at Lake Mansarovar :

Just to ensure the optimum possible facilities, we provide portable toilets with toilet tents at Lake Mansarovar.

No charging for Kailash Mansarovar Trip delay, in case :

We don’t believe in charging extra after accepting bookings & probably were first company to declare that we will not charge anything extra if trip gets delayed due to weather

Kailash Yatra execution with not only dedication but also with devotion :

Organizing Kailash Mansarovar Yatra requires a lot of restless efforts & hard dedication. But at the same time, deep emotion of Shiva devotees are involved & we need to value the emotion attached to we ensure that our gesture & approach has devotion feeling also while serving the pilgrims.

Transparency in passing information for Kailash Mansarovar Trip :

We ensure that we pass on most authentic information & knowledge available to us to Kailash Yatra pilgrims. We clearly explain the challenges in Kailash Tour & guide properly. We don’t believe in hiding constraints or updates about the Kailash Trip. That’s the reason that many pilgrims who somehow booked the Kailash Yara with any other companies also contact us for right & authentic updates.

We commit what we are able to give, We give what we commit :

Kailash Mansarovar Tour is organized in extreme situation at high altitude. We always ensure that we are not overcommitting which is beyond our control to deliver. At the same time we ensure that we fulfill what we commit to the Kailash Mansarovar Yatris.

Most Trusted Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Agency :

With our ethical value system & service approach, Trip To Temples is popularly known as Most Trusted Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Agency.

Popular Places to Visit Near Kailash Mansarovar

Mansarovar Kailash Yatra is not about vising just one place but witnessing footprints & divinity of Shiva. Near Kailash Parvat, we get to see places related to Shiva & spirituality. Kailash Mansarovar Tour is an unique pilgrimage which covers the places mentioned in ancient Hinduism texts & it’s a blessings that we still can see them & get connected to spirituality.

Mount Kailash

Mount Kailash

Lake Mansarovar

Lake Mansarovar

Rakshastal

Nandi Parvat

Gaurikund

Kailash Manasarovar Yatra Blogs

Apart from Shiva’s blessings, Yatra to Kailash Mansarovar requires a lot of planning & preparation & one must know all the facts about the Kailash Yatra before going there. Trip To Temples (u/o Divine Mantra Pvt Ltd) presents complete information about all the facts on Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. You can contact us for any clarification or further details.

Four Faces Of Mount Kailash: Know about The Glory of Kailash Mountain

Four Faces Of Mount Kailash: Know about The Glory of Kailash Mountain

Another name for the ultimate destination of mind and soul is said to be Mount Kailash. According to legends, there is a great connection between the number 4 and the holy Mount Kailash.

History Of Kailash Mansarovar: A True Paradise on Earth

History Of Kailash Mansarovar: A True Paradise on Earth

Kailash Mansarovar is a destination of great spiritual importance for 4 religions of the world, namely Hindu, Buddhist, Jains and Bon. Each of these religions has their own Kailash Mansarovar Stories.

Why is Mount Kailash a part of China?: Understanding How Mount Kailash Ended up in Chinese Territory

Why is Mount Kailash a part of China?: Understanding How Mount Kailash Ended up in Chinese Territory

When thinking about Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, the first question that comes to the mind of Bhole Bhakts is where is Kailash Mansarovar? There has always been a doubt Mount Kailash is in India or China.

Exploring the Sacred Mountain: A Look Into Who Climbed Mount Kailash

Exploring the Sacred Mountain: A Look Into Who Climbed Mount Kailash

The Kailash Mansarovar Yatra is one of the most sacred yatras. There have been many attempts to climb the Holy Mountain of Lord Shiva, however, no human has ever been able to climb Mount Kailash.

Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra 2024

Mount Adi Kailash, named after Adi Yogi God Shiva who did tapasaya here. Adi Kailash is popularly known as Chota Kailash or Baba Kailash also. Mount Adi Kailash is second among Panch Kailash & has a strong connect with Shiva. Another Shiva miracle is Om Parvat which is a strange mystery for scientists also. After construction of new road on ancient route for Kailash Mansarovar, Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra has suddenly become top most preference among Shiva devotees. We get to see places related to agyatvas of Pandava & several temples with spiritual connect. Pilgrimage to Adi Kailash & Om Parvat is a unique thing which covers 18 places of historical & mythological significance in mere 8 days.

Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra Packages 2024

With construction of new road to Adi Kailash & Om Parvat in Uttarakhand, Shiva devotees are coming in huge numbers. Since road, mobile network & other infrastructure is not properly in place, pilgrims are trusting reliable Yatra operators. Trip To Temples has served highest numbers of pilgrims for Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra and has packages starting from Delhi, Kathgodam, Haldwani & Dharchula which takes from 5 to 8 days to complete the Yatra.

Trip To Temples is India's No. 1 Adi Kailash & Om Oarvat Yatra Agency with highes volume served in 2021 & 2022

Adi Kailash And Om Parvat Aerial Darshan 2024

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Adi Kailash and Om Parvat Yatra from Dharchula

Route : Dharchula(1N) → Gunji(1N) → +2

Adi Kailash and OM Parvat Yatra from Kathgodam

Route : Pithoragarh(1N) → Dharchula(1N) → +4

All Details About Adi Kailash Tour Yatra Packages

Adi kailash.

Shiva’s second home Adi Kailash is approx. 60 KMs before to Mt Kailash & falls in Indian territory. Mt. Adi Kailash is the place where Shiva meditated, halted for 1st night while going for his marriage & Ravana got boon of 10 heads.

Om Mountain in Pithauragarh of Uttrakhand is probably among rare mountains which fall in 3 countries. Adorned with Shiva’s sign of ॐ on top of it, this is the only mountain could be found among total 8 which exists similarly on the planet. This strange creature of universe is at 3 countries border of India, Nepal & Tibet. But its boon of Shiva that ॐ is visible from India side only.

Jageshwar Dham

Jageshwar Dham Temple is ancient temple where Shiva himself & Saptarshis meditated. In ancient era, this Temple had energy to fulfill all wishes. Consists of more than 100 temples, its believed that this place still has spiritual power to fulfill all genuine wishes.

Neeb Karoli Baba Ashram

Famous Neem Karori Baba is believed as an incarnation of Shri Hanuman. Since Hanuman ji was blessed with the boon of never dying, it's believed that Neem Karori Baba is also present there in some form of energy. That's the reason that millions of devotees visit to this place to get blessed with solutions to the problems they are facing.

Chitai Golu Devata Mandir

Chitai Golu Mandir is a unique kind of temple which is famous for a purpose to achieve. This temple's deity Golu Devata is also called God of Justice and people facing legal problems & disputes visit this temple to put application in front of Golu Devata in his Temple.

Patal Bhuvaneshwar

This mysterious temple is mainly dedicated to God Shiva & also called Cave Temple. It exists under the ground & discovered in Treta Yug. In Dwapar Yug, Pandavas also discovered it again. This natural rock temples have almost every deity in it & is believed to be replica of ancient pilgrimage places.

Why Trip To Temples is the Best Tour Agency for Adi Kailash & Om Patvat Yatra

Among first to start the adi kailash (chota kailash) yatra on the new road neal lipulekh pass in uttrakhand.

Trip To Temples is pioneer in Yatra to Kailash Mansarovar Darshan & took early initiative when news came in 2021 of opening new road to Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Trek.

Trip To Temples served highest number of pilgrims for last 2 Yatra years for Chota Kailash & Om Parvat Darshan

Our initiative & efforts resulted in Trip To Temples becoming No 1 organizer for Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra with highest volume in 2021. The benchmark we set during our first year of the Yatra to Baba Kailash & Om Parvat Trek, in 2022 also we became flag bearer in bringing highest number of pilgrims from different places in Indian to the holy place of Shiva.

First one to present as Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra circuit

Earlier pilgrims were going for mostly 5 places - Adi Kailash, Om Parvat, Chitai Golu Devta Mandir, Neem Karoli Baba Ashram & Jageshwar Dham darshan. People didn’t know that this route has several other places of historical, mythological & spiritual significance. Trip To temples was the first company to present it as circuit & inform about that how to cover all of them.

Elaborated information about places & preparation for Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Tour

We are the first tour operator who did all research to bring significance of the Adi Kailash Yatra route pilgrimage places. Our intent was that pilgrims shouldn’t come only for regular package but know it in depth & feel connected to the land of Shiva & Adi Shankaracharya. Since we have in depth experience, we ensure to support pilgrims in preparing for the Baba Kailash Yatra.

Excellence in execution of Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra

We are among early starters to execute the Adi Kailash & Pm Parvat Yatra & kept learning & worked for improvement & betterment. We are among those who are not just operating for the Yatra but establishing it as emerging pilgrimage. Since we are since starting of the Yatra on new route, we could develop support & network for smooth operations & manage exigencies.

Excellent hold in Chota Kailash Yatra

Since we are undisputed pioneer in Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra, we have strong association for facilities & infrastructure available there.

Rescue management in Adi Kailash Yatra

We are always prompt in managing solutions to weather related exigencies.

Most Trusted Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra Agency

Just like Kailash Mansarovar Yatra, Trip To Temples with its customer centric approach here also popularly know as most trusted Adi Kailash Yatra Agency.

Popular Places to Visit Near Adik Kailash

Yatra to Adi Kailash is not just one place or one temple trip but has a lot many places to see after every few KMs. From the very 1st day of Adi Kailash Yatra till last day, we just explore the unexplored places from ancient India. Probably this is the only pilgrimage wherein we can see, feel & connect to Shiva & ancient India at every step.

Adi Kailash

Parvati Sarovar

Shiv Parvati Temple

Shiv Parvati Temple

Neeb Karoli Baba Ashram, Kainchi Dham

Neeb Karoli Baba Ashram, Kainchi Dham

Adi kailash yatra blogs.

Adi Kailash Yatra circuit is one of the fastest emerging pilgrimages in India & pilgrims are exploring about the places we cover during this Yatra. Our Team at Trip To Temples did thorough research and has presented information for your understanding about the place.

Kathgodam: The Last Railway Station of Uttarakhand's Kumaon region

Kathgodam: The Last Railway Station of Uttarakhand's Kumaon region

Surrounded by mountains, Kathgodam is a precious gem of Uttarkhand connecting all the nearby places of tourists' interest. The last railway station to reach the Kumaon Region of Uttarakhand is Kathgodam .

Pithoragarh: Mini Kashmir of Uttarakhand

Pithoragarh: Mini Kashmir of Uttarakhand

Pithoragarh is the easternmost district of Uttarakhand which is enclosed by Nepal in the east and Tibet in the north. To enjoy the ultimate abundance of nature, one must visit the beautiful city of Pithoragarh .

Dharchula: The Ancient Trading Town of India

Dharchula: The Ancient Trading Town of India

Dharchula has been an ancient trade centre between India and Nepal. The town is nestled in the beauty of nature. The treks to various places such as Adi Kailash, Om Parvat, Panchachuli, Narayan Ashram, etc start from Dharchula .

Om Parvat Rahasya: Know about the secrets behind the Magical Mountain on Earth

Om Parvat Rahasya: Know about the secrets behind the Magical Mountain on Earth

Om Parvat is located in the Kumaon region on Uttarakhand and shares boundaries with territories of three countries namely India, Nepal and Tibet. One of the most mysterious mountains in the world is Om Parvat.

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Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Videos

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Videos

We have created Kailash Mansarovar Tour Videos for making things even more clear to you. Videos explain the Kailash Yatra route, infrastructure & how to go there.

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Photos

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra Photos

Just don’t go by what others say, explore photographs of all places, transportation & other facilities. Photographs of each place will make it better to understand the way we go for the Tour to Kailash Mansarovar.

Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra Videos

Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra Videos

Trip To Temples has served the highest number of pilgrims since the Yatra started on newly constructed road. Seeing the enthusiasm of Shiva devotees, we have got the Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra Videos with real group which are one of most informative videos present as of now.

Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra Photos

Adi Kailash & Om Parvat Yatra Photos

We cover total 18 places in just 8 days during Adi Kailash Tour & viewing photographs so overwhelming that devotees get more eager to visit the place. Roads are also being constructed & other infrastructure is in progress. So in such scenario, many a time it becomes difficult to understand reality so we have put the photographs of places & facilities so you are rightly prepared for the Yatra.

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Here’s what some of our customers say about Yatra.

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The Auspetious Kailash Mansarovar

Attar SinghYadav , Delhi

It was a well organised & co-ordinated Holy Yatra of THE AUSPETIOUS KAILASH MANSAROVAR scheduled & managed by Trip To Temples at very reasonable and competitive cost. Our Group Religiously enjoyed it very much in May 2016 being 1st group .Response & behavior of Mr Vikas Mishra (organiser) ,guide & team was quick and appreciable. Hotels/ accomodation povided were 4*/3*& hygenic and food/eatables served were fresh,hot during the Holy Yatra. Moreover over-stay days beyond package were NOT Charged is Most Remarkable point.

संत मैथिलीशरण (भाई जी )

।।श्री राम: शरणं मम ।।

संत मैथिलीशरण (भाई जी ) , पौड़ी गढ़वाल.( उत्तराखण्ड )

मैं कैलाश मानसरोवर यात्रा को अपने पूज्य गुरुदेव श्री रामकिंकर जी महाराज की कृपा के रुप में देखता हूँ। गुरु शिव रुप ही होते हैं। यात्रा में माध्यम के रुप में ट्रिप टू टैम्पल्स की भावपूर्ण सेवा और सहयोग सराहनीय था। बहिन हनी से ही मेरा सम्पर्क हो सका.उन्होंने अपनी और अपनी संस्था की छवि को बहुत अच्छे ठंग से प्रस्तुत किया और निर्वहन किया । मैं ट्रिप टू ट्रैवेल्स के सभी लोगों का अभिनंदन करता हूँ।

Shailini Pidikiti

Beautiful Trip

Shailini Pidikiti , New Delhi

My journey with ur Trip To Temples to Kailash Manasarover was a wonderful experience and enjoyed each and every day feeling blessed seeing Kailash having dip in Manasarover lake thank you team for making this happen there were many tourists with different groups but no one took care of their group the way u trip to templesdid u have taken care of each every comfort required really from the bottom my heart thank you very much for making everything so Gud and comfortable to do this Yatra s thanks to nawang the Nepal guide and his team for serving us good and healthy food even in that odd climate conditions never made us feel to miss home thank you very very much Trip To Temples.

Narendra Parashar

Kailash Mansarovar Yatra 2017

Narendra Parashar , New Delhi, Inida

The yatra of kailash mansarovar organised by Trip To Temples tour company from 10 June 2017 was well managed,arranged,and facilities were too good.Company made my journey memorable and add a best part to my life.I will not forgot this experience of yatra.

Trip To Temples Thank You for giving us opportunity to serve You 🙏🏻

Kailas Temple, Ellora

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Kailasa Temple

Top choice in Maharashtra

One of India’s greatest monuments, this astonishing temple, carved from solid rock, was built by King Krishna I in AD 760 to represent Mt Kailasa (Kailash), Shiva’s Himalayan abode. To say that the assignment was daring would be an understatement. Three huge trenches were bored into the sheer cliff face, a process that entailed removing 200,000 tonnes of rock by hammer and chisel, before the temple could begin to take shape and its remarkable sculptural decoration could be added.

Covering twice the area of the Parthenon in Athens and being half as high again, Kailasa is an engineering marvel that was executed straight from the head with zero margin for error. Modern draughtspeople might have a lesson or two to learn here.

The temple houses several intricately carved panels, depicting scenes from the Ramayana, the Mahabharata and the adventures of Krishna. Also worth admiring are the immense monolithic pillars that stand in the courtyard, flanking the entrance on both sides, and the southeastern gallery that has 10 giant and fabulous panels depicting the different avatars (incarnations of a deity) of Lord Vishnu.

After you’re done with the main enclosure, bypass the hordes of snack-munching day trippers to explore the temple’s many dank, bat urine–soaked corners with their numerous forgotten carvings. Afterwards, hike the sturdier path up to the south of the complex (past the scaffolding) that takes you to the top perimeter of the ‘cave’, from where you can get a bird’s-eye view of the entire temple complex.

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Astonishingly carved into hillside rock in the middle of nowhere are the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Both are an important UNESCO World Heritage site.

There are 34 caves at Ellora dating from between the 6th and 11th centuries AD, and 29 caves at Ajanta dating back to between the 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. The caves at Ajanta are all Buddhist, while the caves at Ellora are a mixture of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain. Funds for the construction of the caves were provided by various rulers.

The incredible Kailasa Temple (also known as the Kailasha Temple), which forms Cave 16 at Ellora, is undoubtedly the most famous attraction. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and his sacred abode at Mount Kailasha. Its immense size covers twice the area of the Parthenon in Athens, and is one and a half times as high! The life-size elephant sculptures are a highlight.

The most incomprehensible thing about the Ajanta and Ellora caves is that they were crafted by hand, with only a hammer and chisel. There are various cave complexes in India , but these are definitely the most spectacular.

Northern Maharashtra, around 400 kilometers (250 miles) from Mumbai.

Getting There

The closest railway stations are in Aurangabad for the Ellora caves (45 minutes away) and the industrial city of Jalgaon for the Ajanta caves (1.5 hours away). Travel time from Mumbai to Aurangabad by Indian Railways train is 6-7 hours. Here are the options.

There’s also an airport in Aurangabad, so it's possible to fly from many cities in India.

Using Aurangabad as a base, it’s most convenient to hire a taxi and drive between the two cave sites. It takes about three hours to get from Ellora to Ajanta.

Ashoka Tours and Travels , located on Station Road in Aurangabad, is popular and provides car hire to both Ellora and Ajanta. Depending on the type of car, rates start from 1,250 rupees for Ellora and 2,250 rupees for Ajanta.

Alternatively, Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation conducts inexpensive daily guided bus tours to the Ajanta and Ellora caves from Aurangabad. The buses are comfortable air-conditioned Volvo buses. The tours run separately—one goes to Ajanta and the other to Ellora—and can be booked in advance at the Central Bus Stand and CIDCO Bus Stand.

  • The Ajanta bus tour departs from the Central Bus Stand at 7.30 a.m. and arrives back at 5.20 p.m. The cost is 711 rupees per person.
  • The Ellora bus tour departs from the Central Bus Stand at 8.30 a.m and arrives back at 5.30 p.m. It includes Daultabad Fort, Bibi Ka Maqbara and Panchakki. The cost is 276 rupees per person.

Or, if you'd prefer to travel independently, you can easily take a public Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation bus from the Central Bus Stand in Aurangabad to Ellora (D0825) and Ajanta (D0647). It's worth considering, as you'll be able to get there before the tour buses do. The buses run frequently but they're not air-conditioned.

When to Visit

The best time to visit the caves is from November to March, when it's cooler and dry.

Opening Hours

The Ellora caves are open from sunrise until sunset (around 5:00 p.m.), daily except Wednesdays. The Ajanta caves open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m., daily except Mondays. Both caves are open on national holidays. However, try to avoid visiting them then (as well as on weekends) as the crowds can be overwhelming and you won't have a peaceful experience.

Entrance Fees and Charges

Visiting both the Ajanta and Ellora caves is costly for foreigners. The sites require separate tickets and the price is 600 rupees per foreign visitor. Indians pay only 40 rupees per ticket at each site. Children younger than 15 years are free at both places.

Ajanta and Ellora Visitor Centers

The visitor centers provide information about the two heritage sites using audiovisual media.

The Ajanta Visitor Center is the larger of the two. It has five museum halls with replicas of the four main caves (1, 2,16 and 17). The Ellora Visitor Center has a replica of the Kailasa Temple. Both visitor centers also have restaurants, amphitheaters and auditoriums, shops, exhibition space, and parking.

Unfortunately, the visitor centers are located some distance away from the caves and the replicas have failed to draw the expected number of tourists. In August 2018, Maharashtra Tourism announced that substantial funding had been allocated to enhance them and provide a better experience.

Where to Stay

Hotel Kailas is located right opposite the Ellora caves. It's a relaxing, tranquil place with stone walls and a scenic landscape, albeit simply furnished accommodations. Rates are 2,300 rupees for a non air-conditioned room, 3,500 rupees for an air-conditioned cottage, and 4,000 rupees for an air-conditioned cottage facing the caves. Tax is additional. The hotel has plenty of amenities for guests including a restaurant, internet access, a library and games. You can also go paragliding.

Quality accommodations at Ajanta are limited so if you need to stay in the area, it's best to head to the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation's Ajanta T Junction Guest House (rooms from 1,600 rupees per night) or Ajanta Tourist Resort in nearby Fardapur (1,700 rupees per night).

If you prefer to stay in Aurangabad, Hotel Panchavati is a clean and comfortable budget option near the railway station and bus stand.

Should You Visit Ajanta or Ellora?

While the Ajanta caves have some of India's most sophisticated ancient paintings, the Ellora caves are renowned for their extraordinary architecture. Both the caves have sculptures.

Don't have time or money to visit both caves? Ellora receives about twice as many tourists as Ajanta, as it's more accessible. If your itinerary forces you to choose between the two sites, base you decision on whether you're more interested in the art at Ajanta, or architecture at Ellora. Also take into consideration the fact that Ajanta has an outstanding setting overlooking a gorge along the Waghora River, making it more enjoyable to explore.

Travel Tips

  • You can get an excellent view and perspective of inside the Kailasa Temple at Ellora by climbing up the hill around it.
  • When visiting Ajanta, ask your driver to drop you at the viewpoint and meet you at the car park. Walk downhill from the viewpoint and enter at cave eight. From there, walk right to the end and start at cave 28. This will enable you to see nearly half the caves without the crowds.
  • Bring a torch with you to the caves as many of them are quite dark and lighting is poor.
  • Try to reach the caves before 10 a.m. to beat the crowds and tour buses.

Dangers and Annoyances

Security was increased at the Ellora caves in 2013, following incidents of tourists being sexually harassed by groups of young Indian guys. This has been effective in improving safety. However, tourists still need to be aware of harassment from hawkers and touts that charge inflated prices.

Maintenance and cleanliness has improved at both the Ajanta and Ellora caves in recent years. The caves are now being looked after by a private company under the Indian government's "Adopt a Heritage Site" program.

A three-day Ellora-Ajanta International Festival is organized by Maharashtra Tourism each year. It features some of India's most distinguished musicians and and dancers.

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The Kailasa Temple: A Masterpiece of Indian Architecture

The Kailasa Temple located in the Ellora Caves of Maharashtra, India is truly a remarkable masterpiece of engineering and art. It skillfully replicates the mythical dwelling of Lord Shiva known as Mount Kailash. Moreover, this temple stands out among the impressive structures found in the Ellora Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage site comprising of 34 monasteries and temples carved into the basalt cliff.

A 20-Year Monument: The History of Kailasa Temple

A 20-Year Monument: The History of Kailasa Temple

The Kailasa Temple was constructed over a period of 20 years, from 756 to 774 AD, by the Rashtrakuta king, Krishna I. It is estimated that over 200,000 tons of rock were excavated during its construction. The temple was built as a symbol of the Rashtrakuta dynasty’s power and patronage of the arts.

A Masterpiece of Rock-Cut Architecture

Bird's eye view of the Kaisala Temple

The Kailasa Temple showcases a remarkable work of rock-cut architecture, adorned with intricate carvings and sculptures that cover both its walls and ceilings. The temple comprises of various interconnected structures, including a grand courtyard, a main hall, and a sanctuary.

Mythical Scenes and Deities: The Façade and Pillars of Kailasa Temple

Mythical Scenes and Deities: The Façade and Pillars of Temple

The temple’s façade features a series of intricate carvings that depict scenes from Hindu mythology, including stories from the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Furthermore, the temple’s main hall is supported by 16 pillars, each of which is carved with images of deities and mythical creatures.

A Gigantic Sculpture of Lord Shiva: The Sanctum of Kailasa Temple

A Gigantic Sculpture of Lord Shiva: The Sanctum of Kailasa Temple

The most impressive feature of the Kailasa Temple is the massive sculpture of Lord Shiva that dominates the sanctuary. The sculpture is over 7 meters tall and is carved from a single piece of rock. Additionally, visitors should take note of the intricate carvings and detailed architecture surrounding the temple complex.

Cultural and Religious Significance

The Kailasa Temple is not only a masterpiece of architecture but also holds great cultural and religious significance. It is considered one of the most important Hindu pilgrimage sites in India and is visited by thousands of devotees every year. The temple’s intricate carvings and sculptures are also significant as they provide a window into the rich cultural and artistic traditions of India’s past.

Visiting the Temple

To make your trip to Kailasa Temple a memorable one, here is a step-by-step guide to help you:

  • Firstly, plan your trip: Decide when you want to visit, how long you will stay, and where you will stay. You can either stay in Aurangabad, which is the closest city, or Ellora, which is closer to the temple.
  • Then, obtain the necessary permits: You will need to obtain a ticket to visit the Ellora Caves, which includes access to Kailasa Temple. You can purchase the ticket online or at the entrance.
  • Choose your mode of transportation: You can reach Ellora by bus, taxi, or car. If you are coming from Aurangabad, you can take a bus or hire a taxi. If you are driving, you can park your vehicle near the entrance.
  • Wear appropriate clothing: Kailasa Temple is a religious site, so dress modestly. Wear comfortable shoes as you will need to walk around the site.
  • Explore the temple: The temple is divided into several sections, including the main shrine, courtyards, and galleries. Take your time to explore the intricate carvings, sculptures, and especially the architecture.
  • Respect the rules: While visiting the Temple, it’s essential to respect the rules and regulations in place. Specifically, avoid touching the carvings or climbing on the walls, as these actions can cause damage to the site. Additionally, following the rules helps to preserve the Temple for future generations to enjoy.
  • Enjoy the surrounding area: Furthermore, the surrounding area of Ellora has many other temples and caves of cultural and historical significance.
  • Departure: When you are ready to leave, make sure you have all your belongings and take your memories with you.

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Kailasa: the majestic temple of ellora.

Ellora is situated about 15 miles north-west of Aurangabad. It is known to the world for its wonderful cave temples in the hills which are about a mile to its east. These cave temples, which were long concealed from view by the engulfing jungle, are now among India's top tourist destinations that few visitors are likely to skip. They are officially listed on the World Heritage List by UNESCO.

These caves were carved out of the vertical basalt cliffs of the Sahyadri Hills. Out of the 34 rock-cut structures that are numbered, Buddhist settlements can be found in caves 1 through 12, Brahminical structures 13 through 29, and Jaina caves 30 through 34. Cave 16 is the Kailasa temple of Ellora, which is the largest monolithic rock structure in the world.

The Kailasa temple is 300 feet long and 175 feet wide, and it is carved out of a scarp that is over 100 feet high. Contrary to many other ancient rock structures, this temple complex was built from top to bottom rather than bottom to top. The job was done with no better tools than a chisel and hammer. Scaffolds were not used at all. Due to the size of the excavation and the splendour of the design, this cave is an unrivalled masterpiece of Indian architecture.

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Ellora : Cave 16 Source: Wikimedia Commons

Associated Narrative

There is considerable literary evidence, some of it apocryphal, from the medieval period, which refers to this rock temple as the Manikeshwar cave temple, because it was built by a queen, Manikavati, of the Kingdom of Elapura .

According to legend, a certain king of Alajapura (modern Ellichpur in Amravati District, Maharashtra) was afflicted with an incurable illness because of a sin he had committed in a previous life. The king once travelled to Mahisamala (Mhai-samala near Ellora) on a hunting expedition. The queen, who had travelled with the king, worshipped the god Ghrishneshwar and made a vow to the deity that if the king was healed, she would erect a temple in Shiva's honour. The king took a bath in the tank at Mahisamala and discovered that he had been cured of the illness after bathing in the tank.The queen was very happy and demanded that the king start construction of the temple right away so that she could fulfil her vow.

She made the decision to keep a fast until she saw the temple's sikhara (the crowning element at the top of the temple). The king agreed, but no architect came forward to commit to completing the temple in such a short time. Kokasa, a local of Paithan in Aurangabad, accepted the challenge and gave the king his word that the queen would be able to see the sikhara in a week. Kokasa, along with his team, then started carving the rock temple from the top so that within a week, he could finish carving out the sikhara and deliver the royal couple from their plight. The temple was then named Manikeshwar in honour of the queen, and the king built a town, Elapura (modern Ellora).

Historical Developments

The Rashtrakuta deposed the early Western Chalukyas and seized power in the Deccan in 8th century CE. References in inscriptions of the Rashtrakuta dynasty attribute the erection of Kailasa temple to the patronage of the Rashtrakuta monarch Krishna I (757–72 A.D.). In fact, the temple was originally named Krishneshvara after the Rashtrakuta King, but is now known as Kailasa. Although some academics concur that the Kailasa Temple at Ellora and other monolithic carvings of architectural forms cannot be claimed to have been created during a single king's relatively brief reign, work might have continued under numerous succeeding kings for more than a century.

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The Kailasa Temple Source: UNESCO

Kailasa Temple : Ellora's Architectural Wonder

The construction of Kailasa temple as discussed by scholars consisted of excavating out of the hillside three huge trenches at right angles, cut down vertically to the level of the base of the hill. This operation outlined the shape of the courtyard and at the same time left standing in the middle a large isolated mass or "island" of rock, over 200 ft long, 100 ft wide, and 100 ft high at its apex.

According to an architectural calculation, one and a half to two million cu ft of rock were removed by digging these trenches. Since it would be nearly impossible to lift stones out of a trench that deep, scholars speculate that they may have chosen the simplest method, which involved having the sculptors chisel the rock from top to bottom so that boulders removed from the area surrounding the main shrine could be rolled down the mountainside by supporting work crews.

The puzzle remains as to where the many tonnes of the stones that were removed went. Also, the rocks would need to have been discarded somewhere, but we cannot find any evidence of rocks being piled up nearby. We still don't have any trustworthy sources to talk about where the rocks went or how they were used.

According to pseudoscience books, there are countless hidden passageways beneath places like Ellora that once housed energy machines and other ancient technology. It is said these extraterrestrial machines may have been used to build the enormous temple of Kailasa. There are also mainstream discussions about mythological technology that had the ability to vaporise rocks. However, there are no reliable sources supporting any of these hypotheses.

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Top View of the Kailasa Temple Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Ground Plan of Kailasa Temple - Ellora Source: Wikimedia Commons

It is possible to speculate that one of the reasons why people in western India carved out so many caves in this area was because the rock is chisel-responsive by nature. The rock is relatively soft as it weathers by exfoliation, layer by layer, with hard fresh rock constituting the core. According to art historians, masons and sculptors worked closely together. As one team scooped out the rock the other team would begin carving all the details. Since it was carved from top to bottom, artisans got enough room to sit and enough elbow room to hit the stone, thus avoiding any need for scaffolding.

Additionally, it is asserted that the architects already had a plan and a functioning model. Due to the striking similarities between Kailasa and the Virupaksha temple in Pattadakal, it has generally been assumed that the same artisans who constructed the latter structure may also have carved the former. The early Chalukyan example may have served as some sort of inspiration, but it should be noted that the Kailasa temple is about twice its size.

However, all we have is mere speculation; the actual process of construction could have been different. Digging such deep trenches and then carving the rock masses in the middle, all done from top to bottom by mere chisel and hammer, with no strong evidence as to how and where the chiselled rocks were discarded, really makes us question the whole process of construction again and again. There is a sense of wonder about how ancient societies constructed such a marvel that is challenging to do even today with modern technology.

Inside the Temple : Kailasa and its architecture

A two-storey Gopuram is located at the entrance. On the sides of the entrances are sculptures of gods revered by Shaivites and Vaishnavites. Two interior courtyards are visible from the entrance, each bordered by a columned arcade.

Each courtyard in the north and the south has a huge, single rock with a life-size elephant carved into it. The Rashtrakuta kings were known to have won several battles with their elephant brigade, making elephants one of their favourite animals. The presence of elephant sculptures in the temple might have represented the strength and prosperity of Rashtrakuta kings.

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Elephant monolith Source: ASI

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Gajalakshmi Panel Source: Wikimedia Commons

After entering Kailasa's main portico, visitors see a carved representation of Gajalakshmi sitting on a lotus. On the panel, there are four elephants. Each of the two larger elephants is pictured in the top row pouring water over Gajalakshmi from a pot, while the two smaller elephants are pictured in the bottom row filling the pots with water from a lotus pond. Behind the panel, there is a legend that promises prosperity to anyone who is a devoted follower of Shiva .

The sikhara ( vimana ) rises 96 feet above the court beneath it and is octagonal, which is a typical feature of Dravidian architecture. Around the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum) is a small antarala (antechamber), which is joined by a large sabha-mandapa (Mandapa is a pillared hall). It has an ardha-mandapa on the sides and an agra-mandapa at the front. The nandi-mandapa is carved in between the gopura and the agra-mandapa of the shrine, and all the three parts are joined by a sort of rock cut bridge.

The adhishtana , or plinth of the main temple, contains a row of enormous, nearly life-size sculptures of elephants that appear to be carrying the entire weight of the structure

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Plinth of the main temple Source: Wikimedia Commons

The circumambulatory path that runs along the side of the hill is lined with five auxiliary shrines honouring the three river goddesses, Ganga, Jamuna, and Saraswati .

Two separate 45 feet high kirti stambh (victory pillars) can also be found inside the temple's structure. The trisula , which once decorated the capitals of these pillars, is gone.

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Victory Pillar Source: Wikimedia Commons

On either side of the main temple on the exterior wall behind the dhwaja stambha are two interesting panels of scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana .

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Ramayan Panel Source: Wikimedia Commons

The Ramayana panel portrays a number of scenes in seven rows. The scenes of Rama's departure from Ayodhya, Bharata trying to persuade him to return, the forest scenes of Shurpanakha , the abduction of Sita by Ravana , Rama meeting Hanuman , Hanuman crossing the ocean to reach Lanka, the Ashokavana , the scene in the court of Ravana , and in the last row, the monkey army building a bridge of stones to reach Lanka.

The Mahabharata Panel also has seven rows. Krishna's early adventures are shown in the bottom two rows, and scenes from the Mahabharata war, Arjuna's penance, and   Kirata-Arjuna’s fight as described in the Mahabharata is depicted in the top five rows.

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Mahabharat Panel Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Panel depicting Ravana shaking mount Kailash. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Temple’s Name

A common theory is that Kailasa temple originally had a thick layer of white plaster on it that made it resemble the holy Kailash mountain, hence the name. Scholars do claim that the entire temple was in fact painted and plastered, which is why it was also known as the Rang Mahal , or painted palace. Some fragments of the old fresco paintings can still be seen on the porch roof of the upper temple. However, it's still not clear how much of the surface was painted white.

Another perspective is to see the Kailasa temple as an allegory of Kailash mountain, which is said to be the abode of Shiva .

It is also said that the magnificent three dimensional sculpture of Ravana Anugraha Murti on the southern side of the main temple might be the reason that the temple was given the name "Kailasa." In the murti, Ravana is depicted as multi-armed, shaking Mount Kailash, where Shiva is shown seated in repose. The ego of Ravana is shown being trampled by just the pressure of the toe of Shiva .

Behind the Temple : Kailasa and Cosmology

In addition to its magnificent architectural features, the complex also has cosmological aspects. The architectural design of the temple complex is viewed by some scholars as a journey from the material to the spiritual, from the earthly to the celestial, and from matter to mind.

The Gopuram , or entrance gate, serves as the main point of entry and symbolises the passage from the human world to the sacred. As one moves from one mandapa to the next, the size, volume, and space of the hall get smaller and the light gets dimmer, which signifies that  there are fewer distractions and one is getting closer to the sacred world.

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Inside the manadapa. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The physical act of ascending the stairs leading to the main shrine is said to denote the ascent to heaven symbolically, and the tall, pointed sikhara serves as a substitute for the heavenly sphere.

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Connected Mandapas Source: Wikimedia Commons

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Stairs leading to the main shrine. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The coexistence of opposite elements, which strengthen one another and give each other's existence legitimacy, is another principle that some academics claim the temple complex exemplifies. For instance, the caves' total darkness makes it easier to appreciate even the meagre amount of light that filters through the halls. The intricately carved parts of the complex are given meaning by the uncarved rock faces. Another claim makes the Shiva linga in the main shrine a symbolic representation of the fusion of the opposing elements purusha and prakriti (or destruction and construction).

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Devotees worshiping Shivalinga. Source: UNESCO

The impact of Shankara's advaita philosophy on the complex where a god, shrine, and devotee are carved into a rocky hill has also been studied. This is the non-dualist unity of knowledge and devotion.

The atman , the fundamental components of the human spirit, essence of the individual, the conscious energy, is thought to be independent and complete in itself while also being a component of the brahman , the grand scheme of the cosmos, unchanging universal spirit or consciousness that underlies all things. Similarly, the elements of Kailasa temple are seen to be complete in themselves and are connected to one another in such a seamless way that they appear to be a single complex. Therefore, the entirety of the Kailasa temple symbolises the brahman and the cosmos, while its individual parts symbolise the atman .

The Kailash temple of Ellora is a place where both architectural genius and the philosophy of spiritualism coexist. There is a consensus that no later Indian dynasty was able to create a structure as majestic as the Kailasa Temple in Ellora. The attempt of the Jainas to achieve a similar feat, though on a smaller scale, ended in an incomplete excavation, Cave 30, which earned for itself the name Chhota Kailasa. Not only was building the temple challenging, but it was also nearly impossible to destroy it. Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor, once attempted to destroy the temple and put its virtues to the test. Medieval sources assert that as a result, most of the paintings were destroyed and the carvings suffered significant damage. The caves, however, are still standing.

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Country: india | state: maharashtra, #6 of 24 places to visit in maharashtra | #41 of 100 places to visit in india, ideal trip duration: 4 hours/half day, base station: aurangabad (28 kms), nearest city to ellora caves: aurangabad (28 kms), mumbai (344 kms), best time to visit ellora caves: september to march, peak season: december to february, ellora caves weather: details not available.

At a distance of 28 km from Aurangabad, 98 km from Ajanta Caves, 104 km from Shirdi, 176 km from Nashik, 253 km from Pune, and 344 km from Mumbai, Ellora Caves are ancient historical caves located at Verul near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Ellora is the most visited monuments of heritage in India , and among the top tourist places in Maharashtra . Locally known as 'Verul Leni', these caves are were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Ellora is one of the top places to visit near Aurangabad . The caves at Ellora were carved out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills between the 6th and 10th centuries AD. The carving work began around 550 AD, about the same time the Ajanta Caves were abandoned. Kailash Temple (Cave16), which is the most remarkable structure that can be visited as part of Ellora tour packages . The Ellora Caves were built at a time when Buddhism was declining in India and Hinduism was beginning to reassert itself. The Brahmanical movement was especially powerful under the patronage of the Chalukyas and Rashtrakutas, who oversaw most of the work at Ellora - including the magnificent Kailash Temple built in the 8th century. The last period of building activity took place in the 10th century when the local rulers switched allegiance from Shaivism to the Digambara sect of Jainism. Ellora Caves are an impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cave temples. The caves have a slightly less dramatic setting than those at Ajanta, but more exquisite sculptures. The cave complex comprises 34 caves that were hewn out of solid rocks of the Charanandri hills. Of these, 12 caves belong to the Buddhist sect, 17 were Hindu and 5 were Jain Caves. Caves 1 to 12 are Buddhist monasteries, chaityas, and viharas, while caves 13 to 29 are the Hindu temples. Dating back to the 9th and 10th century, Caves 30 to 34 are the Jain shrines. The coexistence of structures from three different religions serves as a splendid visual representation of the prevalent religious tolerance of India. Ellora caves can be visited along with Aurangabad holiday packages . Kailash Temple (Cave16 is the most remarkable structure of the cave group. Shaped by hand from a single massive rock, it includes a gateway, exhibition area, square, hall, sanctum sanctorum, and a tower that bear testimony to the excellence of Dravidian art. The Kailash Temple is a stupendous piece of architecture, with interesting spatial effects and grand sculptures. It is believed to have been started by the Rashtrakuta king Krishna I (756-773). Every year Ajanta-Ellora Festival is organized in Aurangabad to pay tribute to the legendary caves of Ellora, Ajanta, and other historical monuments in the region. This grand ceremony is attended by the greatest artists of Indian art and culture. The cultural events include performances in classical and folk dancing, singing, and instrumental music. Earlier the venue for this festival was the Kailasa Temple of Ellora Caves; however, it has now been shifted to Soneri Mahal, which is a historical palace in Aurangabad. Hotel Kailas which is located just opposite the Ellora Caves is the only accommodation option nearby. It offers cottages and hostel accommodation for the budget traveler. Most tourists prefer to stay in Aurangabad and do a day trip to Ellora which is 28 km away. The nearest airport is Aurangabad, 35 km away from Ellora Caves. Aurangabad Railway station is the nearest railhead to Ellora Caves. There are public & private buses from Aurangabad to Ellora Caves. Visitors can also hire a private car from Aurangabad city. Aurangabad is well connected by bus with Pune, Mumbai, Shirdi, Nashik, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Goa, and Nagpur. The best time to visit Ellora Caves is during the months of June to February while the peak season is from October to January. These are the best time to visit Ellora Caves, as the weather is really pleasant during these months. Cave Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days except Tuesdays. Entrance Fee: Rs. 10 for Indians and Rs. 250 for Foreigners.

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kailasa temple trip

#1 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 300 m from Ellora Caves Bus Stop, Kailasa Temple is the largest rock-cut ancient Hindu temple in Ellora, Maharashtra. It is the prime attraction of Ellora tour packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, the Kailasa Temple (Cave 16) is one of the 34 Cave temples and monasteries are known collectively as the Ellora Caves. Its construction is generally attributed to the 8th-century Rashtrakuta king Krishna I based on inscriptions in Kannada. Among the top places to visit in Ellora . It is a sculpture made by cutting down rocks by sculpturing it rather than building up the temple by an architectural design. The construction was a feat of human genius - it entailed the removal of 250,000 tons of rock, took 100 years to complete, and covers an area double the size of Parthenon in Athens. It is considered one of the most remarkable cave .....

Cave 14 / Ravana Ka Khai

Cave 14 / Ravana Ka Khai

#2 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 350 m from Kailasa Temple and 400 m from Ellora Caves Bus Stop, Cave 14, also known as Ravana Ka Khai or Abode of Ravana, is a Hindu cave situated beside Cave 12 in Ellora. There are 17 Hindu caves in all numbered 13 to 29, excavated out of the west face of the hill and datable from around 650 AD and 900 AD. The main examples of this group are Cave 14, Cave 15, Cave 16, Cave 21 and Cave 29. These caves occupy the center of the cave complex, grouped around either side of the famous Kailasa Temple in Ellora. These excavations immediately follow the Buddhist caves and hence the earliest Brahmanical excavations are very much similar to the Buddhist ones. The walls of the Hindu caves are covered in lively bas-reliefs depicting events from the Hindu scriptures. All of the caves are dedicated to Lord Shiva, but there are also some images of Vishnu and his various incarnations. Cave 14, a modest cave known as Ravana Ka Khai, dates from the early 7th century AD and .....

Cave 10 / Viswakarma Cave

Cave 10 / Viswakarma Cave

#3 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 600 m from Ellora Caves Bus Stop and 500 m from Kailasa Temple, Cave 10, also known as Viswakarma Cave is situated beside Cave 9 and is the most famous of all the Buddhist Caves in Ellora. The Viswakarma Cave is also locally known as the Sutar-ka-jhopra (Carpenter's hut). The local carpenters visit the cave frequently and worship Buddha as Viswakarma, the patron of their craft. This is the only chaitya in these series of caves, constructed around 7th century AD. This cave is one of the most magnificent caves in Ellora. The cave is entered through a gate, cut in the natural rock, which leads into a courtyard, with cells on both sides arranged in two storeys. Through the courtyard, one reaches the shrine of Lord Buddha, a typical chaityagriha. The chaitya once had a high screen wall, which is ruined at present. The shrine is 81 feet long 43 feet wide and 34 feet high. The hall is divided into a nave with side aisles by 28 octagonal pillars, each 14 feet high. At .....

Cave 32 / Indra Sabha

Cave 32 / Indra Sabha

#4 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 1.4 km from Kailasa Temple and 1.5 km from Ellora Caves Bus Stop, Cave 32 is a Jain cave situated to the north of Kailasa Temple in Ellora. Known as the Indra Sabha, it is the largest and finest of all Jain temples in Ellora. There are five Jain Caves at Ellora belong to the 9th and 10th centuries AD. They all belong to the Digambara sect. Jain Caves reveal specific dimensions of Jain philosophy and tradition. These caves reflect a strict sense of asceticism - they are not relatively large as compared to others, but they present exceptionally detailed art works. The most remarkable Jain shrines are the Chhota Kailash (Cave 30), the Indra Sabha (Cave 32) and the Jagannath Sabha (Cave 33). Cave 31 is an unfinished four-pillared hall and a shrine. Cave 34 is a small cave, which can be approached through an opening on the left side of Cave 33. Cave 32 is actually a series of shrines dedicated to Mahavira and other Jaina divinities aesthetically arranged in double .....

Cave 33 & Cave 34

Cave 33 & Cave 34

#5 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 1.4 km from Kailasanath Temple and 1.5 km from Ellora Caves Bus Stop, Cave 33 is also a Jain cave situated just beside the Indra Sabha (Cave 32) in Ellora. Cave 33 is one of the popular Jain Caves in Ellora. There are five Jain Caves at Ellora belong to the 9th and 10th centuries AD. They all belong to the Digambara sect. Jain Caves reveal specific dimensions of Jain philosophy and tradition. These caves reflect a strict sense of asceticism - they are not relatively large as compared to others, but they present exceptionally detailed art works. The most remarkable Jain shrines are the Chhota Kailash (Cave 30), the Indra Sabha (Cave 32) and the Jagannath Sabha (Cave 33). Cave 31 is an unfinished four-pillared hall and a shrine. Cave 34 is a small cave, which can be approached through an opening on the left side of Cave 33. Cave 33, also known as Jagannatha Sabha, is the second largest in the Jain group of caves at Ellora. The court of the cave is much smaller .....

Cave 11 / Dho Tal

Cave 11 / Dho Tal

#6 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 600 m from Ellora Caves Bus Stop and 500 m from Kailasa Temple, Cave 11 is situated just beside Cave 10 and is one of the 12 Buddhist Caves in Ellora. Cave 11 has two levels and is therefore known as Dho Tal or Two Floors earlier. A basement level has been discovered in 1876 AD and it brings the total floors to three. Even after this the name Do Tal remained and is called so till date. This was partially excavated in 1877 AD, and revealed a verandah 102 feet in length and 9 feet wide with two cells and a shrine in which is Buddha with Padmapani and Vajrapani as his attendants. A staircase leads to a similar verandah above, with eight square pillars in front, the back wall pierced with five doors. The first door is only the commencement of a cell. The second leads into a shrine with a colossal Buddha, his right hand on his knee and the left in his lap. In front of the throne is a small female figure holding up a water jar and to the right another sitting on .....

Cave 12 / Teen Tal

Cave 12 / Teen Tal

#7 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 500 m from Ellora Caves Bus Stop and 400 m from Kailasa Temple, Cave 12 is situated beside Cave 11 and is one of the 12 Buddhist Caves in Ellora. Cave 12, also known as Teen Tal is the largest monastic complex at Ellora, or even in the entire Maharashtra. The complex is in three storeys, hence the name Teen Tal locally. The huge complex is entered through a huge entrance carved out of natural rock, which leads into a large courtyard. A staircase leads to the first storey which has a shrine at the rear end. There are 9 cells arranged on the side walls of the first storey. Various sculptural representations of Buddha and subsidiary deities adorn the walls. A staircase leads to the second storey which is a huge hall measuring 118 feet long and 34 feet in width. The upper floor of the Teen Tal is the most striking among the Buddhist Caves in Ellora. The hall is divided into three aisles by rows of 8 square pillars. This floor has 13 cells pierced on the end of .....

Cave 29 / Dumar Lena

Cave 29 / Dumar Lena

#8 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 850 m from Kailasa Temple and 900 m from Ellora Caves Bus Stop, Cave 29 is also a Hindu Cave situated to the north of Kailasa Temple in Ellora. This is the earliest and last Hindu excavations to be completed at Ellora. Also Known as Dumar Lena, Cave 29 is another important excavation at Ellora by the side of Sita-Ki-Nahani, a pool created by a waterfall in the Elaganga River. Dated to late 6th century AD, Cave 29 is said to be influenced by the pattern of the Elephanta Caves near Mumbai. This cave is compared with the ones at Elephanta and Jogeswari Caves but this one is larger, finer and of a later age. This is the best preserved and largest of all the three, which were executed on the same plan. The Dumar Lena consists of an isolated shrine located within a group of halls arranged on a cruciform plan. The entire excavation extends to almost 250 feet. The shrine houses a huge linga entered through four entrances flanked by huge dwarapalas. Two large lions .....

Cave 21 / Rameshwara Cave

Cave 21 / Rameshwara Cave

#9 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 400 m from Kailasa Temple and 500 m from Ellora Caves Bus Stop, Cave 21, also known as Rameshwara Cave, is located midway between Cave 16 and 29. The Rameshwara Cave was excavated in the late 6th century AD and is supposed to be the earliest among the Hindu Caves at Ellora and also one of the noteworthy caves in Ellora. This cave is famous for the sculptural representations and its unique beauty. This cave is also dedicated to Lord Siva who was worshipped in the form of linga. A Nandi is placed just in front of the cave over a raised platform. The cave consists of a rectangular mandapa and the sanctum. The mandapa is provided with a dwarf wall which is fully sculpted on the exterior in vertical and horizontal bands. The entrance to the mandapa is flanked by sculptures of River goddesses Ganga and Yamuna. Pillars emerge at regular intervals from the dwarf wall with very beautiful and elegant salabhanjikas. The mandapa is 16 feet in height and measures 69 feet .....

Ghrushneshwar / Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Ghrushneshwar / Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

#10 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 1 km from Ellora Caves, and 29 km from Aurangabad, Grishneshwar or Ghrushneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is a famous Hindu temple located at Verul village in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra , among the must-visit places as part of Ellora tour packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Grishneshwar Temple is believed to be the last or 12th Jyotirlinga on the earth. This is one of the top places to visit in Ellora , and among the prominent pilgrimage places to visit near Aurangabad . The presiding deity, in the form of Jyotirlinga, is known by several names like Kusumeswarar, Ghushmeswara, Ghrushmeswara, and Grishneswara. The Grishneshwar temple was .....

kailasa temple trip

#11 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 108 km from Shirdi, 181 km from Nashik, 232 km from Pune, 350 km from Mumbai, 482 km from Nagpur, and 534 km from Hyderabad, Aurangabad is a historical city and the administrative headquarters of the Aurangabad Division or Marathwada region in Maharashtra. In 2010, the Maharashtra Tourism Minister declared Aurangabad to be the tourism capital of Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit as part of Maharashtra tour packages . Popularly known as the City of Gates, Aurangabad is among the prominent historical places to visit near Pune . The city was founded in 1610 AD by Malik Ambar, the Prime Minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah of Ahmadnagar and his son Fateh Khan changed the original name Khadki to Fatehnagar. The areas around Aurangabad were under the control of Delhi Sultanates, Bahamani Sultans, Nizam Shahis, Mughals, and Hyderabad Nizams. With the capture ..... Distance (From Ellora Bus Station): 28 Kms Trip Duration (From Ellora Bus Station - Including Travel): Full Day .....

Devagiri / Daulatabad Fort, Near Aurangabad

Devagiri / Daulatabad Fort, Near Aurangabad

#12 of 21 Places to Visit in Ellora Caves

At a distance of 16 km from Aurangabad Railway Station, Daulatabad is an ancient hill fort situated on the way to Ellora Caves from Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It is one of the best-preserved places of heritage in Maharashtra , and also one of the best Aurangabad tourist places . The historical triangular fort of Daulatabad was built by Yadava king Bhillama V in 1187 AD. It is one of the best historical places near Pune . The city was then called 'Deogiri', meaning the hill of gods. Daulatabad or 'the abode of wealth' was the name given by Muhammad-bin-Tughlaq when he made his capital here in 1327 AD. The region and the fort passed on into the hands of Bahamani rulers under Hasan Gangu in 1347 AD and Nizam Shahis of Ahmednagar in 1499 AD. Daulatabad became the capital of the Nizam Shahi dynasty ..... Distance (From Ellora Bus Station): 13 Kms Trip Duration (From Ellora Bus Station - Including Travel): 4 Hours/Half Day .....

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How to Visit Ajanta and Ellora [One Day Itinerary]

When we booked it this seemed like a good idea.  Taking a series of three overnight flights from Kathmandu to Delhi, then to Mumbai and from there to Aurangabad, so that we could spend the day visiting the UNESCO world heritage Ajanta and Ellora caves.  Remind me of this in the future.

We arrived at Aurangabad airport at 06:15.  We left Kathmandu at 14:00 yesterday and in the meantime have been to both Delhi and Mumbai airports  We spent most of the night outside check in at Mumbai Airport.  It was NOT a good way to get here.

However, don’t let that put you off coming to Ajanta and Ellora.

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How to Visit Ajanta and Ellora in a Day

We pre-booked a car and driver using the TripAdvisor forum.  Mr Taqui Hussein picked us up from the airport, drove us to Ajanta, then Ellora, and finally dropped us outside the Railway Station in Aurangabad.  He was fabulous. We paid 3,500 INR for the full day, including any parking charges.   Our route took us to the Ajanta Caves for opening time, then back to Ellora and we were dropped off at the Aurangabad Railway Station at the end of the day.  Our total distance was 230 kilometers.

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Take a Private Tour to Ajanta & Ellora

We found the easiest way to see both Ajanta and Ellora in the same day was to take a private tour, and this is the best tour we’ve found to see Ellora and Ajanta caves and temples.

Visiting Ajanta & Ellora as a day trip

If you’d like to see Ajanta and Ellora – then you can take a day trip from Aurangabad – with a driver and English-speaking guide, plus an air-conditioned car. Check out the options here .

It always feels like we’re cheating when we arrange a car and driver, but this is only the second time we’ve done this in India, so I think we’re excused!   The reason for the overnight flight, and trying to see Ajanta and Ellora in one day is that our time frame has changed.  We need to be back in Bengalaru for an Indian wedding, so we have a GREAT reason to step things up!

How to Go from Aurangabad to Ajanta

It’s 100 kilometers, or around 2.5 hours from Aurangabad to Ajanta.  Aurangabad is the closest town that we could fly to.  We managed a quick stop for breakfast on the way before arriving at Ajanta at opening time.

You can head to Ajanta on a day trip from Aurangabad – and also take in Ellora – there are more details here.

What to See at The Ajanta Caves

Since 1983 the Ajanta Caves have been a UNESCO World Heritage Site.   The Indian Archeological Society describes them as the “finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting”.  The caves date from 400 BC and contain Buddhist religious art and Jataka depictions.  The Jataka are native to India and tell the stories of the previous lives of the Buddha.  There are about 30 caves cut into a cliff in a gorge above the river Waghur.

Model of the Ajanta Caves

Ajanta was rediscovered by accident by a British hunting party in 1819.   It’s thought that the paintings are related to the gorgeous Sigiriya in Sri Lanka. You can read our guide about visiting Sigiriya here .

How to Access Ajanta Via Bus

Mr Hussein drops us in the car park, where we head to the buses.  It’s not exactly busy here, so while the sign might say that there are AC buses, there aren’t.  But there’s a breeze, so the open window works reasonably well.  The bus up to the bus park by the caves doesn’t take long.  And its not even worth considering walking to save the 15 INR that the bus costs, unless of course, you’re nuts in this heat.

Bus to the Ajanta Caves

Cost of Ajanta Caves Tickets

We buy a ticket here for 250 INR, the Foreign Tourist price.  There are guides available, pricing depends upon the size of your group, but we stick with the Indian Archeological Society notes we’ve downloaded.  From here it’s all walking.

Exploring The Ajanta Caves Site

The caves are located in the cliffs on a bend in the river.  It’s a horseshoe shaped gorge.  The site itself is lovely.  The paths are well maintained and the signage is great.  If there’s a large tour group anywhere near you, then stop and wait until they pass, it’s well worth the solitude.

Tips for Visiting Ajanta Caves

  • Take water with you.  There is water available at the restaurant by the ticket office, but not once you leave there.
  • The restaurant by the ticket office does a great thali for lunch and looked much cleaner than the places near the car park.
  • Take a hat or an umbrella, outside the caves the sun is amazingly strong and reflects off the rocks.You will need to remove your shoes to visit some caves, so consider your footwear.  The paths are in good condition, but there are some steps/uneven areas and it’s a little slippery.
  • Remember the Camera!  There are several viewpoints throughout the site – we didn’t make it to the high one because of the heat, but it didn’t detract from the fact that this is an incredible site and reasonably well preserved.

Walking Trail to Ajanta Cave 1

Ajanta Cave One

This (and cave two) are the most beautifully painted caves here.  There are fragments of the paintings left and they are quite stunning.  Try and visit when they’re empty of people.  You can take photographs but there is no flash photography.

Inside Ajanta Cave 1

Ajanta Cave Two

Be sure to look up when you walk around this cave.  The ceiling paintings are just spectacular.   It is incredible to see the brightness of the colours and consider their age.

Columns and Artwork in Ajanta Cave 2

As you walk around the gorge, it really is a simply stunning spectacle.  You’ll stop each time you come out of a cave, slip your shoes back on, and just, well, look.

The Gorge at the Ajanta Caves

The paintings are simply gorgeous, the caves are incredible and this is well worth a visit, but we must move on.  We have a quick thali and a cold drink at the restaurant by the ticket office and then head back on the bus to the car park.

How to Go from Ajanta to Ellora

It takes nearly two hours to drive to Ellora, its back in the direction of Aurangabad, so we’ll be close to our final destination for the day when we’re finished.

How to Visit the Ellora Caves and Temples

We arrived at the Ellora Caves area by 14:00.  It was pretty hot and pretty busy too, so we took the advice of Mr Hussein to focus our time here.    Ellora is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and combines Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain temples and caves. There are 17 Hindu caves, 12 are Buddhist and 5 are Jain.  They’re all in amazingly close proximity and were carved and built between the 5 th and 10 th centuries.

We headed to the biggest cave first.  This is Cave 16.

The Kailasa Temple, Ellora

The Kailasa Temple, or Cave 16, is dedicated to Shiva. It looks more like a multi-storey temple complex but was actually carved out of a single piece of rock.  This area is twice the size of the Greek Parthenon in Athens.  It is VAST.

Ellora Cave 16 the Kailasa Temple

The Dashavatara, Ellora

This is also known as Cave 15.  These caves are so very different from Ajanta.  They’re much bigger for a start.  The ones that we visit have multiple storeys to them and, while this cave was started as a Buddhist monastery, this is now a Hindu cave.

Ellora Cave 15 Dashavatara

We managed to visit several of Buddhist and Jain caves too.

The carving here is spectacular, and the sheer size is amazing.   The crowds lessen as we move to the smaller temples, but it’s so very hot and we spent the night outside an airport.  The cool relief of the caves is marvelous.  If you make it here, be sure to go to the smaller caves, get away from the crowds, and walk through the seeming maze of different routes.

How to Go from Ellora to Aurangabad

At the end of the day, Mr Hussein dropped us off at the Hotel Preetam in Aurangabad.  We selected this place because, if you were any closer to the train station you’d be sleeping on the tracks.  We have a 06:00 train tomorrow, to Nashik, where we’re going Wine Tasting India style.

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Wow Sarah your travels sound amazing! I love watching the Amazing Race here in the U.S. but don’t always want to go everywhere they are. I doubt I will ever get into the areas of India you traveled but truly enjoy reading and seeing your photos! Travel on!

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Thanks so much! Sometimes I think we should change our tagline to be “we go there, so you don’t have to” 😉 India is well worth the trip, but she’s a hard country to travel in as a western woman.

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Visit the Kailasa temple first.. you will be wow'ed! The other caves are nice to see but it gets a bit repetitive.

being a jain myself it was treat to visit the ancient jain cave temples. other Buddhist caves were also in good shape compared to ajanta caves. we need to preserve it for our next generations

Must visit to feel richness of this place in terms of its architectural design, carving, painting in those ancient times. One can feel that how rich we were in terms of engineering, architect,design and carving and painting.

You can see all the magic of India in one place . series of 34 magnificent rock-cut temples in northwest-central Maharashtra state, western India. it contains The Buddhist Caves , The Hindu Caves and the The Jain Caves . I like the Jain Cave most cause it reveal specific dimensions of Jain philosophy & tradition. They reflect a strict sense of simplicity – they are not relatively large as compared to others, but they present exceptionally detailed art works.

The drive from Aurangabad to Ellore was very nice,scenic, Kailsah temple was awesome, must must watch for every indian!!

This is one of the heritage places of India It has around 34 caves which depicts the Indian culture If you want to cover all 34 caves it will take around 7-8 hours We covered around 10 caves and we also hired a govt .authorised guide who took 1035 rupees The The guide was knowledgeable and made us understand The significance of the various statues and rock arts

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Kailasa Temple

The Majestic Rock-Cut Temple of Ellora

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Kailasa Temple is an awe-inspiring rock-cut temple located within the Ellora Caves near , India. Carved out of a single rock, this architectural masterpiece is dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva and serves as a testament to the incredible craftsmanship and devotion of its creators.

Suggested Duration - 2-3 hours

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Kailasa Temple offers a breathtaking display of intricate carvings, beautiful sculptures, and stunning architectural designs. The temple's massive scale and exquisite detail make it one of the most impressive rock-cut structures in the world. Visitors can explore the temple complex and marvel at the incredible skill and dedication that went into its creation while learning about the rich history and cultural significance of the site.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and clothing for a leisurely exploration of the temple.
  • Carry a camera to capture the impressive architecture and beautiful artwork.
  • Be respectful of the religious significance of the site and follow any guidelines or rules provided by the authorities.

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It might not be one of the seven wonders of the world but Kailasa Temple is one of the most majestic cave temples in India. The huge structure is one of the 34 caves, temples and monasteries that are collectively known and Ellora Caves. Situated 30 km from the city of Aurangabad in the Western region of Maharastra , these caves include monuments dating between 600 and 1000 CE. The imposing architecture has its place in the UNESCO World Heritage Site. There are not just one or two but many grand and impressive architectural buildings in the complex, however, one of the most well known of them all is Kailasa Temple. 

This rock cave temple is one of the most popular tourist destinations of not only Maharastra but also one of the most visited places in India and travellers from all across the globe flock here to witness the largest monolithic structure in the world. Kailasa Temple is the 16th cave and is one of the 30 caves forming Ellora Caves . The entire area covering these 30 caves is one of the most popular tourist hubs in Maharastra. 

Planning to explore this stunning man-made marvel? The best time to explore Ajanta and Ellora Caves falls between June and March. The window is almost a year long, however, scorching heat in the months of summer might just make it difficult to explore this beautiful site, so one must avoid April and May. However, winter is the best and the ideal season to explore the caves.

History of Kailasa Temple 

While the construction surrounding this magnificent architecture is still a mystery, historians believe that it dates back to 756 to 773 CE and was built by Rachtrakuta king Krishna I. Although, the details about the ruler has been documented nowhere and thus hasn't been found to date. 

However, what is known is the fact that the architecture of the temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva represents the top of Mount Kailash , the Himalayas which is also considered to be his abode. Not just this but the method construction of the cave too was something that separates this temple from others. Kailasa Temple was constructed upside down and since there were no cranes, the army of men with hammers and chisels made their way vertically into 200,000 tonnes of rock. Standing at almost three storeys tall, the main temple complex, Shikhara is a sight to behold. With individual shrines, large statues and free-standing pillars, the artisans added intricate designs and sculpture details as they descended from one storey to another. 

Carved from an enormous single rock, The Kailasha has stone carvings that depict various Hindu deities like Lord Shiva (to whom this temple is dedicated), Lord Vishnu and the panels in this temple even show the devotees of these gods. At the base of the temple, one can see the carved elements that appear to carry the load of the temple of their backs. 

Major Attractions in and Around Kailasa Temple

While visiting Kailasa Temple, one must always plan a tour to Ajanta and Ellora Caves. The entire complex is a must-visit tourist destination in Maharastra . Apart from the caves, there are other destinations that should be on the checklist of every traveller planning a trip to the caves. Other tourist spots that should be on the checklist of every traveller are.

1. Bibi Ka Maqbara

It was built by Mughal Ruler, Aurangzeb in the memory of his first and chief wife Dilras Banu Begum. Its historical relevance and beauty, both are worth a visit. 

2. Daulatbad Fort

Known as one of the undefeated forts in the country, this one must be on the travel bucket list of every history buff.  

3. Grishneshwar Temple

Visit this ancient Hindu Temple which is also said to be the last jyotirlinga on Earth.

4. Jayakwadi Dam

When in Aurangabad, don't miss one of Asia's largest dams.

5. Goga Baba Hill

Take a short hike and witness the beautiful panoramic view of nature. This hilltop surely makes for one of the loved spots in Aurangabad.

6. Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum

Tales of brave Chhatrapati Shivaji is known to all, however, one can visit this museum to experience the valour of the brave fighter.

How to Reach Kailasa Temple  

To visit both Ajanta and Ellora caves, one must take a train, bus or flight to Aurangabad and from there a traveller can either take a designated city and cave tours to these locations or can independently explore these archaeological sights. The distance of Kailasa Temple from Delhi , Mumbai, Kolkata , and Bengaluru approximately is 1,215, 341, 1,713, and 962 km respectively. 

Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra that is easily accessible by Indian railways. Major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai along with many others have direct superfast and express trains to this Indian city.

Merely 11 km from the main city, Aurangabad Airport aka Chikalthana Airport has great connectivity from the major Indian cities. One can catch direct flights from cities like Hyderabad, Mumbai, Delhi from this airport at regular intervals. 

Aurangabad is well connected by roadways. Regular buses and cabs are available from Mumbai, Shirdi, Pune and other cities as well. However, it is always advisable to opt for railways or airways when travelling from a longer distance. 

You can  plan your trip and create your own route to the city  with Adotrip’s technically driven circuit planner.  Click here .

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Kailasa Temple – An Architectural Wonder Carved From One Piece Of Rock

Kailasa Temple, also known as Kailash Temple or Kailasanatha Temple is, an architectural wonder situated in Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The Kailasa temple (Cave 16) is one of the 34 cave temples known collectively as the Ellora Caves.

Taj Mahal is considered as one of the wonders of the world, but the Kailasa temple should also be considered. We can recreate the Taj Mahal using modern-day tools but not the Kailasa temple.

The temple is the real wonder of the world because science has yet to answer how this temple could have been built in ancient times without modern equipment and heavy machines. Kailasa Temple is the world’s largest monolithic architecture.  A giant mountain was carved to create this structure and the mountain was cut out from the top to create a structure. Tales suggest that it took 18 years to build this temple.

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As per archaeologists, over 400,000 tons of rocks had to be scooped out to make this amazing structure. The carvers began from the top of the mountain and carved their way downward. The temple stands 60 feet (18.29 meters) tall and 200 feet (60.69 meters) wide. The temple has U-shape and is three stories tall. Now think how 400,000 tons of heavy rock were scooped out by using equipment like hammers and cutters.

Let’s assume if 7000 workers worked day and night for 18 Years 12 Hrs a day with no breaks at all. If 400,000 tons of rock were to be removed in 18 years, workers have to remove 60 tons per day and 5 tons per hour. And this is only for scooping out the rock. What about the time taken in designing, planning, and carving the temple? How did they manage to carve out this temple using only hammers, chisels, and picks?

Ground Plan of Kailasa Temple

People made this temple by cutting the solid mountain from the top, so a single mistake by any worker can ruin the whole effort. Luckily, there was no mistake in the whole construction process.

This temple was built to honor Lord Shiva and it was intended to mimic his home on Mount Kailash located in the Himalayan Mountains. There is no record of when the temple was built and carbon dating cannot help as it will tell the age of the mountain and not the period when the temple was carved out of it.

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The temple also has bridges within it that connect various towers found at the temple. There are two Dhwajasthambha (pillars with flagstaff) in the courtyard. It has proper drainage and rainwater harvesting system that most of our model cities lack. The Kailasa Temple is also noteworthy for numerous sculptures. There is an image of Nandi facing the Shivalinga in the main courtyard. elephant sculptures can be seen at the base of the temple which gives an impression that the whole structure is being supported on the backs of these beasts. There are 10 panels depicting the different avatars of Lord Vishnu. Some panels are also dedicated to Mahabharata and the Ramayana. There is also a sculpture of Ravana trying to lift Mount Kailash. There are also several similar sculptures.

Here is one of the many stories carved into the walls of Kailasa Temple.

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Archaeologists also estimate that there are more than 30 million Sanskrit carvings and these are yet to be translated. If they could unlock the hidden meaning of the language, the temple can become one of the most valuable historical artifacts on Earth.

There are also strange tunnels into the temple and a few archaeologists suggest that there could be a vast underground city. But these tunnels are too narrow for an average human being. Now entry to tunnels is restricted. If you visit the temple, you can see bars and lock at the entry of the caves having such tunnels.

It is also surprising to see that there is no rubble disposed of in the nearby area. A temple of this size certainly would have left a lot of rubble. Some say that it was used to build some other structure, but there is no proof of any structure built from the same stones

Who Built Kailasa Temple?

Tales suggest that the temple was built in a mere 18 years. However, scholars believe that it was built over centuries. M. K. Dhavalikar concludes that the major portion of Kailasa Temple was completed during the reign of Krishna I (ca. 756-773 AD) but the remaining parts were built during the region of later rulers. The attribution to Krishna I is not completely certain.

There is a Medieval Marathi legend that refers to the construction of the Kailasa Temple and it can be found in Katha-Kalpataru by Krishna Yajnavalki. As per the legend, the local king became gravely ill. To save him, his queen prayed to Lord Shiva and vowed to construct a Shiva temple if her prayers were answered. She also promised that she won’t eat anything until she could see the top of the temple built.

After her husband was cured, she called multiple architects to get a plan for the construction of the temple. Most of the architects explained that a full temple would take months or years to build. King and the queen grew frustrated after meeting all these architects because it was not possible for the queen to fast for months or years.

Then an architect Kokasa came with a claim that he will work on the temple and the top would be visible within a week. So, the queen can break her fast in a week. For making this possible, he started building the temple from the top down by carving into a big solid rock and built the top part of the temple.

Unfortunately, no one knows how long it took to carve the whole Kailasa temple. There is no written record of how such a masterpiece was built and what resources were used. Most of the tales suggest 18 years, but it seems impossible to build this kind of temple by carving a solid rock from top to bottom in just 18 years. We can now only guess the greatness of engineering we had in past.

Out of 34 temples in this area, only Kailasa stands out and is visible from the air if you fly over. It also shows X mark from the top and same is visible even in the aerial view of Kailasa temple on Google earth. The temple has a circular design that is studded with 4 lions. These 4 lions create this huge X mark. Was this X mark created so that one can spot the location while flying?

Arial view of Kailasa Temple

Aurangzeb Could Not Destroy it

Mughal emperor Aurangzeb always hated the glory of Hindu history and Hindu temples. He demolished several temples to build a mosque. The same he tried to do with Kailasa Temple. After his ordered to demolish of Kailasa temple in 1682, 1000 laborers worked day and night for over 3 years but they could only disfigure a few statues here and there. Aurangzeb finally gave up. The attempted destruction also shows how strong the rock is, but the same rock was carved to build this big temple from top to bottom.

The sad reality of Indian historians is that they glorify Mughals but ignore wonders like Kailasa Temple that is a real architectural Wonder.

How to reach the Kailasa temple?

Kailasha Temple is located at a distance of 30 km from Aurangabad city in Maharashtra. Aurangabad is well connected to Nagpur, Mumbai, and Pune by road. Its railway station is also connected to Mumbai, Ahmadabad, Hyderabad, Bhopal, Pune, Nagpur and Shirdi. Aurangabad also has an airport, so you can also take a flight from any major city.

From Aurangabad, You can hire an auto-riksha or a taxi for site seeing.

Kailasa Temple Entry fees

  • Rs. 10 per person (Indian)
  • Rs. 250 per person (Foreigner)
  • Rs. 25 per camera video photography

Where to stay?

Aurangabad is a popular tourists destination, so there are several hotels including luxury hotels like Hotel Ambassador Ajanta and Taj Residency. There are also several deluxe hotels to standard budget hotels. You can make your booking in advance.

Best time to visit Kailasa temple?

The best time to visit Aurangabad and see the Kailash Temple is the month of December. This is the time when Indian classical music festival is held at Ellora by the MTDC. If you are not interested in this festival, October to February is the best season.

Cave Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM on all days except Tuesdays.

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Interesting facts you must know about the mysterious Kailasa Temple of Ellora Cave No. 16

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If you get excited to know about mysterious places and the scientific facts and myths then you must visit this incredible, ancient, world famous mysterious "Kailas Temple" of lord Siva located in the cave no. 16 of Ellora, Aurangabad, India.

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Location : Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Distance : 235 Km from Pune

350 KM from Mumbai

How to reach : There are many bus, flight and trains for Aurangabad. Prefer to go by bus as you get multiple options for price, timings and amenities.

Trip Duration : 1 Day (To visit ellora caves)

If you want to visit Ajanta caves and other spots you must extend your trip to two days. Including the hotel and food charges the total cost of the trip will be upto Rs. 3000/-.

About the city :

Aurangabad is a very popular tourist place mainly because of Ajanta and Ellora caves . Ajanta and Elllora caves are UNESCO world heritage sites. If you like ancient structures and designs than this is a must visit place for you.

Places to visit in Aurangabad :

Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Bibi ka maqbara

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Jain Temple

Daulatabad Fort

Soneri Mahal

Salim Ali Lake

Ellora Caves :

Ellora caves are located at 28 Kms from Aurangabad bus station. There are around 100 Buddhist, Hindu and Jain caves at the site, 34 of which are open to public.

Cave Number 16, Kailasa Temple :

Ellora is popular as it features the largest single monolithic rock excavation in the world, Kailasa Temple. It's located in the cave number 16 of ellora.

Here are some interesting facts about this temple.

* It’s believed that when discovered it was completely covered by white plaster and looked like kailash mountain, that's why it was given the name “Kailas Temple” and dedicated to lord siva.

* This temple is a megalith, entirely carved out of a single rock. It was not made by adding stone blocks.

* This is the only temple in the whole world where carvers started from the top of the rock and excavated downwards.

All other rock constructions of rest of the world are made by cutting the rock or mountain from the front and carving it as they go along. This is a common technique for constructing any structure from a rock or mountain. It is called “Cut – in” technique while Kailasa temple is the only temple which is build by using exact opposite technique called “Cut-Out”.

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* Actual date of construction of the temple is not known. The rock is known to be around 6000 years old but when it was carved into a temple is still a mystery.

* According to historians and archeologists it is estimated that approximately 400,000 tons of rock was removed from the site in making of this temple. This sheer amount of heavy rock was never found or seen by anyone in and around the site. Where was it used or dumped is still an unanswered question?

* Historians confirm that it was constructed in less than 18 Years. That means, back in those years, 400,000 tons of heavy rock was scooped out by using ordinary equipment like hammer and cutters and the temple was ready with beautiful and intricate carvings in just 18 Years.

* It has the largest cantilevered rock ceiling in the world.

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* As it’s made by cutting a single rock that too from top to bottom, every single design and measurement was planned very accurately as once it’s cut there was no chance to change it by adding any extra stone or piece of rock. This whole temple is made of only one rock.Not even a small piece of rock was joined separately for any design or support. Now can you imagine how they managed to construct bridges, elaborated balconies, staircases with multiple levels, underground tunnels, drainage and water harvesting systems. Amazing !!! isn’t it ?

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Can humans really construct such a structure? Is this temple actually built by extraterrestrials?

Some researchers claim that it is impossible to make this type of advance structure even today with highly advance equipment and technologies.

So, was it constructed by any other much advance civilisation and not by humans

Here are some scientific facts behind this logic :

1. A huge rock was carved into a beautiful temple with advance engineering designs and intricate carvings on the walls by removing 400,000 tons of heavy rocks in just 18 years.

Let’s assume that 7000 workers were working like robots for 18 Years 12 Hrs a day with no breaks at all.

If 400,000 tons of rock were to be removed in 18 years, their target for a year was to remove 22,222 tons per year.

400000 tons/ 18 Years = 22,222 tons per year

That means 60 tons per day and 5 tons per hour

22,222 tons/365 Days= 60 Tons per day

60 Tons/ 12 Hrs = 5 Tons per hr

And this is only about scooping out the rock, what about the time taken for designing, planning and carving. How did those workers, thousands of years ago manage to carve out this temple using only hammers, chisels and picks.

This is impossible even now!

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2. In 1682, A muslim ruler Aurangzeb hired 1000 workers for three years only to destroy this temple completely.

Even after continuous efforts workers couldn’t destroy the temple. They could only damage and distort some carvings. At last Aurangzeb gave up and left the temple as it is.

Humans could not even destroy this temple. Was this indestructible structure really made by humans at all ?

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3. Some researchers strongly claim the existence of a huge underground civilisation under these caves.

There are many deep tunnels and narrow passages in the ellora caves. They can be seen from outside but after 10 feet or so they get too narrow for a human to enter. The cave guard informed that there are many tunnels and entry to many of such tunnels are restricted now. You can see bars and lock at the entry of the caves having such tunnels.

What was the purpose of such tunnels and narrow passages? Those narrow passages are constructed properly for some purpose. If humans cant even enter those passages, how they made it and for what purpose? Can there be a hidden underground city? Was this all made by tiny humanoids?

4. There are many ventilation shafts and holes on the floor of all the caves. No one could find the actual reason of these holes. Were these made for air circulation for underground city?

5. All the wall paintings and carvings depict existence of an underground civilization and tiny humanoids. Carvings on the walls have big images of god and goddesses and below a level tiny humanoids and animals are shown.

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6. Historians confirm that cave no. 16 is the oldest structure among all the caves in ellora. Still, the architect and design of this temple is much more advance than that of the other ellora caves.

7. Kailasa temple is the only structure noticeable from the air. Because of a circular design and statue of four lions on the terrace, the arial view of Kailasa Temple shows a big “X” mark. Was that created as a signal for extraterrestrials to spot the location?

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This temple is one of the most mysterious structures of the world and still remains a mystery.

If you visit this place do not forget to hire a local guide. You can negotiate upto Rs 50 – 100 for a guide. You will surely enjoy the stories they tell about paintings and carvings.

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