Situated about 30 km from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Ellora is one of the largest rock-cut temple complexes in the world. These 34 monasteries and temples, stretching over 2 km, were dug side by side into the walls of a high basalt cliff. Ellora with its continuous succession of monuments dating back to 600-1000 AD. e., revitalizes the civilization of ancient India.
The Ellora Complex is not only a unique artistic creation and technological achievement. With its sanctuaries dedicated to Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism, it exemplifies the spirit of tolerance that characterized ancient India.
The Ellora Caves are managed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), while the buffer zones are shared run by ASI, Department of Forestry and Government of Maharashtra. ASI has developed several projects to make the Ellora caves more tourist friendly. Among them — modern hydraulic lifts. Previously, to get to the lower part of the complex, you need to go down a narrow stone staircase that goes underground for about 20 m — about as from the seventh floor to the street.