A UNESCO World Heritage Site and popular one-day excursion from Ellora. These ancient monasteries and worship spaces in Buddhist traditions were carved into 250 feet of solid rock wall over a period of seven centuries, starting from the 2 nd century BCE. Whereas the Ellora cave complex is notable for its elaborate relief carvings, the Ajanta caves and rock cut sculptures are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, among the finest surviving examples of influential, ancient, particularly expressive Indian painting styles that present emotion through gesture, pose and form. About a three-hour drive. We can arrange for a car, box lunch or breakfast, and a guide. 9 AM to 5:30 PM, closed on Mondays.