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Ajanta Caves, Maharashtra Travel Guide

Ajanta Caves are located in Ajanta hills of Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India. It has 29 rock cut caves, which houses various paintings and sculptures considered as ultimate art pieces of Hindu and Buddhist historical arts. The historical caves are supposed to be built in two phases: - one during 200BCE and the second phase starts approximately in 600CE. UNESCO has declared Ajanta as world heritage site in the year 1983. Ajanta can be conveniently reached by road from Jalgoan (59 Kms) which is a Railway junction on Mumbai-Delhi broad gauge Railway line. Ajanta is 104 Kms from Aurangabad and about 100 Kms from Ellora on Jalgaon road. There is a Maharashtra tourism maintained tourist lodge at Ajanta caves and a government rest house in nearby Jalgaon -Aurangabad highway. The caves in Ajanta have colorful paintings on its walls. The paintings display in intricate details the life and lifestyles of the peoples of those historical times. One can seen minute fashion details as hairstyle, fabric designs, ornaments and other details preserved in the paintings. The fabric designs are basically lines/ stripes, cheques, floral and abstract, they so fresh that some textile manufacturers still copy some of the designs and those are accepted as the latest fashion designs in the markets. Fashions like Bermudas, flair pants, bellbottoms, leggings, Kurta pajamas etc are all still used as latest fashions all over the world. Ladies hairstyles in paintings also have many attractions. One hairstyle from a painting has been adopted for Air India flight Hostesses and is appreciated as a fresh fashion all over the world.

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