The caves at Ajanta are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and if anything, are even more spectacular than those at Ellora. There are 30 temples carved into a horse-shoe shaped cliff overlooking the Waghora river.
The Ajanta caves were rediscovered accidentally in 1819 by John Smith of the 28th Madras Cavalry whilst on a tiger hunt. They were actually built in two phases 2nd to 1st century BC and 5th to 6th centuries AD.
Probably the most impressive aspect of these caves is their paintings. Despite their great antiquity, the detail and colours are still vivid. The art work is also quite astonishing with techniques used to show movement and perspective not seen in Europe until the reformation.



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