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Located near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, the Ajanta-Ellora Caves are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Ajanta & Ellora Caves are different tourist destinations, which are often mentioned together. The reason behind this is that both are rock-cut cave monuments, which feature attractive paintings & sculptures. The Ajanta Caves can be found 107 km away from Aurangabad city, outside the village of Ajanta. This complex comprises 29 rock-cut cave monuments, which date back to around 2nd century BC. Construction of the caves was done in phases, the first group of caves was built around 200 BC, while the second group was built in 600 AD. Nestled in the semi-arid Sahayadri Hills above the Waghur River, the caves at Ajanta are famous for pretty paintings and sculptures that depict tales of Jatakas. Built using only hammer and chisel, these caves served as secluded retreats for Buddhist monks, who performed their rituals in the chaityas and viharas of these caves. The artwork in the caves comprises well preserved wall paintings of Boddhisattva, Padmapani and Avalokiteshvar. On 28th April 1819, these caves were rediscovered by a British officer, John Smith. His name along with the date is still faintly visible on the wall of Cave 9.

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