How To Visit Ajanta Caves From Mumbai And Pune In Budget.

Best and Economical way to visit Ajanta Caves is By Public Transport

Information about The Ajanta Caves:

For a thousand years, Ajanta lay buried in the jungle-clad slopes of the western mountain range, until in 1819 it was discovered accidentally. The isolated scrap of the horseshoe-shaped rock rising over a ravine to a steep height of 76.20 meters (250ft) made an ideal site for the monastic sanctuary. The architectural and sculptural values in these rock temples are surpassed by the addition of the third art form, painting, which more than all else, has given Ajanta its world fame.
Ajanta caves whole view
Ajanta caves whole view

 How to reach Ajanta caves from Mumbai:

Board an Overnight Bus/Train to Aurangabad from Mumbai, then head to TPoint and Hop in any bus going towards Jalgaon/ Yawal/Bhusawal which will drop you at the entrance of Ajanta Caves.

Once you enter inside Ajanta caves entrance, you get shuttle service till the caves which are 4km away from the entry point (Private vehicles are not allowed its mandatory to take the shuttle till the caves)

TIPS/HACKS/SUGGESTION: I bet without this you won’t Go for an Outing

 How to reach Ajanta caves from Pune:

You can take an overnight Train or Bus from Pune and reach Aurangabad the frequency is great between this two location. Once you reach you should head to the Tpoint and board any bus going towards Jalgaon/ Yawal/Bhusawal which will drop you at the entrance of Ajanta Caves.

Myself at ajanta caves
Myself at ajanta caves

Important caves to visit at Ajanta Caves:

  1. The best work is to be found in 1, 2, 16, 17 and 19.
  2. The best sculptures are i caves 1, 4, 17, 19. 24 and 26.
sculpture in ajanta caves
sculpture in ajanta caves

Tips and Timing to visit Ajanta Caves:

  1. If you find rush in the cave number one skip it and enter the cave number two and once you are done with 2 then visit cave number 1.
  2. Carry a torch to see paintings inside the caves.
  3. Buy a book with information about the caves if you don’t want a guide.
  4. Ajanta caves are closed on all Monday’s.


 How to reach Daulatabad fort from aurangabad:

If you reach Aurangabad by 3 pm you can visit the Daulatabad fort.

  1. Reach the central bus stop of Aurangabad
  2. Look for a direct bus to Daulatabad fort
  1. Reach Baba petrol pump in Rs. 10 from the central bus stop
  2. from Baba petrol pump sharing jeep are available for Rs. 20 per seat.
daulatabad fort in aurangabadDaulatabad fort in Aurangabad

Tips and things for Daulatabad fort:

  1. It gets close by 6 pm so hike fast to the top of the fort.
  2. Canyons
  3. The structure of the fort is surrounded by water from all side(It was a defensive strategy )
Daulatabad fort in aurangabadFriends I met at Ajanta caves while returning to Aurangabad.

Accommodation and Food in Aurangabad:

I stayed in Yogesh’s hostel room (which is actually occupied by all college going students)
Reference of Yogesh’s == Priyanka(met on a trek to rajmachi) > Kiran(friend of Priyanka) >> Yogesh (friend of Kiran)This is how i get my travel in a budget.
I had food in a monthly mess canteen on Day one and day two I had food at Kiran’s home.
You can book your stay in youth hostel dormitory (approx Rs. 150 per bed) you also have railway dormitory at Aurangabad railway station for Rs. 100.
Food in Aurangabad is pretty reasonable you can easily have a complete meal in Rs. 100.

Too Sum up my whole trip to Aurangabad it goes as follow:

11th March 2017
Dadar to Jalna (Indian Railway) = Rs. 140
Jalna to Jalna bus stop (Sharing Auto) = Rs. 20 (I went walking)
Jalna bus stop to Sultanpur (State Bus transport) = Rs. 96.
Sultanpur to Lonar Village (Sharing Auto/Jeep/Trax) = Rs. 15.
Lonar Village to Sultanpur (Sharing Auto/Jeep/Trax) = Rs. 15.
Sultanpur to Aurangabad (State Bus transport) = Rs. 159.
Dinner at hostel canteen (Thanks to Kiran) = Rs. 50 (Unlimited food).
Stay in Yogesh hostel room (Thanks to Priyanka, kiran and Yogesh) = Free.
12th March 2017
Aurangabad to T Point (Sharing Auto) = Rs. 15.
T Point to Ajanta Caves (State Bus transport) = Rs. 121.
Ajanta entry point to Ajanta Caves Shuttle service (State Bus transport) = Rs. 16. (Rs. 22 for A/C)
Ajanta Caves Entry Fee = Rs. 30. (Rs. 500 for Foreigner)
Ajanta Caves to Ajanta entry point Shuttle service (State Bus transport) = Rs. 16. (Rs. 22 for A/C)
Ajanta Caves to Aurangabad central bus stop (Sharing car) = Rs. 130.
Aurangabad central bus stop to Daulatabad fort (Sharing jeep) = Rs. 20. ( you can also hire auto both ways for 300 to 500rs)
Daulatabad fort back to central bus stop (Sharing jeep) = Rs. 20.
Dinner at Kiran’s home = Free.
Stay in Yogesh hostel room (Thanks to Priyanka, kiran and Yogesh) = Free.
Aurangabad central bus stop to Ellora caves (Sharing jeep) = Rs. 40.
Ellora Caves Entry Fee = Rs. 30. (Rs. 500 for Foreigner)
Ellora caves to Aurangabad central bus stop = Rs. 40.
Visit to Pan Chakki and Bibi ka maqbara = Walking ( sharing auto available in 20 – 30rs)
Aurangabad to Dadar(Mumbai) (Indian Railway ) = Rs. 120.
railway tickets of aurangabad tour.
My ticket collection of Aurangabad TourIndian railway tickets

Total Expense of the whole tour to Aurangabad Dates 11th to 13th March 2017 was Rs.1200 approx.

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