(Last Updated on : 16/02/2016)
Pitalkhora caves are some of the most popular sites located at a distance of 40 kms from Ellora caves. Known for its age old rock cut architecture these are one of the oldest rock cut caves which can be dated back to 2nd and 3rd century BC. These caves have been a major centre for the Buddhists who developed it as their monastery. As the caves are located at the hill top it can be reached through steep staircases which provide access to the 14 Buddhist caves which are largely monasteries. Dated back to 2nd and 3rd century these caves are one of the oldest satvahanas monuments of Maharashtra
. Though not so popular as the Ajanta caves and Ellora caves yet these are known for their architecture. The entrance of these caves is decorated with the sculpture of serpents, guardians and elephants which decorate the hall of the monastery. Animal motives, miniatures, and Chaitya widows are also engraved in these monasteries. Overall the caves include a number of monasteries and viharas which provide some knowledge about the lifestyle of Buddhist monks.
The architecture of these caves includes a number of pillars which are mainly erected to hold the caves from demolition. Decorated with paintings of 5th century these caves are considered to be one of the finest architecture in Maharashtra. Though parts of the sight and its sculptures have fallen into the cliff yet much of it still exist which adds to the scenic beauty of the sight.
Thus the Pitalkhora caves are considered to be one of the most ancient sights in Maharashtra which exhibit great excitement. Surrounded with tropical greenery and a stream which remains filled with water during the monsoon season, this is one of the most picturesque sights around Ellora caves in Aurangabad district
of Maharashtra that attract tourist from far off regions.
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