I have no idea why people take both the names together, when they are distinctly away from one another, a 100 kilometers away from one another. It is like saying Daman and Diu in the same breath when they are like some odd 660 kilometers away from each other. And more so, Ajanta comprises just of Buddhist carvings, while Ellora comprises of Hindu, Jain and Buddhist carvings.
I was not much fascinated by cave paintings and carvings. But while I was posted in Pune, my friends were pretty keen on visiting this place. It was a weekend thing. So we were all very excited to visit these historical places which haunted us in our school days, when we had to talk about, draw and dread about these caves. But as I got out of the car and moved towards the Ajanta caves, it struck me how dumb I was to ignore all of it. It mesmerized me.
These caves are so located that one can visit them all the while. The first time, that I was with my friends I visited in July, it was raining pretty badly. But what people suggested there, was that at least we avoided the heat of the summers. One can only imagine how bad caves can get during the summers. They will be heat chambers to explore and walk around during April and May. Since I have visited the caves like about 8 times now I prefer November or December the best. But to suit one better, we prefer visiting the caves during anytime between November to February, when the weather is pleasant, and one does not get cranky over all that traveling. In March, there is also this Ellora Festival of Classical Dance and Music which attracts quite a lot of tourists during the time.