Ajanta - 110km
Ellora Caves - 14km
Bibi ka Maqbara - 5km
Daulatabad Fort - 7km
Ghrishneshwar Temple - 17km
Aurangabad Caves - 8km
Khuldabad - 14km
Panchakki - 4km
Lonar - 122km
Paithan - 56km
Lonar - 122km
Enjoy The Eastern Mysticism Of Ajanta And Ellora At The Meadows Resort
The Exotic Ajanta And Ellora Caves
Ajanta's wondrous cave temples are cut into the rocky sides of a dramatic crescent-shaped gorge, at the head of which is a waterfall that drops over the mountain rim in a series of seven steps to a pool far below - the Saptakund. Dating back to the 2nd century B.C, they cover a span of 800 years where under royal patronage of ruling dynasties, professional artists helped Buddhist monks to create magnificent murals narrating the story of Buddha in his cycle of incarnations. Etched and painted in vegetable and mineral dyes, the paintings have a langourous stylised beauty and magical eloquence. The Ajanta Caves are a World Heritage site.
The famous rock cut caves temples of Ellora depict the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths, and were constructed between the 5th and 8th centuries A.D. Of particular interest is the architectural marvel of the monolithic Kailasa temple, carved out in the rocky cliffside from top to bottom. In December, MTDC used to organise the Ellora festival of music and dance at the Kailasa Temple. It is now the Ellora-Aurangabad Festival, held in November at the beautiful Sunehri Mahal as the Ellora Caves have been declared a World Heritage Site.
Experience Ajanta And Ellora At The Meadows Resort
The Meadows Resort provides easy access to the World Heritage sites of the Ellora and Ajanta Caves. It is conveniently located for tourists as it is only 14 kms from the Ellora Caves and 110 km from the Ajanta caves.The Meadows Resort weaves the elements of Ajanta and Ellora into the hotel décor so you can experience the exotic and inspiring mysticism of the East, even while you stay with us. As you step up to the reception counter, you can view a mural of coloured crystals, made from the special stones found around the Ellora Caves. While waiting in the hotel lobby, you can admire reproductions of the Ajanta cave paintings, done in vegetable dyes just like the originals. Relax in the library at the Exhale Spa, where you can browse many books on the Ajanta & Ellora Caves, Buddhism and local history, at your leisure. Stay in a room with furnishings that use ikkat fabrics, a longstanding traditional weave, depicted in the garments of the women in the Ajanta cave paintings.The painters working at Ajanta felt a close affinity with Nature. They delighted in presenting an endless panorama of flowers, fruits and plants, all held together and unified by a remarkable and slightly developed sense of design. The Meadows shares this same affinity with nature and the hotel's acres of tropical garden is home to hundreds of varieties of trees, flowers and fruits, even birds and butterflies.
The gardens of the hotel include two lotus ponds, specially created to represent the lotus - the flower that is most associated with the Buddha and the Bodhisathvas and figures prominently in the cave paintings. The Lotus Suite at the hotel is themed after the most revered flower of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves. Scattered around the garden are small sculptures in basaltic rock, the same rock that was used in the cave temples of Ellora.
At Lonar is one of the world's 5 largest craters, formed by the impact of a meteorite nearly 50,000 years ago. The surface diameter of the crater is 1.75kms, and its depth is 132 metres. At its base has formed a beautiful lake, formed over thousands of years by perennial streams flowing into the crater. Mineral deposits (probably from the meteorite) make the lake water very salty while freshwater springs abound at the crater's edge. On the shores of the lake are temples built in the 12th - 13th century.