Overview of Ajanta Cave Temples
The Ajanta Cave Temple Complex is located near the small town of Ajanta in the Indian State of Maharashtra. In a U-shaped valley above the Waguma River, 29 Cave temples had been mined into the rocks. The complex had been occupied by Buddhists between the 2nd and 5th Century AD. The Cave Temples have sizes up to 30 meters wide, 15 meters in deep and 4 meters in height. The construction phase of a single cave took about 30 years. The whole Complex is part of the UNESCO World Culture Heritage. The caves had been rediscovered by a British officer on a Tiger hunting party in 1819. His name is engraved in one of the caves.