The Ajanta and Ellora rock-cut cave temple complexes are located near Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra. These monuments contain wall and ceiling paintings at Ajanta, widely considered to be the earliest and finest examples of Buddhist pictorial art and at Ellora, important art and sculptural evidence of the emerging tradition of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain artistic forms. Both the Ajanta and Ellora cave complexes have been accorded 'World Heritage Site' status by UNESCO.
In addition to Ajanta and Ellora, there are many tourist attractions around Aurangabad region. They include
- Aurangabad sub-region: Aurangabad City, Aurangabad caves, Bibi-Ka-Makbara, Pan-Chakki and Sunheri Mahal Museum;
- Ajanta sub-region: Ajanta Caves, Ajanta Viewpoint, Ajanta Fort & Paru’s Tomb., Anwa Temple and Ghatotkach Caves;
- Ellora sub-region: Ellora Caves, Ghrishneshwar Temple and Ahilyabai Holkar Tank;
- Daulatabad/Khultabad sub-region: Daulatabad Fort, Aurangzeb's Tomb and Parion-Ka-Talao;
- Pitalkhora/ Gawtala WL Sanctuary sub-region: Pitalkora Caves, Gawtala Outram Ghat Wild Life Sanctuary and Patnadevi temple;
- Others Sites in the distinct: Antoor Fort, Banoti Caves, Sutanda Fort, Vetalvadi Fort, Bhokardan Caves, Paithan and Lonar Crater, etc.