The caves at Ellora are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. They are located close the Ajanta Caves and have also been hewn into rock, this time into basalt instead of granite. There are 34 distinct monasteries and temples at Ellora. All the caves were built between the 6th and 10th centuries but each contains only Buddhist, Hindu or a Jain style of architecture and art. Elllora is a rare example where different religious styles dating from the same period can be found at the same site. The Jain temples are the most detailed rock-cut structures but it is the Hindu Kailasanatha Temple which forms the showpiece of Ellora.
The girl wearing the vibrant yellow-coloured sari is running up the front steps to Kailasanatha Temple. An estimated 200,000 tonnes of rock were exhumed as the workers excavated in a vertical plane. Like most of the structures this temple is monolithic in nature.