The breathtaking caves at Ajanta lie 102km north-east of Aurangabad. These Buddhist caves date from around 200BC and continued to be added to until 650AD, predating those at nearby Ellora. As Ellora developed and Buddhism gradually declined, the Ajanta caves were abandoned and eventually forgotten, but in 1819 a British hunting party stumbled upon them and their remote beauty was soon unveiled. Their isolation contributed to the fine state of preservation in which some of their remarkable paintings remain to this day. Today Ajanta is listed as a world heritage site by Unesco.