Prelude to Ajanta
The project, undertaken by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) with a soft loan from Japan International Co-operation Agency, is an effort to provide tourists with an interactive medium that tells the story of these caves.
Vijay Sridhar Chavan, General Manager, Department of Tourism, Government of Maharashtra, says, “Work at the AVC is almost complete. It will make tourists’ visit to the Ajanta caves a wholesome experience.” The project, which is expected to be open for the public by the end of this year, is estimated to cost around Rs 61.6 crore.
At the AVC, an audio-visual set up will narrate the story of the caves. Spread over five galleries, perhaps the biggest attraction at the centre will be the cave replicas. The most important caves—shortlisted by a panel of experts recommended by UNESCO—will be recreated here. At present, cave No. 1, 2, 16 and 17 are being replicated, complete with the frescos that adorn the walls and ceilings of the caves.
The exhibition centre will have panels and
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