Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad, India

January 24, 2015

Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves

Carved between the 2nd century BC and the 6th century AD into the cliff at a horseshoe-bend in the Waghore River, the Ajanta caves are a striking example of Buddhist art and architecture.

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It’s a two-plus hour drive from Aurangabad to the caves along a rough road that alternates between a sort of urban sprawl and farm land. Rows of corrugated shacks that function as various shops and restaurants of sorts, concrete buildings – many of them looking like they were never quite finished – and people, lots and lots people – sitting, walking, buying, selling. Men dressed in western attire or Muslim white donning a taqiyah (white cap). Women are in bright saris, a few in black burkas.

Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves

The car drops us off at the parking lot where we must cross an area of shops to take the shuttle bus the last 4 kilometers to the entrance. The Ajanta caves, older than those of Ellora, are known for their colorful dry frescos. Although many of them in are in poor condition, you can still imagine what the temples must have looked like at the height of their splendor. Shoes are left at the entrance of each cave.

Aurangabad - Ajanta Caves

The last cave has the most impressive carvings, included a reclining Buddha.

 

View Point

View Point

Even on a hazy day the view from the opposing cliff gives you a good overview of the area.

No flash or tripods are allowed in the dark caves making photography difficult at best.

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Looking Down at the River

Looking Down at the River

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View from the View Point

View from the View Point

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View Point

 

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9 Responses to Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad, India

  1. Debbie – this looks so cool! You made it there. And back!

  2. hchamney says:

    Khumbu Ice Field is the section of glacier/ice that climbers have to get across to go from Everest Base Camp to Camp 1 and beyond when climbing Everest proper. I didn’t realize they are going to make a new trail already!

    You can’t really compare most of Nepal to India.. with the exception of Kathmandu which is crazy, busy, etc, but even then, I don’t think it’s as crazy or busy as India. Most of Nepal is small villages or mountain trails.

    I would actually like to do Everest Base camp again .. though I might wait for the dust to settle.. things going to crazy there lately. Glad I went when I did just 1/2 a year ago!

    • baidanbi says:

      My goodness Hali! As always I appreciate your input. I’m in France at the moment studying for my exam and will reemerge when I have more time.

      • hchamney says:

        I look forward to your reembergence! LOL Good luck with the exam, not that you will need it! You will rock that! 🙂

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