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... of the enclosure. The enclosure wall is high and is crenelated, with pointed, arched recesses and bastions spaced along its lengths. Four minarets mark the four corners of the enclosure.
Visitors to the mausoleum can enter through the main entrance gate, which is wooden and has foliage designs in brass plate on the exterior side. This entrance is located on the south side of ...
... of color that made us aware of how incredible these caves must have been.
The highlight of our time at the Ellora caves was definitely the Kailasanatha Temple which is an amazing two story temple carved out of the mountain from the top down and the largest monolithic temple in the world. To put it into perspective it is more than twice the size of the Parthenon in Athens and absolutely covered in amazing carvings. Our guide started out by telling us that he ...
... mountain that was chiselled away at for hundreds of years.
Cave 16 (Kailasa Temple) was the main event. It is apparently the world's largest monolithic stone structure.
A huge intricate temple, with decorative designs on its faces. There were tunnels and side temples to explore on the edges, and a large viewing platform to look out onto the surrounding areas.
I can see why India is set to have the ...
... over the areas of both cave sights.
True to form we can not agree, Paul prefers Ajanta and I prefer Ellora, but we can agree that they are both stunning and we are glad we came and most of the caves smell of bats!
Not only for the caves, as we were leaving the Ajanta caves to catch the local bus back to Auranghabad we met a young couple from Pune, they were on a short holiday and looking for people to make up a group to rent a taxi back to town. The ...
... Marriage Ceremonies
Cave # 32/33 Jain Temples
Dave’s new friend stayed behind as we walked the long lower path to the caves at the far end, numbers 32 and 33. Our plan was to work our way back to the gate by noon. We became more enchanted and it took us longer to finish than we would have imagined.
A nicely tanned naked pilgrim (sadhu) stunned the Korean ...