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... were many caves, 34 in total, these are Buddist, Hindu and Jain temples caved into and from the rock by hand. Pretty impressive when you are informed they were created between the 5th and 10th century. Anne managed to get to 28 then decided to rest up back down at the cafe, so on I trekked. Path to 29 closed, so I headed back on to the road and up the hill to cave 29. After several pictures I headed off back down the hill and up the next hill to 30 to 34 caves. I was glad to see ...
... in a few year's time. The sheer volume of children under the age of 10 at this site alone was astounding.
Like me, they realised that the Ellora caves were prime for a DPP and as at Ajanta, one schoolkid ask for "just one photo sir", to which I was happy to oblige. Soorej was saying most had never seen a white person before.
For the next 45 minutes I had my photo taken with various groups of teenagers ...
... we have now seen many babies and children from the buses, shops, slums and the streets but of all of them, we have only seen one of them crying. If this were the UK, they would all be balling their eyes out. And this is true of all the vast majority of Indians we have seen - they look happier and healthier than their counterparts in the UK. This raises the question, what really matters? The guy sleeping in a doorway here looks happier than your average office worker in the ...
Leaving Udaipur we picked up a local cook Rafik, who will be traveling with us for the next three days as we make our way down to the Ajanta caves. The route to Ajanta is so remote on the back roads of Rajasthan that we will be wild camping for two nights. Having Rafik on board was great as he made us breakfast and dinner at the campsites and knew which roadside restaurants to stop at and organize lunch for us. They've been some of our best lunches on our trip ...
... bus back we met a guy called Suraj who invited us into his home and one guy gave us his necklace and bracelets as gifts of friendship.
This morning we visited the Ellora Caves which were amazing, far bigger and better than Ajanta. The caves contained monasteries, chapels and temples, all chipped out of the rock in AD600-1000. ...