Ajanta Caves

Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
Trip End Dec 18, 2011

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Jalgoan was a 'flying ' stop for us - i say 'flying' because it was still a 8 hour train journey - in order that we could go and see the Ajanta Caves.  The Ajanta Caves are a set of Buddhist caves that were carved out of the rock ranging from 2nd century BC to the 6th century AD and rediscovered by an English gentleman (with the memorable name of John Smith) in the 1800s. 

We arrived into Jalgoan at 7am, went to a hotel with the most efficient person that we have met in India telling us to have a shower, he would then arrange a tuktuk to take us to a specific restaurant near to the bus station - his opinion of the best cheap option and also quite fast service - and we could then walk to the bus station to get the 9.30 bus to Ajanta (he thought this time bus was the best because it gets busy later and he wanted to make sure er enjoyed it!

The caves themselves were very impressive just in the way that they were completely carved out of the mountain face and also because of the paintings that have survived due to them being hidden for so long.  We also got to put in some Base Camp training walking up to the look out over the whole complex of caves and i have to say based on our impressive 20 minute performance up the hill i'd say Everest will be a doddle!

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