Ajanta caves

May 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Posted in India | Leave a comment

we took yet another train to get to jalgaon, the city where we stayed near ajanta caves. there were cows roaming around on the train tracks – not an uncommon sight.

the ajanta caves are about 30 man-made caves built along a cliff. the climb to get to the caves is pretty arduous so you can hire guys to carry you in a chair. like a king. well, i didn’t atually do this, but the guys were all too happy to pose for the pic (since we gave them a few coins).

the cave entrances can just barely be seen along the mountainside.

the caves were built during the first century BC and 5th century AD, then rediscovered much later in the 1800s.

the interior of the caves are covered in paintings that are in varying conditions. most of the caves also contain very large buddhist sculptures.

the caves are cool and dark inside. in many of the caves there are door on either side that open to small rooms. the rooms are barely dug out and their floors, sides and ceilings are rough, uneven rock. the rooms were originally for people to sleep in.

it was difficult to get a good shot inside because flashes aren’t allowed, but you can kind of see that the ceiling is made of hardened magma. the rock looked like it was still flowing.

this scultpure is found in a few of the caves.


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