The caves at Ajanta are all in the side of a big, horse-shoe-shaped area of hill.

ajantaThe caves at Ajanta are all in the side of a big, horse-shoe-shaped area of hill. Some of them apparently date back as far as the second century B.C - they are primarily Buddhist caves, and are famous for featuring fantastic paintings and artwork on the walls inside.

The site is thought to have been forgotten/unknown to humans for hundreds of years, until some British soldiers stumbled across it by chance in 1819. It's now a World Heritage Site, attracting many visitors each week.

There are 29 caves in total. If you wanted to explore each one in close detail, it would probably take two or three days.

ajanta_mapOur tour group had a different guide today - one that was not quite as funny as the guy from the day before, but not far off. A maximum of 40 people are allowed in each cave at any one time, and flash photography is banned inside them.

There was just over 40 people in our group, so he had to exhance a few angry words with the guards to let us all in (otherwise there would always be a few people missing his explanations). They gave up arguing, and in we went...only for loads of Indians to 'accidentally' let their flashes go off, again and again...causing the guards to keep coming in after us shouting their heads off... Cue looks of exasperation and embarassment from the guide.

The guide took us to the most impressive caves, making sure we saw all the best stuff. It was a pretty long walk all-in-all, and we were knackered/parched by the end of it. You have to walk up about one hundred steps just to get into the site...that is, unless you decide to splash out on four blokes to carry you up in your own chair.

The name of these chairs escape me, but we fondly refer to them as Lazyboys, after the awesome sofa-chairs they have in America. Only the most bourgeois of Indians hire these babies, and you damn well better get out of their way if they're trying to pass you on a set of steep steps! We saw these four guys sweating profusely as they carried this woman up a flight of stairs, only to find their way blocked by an intrepid tourist/photographer who was taking a few snaps...i thought they were going to fall back down the stairs under the weight.

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Maria Susana Diaz

I like nature, cooking and photography. In my travels between Argentina and Italy I prefer witness through photography environment, natural and gastronomic riches.

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