Aurangabad: The caves at Ajanta and Ellora

Our first stop in Maharashtra, the uninspiring city of Aurangabad was a perfect base to see several days worth of architectural and archaeological masterpieces. However, all of this was not without some mishaps. Grego was stung by a wasp, panicking between cave 10 and 11 in Ellora, waiting for the allergy to take shape. In the end nothing bad happened. The impressions of the rock carvings were not affected by flying insects and annoying postcard vendors and we continue to think of the giant Buddhas, the rows of stone elephants, and enraged Shivas in what seemed the middle of nowhere.

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Auragzeb’s little Taj, a minor challenge to his father’s original in Agra

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the dead fort-city of Daulatabad

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Daulatabad minaret

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the caves of Ellora

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the stout columns appear to hold the entire rock face together but like most of the other carved caves they are purely decorative. They only imply their function as load bearers.

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damn wasp! vivi takes a picture of the sting to reassure grego that the allergy is not spreading

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Ellora, cave 16! amazing.

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the elephants always get the worst jobs

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gasp.

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one pen?

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outside, the girls love vivien

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the caves of Ajanta

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gasp. (again, and again…)

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too many details to capture

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sleeping giant Buddha

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half finished column, it just emerges from the rock

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way before Giotto, the paintings capture spatial depth, but also emotion

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how small are we?

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