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Apr 22, 2011 - Ellora caves and travel back home

This morning we drove to the caves at Ellora, the name means ant's house as this is how the mountain side looks. The caves were all carved out of the mountains and is very impressive. We visited 3 Buddhist caves, 2 Hindu caves and a couple of Jain caves. The 1st Hindu cave was my favourite - the Kailash temple - it was built over 200 years and took 5 generations to complete. It then took another 50 or so years to decorate the temple. The carvings are everywhere and the cave is in 2 storage tall. Later we went to a monument which I had not...

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India 2011

Apr 21, 2011 - Aurangabad

A day of travelling yesterday which included 2 plane rides with 2 companies and the first being delayed leaving us only 1 hour to transfer to the next flight was an interesting experience. The second flight was with Kingfisher in a small propeller plane and that was a great flight into Aurangabad, a city built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city seems bigger than Udaipur but no where near as organised or as clean as Udaipur. An early-ish start in the morning was required as we had to drive for 2 1/2 hours to cover the 110 km to...

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Jan 28, 2011 - Aurangabad

I decided to skipt out on Mumbai. Too expensive and I wasn't doing the whole shared bathroom situation. The bathrooms were full of mosquitoes. I counted 57 mosquito bites on my body , with more than 30 of them on my ass. Fun. Anyway, I am now in Aurangabad after another extremely interesting night of travel. I bought my bus ticket and made sure I was at the specified location more than an hour before the bus departed. I waited, and waited and waited. Eventually I figured out that the directions the agent had given me were only about two...

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Kia Shnette 2010

Dec 14, 2010 - Aurangabad

So verbrachten wir 6 Naechte im besten hier findbaren Hotel, abgeschirmt vom Chaos vor den Toren. Patrizia ruhte sich aus, und nach geraumer Zeit suchten wir sicherheitshalber die nahe Privatklinik auf, da die Krankheitssymptome auf entweder Malaria oder Dengue-Fieber hinwiesen. Nach einem Bluttest konnten jene Vermutungen Gott sei Dank ausgeschlossen werden, und es war beruhigend mitanzusehen, wie gut sich der sehr nette und gut situierte, gebildete, junge indische Doktor um Patrizias Wohlbefinden kuemmerte, das erste mal, als ich ihn um...

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Jan 14, 2010 - Aurangabad...caves, caves and more caves.

AURANGABAD The second day of drive was much like the first except not so much uphill. And now there are farms around us growing things like sugar cane and cotton as well as some more regular things like vegetables. We booked into a fancy hotel in honour of Simon's birthday. It had a swimming pool, extensive gardens, tennis and badminton and ping-pong. The service was the sort where five guys fight to carry your bags for you and you say goodmorning to seven servers at the breakfast buffet (with only six people actually eating in the...

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Apr 23, 2008 - Aurangabad and around (The Ellora and Ajanti Caves)

Aurangabad is your average dirty and dusty Indian town, but it has more than its fair share of sights close by. Aurangabad serves as a useful jumping off point for the Ellora Caves and Ajanti Caves, the Lonar Meteorite Crater and also boasts some of its own sights, namely the Aurangabad caves and the Bibi-Qa-Maqbara mauseleum. I decided to spend my first day looking at the Aurangabad sights on the back of a recommendation from a German couple staying at my hotel, so I hired a rickshaw on my first day and came up trumps with Vilas, who...

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Where's Malcolm?

Feb 24, 2008 - Aurangabad

There are a lot of similarities between the city of Aurangabad and Edmonton, our hometown in Canada. They have the same size population and while Aurangabad is very hot in the summer, Edmonton is very cold in the winter. Both cities are a little bit off the beaten track but each serves as a jumping off point for some interesting tourist sights. Edmonton has long been known as the 'Gateway to the North' and is on the Yellowhead highway leading to Jasper National Park. Aurangabad is the gateway to the world-famous caves paintings/sculptures...

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Oct 4, 2007 - Four day weekend in Aurangabad to see the Ellora and Ajanta caves

On our first four day weekend, Matt and I flew down to Aurangabad, Maharashtra to see the Ellora and Ajunta caves. I had been there ten years ago when I lived in Pune. Returning to the caves brought back memories of singing rounds and vocal ostinati (inspired by Bobby McFerrin's Circle Songs) with the other people on my program. Matt and I hadn't traveled together before (other than his visit to Minnesota last summer), it was quite amicable, relaxing, and fun. The first day out, we went on the long 100-plus kilometer journey to Ajunta....

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Aug 19, 2007 - Ellora and Ajanta Caves

Hello all! Well, I made the 8 hour train journey from Mumbai to Aurangabad. I was so scared at the train station.. there are actually 20 million people living in Mumbai, the same amount of people as the entire population of Australia! Mumbai truly is the city that never sleeps.. you will always find people out on the streets at some time and it's a very safe place in that respect. But the train station was so crowded and noisy. I saw some people having a fight.. it's also quite strange as the men here stare a lot.. I was expecting it, as...

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Apr 5, 2007 - Feverish and Awestruck in Aurangabad (Matt & Laura)

Matt: We wake to the 'eep eep eep' of our alarm clock in the early morning darkness of Mumbai. Our room is thick with humidity and heat. We've had maybe five hours of restless sleep. I'd woken regularly with irrational worries, my mind unable to stop (would we get a cab in the morning? would we oversleep?) I move slowly. I feel a little nauseous. The humidity of the bathroom is choking and for a moment I think I'm going to be sick. It passes and we move slowly as we zip our bags and lift them onto our backs. We're sweating before we start...

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Mar 27, 2007 - Aurangabad

After setting my alarm for completely the wrong time I awoke 2hrs later than should have done. I had the first uninterrupted sleep since being here and how good did it feel. Packed my bag and headed for the bus stand. The hotel owner is very proud of his establishment, before I left he showed me the big room at the front, 'showing off the standard', his memory must be affected by his standard as he showed me exactly the same room last night. Arrived at the bus stand, boarded the bus and headed for Ajanta caves. The bus drops you at a...

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On another jaunt...

Jan 22, 2007 - The archeological dreams of the Caves at Ellora and Ajanta

The city of Aurangabad is the closest option for a base if you want to visit Ellora and Ajanta. It is a dumpy town punctuated by a foul-smelling, toilet river. It is, however, very close to the amazing caves of Ellora and Ajanta. We visited the Buddhist caves of Ajanta first, as Ellora was closed on Tuesdays. We boared a tourist bus and rode for 2 hours through the beautiful Indian country-side. We arrived at the caves to the usual barrage of merchant touts. We then boarded another bus to go the additional 4km to the caves. The caves are...

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