so husband and i took off for a short holiday last weekend (his friday was off for makar sakranti) and we went to aurangabad!!!! yayayayya!! i had been wanting to see the ajanta and ellora caves for a long time now and now i have....the trip was absolutely awesome and i have come back over awed by the beauty of our country...i now feel there is so much more to to see and learn here in india before i go out and see more of the world...(i do want to do that too....in its own time i guess)
this was also our 1 year wedding anniversary holiday!!! yes we complete one year of being married this 20th!!!
so here are some pics of the caves (i say some since i have far too many to upload here) and i am showing them in order of our visit...so ellor first and then ajanta will follow tomorrow!
ladies and gentlemen i present to you...the spectacular ellora caves:
Ellora (Marathi: वेरूळ) is an archaeological site, 30 km (19 mi) from the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra built by theRashtrakuta (Kannada: ರಾಷ್ಟ್ರಕೂಟ) rulers. Well-known for its monumental caves, Ellora is a World Heritage Site. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 "caves" – actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills – being Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock cut temples and monasteries, were built between the 5th century and 10th century. The 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, built in proximity, demonstrate the religious harmony prevalent during this period of Indian history.
godess lakshmi sitting on a lotus
the ellora caves are divided into brahminism, jainism and buddhism and you find cave temples for all three religions...i could go on showing you the pictures...but i think that will bore all of you...so if you are planning a trip and need some more info...feel free to write to me at firstname.lastname@example.org and i will be happy to help!
i will be back tomorrow with bad pictures of bibi ka makbara, ajanta caves and some good ones of taj hotel where we stayed :D
have a good day ya'll!