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Ajanta Ellora - A journey back in time

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Ajanta-Ellora was on my to-do list from a long time and the Marathwada heat hovering above 40 degrees did not deter us this time and we decided to go ahead with it this summer vacation. :D We arrived in Aurangabad at around 8 am and checked in Hotel Gurjas (known as Hotel Oberoi then). Hence we could not start off early to beat the heat. We; however, had a quick breakfast in a nearby restaurant and started off in our booked taxi at around 10 am. It took around 45 minutes to reach the Ellora caves from our hotel. Ellora Caves The Shrine of Buddha Ellora caves, also known as the ‘Verul Leni” are rock-cut caves located about 30 kms from Aurangabad. These 34 caves excavated from the vertical face of the Chandragiri hills, are actually Hindu, Buddhist, Jain temples and viharas carved out between the 5 th and 10 th century. There are 17 Hindu, 12 Buddhist and 5 Jain caves in close proximity to each other, reflecting the religious harmony of that era. These caves are conside