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    Aurangabad Outskirts & Bougainvillas in India

    by lynnehamman Updated Mar 30, 2009

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    Favorite thing: Ellora Caves are really the reason that most tourists pass through Aurangabad. The town itself is quite small,and dusty, with few tourist attractions. The better attractions are a way out of the town itself. The scenery just outside the town is really pretty, with bougainvilla dotted everywhere, blazing red in the sunlight.

    Fondest memory: I loved the flowers, trees and shrubs in India. The Bougainvilla is everywhere- and has the most vibrant colours.
    I have posted 2 photos of Bougainvilla- just to give an idea.

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    The Kailash Temple at Ellora

    by Paul2001 Updated Dec 7, 2005

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    The Kailash Temple, Ellora
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    Favorite thing: Of all the Hindu Temples in India, none impressed me more than the Kailash Temple here at the Ellora Caves. It took about one hundred years for the craftsmen involved to carve this temple out of the rockface. This temple, constructed back in the 8th century is considered to be the largest rockcut temple in India. Apparently it took over 100 years to carve the structure out of the rock.
    The temple itself is covers about the same surface size as Athen's Parthenon however it is 1.5 times as high. Kailash temple is divided into 4 sections which include the main body of the temple, the gateway, the nandi shrine and the cloisters that surround the temple. The carvings that decor the walls of the temple are awesome however it is easy to overlook them as you ponder the magnificance of the actual temple structure.
    For me it was worth going to Ellora just to see the wonderful temple. However this does not mean that the rest of Ellora should take a backseat to Kailash as these cave carvings, though smaller, are equally wonderful.

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    Ajanta Cave 1

    by Paul2001 Updated Mar 1, 2004

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    Ajanta Cave !

    Favorite thing: This is obviously the first cave that you reach while visiting Ajanta. Inside are several extremely interesting frescos of Buddhist origin that date from the 2nd century A.D. During my visit, the lighting in the cave was enhanced by television lights as some TV program was producing documentry on the caves at the time.

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    Ajanta Caves

    by SirRichard Written Mar 27, 2003

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    Location of the caves

    Favorite thing: Ajanta caves are some 40 kms away from Aurangabad. These famous caves are located in a superb natural scenery, hanging in the walls of an S shaped gorge.
    They were rediscovered by chance by a british army officer who was visiting this area searching for tigers!! They didn’t have a clue that they were discovering 28 wonderful Buddhist caves.

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    Ajanta Entrance

    by SirRichard Updated Mar 27, 2003

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    At the ticket box

    Favorite thing: You have to pay 10 US$ to see the Ajanta Caves. At the entrance there are many locals who offer you their services as guides. All that they can tell you is really on any guide book, but as you have to leave your shoes outside while visiting the caves, I took advantage of my guide leaving him outside waiting for me with my heavy rucksack while I comfortably visited the caves. I feel a bit “guilty and colonialist” when I remember using him as a butler, but he was happy because of the tip, and I was happy because of the help, so…

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    Ajanta Paintings

    by SirRichard Updated Mar 27, 2003

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    Inside the caves

    Favorite thing: In some of the caves you can find wonderful colourful detailed Buddhist paintings on the walls, covering all them with incredible details. They are pretty well conserved. Flash photography is prohibited inside, of course!
    All the paintings represent scenes and legends of Buddhism.

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    Ajanta Sculptures

    by SirRichard Written Mar 27, 2003

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    Budha sleeping

    Favorite thing: Most of the beautiful sculptures of Ajanta are carved on rock, all with Buddhist motifs. I was specially impressed by this lying Buddha, about 12 meters long. If you wanna see best the details bring a hand torch, although after 1-2 minutes inside your eyes get used and everything can be seen pretty well.

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    Ajanta Cave 1-Another Fresco

    by Paul2001 Updated Oct 28, 2003

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    Ajanta Cave 1 Fresco

    Favorite thing: This is another of the wonderful frescos in the first cave at Ajanta. This cave was actually very crowded during my visit with loads of tourist being guided through the cave complex. The caves are actually a very popular bus tour destination.

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    Ajanta Cave 26

    by Paul2001 Written Mar 7, 2006

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    The Reclining Buddha in Cave 26 at Ajanta
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    Favorite thing: Cave 26 is another of Ajanta's most important caves. It is a Buddhist Cave with a Chaitya Hall. The Buddha himself is the focal of the centre Stupa that dominates that hall. It probably has one of the most famous sculptures in Ajanta, that of the reclining Buddha depicting his ultimate salvation from the cycle of rebirth - the Mahaparinirvana.

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    Auto starting fare - Rs8

    by muddybok Updated Mar 26, 2006

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    Favorite thing: In Aurangabad, the Auto starting fare is Rs8 and Rs20 can take you really far. Always insist on meter usage unless you wanted them to wait for you for onwards journey.

    For day trip around Aurangabad, you can probably negotiate Auto fare between Rs150-200. And try not to use Auto service to Ajanta because the trip is far and long, further more it's dangerous because lots of big lorries and busses ply that route.

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    Ajanta Cave 17

    by Paul2001 Written Nov 18, 2004

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    Cave 17 at Ajanta

    Favorite thing: Cave 17 has more murals than any other cave at Ajanta. Amongst the many high quality murals are paintings of beautiful women flying overhead, a princess surrounded by her attendents(pictured here) and numerous images of the Buddha. The pillars that support the ceiling are carved in the likeness of dwarfs.

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    The Ellora Caves - Cave 1`

    by Paul2001 Written Jun 6, 2005

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    The waterfall and Cave No. 1

    Favorite thing: Cave 1sits at the southern most end of the Ellora Caves and are made up of threecells. These cells seem to be used more for storage rather than for religious reasons. The location of the caves is particularly attractive because of the lovely waterfall that dropped down the cliffside into a creek below the caves.

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    Ellora Caves - Cave 8

    by Paul2001 Updated Aug 20, 2006

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    Cave 8

    Favorite thing: Cave 8 is the only cave in Ellora where it is possible to walk around the circumference. This is one of the Buddhist caves. The walls are carved with Buddhists images. Inside there are also fine sculptures of the Buddha.

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    How Much to Tip??

    by Donna_in_India Updated Feb 23, 2011

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    Tipping is fairly common in India with the exception of rickshaw drivers or taxi drivers, unless you hire them for the day (although a few rupees or rounding up the fare is always appreciated). These amounts are meant as a guideline. Tip ONLY in rupees, not any other currency. Check to see if a service charge has already been added to any bill.

    Waiters - generally 10-15 percent of the bill in upscale places, in smaller places (local/budget) tip Rs. 10-20.

    Bellmen - Rs. 50 - 100 (depending on how much luggage).

    Hotel Doorman - Rs. 50-100 when you checkout.

    Hotel Maid - Rs. 100-200 for your stay (5+ days). Be sure to hand deliver.

    Room Service - Rs. 20-50. (20 for smaller things, 50 for meal delivery).

    Drivers/ Guides - half day/ Full day sightseeing trips Rs. 150 - 250.

    Drivers/ Guides - long trips spread over many days Rs. 150 - 200 Per traveller/ day.

    Porters (train stations/airports) - set the rate beforehand (around Rs. 10-20 per bag).

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    The Ellora Caves - Cave 10

    by Paul2001 Written Apr 1, 2007

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    The Seated Buddha in Cave 10
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    Favorite thing: Cave 10 is commonly known as the Carpenter Cave. It is the most highly regarded of the Buddhists Caves in Ellora. The cave has a superbly carved, multi-storied facade. The interior is well preserved and has a long cathedral-like stupa hall which is also known as a chaitya. The ceiling of this hall is carved with beams and leads to a 15 foot statue of the Seated Buddha. It is one of the darkest halls and the hardest to photograph in because of the lack of light.

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