October 23, 2011
The next leg of my trip after saying a sweet goodbye to the smoggy and noisy city of Mumbai took place mostly in a car. We planned our road trip so that we could stop at sites and cities along our journey to a little beach in Goa. This required many hours in the car, covering our faces as our driver passed trucks with oncoming traffic and squeezing between cars and a few hours of sleep here and there. Though mostly I spent my time gazing out the window at the country side of India. I also kept things interesting by seeing what I could capture with my camera as I whizzed by.
-View from our hotel in Pune.
Our first stop was at the Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad. These caves are my favorite heritage/religious site I have been to since the Bourabadour in Indonesia. There are 30 Buddhist caves carved into the mountain side which were constructed around 2 BCE / they are the oldest man made structure I have ever seen, by far. Every cave was unique and quite stunning. A few had paintings on the rock still intact and others had meditation chambers built right into the mountain side of this majestic rain forest .