Saturday, September 7, 2013

Going Places - Ajanta Ellora

I am taking part in the Write Tribe Festival of Words from September 1 - 7. The theme for this festival is "7" and mine is:

Going Places -  7 journeys I would like to take.

Today is the last day of the festival so this is the 7th and last of the journeys in this series.

My journey 7 is to see the beautiful Ajanta and Ellora caves near Aurangabad in the state of Maharashtra.

Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the Ajanta Ellora caves. And this was purely because my brother and friends went on a school camp and just raved about it. But I was never allowed to go. Then the internet came along and I would often look them up and read up on them and each time they seemed to draw me in.

The Ajanta Caves are about 300 Buddhist cave monuments that include paintings and sulptures. The caves are a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Ellora caves houses the Kailash Temple in one of its 34 monasteries and temples. It is designed to emulate Mount Kailash the abode of Lord Shiva.

So here is a glimpse of the Ajanta and Ellora caves - best described in pictures.

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Ajanta

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Ellora 

Kailash Temple
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Kailash Pillar
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My journeys so far:
Journey 1 = Krishna Yatra
Journey 2 = Ram Yatra
Journey 3 = Shiva Yatra
Journey 4 = Himalayan Adventure
Journey 5 = Kaziranga
Journey 6 = Royal Rajasthan

(my 7 journeys series can be viewed here )

Day 6 posts that I enjoyed
Vidya's Guru Devo Bhava - a lovely tribute to her teachers particularly her mom
Jyothi's 7 Steps to Hell - her very insightful view on friendships
Bhagyashree's Missing 7 - a real life story of ... the missing 7
Privy's I Promise - Promises she made to herself


Have an adventurous day and check out the day 7 posts

Warm Regards
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Write Tribe

42 comments:

  1. Wow! What an amazing place this is. I can understand completely why you would want to visit. I'd like to myself!
    Blessings!

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    1. Thanks Martha. I hope someday you will visit India. There are some amazing places there. Glad you liked this one. Blessings to you too.

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  2. I have visited this place ~10 years back and thank you for bringing back my memories.

    Beautiful captures and Thank you Suzy for taking me on bharat yatra of various important landmarks.

    Thank you!

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    1. Thanks Ruchira for taking the yatras with me. I enjoyed them so much. Now waiting to do each one for real.

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  3. WOW that place looks really cool! What a awesome place to explore. I have really enjoyed your series. Thank you for taking me on a journey to places I can only imagine.

    Kathy
    http://gigglingtruckerswife.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Kathy for accompanying me on my journeys. It's been fun wandering India with all of you.

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  4. I have been meaning to visit Ajanta Ellora for a long time myself too. Guess, sometimes soon I must plan before I move away from Mumbai, that is.

    Thanks for the journey, Suzy!

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    1. Thanks Kajal. Ya it's a good idea to do it while you are in Mumbai. I always intended to when I lived in Mumbai but never got around to it. Now I regret so much. Thanks so much for journeying with me.

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  5. Priceless gems those places are. I hope they are being adequately maintained.

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    1. I hope so too Suresh as I do want to visit someday.

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  6. I am going to come back to these 7 posts of yours just before my vacations next year. Print them out and try and cover as much as I can. I really love what you did in this series. Really tempting. :)

    Thanks for the mention... :)

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    1. Thanks and you are most welcome Jyothi. I'm glad you want to live my dream too. That's made my series worthwhile.

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  7. This is fabulous! I'm not surprised you have had a life long fascination for them...

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    1. It really is Caro. I can't wait to see it.

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  8. Ajanta ellora has always been on my list too,those sculptures r so amusing
    Maybe some day I will also visit ! :)

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    1. Thanks Afshan. I hope someday you will see them. Those sculptures are amazing.

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  9. I have never been to these two place. Maybe some day...
    Thanks for the mention Suzy

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    1. You are welcome Bhagyashree. I hope you will get to see them.

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  10. wow, seems u are passionate for historical places and i always wish to go. Thanks motivating me thru all ur posts :) It was really informative and pictures are awesome

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    1. Thanks Jasmeet glad you enjoyed my post. Yes, I love places of historical significance. They seem to draw me in.

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  11. Beautiful pictures of the caves and temple. I hope I can make it to this place, as I love visiting historical places too. Thank you for taking us through the journey Suzy.

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    1. Thanks Diana for joining me on my virtual journeys. I hope you will see these too.

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  12. Suzy, you have inspired many of us through your journey posts and I do wish that you, everyone here and I do these journeys some day. I wish you all the best for all your journeys.

    It was great to partake in this challenge along with you.

    Joy always,
    Susan

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    1. Thanks Susan. I'm so glad that all of you could come along with me albeit virtually. I hope someday we'll all get to do it for real. I enjoyed this festival and happy to have taken part with you too. It has been a joy :)

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  13. I have been to Ellora caves once and I was fascinated by the sculptures...amazing!!!
    Thanks for sharing

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    1. Hi Shellymona. You are so lucky to have seen these. I wait for my turn now.

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  14. I visited Mumbai many times but could not explore Ajanta caves.Even not bothered to look on internet.
    Finally i did...Thank you so much

    http://sailorswiferamblings.blogspot.com/2013/09/seven-lessons-on-successful-blogging.html

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    1. Glad my post inspired you to look it up. They are just amazing. Thanks for journeying with me.

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  15. Me too, I wanna see Ajanta and now adding, Ellora:)
    www.vishalbheeroo.wordpress.com

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    1. Great Vishal - they are pretty close by so it makes sense to see them both. I so want to see the Kailash temple.

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  16. Hope we get to visit these places sometimes soon! :)

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    1. I hope so too Shilpa. Glad you could journey with me virtually!

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  17. I am planning on making a trip to Ajanta again. They are majestic truly...

    Richa

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    1. So I hear Richa. I can't wait to see them.

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  18. You have given your travelogue series a new dimension by this wishlist series. Your wishlist is a fab one in true sense. I wish that very soon there will be one more post on each of the destinations mentioned here. I wish you all the best so that you can strike them off your list at the soonest.

    P.S: Thank you so much for your every visit to my blog even when i could not return the favor.My new job keeps me tied up. I joined it just very recently. My sincere apologies to you. I cherished your each and every comment on my posts. Thank you. Thank you for highlighting one of my posts on your esteemed blog Suzy...And i can't express my gratitude in words.

    Hugs.

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    1. Thanks Preetilata and you are most welcome. I absolutely loved your theme. Learned a new word each day. I also hope that someday I will post each journey again, with my own experiences and pictures. Love and hugs Pree.

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  19. I thoroughly enjoyed your series this week. I've added some of these places onto my list of places to travel before I kick the bucket one day. I wish you all the best in your future journeys. Thank you.
    Penny

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    1. I'm so glad you could journey with me and happier that you've added these to your places to see. I hope that you will tick them off the list as you visit them. I loved your series too and look forward to your future posts. Glad to make a connection with you.

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    1. Thanks Shiva. Glad you did. Thanks for journeying with me.

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  21. As fascinating as this is historically, it's one place I'll pass because I feel so claustrophobic in caves! :P

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    1. I think I would be the same Corinne, but as long as I'm close to the entrance I should be okay.

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