This past weekend many of us decided to take a trip to the city of Aurangabad to do some sightseeing. The area is known for the Ajanta and Ellora caves-two World Heritage sites. The Ajanta and Ellora caves are perhaps two of the coolest places I have ever been. Both the caves are known for being Buddhist Art Temple caves that are thousands of years old-Ajanta for its once beautiful, and now being restored, cave paintings and Ellora for its amazing carvings-all done by Buddhist monks who once inhabited the area. We learned that the Ajanta Caves were actually discovered by a tiger!! The story goes that people had been watching the tiger when it suddenly disappeared into the mountains, after following where the tiger had gone, the beautiful, hidden Ajanta Caves were discovered. Along the way we also made some side stops to Daulatabad Fort and Aurangzeb's Tomb (for whom the city of Aurangabad was named for.) The cave fun didn't stop there, however, as Tuesday my Environmental Perspectives class took a trip about an hour and a half trip outside of the city to the Bhaja Caves!!! Enjoy the sweet pics!
(Please note the monkeys are REAL!)