Ajanta Caves

Weekends bring along a wish to escape from the routine day’s boredom. And having developed a liking towards long drives, I start getting all fidgety as the weekend nears…..I just have to go ……!!

At the time we were posted in Pune and on one of our such weekend getaways we visited Ajanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These Buddhist rock-cut caves in Aurangabad district of the state of Maharashtra date back to 2nd century BCE. These caves have both chaityas(halls enclosing stupas, mainly for prayers)  and viharas( dwellings or cells) .There are around 30 caves, cut out in rock. To carve out these majestic caves, the cutting of rock started from top to bottom. To have achieved such proportions and beauty with only hammer and chisel is indeed impossible to imagine in this machine age ….

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Visit to such places evokes a sense of pride for the rich culture and history of our country. Yes, India is poor than most European countries but it has a rich, rich heritage….


About shoma abhyankar

I like to believe that I am a creative person. I read, write, paint, sketch, rustle up some quick and some elaborate meals for friends and family, love chess, su-doku and scrabble, can hum an old Hindi song tentatively, always stand up for women rights, hate fake people, bugs, roaches, spiders and cigarette smokers!! I graduated with a degree of Bachelor of Architecture in 1998. Soon after, I married an officer in Indian Air Force and have been on move since then. For a brief time of two years when we were posted in Pune, I worked as a junior architect in a firm. Being aware of frequent movement that we would have to live with, I chose to be a homemaker and concentrated on creating a warm and welcoming home for my family. But sitting at home without any creative activity was not my cup of tea. I learnt candle making and soon put up an exhibition at Poona Club when my daughter was barely a year old. I also enjoyed a short stint as a home-based entrepreneur, supplying chocolates and cakes on demand, while we were posted in Bareilly. With an inclination towards writing, I completed a diploma in ‘Creative Writing in English’ from Symbiosis College of Distance Learning, Pune. Then I discovered the blogosphere. Now I hope to not only travel and share my experiences with the world but also to pen a book someday....
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8 Responses to Ajanta Caves

  1. LediaR says:

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful photographs.


  2. LediaR says:

    Reblogged this on Exploration Art and commented:
    These photographs are beyond amazing.
    PLEASE MAKE SURE TO CHECK OUT THE ORIGINAL BLOGGERS POSTS. They were kind enough to let me share this wonderful article with you.


  3. eof737 says:

    Your pictures are stunning. Thanks for sharing them. 🙂


  4. Northern Narratives says:

    Amazing place 🙂


  5. This post took me by surprise…just so good and beautiful. Amazing natural wonder with a touch of human creativity and workmanship. What a festive journey towards history and life itself. Thanks. Happy Valentine’s Day. Wishing you and your love ones all the love and joy.


  6. tmso says:

    Oh, I just saw this post. Yes, such a rich heritage. It does make me want to visit such incredible places. We were just watching a documentary on India’s ancient past – stunning. I just can’t imagine that much human history in one spot.


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