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I went to Ellora today with Gillis (a young Swedish boy who I met at Hotel Shree Maya).
It took us just an hour from Aurangabad to Ellora by bus for only INR27. The bus was so cheap, but it was nearly write-off. I wouldn't call it a bus actually. It was just a pollution generator and miraculously able to run for the time being.

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The entrance fee of Ellora Caves for a foreigner was INR250 while it was only INR10 for Indian people.

There are quite a few caves (temples) in Ellora, most of which represent Hindu deities or Lord Buddha. Amongst them the Cave 16 is the biggest and the most impressive one.

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One amazing thing about this massive Cave 16 was the fact that the ancient Indian people dug into a gigantic rock from the top of the hill, as opposed to the most conventional method: building it from the ground to the top. No wonder why some people speculate that extraterrestrial beings intervened in this temple's construction process.

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Besides the Cave 16, the Cave 10 with a statue of Lord Buddha placed on the centre of stone-arches absolutely impressed me and made me just speechless.

This arch-design appeared quite similar to those Christian cathedrals in the West, but this cave is said to have been built long before Jesus was born. I simply wondered if Christian people had mimicked this cave-design for their cathedrals and churches.

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For a long time Ellora fascinated me more than the Taj Mahal, and it didn't disappoint me at all today. Most of the caves were so elaborately constructed. And with all the eroded sculptures Ellora was very mythical as well as mysterious.

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