Gillis left for Mumbai early this morning by saying "Ellora is probably better than Ajanta. So I'm not going there." Well, we never know it till we go there, right?

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It took me almost three hours from Aurangabad to Ajanta by the pollution generator (aka local bus). The fare was INR103 for one way. It was certainly more costly and more time-consuming than when I went to Ellora with Gillis yesterday.

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The bus conductor yelled at me "Ajanta! Ajanta!" So I got off the pollution generator, but I saw nothing in sight.
There was actually a shuttle-bus to Ajanta caves close to where the bus dropped me off, but I just missed it and somehow decided to walk all the way to the caves, which took me almost an hour to get there under the blazing sun.

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The entrance fee of Ajanta for a foreigner was IND250, exactly the same as Ellora. And contrary to what young Swedish boy Gillis said, Ajanta turned out to be even more interesting than Ellora to me.

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Ajanta caves are located in the middle of nowhere and surrounded by mountains. There is a river flowing through a deep valley whose wall consists of about 29 caves.
As far as I know, these caves have more paintings, more sculptures and more statues than Ellora caves, and most of them are said to depict the stories of Buddhism.

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Ajanta turned out to be quite greenish with a nice river along the ruins and I found this site very peaceful.
Overall, I enjoyed Ajanta caves more than Ellora caves.

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