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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad August 28th 2018

We arrived in Aurangabad late on the 27th. Having left our first class coupe (I.e. private) cabin on the train the hotel was something of a disappointment. We are staying at the hotel lalitja executive hotel. We couldn’t find any hostels and this place seemed to get good reviews. Unfortunately the sheets were dirty (we could identify one of the stains as being a footprint), the air con is malfunctioning, the room dirty and there’s a lack of any mosquito netting and plenty of mossies around. The shower was freezing (so much for 24hr hot water) and the tea supplies were missing a kettle. Never mind, we went to bed, exhausted, in our silk sleeping bag liners. Sleep was elusive. It’s noisy and smelly (from car fumes and the dump over the road) and it gets ... read more
Aurangabad caves
Aurangabad caves
Bibi-qa-Maqbara

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad December 5th 2016

When travelling, you have to take decisions on whether visiting an attraction is worth the effort. In this case, I had a five hour bus ride to Ahmedabad, two overnight buses and a stay in a rural village to contend with to visit my next sight. I could easily have skipped it and taken one direct overnight bus straight from Udaipur to Mumbai - but visiting Ajanta seemed to be "on the way" to Mumbai, and even when I realised thanks to transport connections that it sorta wasn't, I decided to go anyway. I've got time up my sleeve. Also when you're travelling, you take risks - especially when there is the potential for fun! Which is why rather than having an early night before an early start and twenty four hours of travelling the next ... read more
Sitting Buddha
Ajanta Caves
Colourful, Intricate Carvings & Paintings

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad February 26th 2016

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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad January 4th 2016

It was a difficult route we had chosen. Going with public transport from Bijapur to Aurangabad is not common (needless to say that a Lonely Planet not even thinks about such an option). But we finally found a solution. Especially bad is such a long overnight trip, when exactly that day we both started with a light "colon clense". So all we hoped was that it did not turn worse. By train we left Bijapur around sunset. It was a 3 hour drive to Solapur. Solarpur seems to be a rich industrial city in Maharashtra. Suddenly houses looked much nicer and shops looked more expensive. We took a rickshaw to the private bus stand and first went to a nearby restaurant. We had 2 more hours to kill before our night bus left. Markus had a ... read more
Bibi-qa-Maqbara or Poor Man's Taj
Nina in hospital
enjoying the view

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad September 19th 2014

Aurangabad had been on my mind since quite some time as I wanted to explore Ajanta - Ellora caves (World Heritage Sites). Had always only heard about it but never got a chance to visit it. So, with help of some travel blogs and trip advisor reviews, we planned for our Aurangabad Visit from 22nd - 23rd - 24th February 2014. It takes about 5 hours travel to reach from Pune , so we decided to catch a overnight bus from Nigdi (Located about 20Kms away from Pune) . After booking AC sleeper bus tickets from Redbus, we caught a bus at 10:30 PM from Nigdi. After a comfortable ride, we reached Aurangabad city around 6:30 AM and checked in Hotel Oberoi near Osmanpur Circle. Hotel Oberoi is a very basic clean hotel which seems to ... read more
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad » Daulatabad Fort January 26th 2014

Im going to photo drop this one and pick it up tomorrow to tell the story. Computer about to die. If you really care http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellora_Caves computer going to die... l lots of cool caves, more stairs long drive more photo ops... read more
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Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad December 22nd 2013

The World Heritage, Ajanta and Ellora Caves are real treasurers of India back to 200 BC. Ajanta reflects the Buddist believes and Ellora Budist, Hindu and Jainism. Ellora carved between 350-700 AC. For us the Kailasa Temple is the best. Carved in a monoblock rock. It almost took a century to be finished. We traveled these two sites in two days staying at Government Guest House at Aurangabad. For Ajanta Caves we took a tour from our guest house which lasted whole day. For Ellora we hired a taxi and with the same taxi we reached to Manmad for the train to N. Delhi . Both sides were extremely crowded by the students and local visitors. Kailasa Temple at Ellora may deserve to be in the seven wonders of the World. See you soon for Golden ... read more
Ajanta CAVES
Ajanta CAVES
Ajanta CAVES

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad March 5th 2012

On Saturday 3 March, we made an early start as we hoped to complete the hundred kilometre drive to the World Heritage listed Ajanta Caves before the tour buses and the crowds arrived and thankfully the car park was almost empty. Although the crowds were thin on the ground we still had to force our way through the swarming touts, which went a little bit like this- "Sir sir where are you from" Silence "Sir come this way" through a maze of strategically laid out shops One grabs my arm and I state calmly "Will you back off I don’t want your stuff" "Sir why are you so hostile and rude" a tout yells My response is "What do you mean rude? It is rude to harass people before they have even exited their vehicle" "Sir ... read more
Panoramic of the Ajanta complex
Cave One - Mahayana Buddhist monastery
Cave Two

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad November 12th 2011

Aurangabad 4th to 8th November Into our last week now, we chickened out of the very dubious looking bus to Aurangabad (5 hour trip) and were lucky enough to get A/C Chair seats on the train instead. As OAP's we got tickets for the 3.5 hour journey for about £4....that's right for the two of us. The train was 30 mins late arriving but hey....... Aurangabad was everything we feared it would be....... OH NO!!! and the hotel, though very nice is way out and away from everything except there is a proper, western-type supermarket next door. Just as well as we nearly died trying to cross the road to another one!! David says we have to pace ourselves so we did very little on Friday when we got there. On Saturday we visited a look-alike ... read more
Princess Di????
Aurangabad
Caves 2

Asia » India » Maharashtra » Aurangabad June 26th 2011

Mumbai to Aurangabad Our next stop is Aarungabad, a city North-West of Mumbai in the central area of Maharashtra. Its close to the Ellora and Adjanta caves, a world heritage site. I realize during the afternoon the day we're leaving that I actually booked the bus tickets to Ahmenebad instead of Aurungabad. My bad! There goes $20 hard-earned dollars right down the drain! Its easy to re-book the tickets however, and we're off again on another night-time express! This time on the bus we're on a 2+1 sleeper arrangement. Trung is on the bottom level and I'm on the top, and we each have our own bed. Its actually quite roomy, but 1" too short for me. My feet touch the wall ahead and the top of my head presses against the wall behind. No matter, ... read more
Daulatabad Fort: Main gate
Daulatabad fort courtyard
Daulatabad fort marketplace




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