March 26, 2010

Caves Expedition – Ellora

About 30 km from Aurangabad city.

Ellora has Buddhist, Hindu and Jain Caves. This is also a world Heritage Site but little neglected. These caves are built from 5th Century to 10th Century. Most important cave is no. 16 Kailasa; designed to recall Mt. Kailas. It is carved out of single rock and one of the most magnificent structures.
Buddhist caves are mainly consisting of monasteries, viharas, multi storeyed buildings with living quarters, sleeping quarters, etc.
5 caves are Jain Caves which are belong to Digambara. They all show Jain Philosophy and tradition.

**Special notes before visiting these caves; you will need to carry a torch to both the caves, at Ajanta you need to remove the foot wares outside all caves, at Ellora be aware of bats at the dark areas and avoid going to near to them.

Bhuddhist Caves

View From My hotel

Hindu Caves

Jain Caves

March 22, 2010

Vintage Car and bike Rally

Yesterday (Sunday 21st March 2010), I got chance to be a part of Vintage car and bike rally. This was organized by Heritage Vehicle Owner’s Club of Thane ( I do not own any vintage car or bike but may be as a special spectator I got pretty long drive in one of the vintage car. That car was exceptionally well maintained Standard Herald Mark III. For me it was dream come true to get a ride in vintage car. Earlier I was under an impression that only the Parsis or the Kings/ Prince of some states own such cars. But when I saw the rally I was delighted to see that many other people actually own these vehicles.

I also got opportunity to see Morris Minor 1950, Fiat Millicento 1956, Standard Herald 2 door and the most adorable Austin 1929.

I am not fond of bikes / two wheelers but I think after seeing some of these beautiful and magnificent two wheelers in the rally; I am going to be the fan of those. Yesterday I think for the first time I saw; Lambretta, Vespa, Rajdoot GTS (Bobby), Lamby Polo, Honda 250N Super Dream, Java and Yezdi.

I wish to visit more of such rallies in future with very selfish motive that I can get ride in another vintage car. ;)

March 18, 2010

Caves Expedition - Ajanta

After planning this trip for several times; I finally got a chance one weekend to go to Aurangabad to visit Ajanta and Ellora caves.

Ajanta – It is about 100 km from Aurangabad city. As this is a world heritage site; conservation is done very well. All 30 caves are Buddhist caves. 5 caves are chaitya grihas and others are monasteries. These are discovered in early 19th Century and caves are built from 2nd Century BC to 5th Century. All the painting and caves shows very heavy religious influence and center around Buddha.
Caves are situated at the wonderful location. These are the most fascinating constructions I have ever seen from the time when there was no technology available. (Or there might be a technology which we are not aware of). All the caves show strong belief and devotion towards Buddha.

Photos of several images of Buddha, stupa, Chaitya Griha, Paintings, etc.

March 9, 2010

Bibi Ka Maqbara

Built by Prince Azam Shah, son of the Emperor Aurangzeb, as a tribute to his mother. Due to comparison to Taj Mahal this monument is ignored by people. Bibi ka maqbara is known by several names; poor man’s Taj Mahal, Taj of Deccan, etc.
Well… why to compare? It is a beautiful monument in itself.