Myles Harrington

Gone Caving

In India on June 24, 2010 at 8:46 pm

One of India’s most exquisite anthropogenic sites is based 60km from a crappy town called Jalgaon in Maharashtra state. This was a good 16 hour train ride from Agra and on the way south where I need to be heading for my July 8th departure out of India. It seemed like a logical stepping stone on the tourist trail and a way of escaping the hustlers of Agra.

The entrance to the Ajanta Caves

After an average train sleep on the top bunk, I stepped off in the one street town of Jalgaon pretty weary. After surveying the scene I decided not to stay a night but checked in to a dorm anyway so I could use the facilities for the day and catch up on some sleep in the afternoon. I bought my bus ticket out of there for that evening to Mumbai, had a cold water bucket shower and started the mission to get to the Ajanta caves. A rickshaw, a local bus for an hour and a half and then after walking through a crappy tourist shopping complex, another bus for the last 4km.

The lone explorer and the Buddha

For being between 2200 and 1400 years old, all of the caves are in a fantastic condition and the workmanship with the tools available at the time is quite extraordinary. As you’d expect, going to these kind of sites alone is rather boring but I managed to spend a good three hours wondering around. At one point while venturing into one of the less touristic dens I got hit in the face by a bat. I think it got injured from the collision as there was blood and it wasn’t mine.

The bat came off worse from the head on collision

Pretty old paintings

Another misson of a journey to get back to Jalgaon, including an hour wait for the local bus at the cave entrance and it was Sunday afternoon sleep time to wait for the next night’s journey. Only ten hours in a chair to Mumbai.

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