<< Planned Unplanned Trip V Index
<< Deciding on the location and preparing for the trip
<< Day 1 & 2: Chennai to Hyderabad for Biryani and off to Aurangabad
>< Day 3: Exploring Ellora caves and change in plan
>> Day 4: Roaming in Indore and rest in Udaipur
>> Day 5: Roaming in Udaipur, pit-stop in Ajmer dharga, amazing street food and rest in Jaipur
>> Day 6 & 7: Roam in Jaipur, change in plan and left to Agra the next day
>> Day 8: Roaming in the magnificent Agra and leave to Delhi
>> Day 9: Plan to exit and roam in Delhi
>> Day 9 took me in to 10, with trouble parceling the bike by train and challenges at every turn. Best experience.
Day 3: 20th November, 2017 Monday
With Ellora opening at 9 am, got up a little late and was out of my room by 8:30 am. It was a beautiful ride to Ellora caves with the later part in Ghat roads. The main entrance goes straight to cave# 16, which is the Kailasha temple, just the first sight wowed me. Holding on to my temptation, I went to Cave# 1 and started from there.
A friendly person working there wanted to explain me about the history. He was almost singing than talking. I could understand a word or two here and there with my immense knowledge in Hindi. Later the friendly person asked for money, all this singing was to make money which was not upfront. I would suggest you carry a torch with you to see in these caves.
I found Cave# 10 was notable. The interior was very close to Karla caves near Lonavala, Maharastra
Then came cave# 11 and 12 which were also larger caves compared to the rest.
Was very impressive, then came to cave # 16. Man-o-man. Just looking at this place raised a 1000 questions.
Went in and the guard had let me go in to the sanctum and sit there for a while. Sat inside for about 10 min. Again was baffled by the construction and the detailing. It sprains your brain to think all this was carved from a single stone. Was just flabbergasted.
This was a view from within the temple complex.
From Cave# 16 onward, there not much people to be seen, and there was no passage after cave# 27.
Ellora was done by 12:30 pm. With Ajanta out of the list, I still had the day left and the room already booked for the night.
I had to skip and move on. During a break in a nice view on the way, met a guy who was selling books. He also had road atlas. Was checking the routes from Aurangabad. Took a photo so that it will help be with better roads. Decided to go to Indore for the day and proceed from there.
Started from Aurangabad at 3:15 pm. Had an early dinner on the way, roti with Fish. The road was much better, but not perfect. Covered 410 km, reached Indore by 10:30 pm. Starting with the same drill of finding a room. Settled with a light dinner and called it a day.