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The world famous Buddhist caves at Ajanta, also a World Heritage site, lie around 100km (60 miles) to the northeast of Aurangabad. The splendid caves of Ajanta feature 30 rock cut caves that date back to 2nd century B.C. They lie in a large horseshoe-shaped escarpment overlooking the narrow Waghora river gorge. On display are exquisite paintings (some of the earliest Buddhist paintings found in India) and sculptures depicting Buddha's life, halls and monasteries. By AD 480 the caves at Ajanta were abandoned. During the next 1300 years the jungle grew back and the caves were hidden, unvisited and undisturbed until the Spring of 1819 when a British officer in the Madras army entered the steep gorge on the trail of a tiger.

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    Nov 3, 2010 at 5:12 PM

    Excellent photos and tips from Ajanta. Your page brings back great memories of my visit in Feb 2009. Cheers!

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