This may probably seem like an emotional post but we really cannot help it. It’s been a rough few days because of waking up to news that selfies have been killing animals around the world. This started off with the Franciscana Dolphin calf that was allegedly killed by tourists when they were passing it around to take selfies, followed by a man in Florida who dragged out a small shark to take a WILD selfie and today, the news on two peacocks dying at the Yunnan Wild Animal Park in China after tourists manhandled them while wanting to take EXOTIC selfies with these poor creatures. To add to the horror, the Zoo reported that the tourists have plucked their feathers which sent the birds into a shock.
Bibi-Ka-Maqbara otherwise called The Taj of the Deccan is one of Aurangabad’s most prized possessions. Made of marble from mines near Jaipur, this replica of the Taj Mahal is a beauty by itself. With an extremely well laid out garden and symmetry maintained in every aspect, this mausoleum is a must-see for all travelers.
Here’s what you need to know about Bibi-Ka-Maqbara:
In this blog series, we hope to take you on an enthralling journey of the set of Caves excavated at Ajanta. We hope to not only cover what are in these caves but also crucial insights into life back then, history of Buddhism and its transition from Hinayana form in the earlier caves to Mahayana caves in the later ones.
In total, there are 30 caves in Ajanta. Of these, 25 are monasteries or residence halls of the Buddhist monks while 5 of them are prayer halls. In the first period, we have caves 9, 10 and 11 as the prayer halls (Chaityas) and caves 8, 12, 13, 15A as the monasteries (Viharas). It was these caves that were discovered first and hence a famous graffiti that could be found in one of these caves that we would talk about later. Lets dive into the caves now, shall we?
Taking the pride of being one of the oldest subcontinents in the world, India continues to have a lot of hidden wonders. Every nook and corner has a story to tell and you probably need more than a seven lifetimes to celebrate it all. From the magnificent Himalayan Range in the North to Kanyakumari in the South, the Great Indian Civilization glitters with pride and rings of culture like no one has ever seen or felt.
With a lot of difficulty, we’ve finally drawn up our Great Indian Wish list, narrowing it down to about 25 masterplans.
With the goal of wanting to set foot on each of the World Heritage Site in India, we set our eyes on the famous Ajanta-Ellora route a few months ago. While I knew that this place is of historical importance, little did I know we had a virtual storyboard of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism right in front of us.