We know this post is a tad bit late; an entire month in 2017 has gone by. With a few important decisions to be taken, things have taken a different turn this year (definitely for the best) and has taken up some of our time. We’ve promised ourselves to get back to writing on a more regular basis and what hit us last week was when a dear friend who was visiting said – “frankly, your blog is almost dead”. This is most definitely true and it’s unfair that we haven’t been sharing our travel tales with you. 2017 is going to be better, we promise 🙂
2016 was quite an eventful year for us; filled with travel to new places and discovering the lesser known was a hidden agenda for us. It’s amazing what this can do to your soul.Continue reading
It was in the year 1982, during the ICOMOS (International Council for Monuments and Sites) conference in Tunisia that the suggestion of celebrating World Heritage Day was mentioned first. Almost immediately, the Executive Committee approved of the idea and made practical suggestions to the National Committee on how the day is to be celebrated.
The UNESCO General Conference also approved of the suggestion and passed a resolution at its 22nd session in November 1983 recommending that 18th of April each year be the “International Monuments and Sites Day”. This has been traditionally called the World Heritage Day since then.Continue reading
When we visited Ajanta-Ellora in January this year we were pretty much dumbstruck at the ways in which these caves were excavated. Our first post on this magnificent picture gallery spoke of the earlier Chaityas and Viharas i.e. Buddhist temples and prayer halls respectively. You could read about them here:
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.
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.
View of the Ajanta Caves
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?Continue reading
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.Continue reading