Tuesday 5: Local bus to the Ajanta T-junction then green eco-friendly bus (38th mode of transport) to the caves - not really caves but rock-cut caverns sculptured out using hand-tools, some dating back to 2 BC, to produce temples and monasteries - some decorated with carvings and frescoes.Photos of the Buddhist caves at Ajanta.
Local bus onto a brick-hard dorm bed, and breakfast, at the Youth Hostel in Aurangabad.Wednesday 6: Day trip to Ellora Caves where Buddhist, Jain and Hindu rock-hewn temples and monasteries line the river bank. The most magnificent is Kailasa Temple 'built' by a reduction process - chiseling out a cliff to 'expose' the ornate temple within - great planning!.
Returned to Aurangabad by shared jeep taxi (39th mode) for dinner and a cold beer.Photos of all three styles of cave at Ellora.
Kailasa Temple is the biggest rock monolith in the world and both sets of caves are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.