All of the accommodation is near the train station, which is convenient if you arrive by train, but that’s really it. There are maybe 4 restaurants with attached rent-by the hour or the night “hotels” (although some of them did actually look quite clean and nice), a few pubs (women not welcome), and honestly, that’s it. I’m sure there is a town centre somewhere, but when we asked to be taken to it we were met with blank looks and pointed to the same strip of restaurants and shops we had just come from. The only part of the town we saw atleast was dusty, dirty, and noisy.
But we didn’t come to Aurangabad for the town. We came for the caves!
Ellora is more famous for it’s statues. The Ellora caves are also hand carved, some side by side along a river, and others scattered n the surrounding area.
About 50% of the people we met preferred Ellora, the other 50% preferred Ajanta. We were keen to explore both.
On the way to Ellora we made a stop at the ……… Fort. Im not a big fort person so I wasn't going to go inside but wow! It was huge! And pretty well preserved! Roh climbed all the way to the top with our friends, whilst G and I waited about half way up. The views were amazing. But beyond that it was so mindblowing to think of what and how it was used. The fort was protected by a series of booby-trapped tunnels to lure attackers into, before rendering them lost or dead.. The tunnels are not inhabited by bats and mice and the air is so stagnant and toxic.. It’s foul.
Interesting place though that’s for sure!!