Aurangabad, India

Apr 17, 2013

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Hello all! Now I'll be showing you Aurangabad, a town close to caves built hundreds of years ago that were chalk-full of temples, ancient carvings, and stories told in stone.  The sun was always relentlessly beating down at a whopping 100 degrees, and there were plenty of stairways taunting you from temple to temple. Let me tell you, the ancient Hindus really made you work for your worship- praying was not meant for the couch potatoes, no sir.

It was such a crazy experience, though. I felt like I was Indiana Jones in Ali Baba pants, weaving in between columns holding up cave roofs and bats screeching in dark corners. I got to run my hands along walls that held stories of how brave Shiva was relenquishing one demon after the other, while also climbing ridiculously steep stairs into unknown, dark holes. All together there were over 60 caves to poke around in and, let me tell you, I had thighs of steel after that expedition. I can only imagine Jones's.

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Meditating Buddhas. India is very diverse religiously, and these caves reflected that.  The ones we saw were Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain temples and they were all next to each other. It was interesting because even back in the 5th century the villagers had the freedom to choose which god they wanted to worship.  I thought the Buddhist caves were the most interesting because they were chiseled out by monks that would retreat into them during the monsoon season to pray.  There we didn't only see their shrines  but also their bedchambers and dining rooms! (All made out of stone by the way- not the comfiest of homes.)
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Some of the temples still had paint on them. It was crazy to imagine those whole temples painted head to toe!
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If I was standing next to the wall, I'd be barely up to that figure's knees!
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This is what happens when your car stops for half a mili-second haha.
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We also popped into a fort on the way home. Now I just pop into grocery stores :( Home is so not as exciting as India.

And after two days, that was that! We packed up our backpacks and took a bus to another bus to a train, but had to stay the night at a little village in a seedy little motel. Just check out them stains on our bed. 
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Aaaand check out my dinner. There were like four chips in my chip bag when I opened it. The outrage.

Next stop is Rajasthan, the desert half of India. I think it was the most beautiful leg of our journey- stay tuned!

PS- it was so awesome to see in my last "don't forget!" post how many readers I have here that are actually friends. I felt the love. Group hug guys, bring it in ;)

Also, I'm super confused if GFC is closing down too- I've read a bunch of articles saying both yes and no. So we'll see! In the mean time, don't forget to follow me on Bloglovin' just in case!


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89 comments :

  1. O yes, it is an amazing place, just breathtaking! You must feel like you're in another time altogether :)

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  2. Such wonderful photos!! What an absolutely amazing experience, I am insanely jealous of this experience. It's making me itching to go traveling. These temples are gorgeous!
    xJennaD

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  3. wow... so amazing place... i love it!

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  4. This looks unreal. Like, crazy-amazing, unreal. Thank you so much for sharing all your photos with us.

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  5. Stunning photos. I can't imagine how breathtaking this much be in person.

    xox Lara www.weheartbeautyblog.com

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  6. These structures are awe-inspiring! It really hits home when you see the size of the people next to them. It's also really cool that they accepted each other's religions.

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  7. I'm using your India posts as references for when I visit (because yes, I WILL visit one day now). Can't wait for the next travel post! :)
    Also, I'm just as confused as you about GFC...sigh

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  8. So, so breathtaking! Oh, man, seeing all the different bloggers I follow taking trips around the world makes me want to travel SO bad.
    That second picture is just stunning.
    I'm adding this to my ever-growing list of places to go when I can.

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  9. Wow! Those stone carvings are amazing! I can't imaging the time and number of people that worked on creating all of that!

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  10. why is GBC closing?!?! I haven't heard :( i'm so out. GREAT india pics! super jealous. and that's really funny and sucks about the chips, I remember opening a bag before and there were like random other chip flavours !

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  11. oh my gosh that is breathtaking! I did not know of such a place so thank you so much for the new place on my wishlist :)

    -Che

    style-che.blogspot.com

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  12. really like those stunning images!
    such an amazing style shooting them!!

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    Sergio xx

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  13. Great photos, those caves look incredible. There are never-ending amazing things to see in India it seems! xx

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  14. So much culture in these shots! :)

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  15. Hi! First of all, I loved the name of your blog! Second, I always wanted (want!!!) t go to India! Lately I'm getting some kind of "signs", so maybe I can go there kind of soon - hopefully! So I can only say I found your blog, adventure and posts fantastic! It must have been such an amazing trip! And 60 caves? Wow! Really, such a great blog!

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  16. Oh my god, what a beautiful place! It reminds me of Tomb Raider, ha.

    Can't wait to see your next stop!

    Corinne x
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  17. Amazing photos, all of the temples and artwork are breathtaking!

    fashionlei styled

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  18. Ah, the classic how many chips in this bag game... how much is air? How much is chips? We may never know!

    More beautiful carvings and chaityas. I just love these pictures--you don't even know how cool that is!

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  19. these pictures are epic. simply gorgeous! xx
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  20. Thank you for the kind comment on my blog
    Arrr I'm so jealous of your travels!!

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  21. This is truly amazing! I love the history and the endless exploration that you can do. India has always been a place on my "Must go" list, this just made me want to go even more! Amazing pictures.
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  22. wow! great pictures! and what memories!

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  23. wow how amazing!! Stunning to see through your photos!
    xo,
    nancy

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  24. I have no words or at least, any words that could summarize exactly how I'm feeling as I look at your photographs and read your words. This place is beautiful and I can only imagine it is breathtaking/even more unbelievable in person!

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  25. Wow! These photos are amazing! India is a place I plan on visiting in the near future! Looks so beautiful!

    Would love to follow one another, let me know! :)
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  26. Oh my goodness, the temples and carvings are so breathtaking. There are only pockets of the world where you can see sights like this and India is definitely one of them. I would have felt like Indiana Jones too! :)

    -Jen

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  27. I love your blog; definitely following! I love the pictures, thank you for sharing!

    And thanks again for stopping by my blog!

    Dani Rose
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  28. OMG. I wanna go there! *.*
    Wonderful photos.
    What about follow each other?
    :)

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  29. Awesome photos and such a tremendous looking place! Those bed stains though... ugh, how did you deal with that?

    I didn't know that GFC was shutting down! What will happen to people's subscriptions?

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  30. this truly is breath taking.....

    amazing pictures...

    we would love you too follow us....

    h&e
    xx

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  31. What an incredible place! India is one of those places that I have ALWAYS wanted to visit but don't know how well I will cope with the crowds and the stifling heat - keep the photos coming, I will just live vicariously through you! Thanks so much for stopping by my blog - so glad to have discovered yours and following on bloglovin!

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  32. thanks for your lovely comment!!
    wow!!! you've been to india!! that's sooo freaking awesome!!
    what a nice trip!!!

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  33. Breathtaking photos! I plan on checking the rest of your blog out. Thanks for stopping and commenting on mine. Would love if we followed each other!

    <3,
    ~N
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  34. Beautiful pictures.
    I love the place.

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  35. it's amazing what they can do with architecture today, but i think what they did before is dumbfounding. again, lovely photos.

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  36. I wonder how people can actually create something that´s so incredibly stunning. You guys were lucky enough to visit this place. Amazing shots!
    Four chips that´s a shame but at least this way you couldn´t eat more :-)

    xx

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  37. Amazing pictures, thank you for sharing!

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    Kristin
    xx

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  38. Oooh this place looks amazing - I'm trying to get a sense of the scale, some of these carvings/walls look enormous!

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  39. What an amazing experience!!! Thank you so much for taking and sharing all these photos! Apart from the beds, everything looks beyond amazing. x

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  40. amazing photos!! :)




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  41. WOW! Beautiful photos I love the architecture very interesting designs really love this post amazing! xx

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  42. HOW AWESOME IS THIS?!? I was gonna call you Indiana Jones, but you beat me to it!!

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  43. Such a beautiful place! Amazing pics!!!
    xx
    Quiestinquiestout

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  44. Stunning!

    xx
    Christina Klein
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  45. Wow, beautiful! It is insane to imagine all of the work it took to sculpt and build those walls. What a feat. Haha, that picture of all of the kids coming up to your window made me laugh. I remember my sister saying the same thing about India! They're so intrigued by newcomers :)

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  46. Oh my God! *______________________*
    I have no other words... just: "oh my God!"... xD

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  47. Thanks for leaving such a darling comment on my blog!
    I love your travel shots, they make me want to travel so badly!

    Have the best day ever,
    -Kati

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  48. Amazing art! I got goose bumps just by looking at the pics! And the lovely ladies in colorful saris are so exotic!

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  49. Oh India! even though it's not n my bucket list - your pictures make want to go there... go BUT NOT SPEND the night. The sheets gave me the creeps.

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  50. so amazingly beautiful - historic is not even the right word! and i can't believe there were only 4 chips in your bag. that's nuts!

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  51. Woooooow. What a beautiful place! Seriously amazing. And I really love your Ali Baba pants ;)

    I love the picture with all the kids swarming the taxi, so hilarious!

    Kristina
    ps. ew, that motel looks like the scariest thing ever..haha.

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  52. Wow, this must be an amazing experience. I love your photos. It looks stunning there.

    Tracy

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  53. WOW. What truly incredible images you captured here. It's wonderful to be able to visit culturally rich places like this, looks like quite an adventure! Going to check out your Etsy account now, I'm intrigued by the vintage finds!

    xo,
    Elissa
    sparklesandprays.com

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  54. Ah wonderful photos! Looks like you had a lovely time! Thank you so much for my comment! x

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  55. oh, the photos are wonderful. Gosh, I would love to see it myself. Fantastic!

    xoxo Ra

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  56. These photographs are amazing, and I'm sure nowhere near as incredible as being there in real life. I need to travel more.
    Also. I would be m-fing OUTRAGED if I opened a bag of chips and there were only 4. Outraged.
    xo
    ashley
    www.thephotogramps.blogspot.com

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  57. Wow, Aurangabad looks incredible! Is it bad that I'd never even heard of the place before? :( It sort of reminds me of Petra in Jordan in a weird way - the architectural styles are obviously vastly different, but the vibe I get is similar! Have you heard of Petra? A must visit place! :)

    xo,
    Sabina
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  58. Aaaaand I finally followed you! Yay :D

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  59. This has been the most interesting post I'v seen today , thank you for sharing this adventure.

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  60. What gorgeous photos! I would love to visit India one day...

    xx Luisa
    Why Don't You Make Me?

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  61. I really love seeing your India posts. These pictures are breathtaking! It definitely reminds me of Indiana Jones but I can't imagine seeing something like this in real life. I say this every time but this must have been the best experience!

    xo

    Ashley

    Southern (California) Belle

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  62. this is really amazing!!! wow! :D
    the structures are so majestic!!
    thanks for sharing these..

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  63. Oh wow, your photos are absolutely breathtaking! Those temples are so gorgeous. I'm completely jealous of your trip. I actually took an art history class way back in my first semester of college on East Asian art and the majority of the time we studied photos of temples like this. So beautiful.

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  64. Wow, so many gorgeous photos! I'm pretty much definitely jealous right now. Can't wait to see the pics from Rajasthan! Thanks for the sweet comment, by the way:)

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  65. I saw these pictures now I feel the urge to travel! Amazing things you have seen!

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  66. How amazing! I am so jealous right now I almost feel like we can't be friends (ps: I'm a drama queen). This is a part of India I long to visit...and I'm sure you will love Rajasthan...it's so beautiful!

    Raj
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  67. Ahh your pictures make me so jealous of my boring, boring life. Haha I have the travel bug so badly! I'm so jealous!

    Kaitlin
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  68. These are amazing pictures and such beautiful statues and walls!
    Great captures of such a pretty world :)

    I look forward to seeing more from your blog

    -Minda

    http://aforcethatcanshaketheworld.blogspot.com/

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  69. oh man this is amazing!! so cool to see so many diff caves w/ the carved statues and extra bonus points that there's religious diversity in the same sight! these are some impressive photos you have & thanks for your awesome comment answering all my questions! would you be interested in doing a guest post on my blog? i've already been hijacking some pics so it could be any you pic or I can put some & i'd esp love to hear how you made all your travel possible & can take out parts of your comment about your basic itinarary and of course link to all these amazing posts! and i def know that feeling when u get back that everything is just so lame!
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  70. Preciosas fotografías!!
    Saludos
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  71. ahhh your trips! however, the stop at the temples has got to be my favorite. i can't wait to see more of your trip. they're keeping me company during midterm season ): i'm getting tired of the same ole library view.

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  72. Stunning photos! Definitely very Indiana Jones-ish. Those carvings are so intricate!

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  73. These photos are astounding, so so impressive! The work that goes in it, you cannot even imagine it anymore. I love the photo of the car stop, haha! Thanks for coming by, love discovering your blog, I started following you on Bloglovin, hope you also follow, let;s talk some more!
    Simona
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  74. Haha, yep, praying was definitely not meant for couch potatoes :D! I really like your writing girl, keep inspiring us with it and more India :)!
    Have a great weekend :).

    xx
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  75. wow...i can't even believe that architecture! so gorgeous. and those sheets...whoa

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  76. Amazing photos, gorgeous architecture! I always love how Indian women dress, so colorful: :)

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  77. Hey Marlen, thanks SO much for stopping by and leaving such an awesome comment!! :) Your blog is the bomb.com and your photographs are stunning in this post! They made me feel like I was traveling in India with you!! haha

    Have a Fabulous Friday!
    xoxo
    Crystal

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  78. Oh,super cool post,very interesting:)Your blog is a great place:)
    Would you like to follow each other?Just let me know,if you enjoy my blog of course:)
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    xoxo Vesi from Bulgaria :)

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  79. OMG what a beautiful place! I was never so excited to go to India but now im really falling for it!! I love your blog, its amazing! I will be so happy if you could visit my blog and say what you think!
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    Thanks! XOXO FROM MEXICO!

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  80. This place seems magical :)
    Its one that I've never thought to visit but now that I've seen your photos,
    I just HAVE to go.

    xoxo,
    tiana of l'esthetique

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  81. So beautiful and inspiring. Your blog is full of amazing pictures and sights. Followed for sure xx
    GFC is not closing (at least not any time soon) just google reader which is not to be confused with your dashboard

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  82. What a wonderful wonderful place! I'm surely want to visit it.

    <3
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  83. Wow, breathtaking. Very Indiana Jones indeed.
    xo Annie
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  84. Wow great pictures! This place must be amazing!

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  85. That photo of the kids smiling in the car window is PERFECT! seriously. I love that. And I probably would have died in that motel - you are much braver than I.

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