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Tour to Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Posted by on Aug 31, 2010 in Nature | Comments Off on Tour to Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Tour to Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Shaped during the span of 2nd century BC and 8th century AD, the Ajanta and Ellora caves are the most alluring destinations of the country. The caves of Ajanta Ellora were discovered by John Smith the Briish Army Officer on the group expedition in the yar 1819 which has been carved on the Sahyadri hills over the Wagora river.

There are 29 caves which has been built as retreat of the Buddhists monks who performed the rituals and rights in the Chaitanyas and Viaharas which were the ancient learning centers of Buddhists. The saints carved the marvelous pictuires on the walls with the help of hammer and chisel. There are number of caves that explains the stories from Jhatkas- which are better known as tales of several incarnations of Lord Buddha.

At the distance of 30 kilometers from Aurangabad is the Ellora caves which are 34 in numbers. These Ellora caves are carved in 350 AD to 700 AD and is dedicated to three faiths Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism. The 17 in the center is dedicated to Hinduism, 12 caves in the south is dedicated to Buddhists and the rest 5 caves in the north are for the Jains.

The Kailasa Temple in the cave that stands is the best example of the architectural wonder of the entire composition of the monument. This mountain is believed to be the holiest abode to Lord Shiva and is probably the world’s largest monument. The assembly hall, gateway, pavilion, sanctum and the tower are all in the single block.

Like all the other temples, the constructions which are starting from the base but the sculpture here starts from very top and the sides. The temple is massive in its size and is also very delicate work of art. The Dumar Lena Cave is the most popular cave which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is built on the resemblance of Elephanta.

The caves made for Jains is around a mile ago from the Kailasa temple which is among 32 caves with the beautiful shrine decorated with the exquisite lotus flower on the roof. In the cave 32 and 34 there is the majestic statues of Parasnath. The other Jain caves is having the illustrations of Tirthankaras and even the seated figure of Mahavira.

Reaching Ajanta Ellora Caves:

By Air: The closest air base from Ajanta Ellora Caves is Aurangabad which is around 99 kilometers from Ajanta Caves and 30 kilometers from Ellora Caves. Jalgaon is also the newest developing air base which will provide assistance to visit the Ajanta Ellora Caves.

By Rail: Jalgaon is the nearest railway station from Ajanta Ellora Caves at the distance of 59 kilometers. It also provides the easy transportation and connectivity to the people.

By Road: Regular bus service is operated from Mumbai, Pune, Jalgaon, Ahmednagar, Ahmedabad, Shirdi, Nasik, Dhule, Hyderabad and Bijapur to Aurangabad and also from Jalgaon to Ajanta.

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The Beauty of Thassos – Greece

Posted by on May 15, 2010 in Nature | Comments Off on The Beauty of Thassos – Greece

The Beauty of Thassos – Greece

The beautiful island of Thassos Greece, is often referred to as the “Emerald of the Aegean”. Known for its lush scenic views and a wide variety of remote and public beaches, this family friendly location spot is pleasantly and uniquely serviced by beautiful hotels, water sport facilities and cultural museums.

From one of the islands relaxing hotels, visit one of several ancient sites. You may want to spend your time visiting a cave, that the god Pan is claimed to have inhabited, or tour the ancient acropolis. It is easy to find a wide variety of activities, just minutes from the Islands hotels.

Thassos, is rich in cultural folklore and myths. You will also enjoy the unique and classic architecture designs found on this mountainous island. The gorgeous emerald waters of Thassos and the sandy soft beaches serve to make a visit to Thassos a special, relaxing memorable vacation spot. Quaint mountain and coastal villages will provide tourists many options in shopping, hotels, restaurants and clubbing.

Unlike the other Greek Islands, Thassos experiences cooler temps, due to its more northern location in the Aegean Sea. This only helps to make your time spent on the island more pleasant. Thassos offers unique character and stunning natural beauty. The islands developed tourism only proves to be a compliment for both families, couples and those looking for a nice getaway alone.

July and August have proven to be the high season in terms of tourist activity. No matter what the season, Thassos delivers as a special vacation spot.

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