Tuesday, December 4

Changing plans in Aurangabad

I arrived in Aurangabad two days ago. My arrival time was late so really I had one full day here. It's a fun city and the hotel I'm staying at has many travelers. It's a great place to take it easy.

Yesterday I spent sight seeing and the sights were good. The first place I went to was the Ellora caves. Caves with carved out columns, statues and thousands of rooms that date back to 600 A.D. It was an interesting sight for me because I love history.

After the caves my rickshaw driver convinced me to go to the nearby Daulatabad fort. I really didn't feel like it because I've seen so many forts already, but this one was different. The fort encompassed a huge area and had a palace perched right on top of a hill. Getting there was really fun, many flights of stairs and many levels with towers and canons. There was even a secret passageway that guides offered to take you through but I preferred to stay outside and take pictures than mingle with the rats in the dark passages. This was the first time I felt like I was getting any exercise in India. At the very top there was a platform, which had a 360-degree view of the surrounding area.

My rickshaw driver then took me to the Bibi ka Maqbara, also known as "the poor man's Taj Mahal" because the entry fee is only 2 dollars ($20 for the Taj). You can see the resemblance, but it really doesn't compare it's quite run down. They are in the process of restoring it and it might be really nice in a few years.

Back at the hotel I mingled with other travelers and made friends with Ramon from Spain and Babette and Kim from Belgium. Really friendly girls, though Kim is a little intimidating at first. I changed my plans to travel with them and I may not go to Goa as I originally intended. We'll be traveling together to Hyderabad and I'm excited to finally have some company along the way.

Some locals at the caves:

The caves on the outside:

Inside the caves:

Example of the carvings:

Heading to the fort:

Many levels with a moat:

At the top of the fort:


Terry said...

Hi Marko,

Just catching up on your blog after being away for a few days. I'm enjoying this trip more all the time. Good job deciding to check out Daman and ending up being the star attraction, hope I can get your autograph when you get home! Appreciate the trouble you have gone to at times to keep us posted - keep up the good work.

Charles said...

Hey Marko, is Kim a French or Deutch Belgium girl? I don't know why, but a Kim that's intimidating, ya it sounds really good to me!

scrash said...

Hi Marko its Helmut your cosin, looks like your having a great time in India. I hope we can get together when you get back so you share all your stories with us.
Have fun on your adventure in India.

BikerSteve said...

Hmm -- did you go swimming in the moat's water? Doesn't look too appealing. :)