People oftentimes travel around the world for the same reason: to witness the beauties of the nature we rarely see and to explore the different cultures aside from the one we were accustomed to.
Amidst his exploration, British Officer John Smith discovered something that the words ‘interesting’ and ‘fascinating’ would be an understatement. As he was chasing a wild tiger through the Indian jungle outside Mumbai, he accidentally stumbled upon an opening to a cave. He stopped chasing the tiger and decided to enter and explore the said cave.
But from its exterior, it does not look like an ordinary cave. You can see the intricate design of its exterior making it impossible to be naturally-made.
As he stepped inside, he was greeted with ancient man-made carvings on the wall. And as he explored deeper into the place, he realized that it was indeed a product of humans. The place was so picturesque! It looks like it was straight out of a book or a movie.
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This place is called the Ajanta Caves!
There are old temples and shrines carved into the stones. Experts say that this place is built around 200 BCE.
Ajanta Caves was composed of 30 chambers and each of them has their own uniquely and decoratively carved entrance.
The temples were believed to be used by ancient Buddhist monks as a place of refuge during calamities such as dangerous monsoon seasons.
The different designs of the entrances, the walls, and every structure of the place were so beautiful. It looks both carefully made by human hands, at the same time still seems to be a work of nature.
It is believed that the temples and shrines were already abandoned around the 7th century. But still, the Ajanta Caves is still considered a sacred place by the locals. It is also believed that the place was built to align with the solstices as well as for the other cosmological phenomena.
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What do you think of this story? Would you try visiting the Ajanta Caves?