The Ellora Caves are located in west central India (Maharashtra) and are a UNESCO World Heritage site.
Dated somewhere between 600 – 1000 CE, these caves were entirely hewn out of a basalt cliff. There are 34 seperate caves accessible to tourists; however, there are hundreds of caves in the surrounding area which are not on display.
Of the 34 caves, 12 are Buddhist, 17 Hindu and 5 Jain, suggesting a harmonious coexistince of the various beliefs.
The Ajanta Caves are ~120 km north of the Ellora Caves, are exclusively Buddhist. These caves are also all carved from one solid rock face and are dated to 650 - 400 BCE.
One of the many roadside refreshments stalls. This particular stall had an ox powered sugarcane juice machine so we tried the juice, took some photos and explained our 'All India on Bullet' tour to the local patrons in a broken, smile-filled conversation.