Ellora Caves, Aurangabad.

Ellora, located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India, is one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world. These consist of 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves, with each group representing deities and mythologies that were prevalent in the 1st millennium CE.

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Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad.

The Ajanta Caves are 30 (approximately) rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 CE in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India. The caves include paintings and rock-cut sculptures described as among the finest surviving examples of ancient Indian art, particularly expressive paintings that present emotion through gesture, pose and form.

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Kedarkantha Trek, Uttarakhand.

…and the trek ended with each of my muscles aching to the tune of the steps I had walked on steep trail over the last three days, carrying my monster on my shoulder. The only form of relief I earned was in the comfort of freezingly cold, cramped and lonely nights inside my tent. But at least the pain seemed worth since I had seen a place I had never seen before; peacefully white, monstrously huge; heart warming cold and depths that made me feel I existed.

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