MY FIRST SOLO TRIP.
Yes. I did it....Finally and let me tell you it was an awesome experience. An experience worth remembering for the rest of my life. It's not at all dangerous as other may have thought. Its boaring sometimes however excitement takes over boredom most of the time. You get to choose everything and no one will come in between your plans. You meet new people and connect with them and leave small piece of yourself in them.
Hence, I am sharing my experience to all those travelers who are hesitating to take the risk and afraid to step out.
My journey started on the night of 1st of March. It was Holi festival going on. Fire of holi was burning everywhere. I got the bus at around 11 in the night and I reached Aurangabad at around 7.30.
- There are two ways to reach Ajanta Caves. First is relatively simple. Catch a MTDC tour bus which will take you to Ajanta Caves and bring back. The bus is Air Conditioned and run by Maharashtra Tourism. Starting point of the bus is MTDC office near railway station and bus departs at around 7.30. For a day long tour it costs around Rs. 600.
-The second option is little bit hectic. You need to go to central bus stop and catch any bus that go to Jalgaon or Bhuswal. I said it would be hectic because finding a seat in State Transport bus is one hell of job. Ajanta is around 100 kms from Aurangabad and takes around 2 and half hours to reach there.
- Once you get down at the stop you need to get in the Shuttle bus which takes you to actual caves. Ticket will cost you Rs. 30.
- Ajanta caves are spread in semi circular shape. It would require around 3-4 hours to watch all the caves. There are approximately 29 rock cut Buddhist cave monuments.
- To get back to Aurangabad you need to go to Fardapur which is 2km away from Ajanta.
- There nothing much you can do in the night. I went to Aurangabad's famous restaurant Yalla Yalla to have their famous biryani and it was finger licking Delicious ????.