Murmeli goes India

An AIESEC traineeship in Hyderabad, India

Trip to Ajanta and Ellora caves

I did a trip to Ajanta and Ellora caves with Eduardo, Simon, Kevin and Thomas last weekend. It was a good break from the buzz of the city. We took a night train from Hyd to Aurangabad on Friday evening. I got to the Secunderabad train station on the 49M bus. It was the first time on an Indian local bus. In India there is no limit on the amount of people you can stuff into a vehicle. The bus was completely full, I mean full! It was nuts. The people were friendly, telling me when to get off the bus. When we finally arrived at the station I had 8 minutes until the train would leave. One guy from the bus guided me to the station from the bus stop, which was really nice. Even though you meet loads of insincere people who will do anything to rip you (= the dumb tourist) off, you also get lots of people who go through a lot of trouble just to help you.

The first impressions of Aurangabad the next morning were not pleasing. After the rains the city was very muddy. After some haggling we got beds for the next night for 80 Rupees per person. The hotel was awful, but it had to do. We were not going to spend too much time there anyway. We took a noisy bus to Ajanta to see the caves. Once we got there we were surrounded by people selling Ajanta related souvenirs.

The Buddhist caves of Ajanta were an impressive sight and worth visiting. The site is an Unesco world heritage site, just like the Ellora caves (Hindu, Buddhist and Jai) where we went on Sunday. There are loads of pictures and videos from the trip in the gallery. To summarise, the most memorable things about the weekend were our ten episodes long documentary “How to survive in India” (including such gems as “How to fit 21 people into a jeep” and “How to make friends in India”), the peace and tranquility at the caves, the breakfast on Sunday (puddi or something like that, very good) and the late night chai we had on the way back from the Ajanta caves.

We are still having some problems with the flat. Today the owner of the rented furniture in our flat paid us a visit. He wanted to take out all the furniture right away! So, we are currently negotiating with the guy about the situation. The local AIESEC should take care of this but they are not doing anything. We also had three people interested in buying the flat here yesterday. The owner of the flat has been heard to say he would like to sell the flat by the end of the month, which is today. We’ll see what happens.

In two weeks I am going to Goa. I will meet Jaana from Jaipur there. Pike should be joining us at least for part of the week. The monsuun should have moved further up to the north now so there is a good chance that the weather will be nice. I’ll be taking a train to Bangalore on Sunday August 13. and I’ll fly from there to Goa the next day. I’ll be there the whole week, coming back to Bangalore on Sunday. I won’t be back in Hyderabad until late Monday morning.

Talking about the monsuun, it seems to be a very well covered topic in Indian newspapers at the moment. There have been several floods in the country following heavy rain and releasing water from the reservoirs. The Maoists are also in the newspapers here as well. Andra Pradesh state is part of the zone where Maoists (as far as I have understood they are also called Nexalites) have a strong foothold. Just last week the special police forces made an attack on a Nexalite camp in Andra Pradesh state. What I gathered from a column in a newspaper yesterday, the current Indian government is considered rather powerless and/or ignorant about the issue. Reading newspapers here is very interesting. You get some perspective into the problems the people here are struggling with and also – fortunately – on the many joys people here have.

Gotta go sleep now, bye.


July 31, 2006 - Posted by | Indian life, Pictures from India, Traveling in India

1 Comment »

  1. hi sir plese send plan for ajnta ellora and how to contact with you

    Comment by gajanna mandawre | November 30, 2010 | Reply

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