Half of India was there...really!
Trip Start Jun 27, 2010
20Trip End Aug 07, 2010
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To reach the cave you first had to get to this teeny-tiny town about an hour away from Pune. The streets were unpassable. Goats, cows, chickens and PEOPLE everywhere
There were cars and people everywhere, as well as buses, some of which are called Arabian buses, where people sit on the first floor like you are used to seeing, and then the second layer is for people to lie down. Watching the bus inch its way into the town was an experience. I think it cleared each car or other bus or truck by an inch. People bang on the outside to let you know that you can get by. And everyone is honking...as if it would make a difference. Everyone was hanging out of the windows of the cars and trucks, and some of the cars were packed with 9 or ten people in each. There were trucks packed with people too...babies, children, old people, PEOPLE!!! There are (duh) a LOT of people everywhere in India. It's just constant movement of human beings wherever I am.
We hiked up amidst bands playing and music blaring
The caves themselves were huge. It gave me a bit of a window into how the caves in Afghanistan must be and why it's so hard to find them. From far away it looks like a green mountain until you are close up. These caves were originally used in the 1st century BC by Buddhist monks. There are fabulous carvings inside, and the monks cells are still intact.
I came back to have a head, shoulder and back massage. Ah---Two hours of bliss! They do a hot oil hair treatment here which I did have. My hair is so smooth right now! We had dinner on the roof of the hotel overlooking mountains in the distance, and of all nights there were fireworks over the city. I don't know why but it is so funny when things like that happen when you are traveling. We couldn't have planned it any better.
Tomorrow we leave for Chennai....next adventure? I'll let you all know! Hope you are all well and enjoying your summers. I love reading your posts back to me, and know how much I appreciate your keeping me posted on life on the other side of the world.