Better don't pick any flowers (in Bidar)
Right in the centre of Bidar is this ancient Islamaic school, a Madrassa
Bidar city snapshot
Bidar would be my last
destination in the state of Karnataka. My holiday was now coming to an
end and there was only a week left to reach my flight from Delhi back
to Sydney. Delhi was still around 1000km away, impossible to cover that
distance in that time in India. My usual daily reach was only around
200-300km on my bike and I still needed a few days to sell the
motorbike. So I decided to make my way slowly to Aurangabad, another
ancient city famous for the cave temples of Ellora and Ajanta.
Aurangabad had a direct train connecting to Delhi in a 24 hour journey.
This picture was taken in the state of Maharashtra, here they no longer
translated road signs into English.
The small town of Jintur
where I celebrated my birthday in an internet cafe. It sound pretty low
key and it was indeed. But it was still a good day and between the
internet cafe and the people running my little hotel I made some more
good friends. This photo shows the centre if Jintur, taken from my
My final destination before returning to Delhi to fly home was
Aurangabad. This picture was taken in Ellora. Ellora is a World
Heritage site, featuring over 30 cave temples. The most impressive one
not just simply a cave hew into the rock but actually an entire temple
hewn out of the rock. the temple in this picture is one big carved rock
together with the surrounding rock in the area. Nothing has been
'built', only rock has been removed to leave this beautiful temple
Inside one of Ellora's cave temples
Another one of Ellora's cave temples
The small town of
Dalatabad with it's huge fort on the mountain in the background. The
fort is regarded as unconquerable and is therefore still fully intact.
Making new friends again in Daulatabad Fort
Although there are many
unbelievable sights around the city, Aurangabad has not too much to see
from a tourist point of view. This was my favourite, a small copy of
the Taj Mahal, build by the Taj Mahal builders grandson for his mother.
Aurangabad was the last destination for me in India. I was able to sell
my little motorbike here. Then the longest train journey of my life
took me back to Delhi in just over 24 hours.
India has been a mixed bag of experiences. It offers impressive
monuments taking you back to a colourful history. It offers much
variety between natural highlights such as the Himalayas, huge cities
such as Delhi and Kolkata, long stretches of beaches as in Puri and
Konark and different mentalities of local people wherever you go. Other
than expected it was not as easy as in other countries to connect to
people in a meaningful way in India. Quite often it was hard to arrange
things and dig through the bureaucracy and it's facilitators. It made
India, out of all countries I have visited before, the hardest to
travel independently, often to a degree of utter frustration.
Nonetheless my India journey will remain an unforgettable one. And I
thank everyone inside and outside of India who became part of this
episode of my life and who made me feel welcome in their India.