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A Preface For Visitors To Ajanta

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The Ajanta caves, numbered in an arbitrary sequence, are laid out in a great arc cut by the curving course of the Waghora river. Most people will benefit from the services of the official guides, for the complex narrative scenes in some of the major caves are better explicated “live” than from a guidebook. One of the most spectacular sites in India, in fact just around the corner from the farthest of the western caves, is the so-called dhabdhaba, the series of waterfalls that form the source of the Waghora River, which has cut the ravine infront of the caves. Tradition claims that the Viewpoint was where the cavalry officer John Smith first “discovered” the caves, at least for the western world. The descent down to the dhabdhaba is rather lengthy but very easy, since excellent steps lead down to the flatter area below.

Keywords: Ajanta caves; dhabdhaba; Waghora river

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