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Unfinished Cave - Ajanta Caves (India)

For me, this unfinished temple was the most amazing sight at the "Ajanta Caves" site.­ It really gave an idea of the enormous work that was needed to carve each temple using very basic tools, and of the process involved (i.­e.­ in what order the digging and carving was performed).­

Also impressive to see such a huge project stopped in the middle and unfinished, probably due to some calamity (war, drought, or epidemic) and never finished.­

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Route caves, Maharashtra 431117, India

Photos taken during a 7-week, 7000 Km motorcycle tour across parts of India (Delhi, Rajasthan, Ladakh, Kashmir, Jammu and more) in May-June 2009.­

Ajanta Caves (India) are rock-cut cave monuments dating from the second century BC.­

The caves contain paintings and sculpture considered to be masterpieces of both "Buddhist religious art" and "universal pictorial art".­

Personally I was more impressed by the nearby Ellora Caves.

For more information about the Ajanta Caves, read this Wikipedia Article.