The alarm went off early and I rushed to the toilet once again (turning into a habit this) before plodding down to breakfast with Andreas. The food was late and I had to make another rush to the toilet before we set off to Ajanta via a 31/2 coach journey. When we dot there we were given a guided tour of four of the caves which were very old caves chopped out of the solid rock face. Quite a few of them hadn’t even been finished. After we had seen the best painting in the caves we were allowed to wander about the others but you could really enjoy it as there were hundreds of loud Indians. Oh well. The 31/2 hour journey seemed to have taken longer but we made it back and cleaned up. Rested for a bit and then went downstairs and met the others who were all leaving apart from one. We had dinner and played cards for a while before watching a bit of TV and then went to bed.
The bloody alarm clock went off at 7.15am and again the smiley face greeted me with affection! and prodded me to get up. We stomped down stairs and had breakfast. We then prepared ourselves for the day and set off to find the bus station so we could go to the Ellora Caves…half an hour later and after many directions later we made it! We jumped on the bus and within 30 minutes were there. The caves were amazing carved out of the solid rock face and must have taken a long time and had to have been chopped away 200,000 tons of stone. After leaving the main cave we bumped into another bunch of while people of which we all got the bus back to Aurangabad. We arranged to meet for a beer later, and we (Debs and I) cleaned ourselves up and had a snack and again we met a German who we also arranged to have a white beer evening! There was loads of us at eight and most of them had dinner and some of us started drinking beer and I managed to drink two bottles!! the German Andreas and I played chess and he won the first game and I won the next but god did I have to think about it, I then proceeded to sleep off the remains of the beer!
After crawling off the coach trying taking my bottom into working again we were greeted with the usual smiling faces offering to take us to a hotel of their choice. After picking one or rather one of theirs picked us he tried taking us to a hotel and after repeating several times we managed to get to the Pirn travel hotel which was quite pleasant at 200 rupees for a night for a double room. After feeling and drinking beer we managed to collapse until about 9.30pm when I awoke and popped my maleria tablets which did not last long as I hadn’t eaten anything. after which we walked to a restaurant down the road and had ice cream cause it was the only thing that we could face eating. We then walked back to the hotel and got some more water and ice cream before watching TV for 10 minutes whilst eating the ice cream. We then went to sleep again. I think its cave time tomorrow….. should be interesting!
After having a few winks of sleep we woke up and decided to try and get out of the city (after all it’s a dump it makes Manchester look like heaven!) We managed to find a travel place and got ourselves on a bus to Aurangabad. After which we went back to the not nice hotel Relax where we played cards for the remaining hours until the bus journey. At about 4.30pm we headed over to catch the bus which left at 5.15pm. The bus journey was the most uncomfortable and painful bus journey I have ever taken and of course it lasted a gruelling 17 hours and did not make it to Aurangabad until 10am the next day and boy did it take forever!