Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Karla & Bhaja Caves

I know I promised pictures from the Iyengar Institute, but after spending a whole hour uploading pictures and writing all about them - the whole thing just got deleted. What a bummer!!!

So anyhow, you'll have to be content with these pictures from some 2300 year old caves we visited called the Karla caves and the Bhaja Caves, about 1 hour from Pune.

Here's a picture of me with some beautiful old elephant carvings. The elephants were so naturalistic and wonderfully done... complete with gentle eyes. There were 3 others on the opposite wall.

This was the second cave, the Bhaja caves. Both of these caves were carved by buddhists, and have large halls with stupas inside. This one was neat because there was pretty much no one else here, and we could happily wander all around in the old rooms and check things out.
Here's a picture of Abbey and Jen. It was quite warm in the sun, but downright cool inside the rooms. These appear to have been monasteries of sorts - many small bedrooms and living areas with corridors and stairs... Even a whole system for catching and storing rain water during monsoon season.

It was nice to get out of the city for an afternoon and see some ancient sights. It's always just wild to me that someone carved something so many years ago, and we can still appreciate it today.

I'll try again in the next few days with the pictures from the institute. Bum luck!