The End

The End - Finally I allowed to leave this country. The customs and moving the car into the container was some sort of a nightmare. For something that would last no more than a few hours or half a day it took three days plus…

But a least the remains of my trusty Landy are now on their way back to Germany. After close to 40'000km the Landy is in badly need for a major cleanup and service.... And then there will be the major conversion into an amazing camper. Stay tuned.


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Ellora Caves

So, this is the Last major location on my journey - Ellora Caves.

It is an amazing place. They are Buddha, Hindu & Jain caves build between the 6th and 9th century. And what a build - just purely carved out of the rock with the tech and tools from that time.

Some caves are so grand so massive and some carvings are so fine and detailed. Amazing! Everyone is talking about cave 16, the massive temple "Kailash". Two stories with grand hallways on the side and so detailed carvings. It's the biggest of its kind - bigger then the rock churches of Ethiopia. But my favorites are the number 29 with is grand scale made for movie sets and the Buddha Cathedral for it's absolutely assounding acoustics. Worth a visit!


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Mandu

Mandu

One of the few Lost Citys of India. Basically, Mandu was founded in the 10th/11th century and was major city until the 16th/17th century from where it degraded rapidly.

Today only the small Mandu Village is left surrounded by those mighty and plenty ruins. It's located on a plateau about 650m above sea level and ca 100 km west of Indore.

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Udaipur

Udaipur
A city enclosed by mountains and lakes and palace and palace and....... Some even call the city "Venice of the East", but in reality it has only about five bridges.

Anyway, for most it's known as location from James Bond Octopussy. A great city to relax, to shop and really just to don't do a lot.


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Ranakpur Jain Temple

Ranakpur Jain Temple

What a stunning temple made of marble. Hard to describe if you haven't seen it in real. Every corner full of rich and detailed carving. Breathtaking! The temple honors Adinath, the first Tirthankar of the present half-cycle (according to Jain cosmology / religion). Light colored marble has been used for the construction of this grand temple. The temple occupies an area of approximately 60 x 62 meters and has over 1444 marble pillars to support the temple structure. A must seen in India.


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Jodhpur

Jodhpur.

Probably the most Indian City I've visited so far. The fort in the background sets the scenery and then the blue city (compared to the pink one it is at least really colorful). The fort itself is oneof grand ones in India. The ones in Jaipur for example are dwarft ones compared this one and its massive walls.

But best is the street life and the bazar around the clock tower. Nice atmosphere and compared to the other cities very relaxed and laid back. Probably together with Amirtsar and Kolcutta my favorite places in India. The only downside is that its slightly of the normal track and a bit hard to reach.



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