We got to Aurungabad after a 13 hour overnight bus trip, I (Ellie) was the only female on the bus and was gawped at all night (great). After a long search for a decent room we found one in the Arts Executive Hotel which was a bit above our budget but we were so knackered we went for it. After a well needed shower we thought we would just pop out to buy our ongoing train ticket to Hyderabad. The train reservation place was hectic and we had to get in a queue for foreigners, unfortunately the queue was for the army and group bookings too. The whole Indian army seemed to be booking themselves on a train, 3 hours later we eventually got our ticket!!
The next day we went and did a bit of sight seeing, we started off in a fort called Daulatabad. We went in some pitch black tunnels in the fort which were absolutely covered in bats - wasn't very nice! We then went on to the Ellora Caves, these were made by Buddhist and Hindu monks. There were temples and shrines which were all carved?out of the rocks. We?had a bit of lunch and went and saw (just like?to add something at this point in time we are in an internet?cafe and some men are having a full on fight in a cupboard!!!!! so its putting me off a bit!!!!) umm oh yeah we went to a temple place and there was a storm a?brewing (not in my?pants for once)? - fights finished now!
Next we went to Bibi ka maqbara which is a copy cat Taj?Mahal, its built on?a smaller?scale, but because we have seen the real thing it wasn't that exciting but it?did provide some more camera craziness. After that we went and saw a thing called Panchakki which is an old water wheel (which was exciting as it sounds).
Time was a getting on and we?had to make a mad dash for our overnight train to Hyderabad,?of course?we didnt need to?because it was late!?There were a few power cuts at the station which?plunged us into complete darkness?(good for me because no gawping for a?while!)
The train?journey to Hyderabad was a?bit draining, it took 15 hours and went so slow and just seemed to stop?all the time, sometimes for an hour. The only good thing was the men we were sitting with told us some useful phrases such as go away and?Stop staring at my?wife! There were lots of mice on the trains?too, they seemed?to use to the train as a racetrack it?was quite?funny watching them whizz?up and down!
P.S We?cant seem to be able to upload our pics anywhere at the moment,?hopefully will be able?to soon! ?