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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Ajanta: Photo 12

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That's Cave 9, and the door in the wall below it leads to the ticket office for people coming down the canyon wall as we have. The stone-block wall here probably dates from the 1930s, when the Nizam of Hyderabad, whose domain included Ajanta, built a vehicular bridge in the same style. That bridge is used by the shuttle buses that bring most tourists to the site. Back in the 19th century, access was tougher, and the caves themselves were hidden behind rubble and vegetation.

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