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Notes on the Geography of Peninsular India: Ajanta: Photo 21

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Here's the view from 16, the prime minister's cave, down the stairs to the elephant door. See the arch of Cave 10? Captain John Smith saw it in 1819 and in so doing put Ajanta on the European map of India. The caves at that time were almost entirely obscured by flood debris and rockfalls and weeds, but the arch on Cave 10 stood out from Smith's position on the ridge across the canyon. Smith cajoled or badgered or paid local villagers to clear the entrance enough for him to get inside and leave his signature, still there after two centuries.

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