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The Ajanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


"The following morning I joined a tour bus to visit the Ajanta Caves some 60 miles away. I was the only non Indian on the nearly full bus, but was made very welcome. It was about a two hour drive with a short stop for refreshments at a small town, then onto a spot high above the Ajanta valley where we could look down and see the caves cut into the sides of the cliffs spread out round the curved valley.

The bus then descended  a winding road to a small car park with hotel, souvenir shops and cafes. The caves, all carved from the solid rock deep into the cliff, were worked by early Buddhist monks in about 600BC and had large halls with pillars, statues and doorways. 

It was another very hot day, and although I did find the the different caves very interesting, I was was glad to sit in the shade and paint. On the return journey one of the passengers who had noticed me painting asked if he could see the finished picture. When I showed him he then passed it all round the bus. I wondered if I would see it again, but it was returned safely." - MH

Ajanta Cave Temple Complex, nr Aurangabad, 1987

  • All items are produced from original paintings by Martyn Hanks.

    Prints: Size is A4 (8.27" x 11.69"/210 x 297mm). Printed onto high quality 245gsm fine art watercolour paper to give the print an authentic look and feel. Supplied in a textured off white mount size 12" x 16" (305 x 406mm), backed and sealed in a clear cellophane wrap and delivered in a protective carton to ensure it reaches you in perfect condition.

    Cards: Size 7" X 5"/178 x 127mm. Packaged in a clear cellophane wrap with a top quality 150gsm self-seal white envelope.

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