Every year the Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts (SSLA) takes it’s newest students from Pune to the Ajanta and Ellora Caves located near the city of Aurangabad.

The Ajanta & Ellora caves are Buddhist temple sites that have existed hundreds (in some cases, thousands) of years. Quietly tucked away from the rest of the world, now protected by the Government of India and the Archaeological Survey of India.

Many of the first time students don’t understand the gravitas of the caves, however, I was lucky enough to go not once, but four times to the Ajanta and Ellora caves (Student Council work had it’s perks).

I’m sure everyone would learn something different when they visit the Ajanta and Ellora Caves. For me, I learnt about the permanence of things, as well as how things can change tremendously. How a religion can change, and how a waterfall can carve through solid rock.

Most of all, I got a taste of peace and tranquility, and – as a result – I’m forever hungry for it.