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Hiker Stumbles Upon An Ancient Secret While Exploring Jungles Of India

Despite becoming an increasingly globalized world, people continue to discover new and incredible places, unearthing multiple chapters in humanity’s history. One British Officer, John Smith, is famed for such discovery. Mr. Smith was tracking a tiger and exploring the jungles of western India, close to the populous city of Mumbai when he sighted the entrance to a cave system. The opening of the caves looked natural, prompting Mr. Smith to take a moment and explore. However, Mr. Smith would be stunned when his investigation uncovered a goldmine of ancient history.

As the plucky British Officer moved further into the caves, he noticed that the walls and design were too smooth and symmetrical for a natural cave system. Mr. Smith’s suspicions were confirmed when he began to come across the crumbling ruins of ancient buildings. The intrepid explorer ventured deeper into the man-made caves, finding several incredible sites, including massive stone pillars inscribed with ancient carvings of men and symbols.

However, the stone pillars and archways that Mr. Smith discovered were only the entrance to a much more important archaeological discovery. As he moved deeper into the ruins, Mr. Smith observed that the ruins were becoming increasingly ornate and detailed. Finally, the British soldier came upon the heart of the ancient settlement, a collection of incredibly well-preserved shrines, paintings, and sculptures. The cave monuments, identified as the Ajanta Caves, are believed to originate from the 2nd Century BCE and were created in the style of the Buddhist religious art movement.

Since being discovered by Mr. Smith in 1819, the ancient site has become the main tourist attraction in India’s Marathwada Region, famous for its rich history and exotic design. Despite John Smith’s discovering occurring several years ago, new discoveries are being made every year by explorers following in the soldier’s footsteps. Today, the Indian cave system is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is kept well preserved by a dedicated historical and tourism society.

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