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Take one stone mountain.

Visiting the Cave Temples of Ellora, in Maharashtra State, India—a UNESCO World Heritage site. [Image credit this and all images: © Janine Smith & Jayalakshmy Ayyer, 2020 All Rights Reserved]


Starting from the top of the mountain, remove 200,000 tons of solid rock, leaving behind an exquisite temple complex covered with breathtaking sculpture on a monumental scale. Lather, rinse, repeat for four centuries until you’ve carved over 100 cave temples into the rock. Let rest for 2000 years. Attempt to consume in one day.


The human spirit.