Ajanta Palkhi

The Ajanta caves are a complex of 30 rock–cut Buddhist Caves containing paintings and sculptures from Indian and Buddhist religious art. Thousands of pilgrims, including the elderly and physically challenged, visit this site every year. The rough terrain, steep inclinations and large number of steps are arduous to walk through, thus making a palanquin system the only other feasible option. The existing design, made from wood or bamboo, carried by four male porters—is not comfortable for the user or the bearer. The Palki Design of this project focuses on these ergonomic issues while ensuring safe navigation through the narrow, winding passageways.

Designed by Nikhil Das, IDC student
Design & Development by Aniket Bhagat
Guided by Prof. B.K. Chakravarthy

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