Pandavleni Caves are near Nashik in Maharashtra.

These mystical ancient rock-cut caves have been around since the 3rd century BC and are situated on the tableland of the Trivashmi Hills. But don’t let their age fool you, these caves are still going strong and are a must-visit for all you history buffs out there.

The Pandavleni Caves are a group of 24 caves that represent Hinayana Buddhism. Now, I’m not a religious person, but these caves had me feeling like I was one with the universe. And with musical fountains, museums, and various food outlets scattered around the caves, you won’t go hungry or bored!

But wait, there’s more! These caves were built by the Satavahanas and Kshaharatas, who were prominent rulers of that time, for the Hinayana Buddhist monks. And of all the caves, cave numbers 3 and 10 are the most beautiful ones. The architecture of these caves is unique and impressive.

The inside of these caves consists of inscriptions that are significant study material for researchers and scholars till this day. Cave number 15 even has an inscription about the King of Western Maharashtra.

But let’s not forget the breathtaking views! To reach the top and enjoy the stunning scenery, you have to climb nearly 200 steps. And while you’re up there, you can also indulge in some trekking.

All in all, the Pandavleni Caves are a brilliant example of the rock-cut architecture style that existed in those times. And while there are twenty-four excavations in all, many of them are small and less significant. But don’t let that deter you from visiting. Trust me, these caves are a hidden gem that you don’t want to miss!

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Parking Difficulty : High
Walking Needed : For 100 meters
Time Needed : 2-3 Hours
Open Timings : 9.00 AM to 3:00 PM
Still Photography : Allowed
Video Photography : Allowed
Cooler Climate for most part of the year.
Carry Umbrella
Wear Comfortable Shoes
Wear Cotton Dress with pullovers
Carry Binoculars
Nearest Railway Station : Kodai Road Railway Station
Nearest Airport : Madurai Airport
Nearest National Highway : NH32
Nearest Landmark : Kodai Market

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