Shirwal Caves are a group of 15 Buddhist caves located in a small village called Shriwal, 48 km south of Pune, India.
They’re not just any caves – one is a Chaitya and the other 14 represent Vihara, all plain and early phases of Buddhism. Who knew history could be so exciting?
Now, getting to the caves might seem like a challenge, but we assure you it’s all part of the fun! It’s just about 50 km from Pune, and you’ll find it on the Pune Satara Road. After you cross the Neera River bridge, keep an eye out for the Shirval MIDC. Take the second right turn, and watch out for a tall chimney. Once you reach the end of the MIDC, you’ll find an open space and a rough road. Just follow the clearly visible mud road for 20-30 mins until you reach the base of the caves. But be warned, if you’re planning on visiting during the rainy season, make sure to check the road conditions before you go. We don’t want any muddy mishaps, do we?
And just when you thought it couldn’t get any better, get ready to channel your inner Indiana Jones! The caves are located on a small mound that kind of resembles a hill, and they’re isolated, so we suggest going in a group for your own safety. Now, it’s time to wear your explorer hat and embark on a treasure hunt! The caves are camouflaged among greenery, so be prepared to play a game of hide and seek.
But wait, there’s more! As a bonus prize, you’ll find a small Shiva statue in one of the caves. So pack your bags, grab your friends, and get ready to uncover the mysteries of the Shriwal Caves. Who knows what other secrets are waiting to be discovered?
One is Chaitya and 14 Caves represent Vihara. All caves are plain belonging to the early phase of Buddhism.