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Discovering the Shivneri Caves: A Journey into the Past

Welcome, fellow travelers! If you’re looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of the city, and want to travel back in time, Shivneri Caves in Maharashtra might just be the perfect destination for you. These caves are like nothing you’ve ever seen before, with their rock-cut temples, monasteries, and stunning views.

The caves are located in Junnar region and consist of almost 200 caves, divided into four groups: Tulja Lena, Lenyadri Caves, Manmod Caves, and Shivneri Caves. Now, before you start imagining yourself in a fancy resort, let me tell you that most of these caves are pretty dreary. But, fear not, because there are still a few that will take your breath away.

The Shivneri Caves are the main attraction, and there are 50 of them! These caves were created around the 1st to 3rd century AD, and are mainly Buddhist monasteries made in the Hinayana tradition. The first group of caves is located on the southern part of the hills and has 12 caves. Cave 5 is one of our favorites, with its remains of a statue of Lord Ganesha. We can only imagine how breathtaking it must have been back in the day.

Moving on to the second group, situated on the south-eastern side of the hills, we have 25 caves. Cave 14 is a must-visit, with its duplex structure and stunning view of the surroundings. But, watch your step on the stairs that lead to the hilltop, as most of them were damaged by the Muslims. Cave 18 is also worth a visit, with its decorated stairway that contains images of Ganesha, Batuk, and Goddess Durga.

The third group has only six caves, but don’t let that discourage you. Cave 43 has a vast hallway with remains of ancient paintings that are preserved well. It’s like stepping into a time machine!

Last but not least, the fourth group is southward facing and consists of seven caves. Cave 44 was originally a Buddhist shrine but has been converted into a Hindu shrine. The painting of Parvati and Shiva may be partly ruined, but it still manages to captivate visitors.

We hope you enjoyed this journey into the past with us. Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes and bring a camera, as these caves are truly a sight to cheer. Happy travels!

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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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