Caves In India

8 Spectacular Caves in India

The majestic splendor of the most mysterious caves in India would tickle you more than giving goosebumps. Each brick structure might be accompanied stories and small secrets, which might even transport you to the times of carriages and corsets. So, gear up for your next getaway to evoke nostalgia for a bygone era by exploring the enigma of these antes. The list will tempt even the most unbending couch potato to stretch her feet.

  1. AMARNATH CAVE, BALTAL, JAMMU AND KASHMIR

Himalayan mountains, enveloping Amarnath Cave accentuate the beauty of this place which remains freezing for most time of the year. Ice stalagmite in the Amarnath Cave is archetype of Shiva Lingam. Visit the Amarnath Cave for peace and calm or to spend an adventurous weekend with no one but rocks and trees watching. Despite of low temperature, many Hindu devotees visit this cave to express their devotion. A full day at leisure to explore the unseen parts of Amarnath Caves!!! (Image source: flickr.com)

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  1. AJANTA AND ELLORA CAVES, MAHARASHTRA

With structures excavated out of the Charanandri hills facets, Ellora Caves are World Heritage Sites. Can be a daunting experience for those with weak stomach but the enchantment will definitely grow upon you. 34 caves that fall under Ellora have Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples and mathas that are 14 centuries old. Ajanta Caves are carved out of the well-known wall painting. Ajanta caves with masterpieces of Buddhist religious art have several caves, Cave 26 being the most renowned one for its paintings. (Image source: flickr.com)

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  1. KARLA CAVES, MAHARASHTRA

From 200 BC, these rock-cut structures are the oldest of Buddhist art. After getting amazed by the shaandar arched entrance and vaulted interiors, tourists can enjoy the site of statue of Buddha. Succumb to its enigma where you’ll always want to return to. (Image source: flickr.com)

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  1. BADAMI CAVES, KARNATAKA

This is definitely going to be your continuing experiment in the discovery of something unusual and of the wondrous history far from hustle and bustle of cities and highways. BADAMI CAVE Temples in the Bagalkot district of Karnataka have 4 caves carved out of Badami sandstone in late 6th century. Nagara Style and Dravidian style are seen in its structures that also have verandahs, pillars, mandapa. Beautiful murals along with few unique carvings are going to make your holiday even more interesting. (Image source: flickr.com)

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  1. UDAYAGIRI AND KHANDAGIRI CAVES, ORISSA

Combining nature’s workmanship with the modernity are the UDAYAGIRI AND KHANDAGIRI CAVES. The ‘appealing mysterious’ sheen will begin to wear off as you listen to the stones whisper grandeur of bygone era. The caves, having religious importance were carved during the reign of King Kharavela.’Sunrise hill’ and ‘broken hill’ being the translation of Udayagiri and Khandagiri, have 18 and 15 caves respectively. Carved for Jain monks, these caves are the latest ones in India. (Image source: flickr.com)

 

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  1. ELEPHANTA CAVES, MAHARASHTRA

About 7kms away from Mumbai, Elephanta Caves can be reached only via a ferry. Trip to Elephanta Caves make for a revivifying retreat as you get to hear stories. Sculpted caves on Elephanta Island are segregated in groups of Hindu and Buddhist Caves. Cave 1 being the most hailed art piece because of different sculptures of Lord Shiva. Mahesh-murti depicts Lord Shiva in 3 of his forms: fearsome, lovable and meditative. (Image source: flickr.com)

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  1. JOGIMARA AND SITA BENGRA CAVES, CHHATTISGARH

Reached via Hathipol tunnel, Jogimara and Sita Bengra Caves have been residence of Lord Ram and Goddess Sita. With its ancient inscriptions and historic relevance, these caves are the most natural and purest of all. You might shiver in gratuitous fear while caving here, but it will definitely be worth it. (Image source)

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  1. BHIMBETKA ROCK SHELTERS, MADHYA PRADESH

From Paleolithic age, this archaeological site will take you via earliest of the traces of human life. Situated inside the Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhimbetka rock shelters have some carvings of paintings that depict men. There are other paintings, depicting early forms of dance, hunting/war scenes. Some of these paintings might even be older than 30,000 years. Take sturdy boots with good grip and a pair of binoculars to capture each and every corner of this cryptic piece of art. (Image source: flickr.com)

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What can be more exhilarating than being at one of these caves that exude air of mystery and provide a timeless saga of History, Culture, Nature, Spirituality, core elements that touch, appeal and excite tourists. P.S Do not forget to go armed with camera and binocs.

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