10 Famous caves In India -That you should visit at least once

Rishi Vashishth Cave

India is a land of saints, religions, mystery, and caves. The caves are the mystery which is not easy to unfold. If you have interest in ancient caves then following mentioned famous caves are a must visit. Most of these caves are made by human speaks about the Indian culture and its ancient period.

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  1. Elephanta Caves: The Elephanta Caves are a great tourist attraction in the vicinity of the large Mumbai metropolis. It is a cluster of human-made caves. It is divided into two groups- 5 caves related to Hindus and other two related to Buddhism. The Elephanta island is located 10 km away from the Gateway of India at Mumbai. These caves house rock cut temples dating back to the 5th century CE.
    The Elephanta island was so named by the Portuguese, after the statue of an elephant near the landing area of the island. These rock cut temples dedicated to Shiva Mahadeva are rich in sculptural content. Motorboats take passengers from Appollo Bunder near the Gateway of India.

  2. Ellora Caves: The Ellora Caves are an impressive complex of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain cave temples built between the 6th and 10th centuries AD near the ancient Indian village of Ellora. The caves have a slightly less dramatic setting than those at Ajanta, but more exquisite sculptures. Ellora is a World Heritage Site and the most visited ancient monument in Maharashtra State.

  3. Amarnath Cave: Amarnath is famed for the natural formation of Shiva Linga from the snow. A large number of devotees throng Amarnath during the months of June and August. This pious journey, which is also dubbed the holy Amarnath Yatra, begins from Chandanwadi. This lingam is said to grow and shrink with the phases of the moon, reaching its height during the summer festival. According to Hindu mythology, this is the cave where Shiva explained the secret of life and eternity to his divine consort Parvati. There are two other ice formations representing Parvati and Shiva’s son, Ganesha.

  4. Undavalli Caves: In the famous city of Vijayawada, one can find the well preserved 7th century dated Undavalli cave temples. There is a quiet tranquility to the place that is really unmatched elsewhere. In the caves, one can find many shrines that are dedicated to the powerful Hindu deities like lord Shiva, lord Vishnu, and Lord Brahma. The Mogalarajapuram caves are an interesting find but they are in the ruins nowadays but still worth a visit. However, these caves are very famous for exploration and getting to know about their make and architecture is very interesting.

  5. Udaygiri and Khandgiri Caves: The caves of Udayagiri and Khandagiri were abode to the Jain ascetics where each cell was housed by several monks. The height being too low, does not allow a man to stand erect. The cells are mostly plain, with only fronts covered with sculptures depicting auspicious objects worshipped by Jains, court scenes, royal processions, hunting expeditions and scenes of daily life. Could be easily reached from Bhubaneswar. Entry fee is Rs. 15/- per head for both the caves. Advisable to wear shoes as one needs to trek the hills a bit and carry water bottles along. Not to be visited during summers as it gets extremely hot. The place is full of monkeys.

  6. Badami Cave: The Badami cave temples are a complex of four Hindu, a Jain and possibly Buddhist cave temples located in Badami, a town in the Bagalkot district in northern part of Karnataka, India. The artistic quality and sculptural grandeur mark the very sight of these cave temples at Badami. The rich traditions of India are depicted through these monuments of heritage.

  7. Bhimbetka Rock Shelter: The caves of Bhimbetka are one of the world heritage sites in India marked by UNESCO. There are more than 15 caves and it is said that Pandavas lived here for some time during their banishment period. The caves are covered with thick vegetation and drive to this place itself is beautiful and lovely. The rock paintings are found in the walls, ceilings and small hollows and niches of the naturally formed rock shelters. Many of the paintings with white and red colors Animals like deer, bison, tiger, elephants, monkeys, and lizards are depicted on the walls, ceilings of the caves. The place is well maintained with maps showing the path are very helpful for the visitors.

  8. Rishi Vashishth Cave: Vashishtha Gufa is an ancient cave where Rishi Vashishth mediated. Located at 25KM from Rishikesh on Badrinath Raod, Vashishth Cave is popular among the visitors come for the deep meditation in Rishikesh. Vashishth Gufa has a Shivling in it. Its full of serene beauty and close to nature.

  9. Tabo Caves: One can find spiritually vibrant caves in Tabo, which offers the visitors a chance to meditate and go into a trance. Situated in the Spiti Valley, the rugged and rocky ridge is located at a high altitude. The town is dotted with many caves that aid the local Buddhist lamas in meditating peaceful such calm serene place serene places. One can explore a lot of small and big caves here as the mountains house many of them resulting in many visitors annually.

  10. Durgeshwari Caves: The famous Dungeshwari caves house the Buddhist temples that are very artistically structured. The Dungeshwari cave temples are also popularly known as the Mahakala caves. These are the caves where it is believed the Buddha spent a lot of years meditating, before going to Bodhygaya and attaining enlightenment. The place is a tourist hub, especially for those who follow Buddhism. Meditation and spiritual time can be spent in these caves, which offer optimum peace and serenity to the souls.


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