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25 Spectacular Caves In India That Should Be Explored At Least Once In 2022

India is the abode of culture and heritage. And the true reflections of these traits can be seen in historic sites, edifices, landscapes, and monuments of India. One such structural wonder that reflect the true glories of the past are the caves in India.

While there are some that have immaculate works of art, others are marvels of topography themselves. And then there are some with religious & cultural string attached to it. These Indian caves narrate tales about the rich culture, tradition, background, & spirituality.

Here’s a list of the must-visit caves in North India that have become major tourist attractions. Have a look.

1. Koteshwar Temple Cave, Uttarakhand

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Located on the banks of Alakananda in Rudra Prayag, this Koteshwar is one of the ancient caves of India. As per mythological beliefs, Lord Shiva meditated in the cave on his way to Kedarnath. And so, the cave is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

How to reach: Jolly Grant Airport at Dehradun, 142 km away, and Haridwar railway station, located 142 km away, are the nearest places that connect the cave to the rest of the world.

Where to stay: Hotel Jwalpa Palace, Hotel Mandakini, and Monal Resort

2. Amarnath Cave, Jammu And Kashmir

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Amarnath Cave is one of the most visited tourist attractions in India and is also considered to be one of the holiest places in the country. This cave is basically a shrine of the Lord Shiva. It is believed to be more than 5,000 years old and is therefore a pivotal part of the Hindu Mythology. This sacred cave is located at the height of 3,888 meters.

How to reach: You won’t find any straight trains to Amarnath and the nearest station is known to be one in Jammu, which is situated 178 km away. You take a cab till Baltal and take a 15 km long trek to finally reach Amarnath

Where to stay: Hotel Snowland, Imperial Resorts, Green Glamping Resort, and Zebrina Guest House

3. Tabo Caves, Himachal Pradesh

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These caves are located near the village of Tabo. Located amidst the wondrous views, these caves have been carved out of the hills. These caves are also known to be the meditation location for the Buddhist monks. You’ll find a number of small and big caves that have been embellished with bright praying flags.

How to reach: You can visit Tabo Village via taxis without any hassle from Manali or Shimla. On reaching Tabo Village, you’ll be easily able to reach the caves by going uphill

Where to stay: Namsay Homestay Tabo, Zostel Homes Tabo, Hotel Maitreya Regency Tabo, and Phunstok Homestay

4. Patal Bhuvaneshwar Caves, Uttarakhand

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Located in the village of Bhuvaneshwar in Uttarakhand, the caves were founded in Treta Yuga by King Rituparna. In accordance to the Hindu mythology, these caves could be entered using 4 doors – Randwar, Paapdwar, Dharamdwar, and Mokshadwar. It is believed that on Ravana’s demise, the Paapdwar got closed while Randwar was closed after the eventful Mahabharata battle. Therefore, currently, there are only two entrances to these caves.

How to reach: it is at Tanakpur where the nearest railhead from the village of Bhuvaneshwar is located, which is 154 km away. From the station, you can easily get a bus that will take to the caves

Where to stay: Hotel Himalaya Darshan Berinag, Summit Parvati Resort, KMVN Tourist Rest House, and Shailasha Resort

Listed below are some of the famous caves you’ll find in the western region of the nation. Don’t forget to add them to your itinerary.

5. Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra

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Popularly known as Gharapuri, the Elephanta Caves are among the famous caves of Maharashtra. These rock-cut caves, located 7 km off the coast of Mumbai, boasts of the sculptures of Shiva in various forms, including Vamadeva, Nataraja, Kalyanasundara, Andhakasura Vadha, and Sapta Matrikas.

How to reach: Mumbai is the nearest rail and air connect. Ferry services are available from Mumbai to Elephanta Caves. It takes about half an hour in a ferry.

Where to stay: Elephanta Caves is a half day excursion from Mumbai. So stay in any hotel in Mumbai, as per your budget.

6. Ajanta And Ellora Caves, Maharashtra

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Ajanta and Ellora are two fascinating caves in India. These rock cut Ajanta and Ellora caves of Maharashtra showcase carvings, wall paintings, and finest sculptures of the country. Declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, the Buddhist caves at Ajanta and Ellora consist of Maitreya Buddha, Kailash Temple, and abstract designs of devils, humans, & birds. The carvings and sculptures of Ellora and Ajanta caves comprise of remnants of Jainism, Buddhism and Hinduism.

How to reach:  Aurangabad Airport is located 97 km from Ajanta and 30 km from Ellora. By rail: Jalgaon Railway Station is located 77 km from Ajanta and 159 km from Ellora

Where to stay: Hotel Kailash, Vrindavan Resorts, The Meadows Resort & Spa, Hotel Ajanta, Hotel Maitreyas, and Hotel New K P Park

7. Pataleshwar Caves, Pune

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These caves in Pune are quite similar to the concept of Ellora Caves and their establishment dates back to the 8th Century AD. These caves also have a religious aspect attached to them, as they’ve been constructed to pay reverence to the Lord Shiva. You can also find the beautiful sculptures of Sita, Ram, and Laxman.

How to reach: the cave temple can be reached without any hassle. All you have to do is take taxi till Jungli Maharaj Road from Pune railway station or airport. From this road, the cave temple is just at a distance of less than 3.5 km

Where to stay: Centurion Hotel, The Pride Hotel Pune, FabHotel Krishna Presidency, and Ramee Grand Hotel and Spa

8. Karla Caves, Lonavala

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These caves too are a part of a temple and are located at a close distance from Lonavala. These caves form a part of one of the oldest Buddhist temples in India. The temple was established in 200 BC. These caves are admired for their awe-striking architecture and intricate designs on the walls of these caves will simply overwhelm you.

How to reach: you can reach the caves from Lonavala Railway Station via bus or even an auto. On reaching the location, you will either have to climb 350 steps from the base or 200 steps from the car parking spot to finally enter the caves

Where to stay: Treasure Island Resort, MTDC Karla, Rain Forest Villas, and Hill View Villa

Central India too is known for its history and culture. These two aspects are beautifully depicted in the caves located here. Some of them have been mentioned below.

9. Bagh Caves, Madhya Pradesh

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The Bagh caves in India consist of beautiful collections of 9 sandstone rock-cut monuments. The cave is known for outstanding mural paintings & carvings by renowned painters & sculptures. Located in the Dhar district near the Mundu town of Central India, these Indian caves are marvellous specimens of Buddhist art & architecture.

How to reach: Indore is the nearest rail and air connect, located at a distance of 160 km from the Dhar district. Private taxis and buses ply to the caves regularly from Indore.

Where to stay: Hotel Jhira Bagh Palace

10. Bhimbetka Caves, Madhya Pradesh

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The Bhimbetka caves are picturesquely snuggled amidst the rocky terrain and the plush greenery of Ratapani Wildlife Sanctuary. Like many other popular caves in India, Bhimbetka is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These caves are known for intricate rock carvings and cave wall paintings that depict traits & lifestyles of prehistoric Stone Age.

How to reach: Nearest airport and railhead are at Bhopal, approximately 45 km away.

Where to stay: Hotel Highway Treat (MPTDC Property) is the only decent hotel in Bhimbetka. However, one can stay in Bhopal in hotels like Mayuri, Royal Villas, and Jehan Numa Palace

11. Kutumsar Caves, Chattisgarh

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These caves lie in Bastar, in the well-known Kanger Valley National Park. People essentially come to these caves to witness the stalactites as well as stalagmites. There are five chambers in these caves that are believed to have been formed naturally. These caves are 1,327 meters in length and usually remain dark through the day, as there’s no opening that can let sunlight in.

How to reach: the nearest airport from these caves is Vishakhapatnam Airport, which is 300 km away from the destination. You can consider calling a cab to reach this attraction and take the Jagdalpur route

Where to stay: Gurukripa Home Stay, Naman Heights, Naman Bastar, and Bastar Jungle Resort

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