5 Best Caves To Visit In The Country

Posted at June 8th, 2019 | by Shank | in Art, Entertainment, Featured, Grapevine, Travel

India’s rocky terrain and diverse landscape is home to a variety of caves and structures that have wowed visitors from in and outside the country. Here’s a selection of some of the best.
  1. Ajanta and Ellora Caves:

    Ajanta and Ellora are probably THE go-to destination for cave lovers in the country as its widespread fame is well-deserved because of the supreme skill of the architects who have worked on the rocks. Inevitably declared a World Heritage Site, the caves have sheltered denizens of multiple religions throughout history. Ajanta’s creation goes back to the 2nd to 6th century AD and houses Buddhist art while Ellora’s 34 caves stretch back to 6th and 11th centuries AD and feature imagery from Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism.
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  1. Tabo Caves:

    Nestled in the Spiti Valley are the Tabo Caves, which have been used by Buddhist meditators and monks since time immemorial. These dense structures have also been used as a shelter during harsh winters where the larger caves were used as assembly halls and smaller ones were dwellings. A lot of prayer flags are also found there, which signifies that the place is being used by practitioners.
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  1. Borra Caves:

    Located near Vishakapatnam in Andhra Pradesh, this 150 million year old natural wonder was discovered by a geologist from United Kingdom, named William King in 1807. The tribal people around this area treat the caves with high regard as the structure houses a naturally formed Shiva ling. Natural rock formations resembling the human brain and crocodiles have also been found.
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  1. Karla Caves:

     One of the topmost caves found in Western India are the Karla Caves, ranking as one of the best tourist attractions in the state of Maharashtra. Dating back to 200 BC, this site is ancietn remnant of Buddhist culture. What is staggering is that the rock-cut formations are so well crafted, they resemble wooden architecture. It is famous for its chaitya-griha, or shrine, situated inside the cave which is one of the largest of its kind in India.
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  1. Mawsmai Caves

    Meghalaya’s rich natural surroundings are well-known throughout the country and tourists also make it a point to visit these caves, which are one of the stand-out features of this state. Natural limestone formations are found here and they have accumulated their shape and form through millions of years of seepage. Stalactites and stalagmites, both, are present and make for a complete experience.
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