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Bedse Caves

Bedse Caves About

Bedse Caves are ancient Buddhist rock-cut caves located near the village of Bedse in Mawal Taluka of Pune district, Maharashtra, India. They are believed to date back to the 1st century BCE and are significant archaeological and historical sites in the region.

Bedse Caves HISTORY & Architecture

The Bedse Caves were excavated during the Satavahana period and were utilized as viharas (monasteries) and chaityas (prayer halls) by Buddhist monks. These caves served as centers for meditation, religious rituals, and learning. Over time, they fell into disuse and were abandoned, only to be rediscovered and studied by archaeologists in the modern era.

This Caves consist of two main caves, both of which are viharas (monasteries) with cells for monks. The architecture is relatively simple compared to other rock-cut cave complexes in India, but the caves feature some interesting carvings and sculptures depicting Buddhist motifs and symbols.

Facts about Bedse Caves

  • Bedse Caves are lesser-known compared to other nearby cave complexes such as Karla and Bhaja Caves but are equally fascinating from an archaeological and historical perspective.
  • Location of the caves offers panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys, adding to their charm and allure.
  • The caves provide valuable insights into the religious and cultural practices of ancient Buddhist communities in the region.

Things to Do at Bedse Caves

  • Explore the rock-cut caves and admire the ancient architecture and craftsmanship.
  • Take in the scenic views of the surrounding landscape from the vantage point near the caves.
  • Learn about the history and significance of the Bedse Caves through guided tours or self-exploration.
  • Enjoy a peaceful retreat amidst nature and soak in the tranquil ambiance of the caves and their surroundings.

Best time to visit Bedse Caves

Best time to visit Bedse Caves is during the winter months, from October to February, when the weather is pleasant and ideal for outdoor exploration.

It’s advisable to avoid visiting during the monsoon season (June to September) due to heavy rainfall, which can make the trek to the caves challenging.

HOW TO REACH Bedse Caves

BY AIR

Bedse Caves are around 59 km from Pune International Airport.

BY RAIL

Malvali Railway station is the nearest railway station, which is about 21  kms from Bedse Caves.

BY ROAD

It is approximately 26 kilometers from Lonavala city to reach the Bedse Caves.

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