Bedse Caves are one of the three important Buddhist caves located in the Maval taluka, Pune District, Maharashtra. Bedse Caves are ancient Buddhist heritage but is one of the lesser-known of the three and not too frequently visited by tourists. That means Bedse Caves in Pune will allow you to spend some time all alone by yourself amidst the century-old Buddhist viharas, stupas, and sculptures and can still feel those ancient times standing under the roof.
With a history that can be traced back up to 1st century B.C. and inside Bedse Caves, you will actually find two caves – the larger one is known as the Chaitya or the prayer hall and has a large Stupa while the other cave is the Vihara or the monastery. There are wonderful carvings on the walls of both of the caves.
As both the Bedse Caves near Pune face east the best time to visit is during the morning when sunlight enters deep inside the caves and will allow tourists a chance to better see interior carvings and sculptors of Bedse Caves.
Many of the structures inside the Bedse Caves still retain their almost original condition and if you are a student of ancient Indian history or interested in it you should not be missing the stupa located just outside the main cave.
Best Time to Visit Bedse Caves
As Bedse Caves are least crowded all around the year any time of the year is a good time to visit it. Bedse Caves can be reached easily by climbing the steps leading to the caves. Bedse Caves trek is very easy as there are proper steps built to reach the entrance of the cave.
During the monsoon when the surrounding hills filled with lush greenery and small waterfalls are created all around, Bedse Caves look stunning and you will love to explore the caves during that time of the year.
Bedse Caves is also located close to the four famous forts – Lohagad, Visapur, Tung, and Tikona adjoining the Pawana Dam and is a site of immense historical importance and stunning natural beauty that you will certainly like to visit again.