I am Pandavleni Caves or the Pandulena Caves located high in the mountains of Trirashmi close to Nasik city Maharashtra. In spite of my proximity to the city I am actually a very quiet and peaceful place and offer a wonderful panoramic view of the city of Nasik.
Though I am named Pandavleni, I bear no connection with the Pandavas from the Mahabharata. I was constructed during the period of the 1st Century B.C. to 4th Century A.D., and there is a total of 24 Buddhist caves. I am not only considered as one of the most important Buddhist caves in Western India, but also hold immense value for the historians because of the large number of rare inscriptions found inside me.
My caves were originally carved out as adobes for the idols worshiped by the local king’s and most of them lodge of idols of Bodhisattva and Lord Buddha. Some of my 24 caves are pretty large in size and contains numerous rocks cut chambers those were used as monasteries or Viharas by the disciples who stayed here.
I also have an ancient water management system skillfully chiseled out of solid rock as well as a number of stone curved water tanks which are also of great attraction for the visiting tourists. Inscriptions carved on the stone walls of the Pandavleni Cave no. 18 are the main interest for the tourists visiting here. The stone-cut ladders that intricately join some of Pandavleni caves areas also catch attention.
Pandavleni Caves Timings
My caves stay open from 8 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., every day and there are steps that you can easily climb to reach Pandavleni Caves from the bottom of the hill.
Best time to Visit Pandavleni Caves
Anytime of the year is a good time for visiting me, but it is during the winter months of September to March that I receive the maximum number of tourists.