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About Pandav Leni Caves

One of the most prominent attractions of Nashik city, Pandav Leni Caves represent Hinayana Buddhist temples and do not bear any relevance to the characters of Mahabharata. The inception of these caves can be traced back up to the third century BC. These archaic temple caves were carved out as abodes for the idols of the local kings that even houses deities of Bodhisattva and Buddha. The caverns are delicately linked by stone-cut ladders with other caves and are led by steps from the bottom to the summit of Trirashmi Hill. The peak of Pandavleni is easy to get to, for the path is well constructed with steps. The caverns are spacious and are built mindfully with numerous chambers. These rock-cut caves once served as viharas or monasteries for the Buddhist scholars who used these spaces as gathering points to hear and announce sermons. The caves here are adorned with impressive sculptures that provide valuable details of the civilization that thrived here once. One of the vihara caves is older and finer in sculptural detail and is thought to be nearly as old as the Karla Cave near Lonavala. The ancient water system of the area is skillfully chiseled out of solid rocks to form carved water tanks.

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  • Best Time to Visit Morning, Afternoon, Evening
  • Facilities Food Stalls
  • Recommended Hours Min. 1 hour
  • Best Visited With Group, Solo, Couple, Family
  • Not Allowed Pets
  • Entry Fee Paid
  • Allowed Camera, Video, Footwear

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