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Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram

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Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pancha Rathas, a monument complex filled with impressive monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture. Five seventh-century monoliths representing chariots stand in the complex, and you can walk into them like buildings. When you go, look for the Dharmaraja Ratha, a pyramidal structure adorned with elegant carvings. On its east side, the structure features Indra, the demigod of rain and storms. Elsewhere, find the huge monolithic sculpture of an elephant. Consider hiring a guide to escort you around the monuments and provide some historical background. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Pancha Rathas by using our Mahabalipuram trip generator.
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  • very close to mahabalipuram beach, good shopping area close to it. Good place for people interested in Indian sculpture 
  • One of the must visit place in Mahabalipuram. weather is hot in every season. We have visited in December, even at that time it was very hot. Good architechture and sand stone work. good for 30m-1hr V...  more »
  • Its simply wonderful to see these. The rathas are carved in a single rock. Its well preserved. One really thinks how they must have done this 
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  • Historic place. Everyone need to have a look around the sculpture and architectural design and the reasons behind it. Well maintained and preserved place.
  • Use the same ticket you buy at the shore temple to enter here. Nothing much to see here. But again a lot of see if your interest lies in archeology. This place was also excavated apparently and is well preserved. All the rathas were built out of a single rock. The reason why they are called Pancha Rathas is because it looks like the shape of a Rath. 4 I line and one on the side.
  • The pancha rathas signifying the pancha pandavas were a great delight and a great place to admire the sculptures of this UNESCO World Heritage Site
  • Done in single stone , pancha rathas is a great ancient work, neatly kept, you can just sit for some time and can be proud of our heritage and ancient sculpture works..
  • Beautiful monuments but foreign tourists need to navigate some aggressive touting for business from merchants, guides and the occasional outright chancer. The onsite tourist trap 'craft' shop is there purely to separate the gullible from cash