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Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram

Categories: Architectural Buildings, Landmarks, Tourist Spots
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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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  • This place is also heritage site. The entry ticket is ₹30/- , which is valid for other heritage monuments also. It's a very well maintained structure. , very neat and clean. It has five structures in ...  read more »
  • Some of the structures have really interesting stories behind them, and the engineering is quite amazing. The carvings are good, though not very intricate. Hire a tour guide to really enjoy the place. 
  • Very interesting arrangement of the 5 different temples, which shows the historical development of the temple construction methods. Not look at without a guide, because easily overlooks the details.
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  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Smaller than the majestic shore temple but no small in beauty and details in art work. Its unbelievable piece of art, a monolith : each one of the five rathams.
  • A wonderful showpiece of ancient indian mastery of art and scpture. These huge monolithic structures and a fine example of what ancient indians have acheived even without the modern so called advance techniques. The Pallavas have given the mankind artwork which is singular and cannot be equalled. The five rathas show the prospective towards these mythological characters as powerful, artistic, all accomplished, etc. A place worth to visit, avoid the summer sun or else it becomes difficult to enjoy and appreciate the mastery. Best time to visit would be around dec.
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