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Bedse Caves, Pune

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Bedse Caves are situated in Maval taluka, Pune District, Maharashtra, India.The history of the caves can be traced back up to 1st century BC. There are two main caves. The best known cave is the chaitya with comparatively large stupa, the other cave is monastery - vihara. Both the caves contain some carvings although are less ornate than later c aves. Both caves are facing eastwards so it is recommended to visit the caves early morning, as in sunlight the beauty of carvings is enhanced. There is also a small "Stupa" outside to the right of the main caves.Until around 1861 the caves were regularly maintained - even painted. These works were ordered by local authorities in order to please British officers who often visited caves. This has caused loss of the remnants of plaster with murals on it.Bedse Caves are comparatively less known and less visited. People know about the nearby Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves but have hardly heard of Bedse Caves. The trilogy of the caves in Mawal Region can't be completed without Bedse. An easy hike through steps leads to the caves. Also close to the Bedse caves are the famous foursome of Lohagad, Visapur, Tung and Tikona forts adjoining the Pawana Dam.
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  • Drove down on an impulse to do something on a thursday. Reached around 11am. Have to go through a short stretch of bad road through village. Ample parking space available. Climb on a sunny day made us...  more »
  • The caves are awesome and the climb is very tiring. We have to climb steps to get to this cave. The steps are red and pink in colour because of gulal and also because of the blood of the sacrificial a...  more »
  • This place is very close to pavna lake, and if someone plans to go to pavana lake can visit this place on the way. It has decent stairs to climb up to the top, not so thrilling, there are better place...  more »
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  • Bedse Caves located in the Maval taluka in Pune, India, is one of the oldest Buddhist caves of the State of Maharashtra. Bedse caves is lesser known place about 40 Kms from Pune on the old mumbai Pune highway. It is close to Lohagad and Karla caves. Built over 2,000 years ago by the Mauryan Emperor Ashoka, Bedse is the least known one among the three Buddhist caves in Pune, the other two being the Karla and Bhaja Caves. Can plan to Pavana Dam as well along with Bedse Caves. The base of the hill is easily reachable by a car. The trek up can be done via stairs or even by the rugged hill. The scenic beauty on the way to the cave from Kamshet through Bhor is breathtaking to say the least. The hike up to the caves is easy and on the way up you will encounter numerous natural waterfalls created by the rain. The water is so clear and refreshing you can take a mini-bath. Once you reach the caves, you can find exactly why the Buddhists would build a cave there. On the top there is cave that has a hall and some small vihars that were used as rooms in olden days. The place is excellent for meditation & offers a peaceful start for the day. The solemn silence is only disturbed by occasional muttering of tourists. The view from atop the hill is stupendous. Brilliantly greenery will mesmerise your city dwelling eyes for sure. You can explore your photographic skills as well. An absolutely wonderful place, recommended to visit in monsoon.
  • A very nice and serene place to visit. This place is situated at a very remote area and reaching there is quite difficult cos road is very narrow. But still reaching there is worth it.
  • Hidden caves. Interesting fact is apart from Bhaje caves & Carla caves which are nearby, these caves are not damaged by British or Mughals. So you can view in its original form.
  • Wonderful !! Peaceful !!! One need to visit in the morning to get best view of sunrays directly into caves.Cleanliness is best. As per my information this is only cave in Pune has direction towards east . One of the perfect architecture example in India
  • Very clean and peaceful place near Mumbai and pune this holistic place made by Buddhist monk in ancient India. Buddhist monks and arihants lived here. there are many caves are made by buddhist monks in sayadhri range of mountains. all over India most of the caves made by Buddhist caltures kings and monks. not by pandava