India is one of the most famous countries among the travellers. The country has to give to its all types of visitors. Whether you visit the country for religious purpose or for leisure purpose, for adventure and fun or for visiting the beautiful mountains, rivers and ocean, you will never be disappointed. One more tourism aspect which is India famous for is its Ancient Caves. During your cave tour, you can experience the history, meditation, spirituality and adventure. India is full of such magnificent caves from east to west and north to south.
Ajanta and Ellora Caves are recognised worldwide as the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located in the middle of northern Maharashtra, they are carved into hillside rock. There are total of 63 caves out of which 34 are in Ellora and 29 In Ajanta. These caves are dating between 6th and 11th centuries AD and 2nd century BC and 6th century AD. Ajanta caves are basically Buddhist whereas Ellora caves are a mixture of Buddhist, Hinduism and Jainism.
Ajanta caves remain closed on Mondays whereas Ellora caves on Tuesday. But the good news is that both the caves are open on National Holidays. Caves open at 9 am in the morning and close around 5:30 pm in the evening. These caves are crafted by hands who too with hammer and chisel only.
Other than Ajanta and Ellora caves, you can go to visit Elephanta caves, which are on the coast of Mumbai. These are again hand carved caves somewhat similar to Ajanta and Ellora. The caves are seven in numbers. It is believed that they date back from 450 to 750 AD. You can see different sculpture of Lord Shiva, the Lord of Destruction. These caves remain closed on Mondays. You can take an auto rickshaw from the Gateway of India, which is in Colaba, Mumbai.
Our next attraction is Badami which is in Karnataka.These caves are famous for its fascinating temples. There are four temples in the caves, out of which one is devoted to Lord Shiva, two are devoted to Lord Vishnu and one is a Jain Temple. Caves are open from morning to evening and the view is amazing.
Tabo is one of the famous Buddhist monasteries in India. It is situated in SpitiValley, which is in Himachal Pradesh,It is full with beautiful tourist destinations. These caves are carved into a mountain by hand. You have to walk in order to reach to the caves. Atmosphere there is so calm that you can enjoy a good peaceful time there.
Udayagiri and Khandagiri caves are located in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa.There is various tourist attractions in Orissa but these caves are the most favoured tourist destinations in the world. Udayagiri which literally means Sunrise Hill has the most fascinating caves. The best time to visit it is before sunrise so that you can experience the beauty and thrill of the sunrise at this amazing place. There are a number of caves dotted all over. You can find different caves like Tiger cave and Queen’s Palace cave while just roaming around.
Another famous cave dedicated to Lord Shiva is in Jammu and Kashmir. Shiv Khori, situated close to Ransoo is a few kilometres long cave with the Shiva Lingam in the end. Another cave known as Amarnath Cave and Temple is located around 140 kms from Srinagar in Kashmir. Thousands of pilgrims visit the caves in July August in their Amarnath Yatra.