A part of the trilogy of the Buddhish caves (Karla-Bhaje-Bedse), Bedse caves are yet to be discovered by a large number a tourists. And this is what makes it even more worth visiting. Situated 45kms from Pune, near Kamshet the 2.5km road leading to the caves is nothing short of a rugged adventure.
The Bedse caves date back to 1st century BC. One can notice two parts of the cave- the prayer hall with a large stupa and the monastery. Ancient carvings adorn the walls of the caves and stupas and an early morning visit would be ideal to thoroughly enjoy the place. A flight of 500 steps is not a hard task given the mesmerizing backdrop. Monsoon is the best season for a visit but precautions must be taken while climbing if the rains are heavy. Lush greenery, small waterfalls and a historical setting puts this destination as a must-do on one’s charts.
Neither too far not too near, it is ideal for a one-day trek cum picnic. Being one of the lesser known spots, it is easy to view and enjoy the place!
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The place is small and neat. By itself its decent, but speaking to the guide/caretaker, Mr.Dahibhate will add a whole new dimension to the place.
The entire trip, i.e, Magarpatta to the caves and back on a two wheeler, with an hour long lunch break, and abt 2 hours at the caves - was completed in 8 hours flat.
Theres nothing available at the top, so you're on your own for food and water.
Its perfect for a nice and short sunday trip.
The reason I loved the Bedse caves was that it is absolutely away from the hustle of tourists. It so difficult to find peace even in the hills! But this place was completely serene with only the sky to hear you out. Fantastic trip. But don’t forget to carry water and food along.
I had read about Bedse caves online and I thought why not give it a try! And it was an amazing experience.Though there was no rain, the freshness of the rains was visible when I went in October. The climb was easy but the poor maintenance of such a heritage worried me. Inspite of that, the eternal beauty of the caves gives you a smile to cherish however. It makes a great one day outing.