When we first decided to visit Pandavleni Caves in Nashik, which is a small mountaintop landmark with ancient caves, we couldn’t help but explore some of the neighborhood sites. Our arrival at the venue was marked by our Uber stopping at a large green gate, which secures both the Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial and, the famed Pandavleni Caves. To visit Dadasaheb Phalke Memorial, you need to purchase the tickets on the ground level counter. Wherein, for Pandavleni, you need to climb 300 stone steps until you arrive at the ticket counter outside the caves.
But, in between, there’s one more venue which offers free short visits to the travelers. It’s the Buddha Vihar of Nashik which is symbolic of all the Buddhist Saints that contributed to the foundation of the Pandavleni Buddhist Caves. To get to the Buddha Vihar, you first need to take off your shoes, then walk over a short blistering-hot path to get to the main entrance. Thereafter a spiral hallway leads you to a Stupa that houses one of India’s most amazing Buddha idols. Although being a silent zone, the Stupa restricts visitors from making noise and, restricts the visit for up to fifteen-twenty minutes.
The Stupa is designed in such a manner, that even the slightest sounds echo. Which, is why, the management assures you keep it quiet, while you are here! Most importantly, the calm and energy this dome illuminates are unbelievably positive. We were so busy soaking the ancient Buddhist vibes that we didn’t realize how time flew by. However, from whatever we could gather from our short visit, here’s what we learned. This Buddhist Stupa in Nashik is a tribute to the history of Buddhism that reigns this land ever since 1st-century BC.
In early age, Stupas were built in stone to mark the important dates and to note down the significance of the Buddhist relics. While most of the Stupas have perished, the ones in Gaya, Sanchi, and Amaravati still stand as Incredible India’s most-sought-after architectural remains. This is the kind of place that you just don’t want to leave. But, after twenty minutes, we had to bid goodbye to this impeccable Dome to commence an onward journey to Pandavleni Caves. For whoever’s visiting Nashik, must certainly take a trip to this dome.