Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram

Bhima Ratha, Tamil Nadu

Wonder Pancha Rathas, Mahabalipuram   In short Pancha Rathas are some of the most surprising structures not only in Mahabalipuram but in the whole Southern India. This group of ornate, monolithic structures was cut from a single stone in the late 7th century. Rating 52.5% GPS coordinates 12.6088 N 80.1895 E Location, address Asia, India, Tamil […]

Masroor Rock Cut Temples (Masrur Temples)

Masroor Temples, India

Wonder Masroor Rock Cut Temples (Masrur Temples)   In short Undeservedly little known wonder of Himalayas is an amazing temple complex – Masroor Temples. Surprisingly little is known about these unique structures, hewn more than 1,000 years ago in live rock. Rating 47.8% GPS coordinates 32.0727 N 76.1371 E Location, address Asia, India, Himachal Pradesh, Kangra […]

Kanheri Caves

View from the hill above Kanheri Caves towards suburbs of Mumbai

Wonder Kanheri Caves   In short The exotic jungle of Sanjay Gandhi National Park at the outskirts of Mumbai hosts large basaltic outcrop. This basalt massif in contains 109 rock-cut Kanheri caves – more than 2000 years old Buddhist cells and shrines. Rating 45.3% GPS coordinates 19.2084 N 72.9062 E Location, address Asia, India, Maharashtra, 22 […]

Udayagiri Caves, Khandagiri Caves

Holy man in Khandagiri Cave, India

Wonder Udayagiri Caves, Khandagiri Caves   In short Two hills – Udayagiri and Khandagiri near Bhubaneswar – are located only some 150 – 200 m apart and contain unique monuments of ancient Indian culture – Udayagiri Caves and Khandagiri Caves. Udayagiri means “Sunrise Hill”. Udayagiri has 18 caves, Khandagiri – 15. Count of caves though is […]

Bhaja Caves

Entrance in chaityagriha, Bhaja Caves

Wonder Bhaja Caves   In short Significant monument of art, architecture and history is a group of exquisite rock cut chambers at the valley of Indrayani River – Bhaja Caves. These 22 rock-cut caves have been created approximately 2,200 years ago, sometimes around 200 BC. Rating 49.8% GPS coordinates 18.7293 N 73.4811 E Location, address Asia, […]

Karla Caves

Karla Caves, the most magnificent rock-cut chaitya in India. Note the ancient wooden details

Wonder Karla Caves   In short India hosts nearly immense wealth of ancient rock-cut architecture for diverse tastes. But many eyewitnesses agree that the most impressive chaitya – Buddhist prayer hall – is located in Karla Caves. Rating 50.1% GPS coordinates 18.7834 N 73.4702 E Location, address Asia, India, Maharashtra, Pune district, 8 km north-east from […]

Badami Cave Temples

Badami Cave 3 in India, entrance portal

Wonder Badami Cave Temples   In short The first ruler of the Early Chalukya dynasty, Pulakesi I established a new capital for his kingdom sometime around 540 AD. This city was located at the mouth of a steep ravine and initially was named Vatapi. Nowadays it is known as Badami. Rating 45.3% GPS coordinates 15.9182 N […]

Elephanta Caves

Inside the Great Cave, Elephanta Caves in India

Wonder Elephanta Caves   In short The center of one of the largest cities in the world – Mumbai – is just 10 kilometers away from the small, forested Elephanta Island. Forests and cliffs of this island hide magnificent secrets – Elephanta Caves, giant chambers hewn in a solid cliff and adorned with some of the […]

Ellora Caves, Kailasanatha Temple

Kailasanatha, India

Wonder Ellora Caves, Kailasanatha Temple   In short The last great cave temples of India are Ellora Caves – group of 34 monasteries and temples made at the ancient trade route between the nearby Paihan and the important city of Ujjain. Not that many know that in total in this area there are more than 100 […]

Ajanta Caves – rock cut Buddhist temples

Ajanta Caves, Cave No 20 in the forefront

Wonder Ajanta Caves – rock cut Buddhist temples   In short Unique feature of Indian cultural heritage is rock-cut chambers – cave temples and monasteries. In total, we know more than 1,500 such temples spread out throughout the country. These temples contain an incomprehensible amount of art values – paintings, sculptures, inscriptions. Archaeological and historical investigations […]