Maharashtra is known for the rock-cut caves or shrines hidden in the mountain ranges spread across its landscape. Often we feel that to experience an archaeological site we would have to travel to an obscure looking place and hunt for a route to reach an architectural marvel. The Pataleshvara Caves are situated alongside one of the busiest roads of Pune city, on the Jangli Maharaj Road, but still manage to remain aloof and preserve the historicity of the place. Let’s explore these caves, dated approximately to the seventh or eighth century. What do the caves tell us through their architecture, and how can we look at them in the urban chaos of today? Discussions surrounding the changing landscape in the area, a journey through time, history and some interesting stories are waiting to be heard at this marvellous site.
This guided tour is free.