Nearest Airport : Mumbai Airport / Chatrapati Shivaji International Airport, Mumbai
Nearest Bus Station : Mahabaleshwar (62 kms) on the way to Raigad Fort from Mahabaleshwar; Mahad (5 Kms); on a hill near Mahad on Mumbai-Goa highway (NH17) at the confluence of Gandhari and Savitri rivers.Best time to visit is during monsoons. Pune (135 Kms), Mumbai (180 Kms)
Nearest Railway Station : Veer (14 KM), Karanjadi (15 KM)
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Useful Language: English, Hindi, Marathi
Places to Visit Near by : Karle Caves, Pune; Bhaje Caves Pune; Elephanta Caves, Mumbai. Bedse Caves, Pune; Khed Caves;
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Historical Importance of Monument : There are beautiful carvings of Lord Buddha and inscription in the brahmi script carved on the wall of cave. Cave 1= Verandah in front ( 53 feet long and 8 feet wide). Cave 21= seated Buddha with attendants. Cave 8 and Cave 15 has a high dogoba. The name originates from name from two villages in the nearby of Mahad namely Pale village; earlier known as Palipattan (as per a 11th century stone inscription belonging to the Shilhara king Anant deva). It has been also mentioned in an ancient Greek text “Periplus of Erythraean Sea” dated 247 BC where Pale is mentioned as Palaipatyai.The other village is Gandhare village which is deserted since long. There are few stone steps to the top and can be climbed in only just 15 minutes. You can find some remnants of water cisterns near these caves.
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Unique experience :GANDHARPALE, Beauty hidden in mountains of Mahad. Great place to visit.
Heritage Status :NA
Why Not Endangered :yes