Bedse Caves

I had been to a place called “Bedse caves” near Pune. Its about 45 KM on old Mumbai – Pune highway near Kamshet. Its a beautiful place and less crowded, thanks to the fact very few people knows about it.

I started at 10:30 and took old Pune-Mumbai highway. I will not say it was a good drive till I reach end of Nigadi. After that it was fairly good. Typical 2 lane highway tarmac road. I spotted Indica V3 on this route while driving in opposite lane. After driving for about 40 KM I reached Kamshet. You have to take a left turn under arch to reach Bedse village. Its about 9 KM from this arch. Road in Bedse village is almost non existent. Had to do off roading of about a 1 KM to reach the base of the hill where the caves are situated.

You may consider Bhaja Caves the next.
Bhaja/Bhaje caves are next to Malvale village.

How to reach:
Travel further on the NH till you reach a milestone which says : Lonavla 7 km.
Further up there is a right turn which lead to Malvale station.

Cross the railways station, cross the expressway, and you will reach the Bhaje village.
Climb up the Bhaja caves.

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Getting here :
Reach LONAVLA-KAMSHET Railway station.
Walk on the road to PAWNA dam to KALE COLONY. (6 Kms) A bifurcation leads to the caves, just above the road.

http://www.geocities.com/marioarland/Lonavla/bedse_caves.htm

Excavation period : These caves can be traced back up to 1st century B.C.
Location : The Bedse caves are located about 9 kms on the road from Kamshet railway station (on the Mumbai-Pune line) to Kale colony. 16 kms south to the Kalra-Bhaja caves, these caves are situated at a distance of 20-25 minutes(walk) from the Bedse village at stiff hill.
About :

There are two main caves. The main cave which is the Chaitya (prayer hall) has a beautiful Stupa. Both the caves have some carvings as well. The caves are facing eastwards. So it is recommended to visit the caves early morning as in sunlight the beauty of carvings is enhanced.

The ornamentation is made up of miniature rails and repetition of window fronts or facades with a number of water cisterns in front of the Chaitya with one of the inscriptions belonging to Mandavi princess Samadinaka who got this facility made for monks and Buddhist devotees.

The Vihara has 9 cells and couple of side cells. In one of the larger cells is a non-Buddhist deity Yamai that is worshiped by the Kolis. Below in the village, under a tree is the Tandula stone of Bedsai. A palki (palanquin) from this village goes up to Yamai’s shrine and then to Vaghoba (deity of the pass) up the hill every year.

Apart from these two main caves, there are other minor caves around the area, including a small one with a Stupa in it and another meditation cave above the main caves. There are steps cut into the rock to approach this small cave. There are spring fed water tanks cut into the rock below the caves and the water is good enough to drink. Water is available all year round.

A very famous incident is told about the caves. Till around 1861, the carvings on the walls and the Stupas were in proper condition. A British Officer after hearing about this arranged his visit there. When the local officer came to know about this, he urgently employed labour to clean and paint the walls of the caves.

Bedse Caves is one of the few places which is less crowded and worth visiting. People know about the Karle-Bhaje caves but have hardly heard of Bedse Caves. The trilogy of the caves (Karla – Bhaje – Bedse) in Mawal Region can’t be completed without Bedse. An easy hike through steps leads to the caves.

Getting there:
Bedse Caves can be reached from Pune via Kamshet. They can also be reached via Paud – Tikona Peth – Pawananagar. Alternate route is from Somatne-Phata on the Pune-Mumbai NH4 Highway.The Bedse caves are located about 9 kms on the road from Kamshet railway station (on the Mumbai-Pune line) to Kale colony. You can get there by Lonavala local train in the morning at 8 AM from Pune and get off at Kamshet station which comes after Vadgaon. The one way second class fare from Pune to Kamshet is 10 INR.

From Kamshet station there are bus services every 15 minutes going to Kale colony. Get into this bus and ask the conductor to drop you off at Bedse village. The bus fare is 3 INR and the bus journey takes about 15 minutes. A fifteen minute level walk from this drop off point will take you to the base of the mountain through Bedse village. The cave itself is visible from the bus / drop-off point as a hole-in-the-wall to your right.

If you decide to drive there in your own vehicle, take the Mumbai-Pune road till you reach Kamshet, about 48 kms from Pune. At Kamshet, do not enter the town. Take the left fork, or bye-pass (if you are driving from Pune), proceed about 300 meters along it, and turn left under an arch with a signboard. Bedse village is 9 kms from here.

You can park your vehicle(s) at Bedse village.From Bedse village, there is a well-marked, easy path going up. The climb is short and easy. It will take anywhere between 15 to 30 minutes. If you need directions, just ask anyone in the locality nearby. Guides charge 10 INR and happily take you right up to the cave.

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http://wikimapia.org/10074837/bedse-caves-hills
Coordinates: 18°43’13″N 73°32’15″E looks wrong
18°43’16″N 73°32’6″E

These caves are though to be poorer in design and execution. A chaitya thought to be later than KARLA are a good example of early Buddhist architecture.
Grade : Easy
Getting here :
Reach LONAVLA-KAMSHET Railway station.
Walk on the road to PAWNA dam to KALE COLONY. (6 Kms) A bifurcation leads to the caves, just above the road.
http://www.geocities.com/marioarland/Lonavla/bedse_caves.htm

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http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kamshet
Kamshet (??????) is located in the state of Maharashtra, India, 110 km from Mumbai (Bombay) City, and 85 kilometers from Pune. It is 11 km away from the twin-hill stations of Khandala and Lonavala; and is accessible from Mumbai (Bombay) and Pune by road and rail. The area around Kamshet is surrounded by scenery, and is the home to small villages that are still built in the traditional style (with mud, thatch and reeds).

Bedse falls 8-10 Km south of Rautwadi which is in Kale Colony while going towards Phagana Dam on the river Pawana near Kamshet.

Bedse Caves is one of the few places less crowded and worth visiting. People do know about the Karle-Bhaje caves near Pune but have hardly heard of Bedse Caves. Truly trio logy of the caves in Mawal Region can’t be completed without Bedse. Bedse Caves are not more than a 20-25 minutes of walk from village Bedse.

They are facing east so it is obviously advisable to visit the caves early morning as in sun light the beauty of carvings is doubled. The period can be traced back up to 1st century b.c. A very famous incidence is told about the caves. Till around 1861 the details in paints, the carvings on the walls and the stupas were in proper stage. A British officer after hearing about this arranged his visit there. When local officer came to know about this, he urgently employed labour and clean the caves and painted the walls. The Caves today are not well cared of. But still their beauty definitely catches hold of an aesthetic mind.

Restaurant : Available
Lodging : Available
How to Go : Regular buses from Shivajinagar and Pune Station.
Map : Click Here
Connecting Places : Karle-bhaje | Lonavala | Tung-Tikona | Shri Ghorawadeshwar

http://www.aroundpune.com/bedsecaves.htm

Kamshet Railway Station
Elevation: 607 m above sea level

http://indiarailinfo.com/station/map/3155
Station Distance
Kamshet 0 km
Vadgaon 10 km
Talegaon 14 km
Lonavala 16 km
Khandala 19 km
Begdewadi 19 km
Dehu Road 23 km
Akurdi 28 km
Chinchvad 31 km
Pimpri 33 km
Bhivpuri Road 34 km
Dapodi 40 km
Neral 40 km
Khadki 41 km
Matheran 41 km
Karjat 44 km
Sivajinagar 45 km
Vangani 47 km
Pune Junction 47 km
Ghorpuri 48 km
Hadapsar 50 km
Pen 52 km
Nagothane 53 km
Panvel 55 km
Kolad 56 km
Kalamboli Goods 58 km
Navade Road 60 km
Roha 60 km
Loni 61 km
Taloja Panchand 63 km
Indapur 64 km
Mangaon 68 km
Nild 69 km
Shahad 71 km
Ambivli 72 km
Dombivil 74 km
Diva 75 km
Goregaon Road Halt 76 km
Badlapur 76 km
Uruli 76 km
Veer

http://indiarailinfo.com/departures/3155

Mumbai, take the Eastern Express highway from Sion in north-eastern Mumbai and turn at the traffic light that leads to the Sion-Panvel Highway (this is NH4). Drive past the suburbs of Chembur, Deonar, Mankhurd and past the new townships of Vashi, Navi Mumbai, Nerul and Konkan Bhavan through to Kalamboli, Panvel, Khalapur and Khopoli. Drive up the Bor Ghat after Khopoli past Khandala, Lonavala, Karla, Kamshet, Vadgaon and Talegaon up to Dehu.

http://www.discoverpune.com/Pune-Travel-Roadways.aspx

Lohagad
Lohagad fort is a formidable fort near Pune. Lohagad makes an ideal trekking destination for trekkers from Pune because of its accesibility, ease of the trek and lush green surroundings. Lohagad is 3400 feet high and is a very wide spread fort. There are 4 doors to Lohagad from the nearby village Lohagadwadi. Lohagad divides the basins of the Indrayani and Pavna and is situated the Sahaydris.
To reach Lohagad from Pune one can either take a local train; there are a number of local trains operating between Pune and Lonavala; you can take any of them and alight at Malawli. If one is driving from Pune to Lohagad one has to take the Pune Bombay highways and get off the highway at Malawli. From Malawli railway station, the fort is just 9 km away. Vehicles can go up to the foot of the hill. From here, which is near a village called Lohagaon, there are steps to the fort, numbering approximately 500.

off the highway at Malawli. From Malawli railway station the fort is just 9 km away. Vehicles can go up to
to the foot of the hill. From here, which is near a village called Lohagaon, there are steps to the fort, numbering approximately 500.,However, people can also walk all the way till the fort. Bhaje Caves is on the way to Lohagad if a small diversion is taken. This walk is a particular favorite of trekkers, especially in the monsoon. It is a simple and easy trek and the distance from Malawli station to Bhaje gaav takes about 20 min. Distance between Malawli and Lohagadwadi can be covered in around 2-2.5 hrs. The trekking route is not very treacherous even when it rains and even inexperienced climbers can easily walk till the fort enjoying the particularly picturesque scenery, lush green grass, cool mountain air, and the pleasant salubrious climate. A variety of birds and insects can also be spotted in these hills.
to Bhaje gaav takes about 20 min. Distance between Malawli and Lohagadwadi can be covered in around 2-2.5 hrs. The trekking route is easy even when it rains and even inexperienced climbers can easily walk till the fort enjoying the picturesque scenery, lush green grass, cool mountain air, and the pleasant salubrious climate. Lohagad is an ideal one day trek because of its ease and accesibility especialy the local trains.
http://www.puneritraveller.com/lohagad.html

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