Friday, March 30, 2012

Pandava Cave and Falls : Panna, Madhya Pradesh

Pandava Cave was visited by the Pandavas during their exile. It is a beautiful place nestled in the forest and slate rocks. Now it’s a picnic spot for locals. During the freedom struggle Chandrashekhar Azad also lived at this place.
How to reach Pandava Caves?
Pandava Cave and Falls is some 20 km from the Panna Tiger Reserve, 34 km from Khajuraho and en-route to Panna city.
Places to see in Pandava Caves
When I started descending towards the falls the first thing I noticed was the protective iron railings all through the way that looked like the edge of a gorge.
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Beyond the railings there was a breathtaking oval shaped valley and a serene lake of emerald colored water. This lake is supposed to be more than 100 ft deep. As per legend, Arjun cut the rocks by his arrows to make way for the flow of fresh water into the lake.
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One thing that surprised me was the water flowing continuously in-between the mountains, not from the top.
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As I started descending I saw the slate rocks all over my right side.
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The left side was a lake area and about the middle of a rock, a stream of Ken River was making its way to the lake. Look further left and one can notice some caves on the other side of the lake.
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There are five caves which was supposedly used by the five Pandava’s. The five shrines are also built by locals in front of those caves. There is one cave below at the water level. It is supposed to be the bedroom of Draupadi, the wife of five Pandavas.
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This is the view of the lake and waterfall from the cave that was supposedly Draupadi’s bedroom.
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Probably these serene environment and the fresh sparkling water of the river Ken must have given them a good time and it was not as bad as we get to know through the stories of Mahabharata.
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The beauty of this place left me mesmerized. The mixed feeling of being a part of history and witnessing the miracle of nature gave me a sense of fulfillment. 
Where to stay around Pandava Caves?
The first option is Jungle Camp which is located next to the entrance of the Panna Tiger Reserve and another is Ken River Lodge. Jungle Camp was tented accommodation with a proper wooden door. The room was air-conditioned with a double bed, cable connection and excellent washroom facilities. The charge includes the breakfast and dinner. Ken River Lodge was an ideal setup at the bank of River Ken, in complete isolation.  The entire property is made of woods and surrounded by forest. A rustic charm is a prime advantage of this place.
What to eat?
The best eating option in Panna is the Machan or the tree-house restaurant of the Ken River Lodge. The restaurant serves excellent Indian buffet meals and is particularly known for their tandoori items.

1 comment:

  1. PANDAV CAVES AS IT IS KNOWN AS ARE NOT ACTUALLY WHERE PANDAV DWELT. IT'S A MISCONCEPTION. THEY ARE BUDDHIST CAVES USED FOR PRACTICING PENANCE. BELIEVE IT OR NOT BUT IT HAS BEEN MADE TO SAY LIKE TO MAKE IT POPULARITY BY THE HINDUS. I AM NOT SAYING THIS. BETTER DO SOME RESEARCH THEN WRITE.THANKS

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