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Pandavas Were The Greatest Travellers In Indian History. 5 Things That Prove It:

  1. Mana (Uttarakhand)
  2. Tungnath (Uttarakhand)
  3. Solan (Himachal Pradesh)
  4. Pandavleni Caves, Nasik (Maharashtra)
  5. Arvalem Caves, Majorda Beach (Goa)

Day 1. Mana Pass - Last Indian Village On Tibetan Border, Gateway To Heaven

Mana Pass - Last Indian Village On Tibetan Border, Gateway To Heaven
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It is believed that, Mana Pass is the way to heaven as taken by Panch Pandavas and you’ll start believing the same as soon as you visit this place. The gorgeous heavenly views will leave mesmerised. The presence of of Badrinath, Kedarnath, Joshimath and Tungnath peaks around this village makes this a must visit destination in Uttarakhand.

HolidayIQ Traveller Susmita Gupta from Bangalore shares, “10230 feet above sea level, 3 km from Badrinath and 50 km from civilization is this last village in Indian territory called Mana, which has only 15 houses. From here you can walk up to Tibet - to Mansarovar. The local people believe that this is the route the Pandavas had taken when they walked up to heaven at the end of their great rule in Bharata. The story here says that when the Pandavas reached the source of the Saraswati River and it was so big and untamed that Draupadi was scared to cross the river. And so, the thoughtful and caring Bhima had pushed these two huge rocks together (as you see in the pic) to form a bridge for Draupadi to cross over. It took me 3 days by car from Delhi to reach here. But it was all worth all my life.”

Day 2. Tungnath - Highest Shiva Temple In The World, Built By The Pandavas

Tungnath - Highest Shiva Temple In The World, Built By The Pandavas
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The temple here is the highest of the five Panch Kedar temples that are situated in the Tungnath mountain range, which lies in the district of Rudraprayag of Uttarakhand. Moreover, the Lord Shiva Temple in Tungnath is one of the highest temples in the world. Tungnath Temple was built by the Pandavas for pleasing Lord Shiva. 

HolidayIQ Traveller Akhil Mikhuri shares, “If you're visiting Uttarakhand, please don't miss on an opportunity to visit Tungnath by far the most beautiful place in Chamoli District of Uttarakhand. It's about 4 hrs drive from Karanprayag to Chopata. Another beautiful place. From Chopata its 3 km uphill trek to the Tungnath Temple. There's another place that goes by the name of Chandrashila. Its must visit place to see the snow covered Himalayan Ranges. The sight of sparkling snow covered ranges is mesmerizing to say the least.”

Day 3. Pandav Gufa, Solan - The Oldest And Longest Cave In The Himalayas

Pandav Gufa, Solan - The Oldest And Longest Cave In The Himalayas
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Atop Mount Karol in Solan lies the oldest and the longest cave of the Himalayas, commonly referred to as Pandava Gufa. It’s a breathtakingly beautiful trek from the base village that takes you to this 28 km wide cave where, Pandavas lived and meditated during their exile.

Day 4. Pandavleni - Pandava Caves With Buddhist Influences

Pandavleni - Pandava Caves With Buddhist Influences
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The caves were carved out from the 4th century BC till the 12th century AD as abodes for the idols of the local kings. The caves lodge idols of Buddha and Bodhisattva. Some caves are intricately connected by stone-cut ladders that join them to the other caves. Steps lead to the caves from the bottom of the hill. The peak of the Pandavleni is also accessible by trekking of about 20 mins but the path is well built with steps.

HolidayIQ Traveller Gajanan Raner shares, “It is an amazing place I seen in my life I really love this place. I and friends really enjoyed this. It was organised in rainy season so our enjoyment gets doubled with rain an amazing caves. It is the place where I want to visit again. Time spent at this place is amazing.”

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Day 5. Arvalem Caves, Goa - A Mythical Twist In A Fun Destination

Arvalem Caves, Goa - A Mythical Twist In A Fun Destination
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Represented as one of the ancient monuments of the region, these rock cut caves are believed to be constructed by the Pandavas as an abode during their exile. Often referred to as the Pandavas Caves, archaeologists have traced the origin of these caves that dates back to around the 5th or the 6th century. Comprising five compartments in the cave complex, the third of the middle compartment has a Shivalingam. The shafts of the four other caves are decorated with carved Shivalingams that are the replica of popular Elephanta and Ellora caves. Besides, the Shivalingam in the second cave with an inscription in Sanskrit and Brahmi characters of the 7th century possesses historical importance for archaeologists.

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