5 most stunning cave temples around the world you must visit

The most remarkable architectural and cultural achievements in human history can possibly be found in the cave temples that are carved deep into the faces of rocks. These magnificent sanctuaries, which span continents and centuries, provide valuable insights into the imaginative and spiritual practices of the civilizations that built them.

Here are 5 most stunning cave temples around the world you must visit

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1. Khao Luang Cave, Thailand

Approximately 2.5 miles north of Phetchaburi, Thailand, is a magnificent complex of caves filled with amazing stalactite and stalagmite that house a large number of Buddha statues that are said to have been put in place by King Rama IV. Before taking the throne, Rama IV often meditated in the caves, according to Travel & Leisure Asia.

2. Ajanta Caves, India

The Ajanta Caves in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India, are made up of thirty rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments that date from the second century BCE to approximately 480 or 650 CE. The government Archaeological Survey of India has described the paintings and sculptures inside the caves as “the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting.”

3. Ellora Caves, India

The Ellora Caves, located in Maharashtra, is more than 2 kilometres long and includes 34 monasteries and temples. The caves, which date from the sixth to the eleventh century, reflect Buddhist, Hindu and Jain traditions. The Kailasa temple, a huge monolithic structure devoted to Lord Shiva and reflecting the peak of ancient Indian rock-cut construction, is the main attraction.

4. Phraya Nakhon Cave, Thailand

The Phraya Nakhon Cave Sam Roi Yot in Prachuap Khiri Khan, perhaps the most photographed cave in Thailand, is reachable by boat or foot by a steep, rocky 430-meter trek from Hat Laem Sala, as per Bangkok Post. On the other hand, visitors will be rewarded with breathtaking vistas from the cave.

5. Longmen Grottoes, China

The Longmen Grottoes, a Buddhist art treasure trove with thousands of statues and inscriptions carved into the cliffs along the Yi River, is located in Henan province, close to Luoyang. These grottoes, which were constructed during the Northern Wei Dynasty (386–534) and the Tang Dynasty (618–907 CE), show how Chinese Buddhist art evolved through their complex carvings and grand sculptures.