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Barabar Caves - The Oldest Rock-Cut Caves Tour from Patna Bihar

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Trip Overview

Explore the Barabar Caves, an ancient rock-cut cave complex dating back to the Mauryan period. Marvel at the intricate architecture and significant historical inscriptions, while experiencing the spiritual aura of these sacred caves, which are among the oldest surviving rock-cut structures in India.


Highlights

  • hassle-free tour to the ancient Barabar Caves and back from Patna.
  • No haggling over the fares and waiting in long lines to avail a comfortable vehicle.
  • Service of an experienced driver and a well-maintained car.


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Barabar Caves - The Oldest Rock-Cut Caves Tour from Patna Bihar Overview

Located about 25 km from Bodh Gaya, Barabar Hills have India's oldest surviving rock-cut caves, called Barabar Caves. The Barabar caves probably belong to the Mauryan period and were believed to have been used by Buddhist monks. The architecture of these extraordinary caves is fairly unique and famous for the echo effect in the inner chamber. There are four caves in the hills: Karan Chaupar, Lomas Rishi, Sudama, and Visva Zopri. The Nagarjuni hills nearby also have three such caves. These caves date back to at least 250 BC.


Barabar Caves - The Oldest Rock-Cut Caves Tour from Patna Bihar Suggested Itinerary

  • The driver will pick you up from the hotel/residence address within Patna city limits at a time selected while booking.
  • Post-pickup, you will be driven to the Barabar Hills, which are about 100 km from Patna. It will take you close to 4 hours to reach Barabar Hills.
  • Upon arrival, you may visit the following suggested places; you may skip OR add a few of your own:
  • Lomas Rishi Cave: This cave has an arch-shaped facade that replicates the wooden contemporary architecture. Rows of rock-cut elephants lead the way to the stupa emblems.
  • Sudama Cave: This cave is dedicated to the great Maurya empire, Ashoka. This cave has bow-shaped arches.
  • Karna Chaupar Cave: This cave has inscriptions dating back to 245 BCE.
  • Visva Karma Cave: This cave can be accessed from the Ashoka steps carved in the cliff. It has two rectangular rooms.
  • After the Barabar Hills tour, you may proceed to the Nagarjuni Hills, which you will be driven to from Barabar Hills, and begin with a tour of the three caves there:
  • Gopi Cave: This cave was built by the grandson of Ashoka, Dasharatha, as per the inscriptions. It is located on the south side of the hill.
  • Vadithi-ka-Kubha cave: This cave is located on the northern side of the hill and is dedicated to the sect of Ajivikas by Dasharatha.
  • Vapiya-ka-Kubha cave: Like the Vadithi-ka-Kubha cave, this cave is also dedicated to the sect of Ajivikas by Dasharatha.
  • Karandam Cave: This cave is smaller compared to others but holds historical significance. It features a simple design with a plain entrance. Visitors can observe ancient inscriptions and architectural details within.
  • Vishwa Shanti Stupa: While not part of the Barabar Caves complex, the nearby Vishwa Shanti Stupa in Rajgir is often included in tours. It offers panoramic views of the surrounding landscape and serves as a symbol of peace and harmony.
  • Ancient Inscriptions: Throughout the caves, you'll find inscriptions in Brahmi script dating back to the Mauryan period. These inscriptions provide valuable historical information and contribute to the understanding of ancient Indian culture and society.
  • The Barabar Caves are nestled amidst picturesque surroundings, with lush greenery and serene landscapes. Take a moment to appreciate the natural beauty of the area while exploring the caves.
  • After the completion of your tour, you will be driven back to Patna and dropped off at your hotel/residence within Patna city limits.

 Please Note

This is not a guided tour.
Its a suggestive itinerary, you can add or skip any of the places.

Basic Details

Start Point
Patna Hotel/Residence
Finish Point
Patna Hotel/Residence
Start time
6:00 am 7:00 am 8:00 am 9:00 am See more
Category
Tours & SightseeingFamily-friendlyReligiousCorporate Team-Outing
Trip Code
O914A2675

Inclusions

  • All transportation using air-conditioned cab.
  • Pickup and drop-off in Patna city limits.
  • Driver and fuel charges.
  • 300 kilometres of usage (can be extended with extra charges).
  • Itinerary mentioned is a suggestion, you can add/skip places.

Exclusions

  • Monument entrance fees.
  • Any toll and parking fees (To be paid on actual).
  • Personal expenses.
  • Any meals for the guests.
  • Night charge of Rs. 300 applicable if used beyond 10:00 pm.
  • Anything not mentioned in the inclusions above.
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Important Information

  • This is not a guided tour.
  • The guests may choose to skip or add any new attraction in the destination of the tour.
  • The booking price is applicable if the pick-up and drop-off is the same location.
  • Pick up and drop off location can be different but an extra charge will apply. To be paid to the driver directly.
  • Sedans (4-seater) models provided are Suzuki Dzire, Toyota Etios or similar.
  • SUV (6-seater) models provided are Toyota Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Suzuki Ertiga or similar.
  • Night charge of Rs. 300 is applicable if the cab service is used between 10:00 pm to 6:00 am.
  • The tour has a limit of 250 kilometres. 
  • After 300 kilometres, additional per kilometre charge will be applicable (to be paid directly to the driver).
  • For Sedan (4-seater) - Rs. 12 per km (additional kilometre).
  • For SUV (6-seater) - Rs. 15 per km (additional kilometre).
  • The driver will know the local language, English speaking driver can be requested by you during the booking in "Special Request" section, the team will try their best to fulfil the request but the same cannot be promised for sure.

Cancellation Policy

  • Full refund if cancelled before* 3 days
  • No refund after that

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

We have two options Sedans & bigger SUVs. In Sedans we provide Suzuki Dzire, Toyota Etios mostly, sometimes it could be Nissan Sunny. In SUVs we provide Toyotta Innova, Mahindra Xylo, Suzuki Ertiga. You can request a particular model while booking in Special Request\'s and we try to provide it however you can not pick and choose exact car models. We operate only AC vehicles and hatchbacks are not available.

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No. All our tours are private and exclusively for your family or group.

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You need to book online from this page. We accept only online bookings. Booking is confirmed instantly through SMS and Email. Driver & Cab details are automatically sent on SMS/Email/Mobile App 2-4 hours before pick-up time.

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Yes, all sightseeing tours need to be booked in advance. Tours often sell out so we suggest booking early to guarantee your desired tour day. Bookings are completely online and you can book on Website or Mobile app.

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As this is a private tour, you are free to spend as much time you seem fit on each attraction. Some landmarks are more time-consuming than others and you can decide where to spend how much time. Just keep in mind the hourly usage included in your Tour, extra charges would apply if that limit is exceeded. Also night charges apply if you cross night time, please check Inclusions/Exclusions/Important Info for details.

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The itinerary mentioned on these private tours are a suggestion for your destination. You are free to skip or add other points. Let your personal driver know if you want to visit other places.

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No these are purely sightseeing tours and we do not do provide stay/accommodation or do Hotel bookings on for you as part of these tours. For Multi-day sightseeing tours you need to book your hotels yourself.

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If you wish to have an English driver who would drive you around the tour or drop you from one place to another, please mention the same in the Special Request section while booking. Any request would be taken into consideration and we will try arranging the same, although it\'s not a 100% Guarantee.

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Meet-up Information/Reporting Point

  • The driver will pick you up directly from your hotel or a specified pick-up point within city limits. Please enter the full pick-up address at the checkout page.
  • The contact person details and phone number are shared in the booking voucher sent to you via email after booking.
  • The driver and cab details are shared 2 to 4 hours prior to the tour starting time
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