Bagh Caves

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Bagh Caves are a group of nine rock-cut monuments nestled among the southern slopes of the Vindhyas in the charming town of Bagh, located in the Dhar district of Madhya Pradesh, India. These caves boast exquisite mural paintings created by master artists of ancient India. Although the term “cave” might be misleading (since they are not natural caves), these architectural wonders are a testament to India’s rich cultural heritage.

How to Reach

By Air The nearest airport to Bagh Caves is Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport in Indore, approximately 197 kilometers away. From the airport, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Bagh.

By Train The Dhar Railway Station is the closest railhead to Bagh Caves, situated about 97 kilometers away. Trains from major cities like Indore, Bhopal, and Ujjain connect to Dhar. After reaching Dhar, hire a taxi or take a local bus to reach Bagh.

By Bus Bagh is well-connected by road. You can take state-run buses or hire a private taxi from nearby cities like Indore, Ujjain, or Bhopal. The scenic drive through the Vindhya hills adds to the charm of your journey.

Two-Day Itinerary

  • Day 1: Exploring the Caves

Cave 4 (Rang Mahal): Start your exploration with the magnificent Cave 4, also known as the Rang Mahal or Palace of Colors. Admire the intricate murals depicting Buddhist themes. Cave 2 (Pandava Cave): Visit Cave 2, which houses well-preserved paintings. These materialistic artworks resemble those found in the famous Ajanta Caves. Cave 3 and 5: Explore the remnants of paintings in Caves 3 and 5. These fragments provide glimpses into the ancient artistry. Gujari Mahal Archaeological Museum: In Gwalior, visit this museum to see the carefully preserved Bagh Cave paintings.

  • Day 2: Local Experiences

Baghini River: Take a stroll along the Baghini River, which flows near the caves. Enjoy the serene surroundings. Local Cuisine: Savor traditional Madhya Pradesh cuisine at local eateries. Don’t miss the dal bafla, poha, and jalebi. Bagh Town: Explore the quaint town of Bagh. Visit local markets, interact with friendly residents, and soak in the rural charm. Sunset Viewpoint: Climb up to a nearby hill for a breathtaking sunset view over the Vindhya ranges.

Offbeat Places

Dhar Fort: While in Dhar, visit the historic Dhar Fort. The panoramic views from the fort are mesmerizing. Bee Falls, Pachmarhi: If you have extra time, consider a day trip to Pachmarhi, where you can explore the stunning Bee Falls.


Accommodation options in Bagh are limited but cozy. Consider staying in local guesthouses or budget hotels.

Go Next

After exploring Bagh Caves, you can head to nearby destinations like Indore, known for its street food, or Ujjain, a significant pilgrimage center.

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