Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Pancha Rathas, a monument complex filled with impressive monolithic Indian rock-cut architecture. Five seventh-century monoliths representing chariots stand in the complex, and you can walk into them like buildings. When you go, look for the Dharmaraja Ratha, a pyramidal structure adorned with elegant carvings. On its east side, the structure features Indra, the demigod of rain and storms. Elsewhere, find the huge monolithic sculpture of an elephant. Consider hiring a guide to escort you around the monuments and provide some historical background. Choose to start, finish, or center your holiday on a trip to Pancha Rathas by using our Mahabalipuram trip planner.
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Pancha Rathas reviews
The five chariots are artistic masterpieces. One may keep spending time and still wondering how the pallava kings sculptured such marvels. This is a must-do. more »
This site history is marvellous and the guide was very good, he knows perfectly his place,takes time, is and friendly, and speaks very good english. don't hesitate when you come to ask form him. more »
Very good place. Very peaceful and best for relaxation on weekdays and on winters. Very good place to spend leisure time. Very good place of Indian history and rich Indian culture. It is clean and well maintained. Lots of restaurants close by. Easy to find. Lots of guides speaking multiple languages like French, German, Hindi are available at the place.
Nice ancient historical place. Must visit is you are in Chennai, all are single stone carvings and done wonderfully. Kudos to the Masons of olden times
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