Located in a spectacular landscape between Gondal and Virpur in the Rajkot district of Gujarat, Khambhalida is a famous archeological site containing 15 Buddhist caves dating to 4th-5th century AD. Out of these three are in good condition. The caves are cut in the limestone rock nestled in the both sides of a spring. The main cave features a chaitya. Two large size sculptures of the Bodhisattvas on both sides of the chaitya are the masterpieces of Khambhalida
These Bodhisattvas are: Avalokitesvara (the Lord who Looks Down), also called Padmapani (the Lotus –Bearer) on right and Vajrapani on left. Vajrapani is considered the foe of evil and sin in Buddhism. Both the figures are surrounded by attendants.
The Khambhalida caves were discovered by famous archeologist P. P. Pandya way back in 1958.
How to reach
Rail: Virpur is the nearest railway station on the Rajkot-Junagarh section of Indian Railway, well connected with other cities and places in India. Virpur is 45 km from Rajkot.
Air: Nearest airport is at Rajkot which is connected by air with other cities and places in India
Road: Situated 7 km off the National Highway-8B near Virpur. NH 8B links Bamanbore to Porbandar.
Best Time to visit
Anytime is good time to visit the Khambhalida caves. However, October to March is ideal to visit Khambhalida caves as the period experiences very pleasant climate. Weather remains hot and humid during the summer season that lasts from March to June.