we went there mid morning, and by the time we reached the top it was noon. It can be very tiring, hence start early in the day. Go in a big group, as the area can be secluded, and some idiots can be found hanging around all the time. The carving of Lord Buddha is awesome, and so is the coolness u experience when u enter the huge cave next to the statue. Worth a visit, only if you are game for walking quite a bit.