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Cut in the face of a steep cliff, Bhaja Caves feature 22 Buddhist shrines known for their decorative features. Dating back as far as the 2nd century BCE, these rock-cut chambers were inspired by ancient wooden architecture--the caves number 12 (with its vaulted ceiling) and number 18 (with its reliefs) are the best examples of this. See symbolic representations of the Buddha, typical for early Buddhism, and reliefs depicting scenes from Indian mythology. Be sure to look for the carving representing two women--one playing "tabla," the other dancing--a scene that proves this music instrument has been around for 2,000 years. Other distinctive features include 14 stupas with remains of resident monks and paintings of the Buddha. Put Bhaja Caves and other Lonavala attractions into our Lonavala trip itinerary website, and watch your holiday take shape.
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Bhaja Caves reviews
nice caves with great structure.. we have to trek a little to get to this cave.. its an ancient cave..
nice caves with great structure.. we have to trek a little to get to this cave.. its an ancient cave.. more »
A Nice Climb on stone stairs to reach this place & check the artistry of people in the past centuries. Really amazing....A must visit during Rainy season & in winter (however early in the morning or..... more
A Nice Climb on stone stairs to reach this place & check the artistry of people in the past centuries. Really amazing....A must visit during Rainy season & in winter (however early in the morning or..... more »
Amazing hand carved stone caves by Buddhist Monks some 5000yrs ago. This place is located in an amazing surrounding. A good half day visit.
Amazing hand carved stone caves by Buddhist Monks some 5000yrs ago. This place is located in an amazing surrounding. A good half day visit. more »
A very beautiful place. Barely 1km walk. There is no trek as there are stairs to walk. It is a very quite place where you can meditate and feel refreshed. Entry fees is only ₹25. Buddhish Heritage and architecture can be seen. There is no food or water stall so do take a bottle of water if necessary. Also, a request to all to not ruin the heritage by writing on the caves or littering.
This place has various caves and ancient walls beautiful structured.entry fees is 25 rs for adults and child below 3 years is free.till base vehicles can be brought but to reach the place there are big steps.on an average it takes around 45 mins to reach the top.the steps are wide enough and safe in monsoon.the distance between 2 steps is much which may make you feel tired while climbing the view from the top is very awesome.it is a one time visit. archeological wise it was very good for people who interests it. There is a small waterfall view in the end visible in monsoons but it is fenced every where . photography has an extra charge. You can visit morning as no light facilities are there inside and some of the caves stink a lot so be careful.worth enjoying the view after the climb.
Amazing place. Heritage of Buddhist culture. Need to climb around 150 to 200 steps and steps are bit steep. In monsoon the route to caves is very scenic with blue skies above, foggy environment, rains in between, lovely waterfalls and monsoon clouds with white streaks. Entry fee of 25 rs to be paid for entry. It's a preserved site and no food or water facilities at top so keep that in mind. The worship place chaitya and stupas are superb. Enjoy the waterfalls too
Bhaja Caves is home to one of the ancient Buddhist religious centers, is one among the proud monuments to be protected. The entry fee is ₹25 for locals & ₹300 for foreigners. The security staff also serve as guides who are well verse in Marathi, Hindi & English. It needs a bit more maintenance, few of the spots were closed for public, I guess it was due to the monsoon impact. Again I went off season, during monsoon the natural waterfalls would be the highlight. It was barely a waterfall when I visited. The steps are uneven but not too tough to climb. The locals will be there provide regreshments like buttermilk, lime soda / juice, fruits & water bottle etc.. for minimal price.
Bhaja caves are one of the oldest caves near Pune. It is at hight of 400m from the ground. You can visit with kids. Best time to visit during rainy and winter months. The Bhaja Caves share architectural design with Carla caves. Lots of musical instruments have been crafted on the stones, that shows long history of musical instruments. If you love to visit historical places then this is the one of the best option to visit. Please note you need to climb around 350 steps to reach on the top.
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