Bhaja Caves, Khandala

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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. Work out when and for how long to visit Bhaja Caves and other Lonavala attractions using our handy Lonavala vacation generator.
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  • August 17, 2017
    This cave has beuatiful carvings. Must see. Theres a little trekking here to do. But it should be maintained.  more »
  • August 16, 2017
    Its a history lover place for people like archaeologists.stairs to climb like the loghad fort in lonavala. around 269 stairs to climb.There is a waterfall beside this caves.a interesting place.  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    You have to climb certain height, just one display board explaining about the place dating back to AD first century (I think). This is similar to Karla caves with Buddhist sculptures. Guide facility w...  more »
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  • June 15, 2017
    I really love this place. Very peaceful and historical place. Found in 1909. Only problem is around 150 to 200 steps. I highly recommend for who like art and history!!
  • July 16, 2017
    Ancient historical place. It has monuments relating to the Buddhist period. The stupas are everywhere. Has a temple adjacent to it.
  • June 30, 2017
    Good Archaeological site to visit and look in to the ancient infrastructure. The caves are carved in the compound basalt flow of the Sahyadri Group. The lithology Amygdaloidal Basalt mostly.
  • June 25, 2017
    Good place, to hangout especially during rainy seasons, a lot of waterfalls start during this season and with the availability of tea stalls and roasted corn stalls, its amazing to visit this place during rains.
  • July 3, 2017
    Another Historical monument to known as Bhaje Caves as it's located in the Bhaje Village Malavli.The Monument is a beautiful place to visit.The wall carvings are dated back in 2 century BC.Do visit the place.

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