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Bhaja Caves, Khandala

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Cut in the face of a steep cliff, Bhaja Caves features 22 Buddhist shrines well-known for their decorative features. Dating back as far as the 2nd century B.C.E., these rock cut chambers were inspired by ancient wooden architecture--the caves no. 12 (with its vaulted ceiling) and no. 18 (with its reliefs) are the best examples of this. See symbolic representation of Buddha, typical for early Buddhism, and reliefs depicting scenes from Indian mythology. Look for the carving representing two women--one playing “tabla” while the other is dancing--that proves this music instrument has a 2,000 year old history. Other distinctive features include 14 stupas with remains of resident monks and paintings of 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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  • These cannot be compared with the most famous and visited Ajanta and Ellora Caves of 2nd century BC but son anyway. The special feature of these caves are: 1) an early Chaityagriha dug in roca in Maharastra; 2) in the temple, the arched ceiling is made of wood; 3) you won't find sculptures of Buddha in the times the cost of the ticket and there is a steep staircase and 200rs for them.
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  • Bhaja caves made over 2000 years ago for travellers to stay is Superbly built and still in good condtion.v very close to khan dala. Must visit if you are history buff  more »
  • After a little walk, we reached this Bhaja Caves. This cave holds great architectural work with itself. Very peaceful place and also there was very little crowd. Excited !!!  more »
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  • Beautiful place to visit for weekend. Can be easily reached through local trains from pune n lonavla. Waterfalls on the way during monsoons are mesmerising.
  • A best place to visit in nature womb instead of lonavala khandala.Just near to malvali railway station.Two waterfalls, one previous to caves and another just after caves.We have enjoyed a wonderful tracking experience to the second waterfall ,the short cut starts at right side of main gate of bhaja caves... Somewhat risky but enjoyed a lot...
  • Bhaja caves are similar to Karla caves. Entry 15rs. We can see people enjoying the falls out of falling rain water. The views from this place is too scenic. Nature has preserved these caves for us over a period of two thousand years. Cons: difficult to reach. Auto from LVL station to Karla + Bhaja is 600 min. I suggest catch a local train from Lonavala station to Malavali station which is like 5 INR per person and we can walk 2kms to Bhaja caves. Trains are available all thru the day with frequency being 2 per hour.
  • Few caves and one single big cave with stupa . Very well made and well preserved. Kept clean and beautiful.
  • Amazing place. Will make you wonder how it must have been created 2000+ years before. I saw a waterfall inside the complex. Avoid if you are a heart or BP problem. t The climb is steep and can get dangerous during rains. Happy journey