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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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  • 2500 years ago buddhist munks carved this temple and caves out of the mountain with impressive planning and technique. A very deep silence was permiating the caves, making the it very condusive to spi...  more »
  • This place is awesome for everyone special for young ones. We did tracking to visit this place enjoyed caves, Nice place for couple, for this place visitation one must make plan in advance and should ...  more »
  • We 3 friends visited bhaja caves its near to lonavla the rick driver took 150rs and dropped us there. A little bit of steps, not too much. Should visit this place by morning or afternoon. There is a e...  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