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. Put Bhaja Caves and other Lonavala attractions into our Lonavala trip itinerary website , and watch your holiday take shape.
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  • These are good ancient caves. Less crowded than Karla caves. To reach there, have to de-board at Malawali station.  more »
  • must visit if visiting lonavala.... the short treck is worth it.... there are waterfalls nearby which are also beautiful...  more »
  • This is the only place in lonawala, i found worth visiting. Although we had to climb some stairs but the caves are good. The climb is also manageable. My father aged about 73 years also managed to go ...  more »
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  • More You Visit The More Fall In Love With This Place And There Is Always Something New To Learn From This Place. Best Time To Visit These Caves Is During Rainy Season. This Place Is Now Under Guidance Of Incredible India Organisation,They Are Making Good Change At The Location Cleanliness.
  • These caves are well maintained and clean. It's maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India. A must visit if you're food of ancient structures.
  • Beautiful caves on the hills. We have to climb stairs for nearly a kilometre. Stairs are in good condition and place well maintained. Worth a visit.
  • Good place to visit. Located on a hill. Vehicle can go till foot of the hill. Have to climb around 200 steps from there. There is a small waterfall near the road..
  • This place is beautiful. It's something you'll want to visit during the monsoon. There are two forts to trek nearby plus some very beautiful waterfalls too.

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