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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  • Located very near to the Karla caves, these caves are comparatively lesser known and thus relatively less commercialized. More than 2000 years old, these caves are our ancient heritage.  more »
  • This place is good to visit once in rainy season. At the start of this place we have a water fall which is very attractive. Best to visit this place in rainy season only.  more »
  • As at each visit of Buddhist cave, we remain stuck in front of these achievements of monks who make of Maharashtra States the most interesting to visit, as there are few tourists
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