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Karla Caves, Lonavala

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Marvel at the astonishing Buddhist cave shrines built into the rocky hillside at Karla Caves. Head inside the shrines, constructed between the 2nd century BCE and 5th century CE, to discover inscriptions, art, and stupas (dome-shaped structure used as shrines). Witness incredible examples of ancient Buddhist architecture and culture displayed within the caves. The complex contains a Buddhist monastery, which once had two 15 m (49 ft) long pillars, of which only one now remains. Inside the main cave, discover a huge 45 m (148 ft) long and 14 m (46 ft) high "chaitya" hall, carved from stone and one of the largest of its kind in India. Regular maintenance work often causes parts of the protected monument to close to the public. Our Lonavala family vacation planner makes visiting Karla Caves and other Lonavala attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
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  • Visited many years ago when we were living in Mumbay. An exemple with other buddhist excavations nearby of the buddhist monks way of life 2000 years ago. A long climb to reach the caves but a marvello...  more »
  • Cannot be compared with the most famous Ajanta and Ellora but I am always very ancient grote (2nd century BC). Is near lonavala, about 12 km, and there are no public transport to get there. To view them you need to rely on a tuc tuc or a private car. Once you arrive you should make a nice and tiring walk up steep stairway. Entrance ticket costs 200rs for foreigners. Frankly in the chaityagriha (a boardroom or prayer hall that houses a stupa), one of the largest in India, home to beautiful sculptures in and on the pillars, I said other than that, the rest of the caves are cells of meditation and prayer. No other son closed or inaccessible.
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  • Not worth to see the old caves with bad smell and also far from the main road and not secure in the night going.  more »
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  • Lovely caves which is surprisingly well preserved. View from the top is mesmerizing. Few things visitors should keep in mind.. Caves are obscured by a local temple built much later than the caves. Temple visitors cause litter and pollution. Road to caves/temple is very steep and not recommended for new drivers. Steps from parking to caves/temple are uneven and difficult for aged . They better avoid climbing.
  • Its karla caves and ekveera devi temple. Ekveera is main goddess for agari and koli (fishermen). Due to the temple this place is always crowded. Road is bad and parking is horrible. Temple management is very bad. Dont hv clean sanitation. People coming to temple r noise polluters and help to create debris of waste. Caves r well preserved but in coming years due to the increased tourist inflow caves will damaged. I can see the chamges in last 20yrs.
  • The Karla Caves or Karle Caves or Karla Cellsare a complex of ancient Indian Buddhistrock-cut cave shrines located in Karli nearLonavala, Maharashtra. This place is closed to Pune city. It's too peaceful place.
  • The Marvellous Ancient Karla Caves are presently a well-liked traveler destination to own an in depth look into the traditional Buddhist design and culture. These caves reveal Buddhist ideologies through inscriptions and stupas. Karla Caves area unit the biggest cave temple in India and is found in Lonavala. These rock cut caves are assumed to be designed around one hundred AD by Buddhist nuns.
  • While the structure itself is impressive and awe inspiring, the facilities provided by government is pathetic. Be ready for: Broken, potholed, untarred roads that connect the site from NH-4 Steep approach road - slippery, potholed, devoid of side rails Inadequate parking - mostly grabbed by local auto-rickshaws Garbage, and in huge quantity everywhere Poor, EXTREMELY POOR maintenance We paid for vehicle entry and in addition purchased tickets for individuals. But very disappointed with the services provided by government. Few loitering government employees were more keen to make visitors purchase tickets than help or guide visitors. Typical sick mentality of government staff I suppose. There is a temple at the site, but seems constructed much later than the earlier times caves were carved out. Verdict: Either give it a pass or risk lives. No facility available for elderly or physically challenged and they are expected to climb 125 broken & dangerous steps just like others.