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. Using our online itinerary creator, Lonavala attractions like Karla Caves can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • Karla Caves wonderful place on top of the Hill Superb carvings of the Time of Buddha Excellent piece of Sculptor Very well preserved heritage place Very peaceful feeling inside the Caves Wonderful vie...  more »
  • Located on top of a hill, this beautiful place that houses caves more than 2000 years old is our heritage that must be well preserved. But to my dismay, this place is not maintained and visitors have ...  more »
  • The Temple Hall in the cave is very impressive and definitely worth a visit of this. Unfortunately, the remaining caves are barely accessible, since they are not open to the public. The Kanheri Caves at Sanjay Gandhi National Park in Mumbai are overflowing my opinion more impressive and much less touristy.
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