Ranked 14 among Places to Visit in Lonavala
Ideal Time: 2-3 hrs
The Karla and Bhaja caves are among the oldest caves in India and date back all the way to 160 B.C. and are situated near Lonavala in Maharashtra. The Bhaja caves are a group of 22 rock-cut caves which are believed to have existed from the times of Hinayana phase of Buddhism, which is of 2nd to 1st century BC. Karla Cave is the largest Hinayana Buddhist chaitya (temple) in India Travel back in time on this trip to ancient Indian rock-cut caves with the best rock-cut architecture of all times. The ancient caves are protected as Monument of National Importance by the Archaeological Survey of India.
The Bhaja caves are sited just 3 km away from the main road amidst green surroundings and there is also a spectacular waterfall near the cave where visitors can refresh themselves with a dip. Lohagad and Visapur forts are not far from these caves and can be visited if you have more time on your hands. Beyond this is a unique cluster of 14 stupas, five inside and nine outside a smaller cave. Karla Cave was built during Satavahana's rule and is a perfect example of rock-cut architecture. For people wanting to explore and learn interesting architecture, Karla and Bhaja caves are the perfect places to visit.
Air: Nearest airports are at Pune (64kms) and Mumbai (International airport 110 kms). From here you can take an auto or taxi to reach the caves.
Rail: The nearest railway station is Malavi. From Malavli, Bhaja lies on the right side of the tracks.
Road: Pune is well connected to all the main cities of Maharashtra as well as the rest of the country by road. There are regular bus services available between Pune and Mumbai, Nasik, etc.ë_
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