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Bhaja Caves Tours

Bhaja Caves
SItuated in the Western Ghats, and within day-tripping distance of Mumbai, the Bhaja Caves is a series of 22 rock-hewn cave structures dating back to the 2nd century BC. They're worth visiting for their beautifully carved prayer halls, stupas, and relics, along with their depictions of scenes from Indian mythology. 

Overview
Although often overshadowed by the nearby Karla Caves, the Bhaja caves are equally worth a visit; in fact, most people end up going to both, often as part of an organized tour from Mumbai or Pune. The caves feature all sorts of stupas and intricately carved depictions of deities, as well as carvings of people playing the Indian tabla drums (an indication of just how old that instrument is). 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Bhaja Caves are a must-visit for anyone interested in history and architecture.
  • Remember to wear sunscreen and a hat—it can get sunny.
  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a lot of walking 

How to Get There
Bhaja Caves, located about a two-hour drive from Mumbai, are frequently visited in conjunction with the Karla Caves (about a 20-minute drive north). There are plenty of tours from Mumbai that stop at both, though independent travelers can also reach both sites by bus via the nearby town of Lonavala.

When to Get There
The caves are open daily from 8am to 6pm. The best time to visit is first thing in the morning, when there aren't as many people around and when temperatures are cooler. Many people visit the Karla Caves first; beat crowds by switching it up and doing the reverse. The best time of year to visit is from October through March; April and May can be hot and June through September can be rainy.

The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)
Most of India’s ancient attractions, including these caves, are managed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), a government organization charged with preserving and maintaining ancient sites. Through its regularly published books and reports, the organization is an excellent resource for those looking to deepen their knowledge.
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Lonavala - Hill Station Tour From Mumbai

Lonavala - Hill Station Tour From Mumbai

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Lonavala has been blessed with nature's beauty in abundance. This awesome tour will relax and rejuvenate your mind. Be awestruck by visiting the different places of the majestic hill station like Ryewood Park, Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Lonavala Lake, Tungarli Lake, Karla cave and Lohagad Fort. So be ready to enjoy your day in the greenery hill station. Karla Caves The Karla Caves or Karle Caves or Karla Cells are a complex of ancient Indian Buddhist rock-cut cave shrines located in Karli near Lonavala, Maharashtra. The shrines were developed over the period – from the 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD. Bhaja Caves The caves are 400 feet above the village of Bhaja. The inscriptions and the cave temple are protected as a National Monument, by the Archaeological Survey of India per Notification No. 2407-A. It belongs to the Hinayana Buddhism sect in Maharashtra.
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$109.00
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US$109.00
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Karla and Bhaja Caves Tour

Karla and Bhaja Caves Tour

Untouched with the modern advancements, Karla is the spot that is giving tribute to Buddhism faith. One of the largest things to see is the prayer hall intricately crafted as Great Chatya Cave. It is said that they were built between 2nd and 3rd Century BC by the Buddhist monks, these caves are situated in the Aurangabad District of Maharashtra, quite near to the Bhaja Caves. These caves exist amidst a range of hills near Lonavala (20 km). Karla serves as a fascinating weekend destination on the Pune-Mumbai highway, approximately 40 km from the heart of Pune.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$82.06
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Excursion to Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai

Excursion to Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai

This tour include visit to Karla & Bhaja Caves with professional driver and guide. We provide pick up and drop off from all Mumbai city hotel. We are further flexible to adjust the guest requirement during the tour.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$243.00
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Private Full-Day Excursion to Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai

Private Full-Day Excursion to Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai

Explore best-preserved Buddhist rock-cut caves in India on a full-day tour to the Karla and Bhaja Caves. Depart Mumbai in the morning to spend time at each cave complex, learning about Buddhist heritage in India while visiting impressive monasteries, prayer rooms, and temples that were carved into rock mountains some 1,500 years ago. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$188.00
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2000 year old Buddhist trail to Karla & Bhaja Caves as a day trip from Mumbai

2000 year old Buddhist trail to Karla & Bhaja Caves as a day trip from Mumbai

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Step back in time over 2,000 years while you visit the Karla and Bhaja Caves on a day trip from Mumbai. See carved sculptures of Buddhist significance, monasteries and monk residences from the first century, and shelters made from traders traversing the Arabian Sea and Deccan Plateau hundreds of years ago. Enjoy a personalized experience on this private tour that is also inclusive of lunch.
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  • 12 hours
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US$184.75
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Karla & Bhaja Ancient Buddhist caves from Mumbai

Karla & Bhaja Ancient Buddhist caves from Mumbai

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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 & Karla Cave is the largest Hinayana Buddhist chaitya (temple) in India
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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US$85.90
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Same Day Excursion Trip to Lonavala, Karla & Bhaja Cave from Mumbai

Same Day Excursion Trip to Lonavala, Karla & Bhaja Cave from Mumbai

Lonavala is a hill station surrounded by green valleys in western India near Mumbai. The Karla Caves & the Bhaja Caves are ancient Buddhist shrines carved out of the rock. They feature massive pillars and intricate relief sculptures. Entrances to monuments mentioned in the itinerary and English speaking guide service is well included. We provide pick up and drop off from Mumbai city hotel. We are further flexible to adjust your requirement during the tour if possible.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$194.00
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US$194.00
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Lonavala & Khandala Hills & Caves (3 Days)

Lonavala & Khandala Hills & Caves (3 Days)

On this package tour enjoy mesmerizing glimpses of Lonavla & Khandala and visit some prominent spots of the location. Visit the Karla Caves & the Bhaja Caves the ancient Buddhist shrines carved out of the rock. Explore the Lohagad an ancient fort rises to an elevation of 1,033m above sea level. Private transport from mumbai will remain on disposal at your services during the trip. We provide local English speaking guide during sightseeing visit to Cave & Fort.
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  • 3 days
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US$487.00
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US$487.00
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Lonavala & Khandala Hills & Caves (2 Days)

Lonavala & Khandala Hills & Caves (2 Days)

On this package tour enjoy mesmerizing glimpses of Lonavla & Khandala and visit some prominent spots of the location. Visit the Karla Caves & the Bhaja Caves the ancient Buddhist shrines carved out of the rock. Explore the Lohagad an ancient fort rises to an elevation of 1,033m above sea level. Private transport from mumbai will remain on disposal at your services during the trip. We provide local English speaking guide during sightseeing visit to Cave & Fort.
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  • 2 days
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US$342.00
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US$342.00
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Day Trip Experience to Lonavala hill Station with caves and Forts from Mumbai

Day Trip Experience to Lonavala hill Station with caves and Forts from Mumbai

After pick–up from your hotel in Mumbai, travel roughly 3 hours in an air-conditioned private vehicle to reach Karla around 10:00 am. Take a walk through the impressive site, ascending 200 steep steps to reach the caves, excavated thousands of years ago from a hillside in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. The rock-cut shrines were developed for Buddhist monks to use during the monsoons. They featured chaityas (prayer halls) with intricate carvings, the largest of the rooms measures 148 feet and was created in the 1st century B.C. After exploring the caves, take a break to purchase lunch at a restaurant of your choice. Then head to the Bhaja caves, another religious site near the Karla Caves. At the end of a full day, drive back to your Mumbai hotel where your tour ends with a hotel drop off.
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  • 6 to 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$153.85
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US$153.85
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Motorcycle tour from Mumbai to Karla & Buddhist Caves

Motorcycle tour from Mumbai to Karla & Buddhist Caves

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Ride through a 2000 year old trade route through the scenic Mumbai Lonavala highway to magnificent monasteries up in the hill, prayer halls, exquisite sculptures carved on rocks, residences of monks of the first century as well as shelters made for weary travelers of the ancient trade routes between the Arabian Sea and the Deccan Plateau.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$138.47
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Lonavla - Khandala Private Full Day Tour from Mumbai

Lonavla - Khandala Private Full Day Tour from Mumbai

Too often we keep traveling from one city to another. While each city has a distinct charm, sometimes all you need is a soothing drive to a place which calms you. Lonavla is just that! Especially beautiful during the monsoons, this Full Day Private Tour is what you need to let some steam off!
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  • 9 to 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$150.00
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7 days Maharashtra Delights with Ajanta and Ellora caves

7 days Maharashtra Delights with Ajanta and Ellora caves

Maharashtra is a beautiful state with unique culture and heritage. This tour will let you explore some very nice spots that are very famous. You will be amazed by the natural beauty of , Lonavala, Khandala. Visit to Sundar Narayan Temple in Nasik. Excursions to Ajanta and Ellora caves and much more.
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  • 7 days
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US$650.00
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Private Tour Of Karla And Bhaja Caves From Mumbai

Private Tour Of Karla And Bhaja Caves From Mumbai

Visit the ancient Buddhist caves at Karla and Bhaja near Mumbai. The caves date back to the 2nd century B.C. and offer a great insight into the lives of the Buddhist monks who lived there. The drive to the caves takes you past the countryside and hills and valleys. Highlights • Private tour of ancient rock-cut caves • Commentary from your own private guide • Learn about the history of Indian rock architecture, one of the oldest styles of religious architecture
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$262.00
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US$262.00
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