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Karla Caves Tours

Karla Caves
A popular day trip from Mumbai, the Karla Caves is a series of Buddhist shrines that were carved from a hillside thousands of years ago, with many dating back to the first century BCE. Here you'll find beautifully preserved prayer halls and monasteries, many decorated with intricate sculptures of elephants, horses, and people.

The Basics
Getting to the Karla Caves involves a bit of work, including a trudge up some 350 stairs from the base of a hill (or 200 from the parking lot) that’s lined with vendors selling snacks and souvenirs. At the top, you’ll find multiple caves, including a main prayer hall with a teak roof and a large window that allows sunlight to trickle in and shine onto a stupa at the rear. It's a fascinating place to explore on your own or with a group. With a guide, you’ll delve deeper into the history and significance of the site.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • This is a must-visit for those interested in history and ancient culture. 
  • Wear sunscreen and a hat—it can get sunny and hot.
  • Getting to the caves involves a steep walk up hundreds of stairs.

How to Get There
Karla Caves are situated in the village of Karla in Maharastra, about a two-hour drive from Mumbai on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. The easiest way to get here is by joining a day trip from Mumbai, which tend to pair the Karla Caves with the nearby Bhaja Caves. Travelers can also also reach the site via bus, with frequent services departing from Lonavala starting early in the morning.

When to Get There
The Karla Caves are open daily from 9am to 7pm, though they’re at their least crowded first thing in the morning, when temperatures are also cooler. Avoid coming during the rainy monsoon season, which starts in June and can continue until September; not will you end up soggy, but the steps can be dangerous when slippery.

Rock-cut architecture
India is well known for its rock-cut architecture like that at Karla Caves, with many of the earliest examples dating back to the third century BCE. Instead of building temples, structures were cut out of pre-existing caves and slabs of rock. There are around 1,500 such structures across the country, most of which have a religious or spiritual significance.
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Karla and Bhaja Caves Tour, Mumbai - A Guided Experience

Karla and Bhaja Caves Tour, Mumbai - A Guided Experience

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Karla and Bhaja Caves are located near Lonavala in Maharashtra. There is also a waterfall near the cave known as the Bhaja Waterfall. Lohagad and Visapur forts are not far from these caves. Karla Cave is the largest Hinayana Buddhist chaitya (temple) in India built during Satavahana's rule. Karla is the best example of rock-cut architecture. It takes nearly 20 minutes to climb up the steep way of the Karla caves. Enjoy Beautiful Scenery of the Amazing Mumbai-Pune Expressway en-route Lonavla. Explore Karla caves and Bhaja caves and after that visit Bhaja Waterfall for amazing Pictures. Note- The return time for every trip is 10 pm if the time exceeds 10 pm then from 10 pm to 12 midnight an additional driver allowance of Rs. 300 is payable. If the time crosses 12 midnight then an additional days charge is payable. Pick-up Time: 9:00 AM Duration: 12 Hrs Start point & Endpoint: All travelers will be picked and drop back to the hotel. Maximum occupancy: 7 Pax Minimum occupancy: 2 Pax
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$34.76
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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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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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US$85.90
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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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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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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$184.75
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US$184.75
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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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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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Best of Maharashtra (Mumbai, Nasik, Shirdi, Aurangabad & Lonavala) (10 Days)

Best of Maharashtra (Mumbai, Nasik, Shirdi, Aurangabad & Lonavala) (10 Days)

This 10 days Best of Maharashtra tour will take you through some of the well-known and interesting places of this state. You will explore the financial capital of India Mumbai & UNESCO world heritage caves of Elephanta, Ajanta, Ellora, Karla & Bhaja. You will also visit ancient holy city Nasik & 2 Jyotirlinga Temples of lord shiva. Small village Sani Signapur famed for door less houses and hill of Lonavala & Khandala are also part of your itinerary.
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  • 10 days
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US$1,933.00
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Lonavala and Khandala Day Tour from Mumbai

Lonavala and Khandala Day Tour from Mumbai

Explore the famous hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala on this day tour and take a pause in the lap of serene lush green hills. See beautiful Khandala and Lonavala from Mumbai in the comfort of a private car with a kilometre inclusion of 300 KM. Take this Lonavala tour and visit places like Lonavala Lake, Lohagad Fort, Kune falls and many more on a comfortably driven private cab.
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  • 12 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$65.92
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US$65.92
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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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US$150.00
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Mumbai to Lonavala Monsoon Drive in Private Vehicle

Mumbai to Lonavala Monsoon Drive in Private Vehicle

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Experience the season of love and romance in the beautiful Western Ghats. Lonavala one of the most spectacular hill stations near Mumbai. Wearing a cloak of serenity and mostly covered with a layer of mist during monsoon, this little hill town has been a perfect hideaway for mountains and monsoons lovers.
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  • 12 to 15 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$75.00
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US$75.00
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Full day guided tour of Lonavala from Mumbai

Full day guided tour of Lonavala from Mumbai

Lonavala a small hill station located between Mumbai & Pune an amazing getaway to take a break from the Metropolitan life of big cities. It’s a delight for a photographer who wants to capture a different side of India. The guided tour starts with hotel pick up and a very scenic drive to Lonavala, The vantage points in Lonavala i.e. Tiger’s point and Lion’s point offer a panoramic view of the valley and the mountains. The Shree Narayani Dham Temple gives insight into the local culture and beliefs of the localities. The magnanimous four-storeyed temple also houses idols of Ganpathi, Hanuman and several other deities which are decked up with dazzling jewels and in beautiful apparel. The magnificent Karla caves located 10 km from the city center offers a deep insight into the beliefs of the ancestors of this place. The caves are made through cutting the huge rocky hills and carving out pillars to support the caves. The caves also house a Buddhist temple, monastery, and a hall.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$70.56
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US$70.56
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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US$650.00
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Private Lonavala Day Trip from Mumbai

Private Lonavala Day Trip from Mumbai

This tour from Mumbai to Lonavala covers all famous tourist spots including the magnificent Bhushi Dam
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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US$97.15
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Private Guided Tour of Lonavala and Buddhist Karla Caves from Mumbai

Private Guided Tour of Lonavala and Buddhist Karla Caves from Mumbai

The tour starts with pick up from centrally located hotels in Mumbai. Lonavala is around 90 km away from Mumbai and the drive to Lonavala is scenic. You will come across lush green trees, mountains, lakes, and beautiful waterfalls (during monsoon). This tour offers a visit to a couple of viewpoints, a lake & a dam, a temple, and ancient Buddhist caves. From the vantage points in Lonavala i.e.Tiger’s point and Lion’s point that offers a panoramic view of the valley and the mountains to the Bhushi Dam that gives the majestic view of the water falling off the steps, this tour is a delight to every visitor to dive into nature away from the city hustle-bustle. The magnanimous four-storeyed Shree Narayani Dham Temple gives insight about the local culture and beliefs of the localities and the magnificent Karla caves located 10 km from the city center offer a deep insight into the beliefs of the ancestors of this place. The tour ends by dropping our guests to their respective hotels in Mumbai.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$80.31
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US$80.31
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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
  • Taking safety measures
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US$262.00
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US$262.00
Price varies by group size
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