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Sanjay Gandhi National Park Tours

Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Encompassing 38.6 square miles (100 square kilometers), Sanjay Gandhi National Park is one of the world's largest parks within city limits as well as one of Asia's most-visited national parks. An attractive getaway from Mumbai, it's best-known as the home of the Kanheri Caves, rock-hewn monuments and dwellings more than 2,000 years old.

The Basics
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is full of beautiful greenery and features two large lakes (Tulsi and Vihar), which provide Mumbai with much of its municipal water. It's also home to a wide variety of wildlife including birds, leopards, and even tigers, as well as a Jain temple. However, most visitors (and day tours) to the park make a beeline for the Kanheri Caves, striking monastic Buddhist cave dwellings.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Sanjay Gandhi National Park is a must-visit for those with an interest in history and outdoor enthusiasts.
  • Wear solid footwear and be prepared to walk, particularly if you plan to visit the caves.
  • Sunscreen and insect repellant are a must throughout the year.

How to Get There
Sanjay Gandhi National Park is located on the northeastern outskirts of Mumbai, about an hour's drive from the airport and two hours from Colaba in South Mumbai (though travel times can take significantly longer during periods of peak traffic). To reach the park by train, travel 25 miles (40 kilometers) from Mumbai Central Railway Station to Borivali, then take a taxi or rickshaw or walk the half mile (0.9 kilometers) to the park. 

When to Get There
The best time to visit Sanjay Gandhi National Park is during the cooler, drier winter months (roughly October through March). Temperatures pick up in April and can be oppressively hot in May and June, while July through September see a lot of rainfall. If you plan to see the park’s highlight, the Kanheri Caves, avoid visiting on a Monday, when the caves are closed.
 
The Kanheri Caves
The star attraction at Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Kanheri Caves include 109 basalt cave structures dating back as far as the first century BC. These caves once housed a Buddhist monastery and feature intricately carved rock-hewn art, with pillars, cisterns, and a range of dwellings, as well as a huge meditation hall.
Address: Borivali East, Mumbai, India
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Kanheri Caves Cycling Tour in Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Kanheri Caves Cycling Tour in Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is grossly unexplored. The cycling tour will be refreshing and give you an adrenaline rush. The Kanheri Caves hold a cultural history within them. If you do not know cycling, a car will be provided or you can explore the National Park on foot. So, enjoy this activity.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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US$51.29
From
US$51.29

Buddhist Kanheri Caves & Global Vipassana Pagoda Meditation centre Tour

Buddhist Kanheri Caves & Global Vipassana Pagoda Meditation centre Tour

Calm and beautiful with a lot of flora and fauna, one such place is the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Rich with flora and fauna, the park is visited by thousands every day. The caves give you an insight into the early years of Buddhism as a religion in India. Stupas, carvings, and statues show the impact Buddhism had. It is very rare to find a beautiful scenic village in such a hustling bustling city as Mumbai. But Uttan serves as an example of that. Blessed with beautiful beaches, scenic views and interesting salt pans. Global Vipassana Pagoda which stands as a monument for peace and harmony is truly a very dovish place to be is the place visited in the latter half of this tour. The Global Vipassana Pagoda which was inaugurated by the then president Pratibha Tai Patil in 2009, is a beautiful Buddhist meditation center near the island of Gorai. It is a dome hall and has a capacity to seat around 8,000 meditators at once. The Pagoda serves as a monument of peace and harmony.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$54.60
Price varies by group size
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US$54.60
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Excursion to Kanheri Caves

Excursion to Kanheri Caves

Located on the edge of the bustling city of Mumbai are the Kanheri Caves, known for the Buddhist shrines carved into the hard rock. This private excursion is just a short trip from Mumbai and is a great way to learn more about the early Buddhist settlers who lived here and spread the teachings of Lord Buddha.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$108.00
Price varies by group size
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US$108.00
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Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The Kanheri Caves are a group of 109 Caves and Rock-Cut Monuments in the lush green Forest of the National Park in the western outskirts of Mumbai. They contain Buddhist sculptures dating from the 1st century BCE. This site is on a beautiful hillside and a secret hidden treasure of Mumbai.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$180.00
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US$180.00

Kanheri Caves & Sanjay Gandhi National Park With Global Vipassana Pagoda Mumbai

Kanheri Caves & Sanjay Gandhi National Park With Global Vipassana Pagoda Mumbai

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Our Driver-Cum-Guide comes with an experience of more than 25 years in the hospitality industry, speaks English, is caring and make the guest feels safe, the tour includes most of the entry fees to the monument, hence there is no need for putting hand in the pocket by the guest and also promotes transparency and does not use cheap marketing gimmicks by hiding things.
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  • 7 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$124.89
Price varies by group size
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US$124.89
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Kanheri Caves (Guided Half Day Sightseeing City Tour)

Kanheri Caves (Guided Half Day Sightseeing City Tour)

Explore the more than 100 Buddhist caves popularly known as the Kanheri Caves deeply nestled among the soothing surroundings of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in chaotic Mumbai City. Get the insight into rise and decline of Buddhism through the Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions, dating from the 1st century BCE to the 10th century CE on these caves. 1. Drive by the Sanjay Gandhi National Park's forest, heading deep into it in order to reach the Kanheri Caves. 2. Visit the Stupa within the caves, congregation hall supported by huge stone pillars and a dagoba or Buddhist shrine. 3. Explore the other hidden gems, temples, view point within Sanjay Gandhi National Park's forest. 4. You will also enjoy the local's favorite snacks (complimentary) during the tour.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$77.72
per group
From
US$77.72
per group
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Private Mumbai City Day Tour with Kanheri Caves Excursion

Private Mumbai City Day Tour with Kanheri Caves Excursion

Your tour begins with a pick up from your hotel, where you'll meet your guide who will bring you to Kanheri Caves. These amazing rock-cut monuments, found in Sanjay Gandhi National Park, have stood since 1st century BCE, a testament to the long history of civilization in India. Your tour guide will bring you through its hallways and corridors so you can see the Buddha sculptures painstakingly carved into them by devotees from ancient times. Following this, your guide will take you to visit to a pair of iconic pieces of architecture in Mumbai: the Gateway of India, built for King George V and Queen Mary in 1911, and the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, a 560-room wonder with ornate exteriors. Your next stop, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus station, a known UNESCO World Heritage Site, will give you a glimpse back to the Golden Jubilee of Queen Victoria, when it was first built, with its Indian-Gothic architecture. No visit to India would be complete without shopping for some spices.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$111.71
Price varies by group size
From
US$111.71
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Mumbai Caves Tour in Private Vehicle

Mumbai Caves Tour in Private Vehicle

Visit the Kanheri Caves, a group of rock-cut Buddhist monuments located in lush forests on the outskirts of Mumbai. This caves is served the purpose of Buddhist centre of education, where the religious men used to deliver lectures on the religious texts and basic moral values that one should follow. Mostly young generation like to visit this caves during monsoon season. waterfall offers a spectacular view in the monsoon season.
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  • 6 to 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$49.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$49.00
Price varies by group size

Excursion - Pagoda,Kanheri Caves & SG National Park

Excursion - Pagoda,Kanheri Caves & SG National Park

To see iconic Pagoda over the island and many ions old caves and jungle amidst concrete jungle - national park very few within the city limits.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$101.03
Price varies by group size
From
US$101.03
Price varies by group size
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Mumbai Discovery and Kanheri Caves Tour with Private Transfers

Mumbai Discovery and Kanheri Caves Tour with Private Transfers

Dating back to a period as long ago as the 1st century BCE to the 11th century CE, the Kanheri caves are located on the scenic island of Salsette, on the outskirts of Mumbai. They exhibit a range of Buddhist sculptures, carvings, paintings, etc. This set of 109 caves is carved out of rock and gain their name from the term ‘black mountain’ in Sanskrit. Explore the caves and the beauty around for 2 hours post which the guests will proceed towards the half-day city tour. This tour adds to one’s limited knowledge derived from Google covering the major attractions in Mumbai. It is important to note that the tour is often reviewed as more content-driven and structured in comparison to others, because of the validity of its facts. These stories and facts that are a result of word-of-mouth style of passing on knowledge, have not reached the dangerous realms of the internet as yet. This makes the information fresh to absorb. After the tour, the guests will be dropped to their respective hotels.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$53.42
Price varies by group size
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US$53.42
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Mumbai Full-Day Private Tour with Kanheri Caves

Mumbai Full-Day Private Tour with Kanheri Caves

The tour starts with pick up from the centrally located hotels in Mumbai. The first destination will be the Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The caves get its name from a Sanskrit word “Krishnagiri”, which means black mountains. There are about 109 caves carved from basalt rock. These caves served as a center of Buddhist influence in Indian history during ancient times. One will find the Buddhist stupas, a congregation hall, and marvel rock-cut carved out into ingenious water channels. Later, we will proceed towards the Mumbai City tour. This tour adds to one’s limited knowledge derived from Google covering the major attractions in Mumbai. It is important to note that the tour is often reviewed as more content-driven and structured in comparison to others, because of the validity of its facts. These stories and facts that are a result of word-of-mouth style of passing on knowledge from our guide. The tour ends by dropping the guests at their respective hotels in Mumbai.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$64.95
Price varies by group size
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US$64.95
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Tour of Kanheri Caves and Global Vipassana Pagoda

Private Tour of Kanheri Caves and Global Vipassana Pagoda

The tour starts with pick up from the centrally located hotels in Mumbai. The first destination will be the Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The caves get its name from a Sanskrit word “Krishnagiri”, which means black mountains. There are about 109 caves carved from basalt rock. These caves served as a center of Buddhist influence in Indian history during ancient times. One will find the Buddhist stupas, a congregation hall, and marvel rock-cut and carved out into ingenious water channels. Later, we will proceed towards our next destination. Global Vipassana Pagoda, which stands as a monument for peace and harmony is truly a very dovish place visited in the latter half of this tour. The Global Vipassana Pagoda which was inaugurated by the then president Pratibha Tai Patil in 2009, is a beautiful Buddhist meditation center near the island of Gorai. The tour ends by dropping the guests at their respective hotels in Mumbai.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
From
US$71.20
Price varies by group size
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US$71.20
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Private Tour: Kanheri Caves From Mumbai

Private Tour: Kanheri Caves From Mumbai

The Kanheri Caves are considered among Mumbai’s most impressive historic attractions, but exploring solo means missing the hidden secrets they hold. On this tour, begin with pickup at your Mumbai hotel and spin through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in comfort by private air-conditioned vehicle. With your guide to lead the way, admire ancient Buddhist statues and decipher inscriptions dating from the 1st century BC to the 10th century AD.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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US$171.00
Price varies by group size
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US$171.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

Kanheri Caves Tour

Kanheri Caves Tour

See another side of Mumbai on this Kanheri Caves tour! Located in the wooded hills and valleys on the outskirts of Mumbai, Kanheri Caves are considered to be the finest in India. Between 1500 and 2000 years old, the hand-cut caves offer a glimpse into India’s strong historical connection with Buddhism. After exploring the caves, we will have a traditional family lunch in a local home and then visit the stunning gold-clad Global Vipassana Pagoda.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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US$61.00
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US$61.00

Sanjay Gandhi National Park(SGNP) + Kenheri Caves + Lion Safari + Jain Temple

Sanjay Gandhi National Park(SGNP) + Kenheri Caves + Lion Safari + Jain Temple

Ways to Experience Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Jungle Safari at The Kanheri Caves with Young Tours And Travel. Trip to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park from Mumbai Explore the wooded park and visit its Kanheri Caves Delve into some of the 109 Buddhist caves, hand-hewn in about 400 BC The park is also known as Borivali National Park since it is located in Borivali, a suburb of Mumbai. The famous Kanheri Caves are located within the park. A famous Jain Temple is also situated in the park. GLOBAL VIPASSANA PAGODA The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a Meditation Dome Hall with a capacity to seat around 8,000 Vipassana meditators (largest such meditation hall in the world) near Gorai, North-west of Mumbai, India. The Pagoda was inaugurated by Pratibha Patil, then President of India on 8 February 2009. It is built on donated land on a peninsula between Gorai creek and the Arabian Sea. The pagoda is to serve as a monument of peace and harmony.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
From
US$84.00
Price varies by group size
From
US$84.00
Price varies by group size

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