Cut in the face of a steep cliff, Bhaja Caves feature 22 Buddhist shrines known for their decorative features. Dating back as far as the 2nd century BCE, these rock-cut chambers were inspired by ancient wooden architecture--the caves number 12 (with its vaulted ceiling) and number 18 (with its reliefs) are the best examples of this. See symbolic representations of the Buddha, typical for early Buddhism, and reliefs depicting scenes from Indian mythology. Be sure to look for the carving representing two women--one playing "tabla," the other dancing--a scene that proves this music instrument has been around for 2,000 years. Other distinctive features include 14 stupas with remains of resident monks and paintings of the Buddha. Put Bhaja Caves and other Lonavala attractions into our Lonavala trip itinerary website, and watch your holiday take shape.
Tours To Bhaja Caves
Lonavala - Hill Station Tour From Mumbai BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $109
Duration: 9 to 11 hours
Private Full-Day Excursion to Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $188
Duration: 9 to 10 hours
Lonavla - Khandala Private Full Day Tour from Mumbai BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $150
Duration: 9 to 11 hours
Bhaja Caves Reviews
The caves are near Bhaje village. The nearest railway station is Malavli. There are 22 rock-cut Buddhist Caves. There are around 230 steps uphill to the caves. more »
Buddhist culture caves, nice place for a half day weekend visit from Pune. If you have already seen Ajanta, there is nothing much special about this place. If Ajanta is the movie, this is just a... more »
Impressive construction or actually carving in the mountain. The path is paved all the way up from the road to the Caves,which makes the short walk even more simple. The starting point is just few meters after the waterfall. There are a lot parking near by. Entrance fee is paid along the way up. Foreigners are paying much more than locals, yet it is much.
Entry fees Rs. 25 From bhaje village on left side steps are there. Steps are properly built. 250 steps will take 20 minutes to reach at caves.. We spent Half an hour there. Reach before 12 pm to avoid hot climate.
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