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Bhaja Caves, Lonavala

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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.
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  • A Nice Climb on stone stairs to reach this place & check the artistry of people in the past centuries. Really amazing....A must visit during Rainy season & in winter (however early in the morning or.....  more
    A Nice Climb on stone stairs to reach this place & check the artistry of people in the past centuries. Really amazing....A must visit during Rainy season & in winter (however early in the morning or.....  more »
  • Amazing hand carved stone caves by Buddhist Monks some 5000yrs ago. This place is located in an amazing surrounding. A good half day visit. 
    Amazing hand carved stone caves by Buddhist Monks some 5000yrs ago. This place is located in an amazing surrounding. A good half day visit.  more »
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  • Awesome place to visit it takes u to that era.Its a devine feelings. The steps were not steep. And best time to visit is early morning. The caves are well maintained and security persons helped us with our questions. The top view is superb. I simply enjoyed my visit.
  • My Bhaja Buddhist Caves trip was really splendid experience. The location of the cave is really wonderful, Cave is totally depend on how much we enjoy either with our families or with friends. Spend a day on such a elevation height 'view is mind blowing, totally tension free experience.

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