Bhaja Caves, Khandala

4.1
#3 of 17 in Parks in Lonavala
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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  • If you like archeology and if you like to visit places which are built by our ancestors then you will love this place.  more »
  • Post monsoon or winters one day family tour you can enjoy with food at nearby dhabha. Summer and rainy season one should avoid to go.  more »
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