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Bhaja Caves
Bhaja Caves

Bhaja Caves

Bhaje Caves Road, Maharashtra, India

Overview

Although often overshadowed by the nearby Karla Caves, the Bhaja caves are equally worth a visit; in fact, most people end up going to both, often as part of an organized tour from Mumbai or Pune. The caves feature all sorts of stupas and intricately carved depictions of deities, as well as carvings of people playing the Indian tabla drums (an indication of just how old that instrument is).

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • Bhaja Caves are a must-visit for anyone interested in history and architecture.

  • Remember to wear sunscreen and a hat—it can get sunny.

  • Wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for a lot of walking

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How to Get There

Bhaja Caves, located about a two-hour drive from Mumbai, are frequently visited in conjunction with the Karla Caves (about a 20-minute drive north). There are plenty of tours from Mumbai that stop at both, though independent travelers can also reach both sites by bus via the nearby town of Lonavala.

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When to Get There

The caves are open daily from 8am to 6pm. The best time to visit is first thing in the morning, when there aren't as many people around and when temperatures are cooler. Many people visit the Karla Caves first; beat crowds by switching it up and doing the reverse. The best time of year to visit is from October through March; April and May can be hot and June through September can be rainy.

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The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)

Most of India’s ancient attractions, including these caves, are managed by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI), a government organization charged with preserving and maintaining ancient sites. Through its regularly published books and reports, the organization is an excellent resource for those looking to deepen their knowledge.

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