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“Great escape from Mumbai hustle bustle” 5 of 5 stars
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Kanheri Caves
Sanjay Gandhi National Park | Borivli East, Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Ranked #19 of 259 Attractions in Mumbai (Bombay)
Type: Caverns/ Caves, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Outdoors
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Great escape from Mumbai hustle bustle”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Since it inside Sanjay Gandhi National park u require private vehicle to reach. Not many steps to reach the caves.very scenic view from the top with water stream flowing throughout the year. One main cave with tall Buddha statues and stupa.
Take some soap or cleansing agent to clean your hand as the place is full of bats. Good for half day picnic if u are looking for something other than malls with in city limits

Visited November 2012
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“The forest right inside the city”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2013

The Kanheri Caves constitute a group of rock-cut monuments that are located north of Borivali on the western outskirts of Mumbai, India. Deep within the green forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the caves are 6 km from the main gate & 7 km from Borivali Station. Tourists can enter after 7:30 a.m. The Kanheri Caves demonstrate the Buddhist influence on the art and culture of India. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit Krishnagiri, which means black mountain. They were chiseled out of a massive basaltic rock outcropping.
These caves date from the first century BCE to the 10th century CE. One hundred nine caves have been carved from the basalt. Unlike the elegant splendor of the adjacent Elephanta Caves, the earlier cells are spartan and unadorned. Each cave has a stone plinth for a bed. A congregation hall with huge stone pillars contains the stupa, a Buddhist shrine. Farther up the hill are canals and cisterns, the remains of an ancient system that channeled rainwater into huge tanks.
Most of the caves are used as the Buddhist viharas, meant for living, studying, and meditating. The larger caves were chaityas, or halls for congregational worship; are lined with intricately carved Buddhist sculptures, reliefs and pillars; and contain rock-cut stupas for congregational worship. The Avalokiteshwara is the most distinctive figure. The large number of viharas demonstrates the well organized establishment of Buddhist monks. This establishment was also connected with many trade centers, such as the ports of Sopara, Kalyan, Nasik, Paithan and Ujjain. Kanheri was a University center by the time the area was under the rule of the Maurayan and Kushan empires.

Visited August 2012
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“A must”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

If you are a Buddhist, or interested in history, or needing a bit of space and greenery. This is a great outing near Mumbai. 108 rock carved Buddhist caves dating from 2d century BC to 8 century AD. Remarkable, walking in the footsteps of the ancients, great views, some fitness needed. Beware of the monkeys, guard any food you may carry.

Visited December 2012
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“Great carvings”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

This place exist in the middle of the city which is one of the best city I have lived in. Quite a good place for outings with the family. For overseas visitors a recommended place to see when in Mumbai.

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“Among the inspiring works of mankind”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

We visited the caves Feb 17 and were not disappointed. Here is some advice: Give yourself at least three hours to see the caves and be prepared to walk a lot and climb some steep steps. Keep in mind the caves are closed on Mondays. Bring your own water - although there are fruit vendors at the site, there are no snacks available. I think entry costs 100 rupees (around $2.00) per person.

Here is how we did it: We contacted Delna Karbhari the concerge at the very excellent Trident Nariman Point hotel in Mumbai. She arranged for a guide and driver to meet us at the airport and drive directly to the caves before checking in at the hotel. We made these arrangements with Ms. Karbhari months ahead of our visit.

The guide, Ida, was very knowledgeable and professional. Ida is a lawyer but now works as a guide for the Mumbai area. She also has a masters in history so do not be surprised if she gives very detailed answers, complete with dates, to your questions. If you intend to stay at the Trident (I have reviewed the Trident in Tripadvisor) and want to see these monumental caves, you might want to contact Ms. Karbhari and request Ida to be your guide. We also requested Ida on our Mumbai city tour the day after visiting the caves. Of course, you can make other arrangements and use other guides. I can only relate my own experience. But give the Trident concierge consideration. You will not be disappointed.

Visited February 2013
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