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Address: Karli, Lonavala, India
Phone Number: +91 97664 25981
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$82.00*
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Private Full-Day Excursion to Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai
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$94.00*
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Private Day Tour: Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai

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The carving on the walls and the single rock cut structure just makes you think how did they do it centuries ago without any modern technology & infrastructure. Pigeons are all... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
sultanashaikh2003
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We were lucky to get a guide who explained the marvels of the building to us. The intrinsic details sculpted by our brilliant sculptors portrays their inherent talents and innate abilities. The cave has a history as old as 2nd century BC. There is an Ashoka pillar in the front. People who love ancient architecture should not miss this place.

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New Delhi, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Situated on the hill, this cave is a perfect detonation for youngsters. almost 150 stairs are there. A Buddhist cave is located near the temple. small cars can go to the parking area which is very near to the starting point.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The carving on the walls and the single rock cut structure just makes you think how did they do it centuries ago without any modern technology & infrastructure. Pigeons are all around inside the sanctum but its totally worth the visit. Its a good day activity and one can visit the adjoining temple also.

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It is about 15 mins drive from Lonavala and the road going on mountain is nightmare because of it's steep height. On any turn, if something comes from opposite direction then firstly it will be difficult to hold your car at that point and secondly but most important you need to be expert enough to again drive your car further,... More 

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Noida
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The caves are at good location and worth visit. You will have to walk and climb on well made stairs. The carving on stone are good to see.

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Navi Mumbai, India
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The approach road and parking is a nightmare. All is forgotten once you climb the long winding steps and reach the monument. Kalra caves leaves you in awe at Buddhist architectural skills as the cavernous main hall allows you to inspect curved wooden beams supporting the rocky roofing and a sense of calm surrounds you the minute you step into... More 

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Ahmedabad, India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is bit away from lonavala town. Auto charged us 500 Rs. with 2 hours waiting... caves have almost 300 steps and temple just beside it. Nice view from the area and cool breeze made it worth visiting. We visited it on diwali day so, it was over crowded. ....

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Surat, India
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

went there 2 to 3 times on curvy roads but just could nto see the place, there is no proper guidance there , heard its good but just wasted time

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wear comfortable sports shoes for the climb,lots of stalls on way .Avoid going in afternoon preferably early morning is good,be ready to climb 200 stairs.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

people visiting Lonavla tend to miss this fantastic place. You need to proceed towards Pune in the Mumbai-Pune old Highway to reach this place. The place holds a significant history behind it. Karla Caves are one of the ancient caves in India that follows the mixed Indian and Buddhists style of rock-carved caves architecture. These ancient Buddhist shrines were developed... More 

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