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Karli, Lonavala, India
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All reviews main cave ekvira temple prayer hall ancient buddhist historical place rock cod steep climb few steps worth a visit century bc nice place parking area history lovers both sides car parking hill top worth the effort
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Extremely well defined and articulated icon of Buddhism. The climb is exhilarating but juxtaposed by Hindu religious pilgrims visiting a temple bang in front of the caves. The paradox is are you visiting an archeological site or a piligramage

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank ashoki172
Reviewed 4 days ago

Visit the caves to understand why the monks built such structures and how they lived up the mountains.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank RSN2011
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The karla caves are quite similar topographically to the Ajanta caves. Marvellous piece of wonder. There are stone carvings of gods and goddesses and various sculptures inside the caves. You would love this place if you’re a first timer like myself.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank stantp1916
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

It's a really beautiful ancient cave that we have in Lonavala there is also a small Temple located there. You will have to climb to reach the cave because there is no other means to reach

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank 699deepshikhas
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was great place for weekend hangout. Best time to visit this place was monsoon. Vehicle parking was not good. If you love historical place then this is great place for visit.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank convwp
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The rock-cut structures in several parts of India are one of the most primitive architecture forms. One such type of structures is the Karla Caves. These caves in Maharashtra were built by Buddhist monks, one of the finest architectural examples. These caves are engulfed with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RonishBaxter
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Total thumbs up for these caves! They were fantastic to see, located about a 20 minute drive from Lonavla’s Main Street. They are located towards the top of the hill, around 150-200 steps up from the car park, along the steps are stalls selling everything...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LouiseCassidy
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Karla Caves was the first stop in our Lonavala trip and was so worth it ! There are a lot of steps to climb to reach the top which takes some time and effort. When we went ,there was some festival happening there and lot...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank LekshmiM
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Just visit the site for mataji mandir, nothing much to see except if one is intrested in archeological exploration.

Date of experience: January 2019
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Visited today and place is good for 2 hours or short day trip ... after visiting here you can drive to Bhaja caves which are 15-20 mins drive.. there you can spend 1-2 hours... overall a good experience.

Date of experience: January 2019
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January 18, 2018|
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Response from Raj1Traveler | Reviewed this property |
MSTC has a outlet at the gate, they charge 20₹ per head for entry and 40₹ for entry to take pics
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September 17, 2017|
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Response from forestloverNagpur | Reviewed this property |
Sooty can go up to the car park by road. After that the steps start and one had to walk.
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Sam D
Dendermonde, Belgium
Mumbai - Lonavala - Pune (2 Replies)
Hi, I'am planning a trip to Mumbai and Maharashtra in February. After visiting Mumbai I want to go east towards Pune and later Aurangabad. How should/can I do the following in 1 day (2 people): °Mumbai to Lonavala °Visit Bhaja Caves - Lohagad Fort - Karla Caves °Lonavala to Pune Should we tak a taxi or a tour company? We prefer to visit things on our own, so maybe a taxi. Suggestions on how to arrange a car with driver? Thanks
October 07, 2018|
Response fromsanjivmulye|
Hi, It is better to hire a taxi who will take you to Lohagad and Bhaje caves which are away from Expressway. You have to start very early from Mumbai say around 6/6.30 am from Mumbai to beat traffic and reach Lonavla before 9.00 a.m. You will get breakfast in Lonavla. There are no hotels near Lohagad or Bhaje caves as these places are away from popular tourists places. Villagers arrange for local food but you have to order before you start trekking Lohagad so by the time you return you...More