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Review of Kanheri Caves

Kanheri Caves
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Ranked #27 of 523 things to do in Mumbai
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Reviewed March 30, 2013

we went there mid morning, and by the time we reached the top it was noon. It can be very tiring, hence start early in the day. Go in a big group, as the area can be secluded, and some idiots can be found hanging around all the time. The carving of Lord Buddha is awesome, and so is the coolness u experience when u enter the huge cave next to the statue. Worth a visit, only if you are game for walking quite a bit.

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Reviewed March 27, 2013

Just the fact that right in the midst of Mumbai, you need to go through a green national park to reach these ancient caves is refreshing, it makes you forget the hustle bustle of the Metropolis a little. The caves of course will be interesting to those archeologically minded; in addition if you climb on top of the hills that have these caves, the view is spectacular.

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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

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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.

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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.

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