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“Caves are cavers”
Review of Karla Caves

Karla Caves
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Private Tour: Full-Day Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai
Ranked #5 of 45 things to do in Lonavala
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“Caves are cavers”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

Hope the administarion would have managed it better but from sight seeing point. this is just great place.

Visited November 2012
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“Ekveera devi sacrifices gory.....”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

It coincided with some ritual sacrifice by the devotees to Ekveera Devi, whose shrine is near the cave complex. It was really gory and unnerving for people with a refined tastes.

Visited December 2011
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Dunedin NZ
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“Foreigners- make the effort to visit the Karla caves”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

My wife and I had heard of these caves and made the effort to visit them after having lunch at the Upper Deck Resort near Lonavala. A short drive took us to the foot of the hill where the caves are situated about 150 meters above the car park. Once out of our vehicle we were immediately spotted by a "guide" who offered his services. As we had no idea as to what we were in for we agreed and we started the long and steep walk . We then spotted that an auto rickshaw was available to take us up which we clambered into with the guide. Walking up in 30 degree heat surrounded by several thousand Indians all making the same climb was soon forgotten- until halfway up when the rickshaw came to an abrupt halt. The driver indicated that we now had to climb the rest of the way and agreed to wait for us for an hour for 300 rupees.

This driver told us that for an extra 100 rupees we got the guide- or so we thought ! We set off up to the caves and soon noticed that we were the only foreigners on the trek.This led to numerous people wanting to know what country we were from and many photographs later we made it to a large flat area in front of the caves.The guide gave us a running commentary of the history of the caves, first excavated by hand from 160 BC. onwards. The caves are truly awesome, in particular the Chitya or prayer hall which is 45 meters long and an amazing 14 meters high. The majority of the Indian people were lined up to visit the temple so we had the caves to ourselves and a few others.

The amount of excavation and intricate carvings make a visit to these caves a must if you are visiting Pune or Mumbai. That coupled with the colourfull shops perched on the mountainside next to the several hundred steps, the heat, a constant stream of people and ocassional beggars certainly makes the visit a memorable experience.

As for the guide- he cleverly led us to believe that his services were 400 rupees EXCLUDING the auto rickshaw. When got back into our "mini cab" the driver took us back down as promised . I gave him his 300 rupees and told him what the guide had charged us. He offered to get the guide to hand back the extra 300 that we had paid. We thought it was pretty good how the guide had conned us and as the whole experience had only cost about $USD 12.00 we left it at that.

In actual fact a guide is not necessary - If your a foreigner just follow everyone else, but get a rickshaw to get up to the half way point and walk the rest of the way up

Most of all, make the effort to visit this great part of Indian history

Visited October 2012
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Bhubaneswar, India
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“the great picturesque offered by Carla caves surrounding is just amaging”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

One cannot just imagine the great picturesque offered by Carla caves surrounding (near Lonavala) particularly during September ,unless experienced by him/her self . The approach road consists of a number of stiff steps leading to a number of caves of which a large Chaitya griha somewhat like that of Ellora (cave-10) feeling but with a higher elevated roof and without the image of lord Budha .It abodes the mighty Goddess Ekbeera just in front of the Chaitya griha . It is definitely worth watching particularly during post monsoon period.

Visited September 2012
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Mumbai, India
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“Caves worth visitng”
Reviewed September 7, 2012

Ancient caves , not far from Lonavala. short drive.but not properly maintained, but worth a visit. The temple in the caves are full of devotees and is a very important for most.

Visited August 2012
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