Marvel at the wonders of India's ancient Buddhist heritage, spending a day visiting the Karla and Bhaja Caves, about a two-hour drive from Mumbai, with included transfers from your hotel or the airport. Your private local guide will uncover the history of the caves, which were built beginning in the second century BC, as you explore monasteries, prayer rooms, and temples, learning how they were inhabited as a place of study, meditation, and worship, while admiring the monumental sculptures that decorate them.
Meet your guide at the Mumbai airport or your hotel at 8am to begin your private adventure back in time to the second century BC to explore some of India's best preserved Buddhist rock-cut caves. Please note, because several hundred steps must be climbed to reach the caves the tour is not recommended for guests who are pregnant, have'back problems, heart complaints, or other serious medical conditions. The sites are also not wheelchair accessible. Entrance fees are not included in the tour price.
During the two-hour drive to the Karla Caves your guide will begin to explain the significance of the caves and their location. After climbing 350 steps, you'll reach the caves'and your guide will show you some of the major monuments including prayer halls, meditation rooms, and stupas, which were used by'Buddhist devotees who lived and prayed at the 15 caves so many centuries ago. Marvel at towering columns and sculptures and imagine the hours of labor that went into their creation.'After spending a few hours exploring, you'll have time for lunch on your own at one of the area's best local restaurants.
Next, travel less than half an hour to the Bhaja Caves carved into a mountain where you'll again have to climb steps, 250 of them, to reach the monument. Your guide will explain some of the carvings, their symbolism, and importance to the people who once lived at the monastery. After exploring, you'll leave around 3pm for the included transfer back to your hotel or another central location in Mumbai, returning around 5pm.