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From Mumbai: Kanheri Cave Half-Day Tour

4.3 / 5

4 reviews

From Mumbai: Kanheri Cave Half-Day Tour

From US$ 83.14 per person

Explore Kanheri caves to see Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions, dating from the 1st century B.C. Benefit from a hotel transfer and local English-speaking guide as you learn about Buddhist history.

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Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
Hotel pick up available from airport, station or hotel located in Mumbai. Guests are requested to wait at the hotel lobby ten minutes before the scheduled pick up time.
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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions
  • Walk through the historical timeline of Buddhism
  • Visit Kanheri caves for an insight into the history and culture of Buddhist monks in India
Full description

Start your private tour with a pickup from your accommodation in Mumbai, head to the Kanheri Caves, located deep within the green forests of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, one of Asia’s major national parks. The caves are a marvelous architectural feat. All 109 of them were chiseled and carved out of a huge basaltic rock outcrop. The smaller caves, known as

viharas

, served as resting places for the monks. The larger caves, known as

chaityas

, are lined with various exquisitely carved Buddhist sculptures and were commonly used as places for worship. Depending on your hotel location and the traffic conditions, the drive to Kanheri Caves takes about 1 to 1.5-hours. Relax in a comfortable air-conditioned car till you are dropped off at the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, where the caves are situated. Your guide will take you around five of the biggest and most significant caves. You will also have some free time to explore and walk around on your own. In the main hall stands the towering figure of the Lord Buddha measuring about 7 meters in height. The interior has a colonnade of 34 majestically carved pillars. The eleven-headed Avalokiteshwara is the most distinctive motif. There are about 100 inscriptions in different scripts - Brahmi, Devnagri, Pallavi, and Sanskrit. At the end of your tour, head back to your accommodation in Mumbai with excellent memories of the day.

Includes
  • Entrance fees to all site attractions
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • Hotel pick–up and drop off
  • Transport by air–conditioned vehicle
  • Car Parking
  • Entry fee to Sanjay Gandhi National Park (no sightseeing here, only entrance)
  • Gratuities (optional)
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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What to bring

  • Passport
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
  • Water

Know before you go

  • Tips are not included
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair; comfortable walking shoes are recommended
  • Guests are requested to wear modest clothing as this site is of spiritual and religious significance. Please avoid wearing sleeveless tops and short shorts
  • This tours runs all year. During the rainy season, guests are recommended to carry raincoats/umbrellas and wear comfortable walking shoes with a firm grip to avoid slippery surfaces
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.3 /5

based on 4 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4/5
  • Transportation
    4.5/5
  • Value for money
    3.3/5

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Great Tour! Better than Elephanta Caves! Were picked up on time at our hotel. Both the guide and the driver were very friendly. Our guide Shailendra told us a lot about Mumbai during the trip and also in the park / caves he answered every question! We really enjoyed the tour! Is not nearly as crowded as the Elephanta Caves and beautifully located in the middle of "the lung of Mumbai"!

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November 2, 2019

A wonderful experience with an outstanding guide, Dev, who was exceedingly knowledge, patient, accommodating, and answered all my questions. These caves are less touristy and I was able to see and experience everything at my own pace.

January 24, 2020

The monuments itself is worth a visit, but the guide was not competent at all: poor english, quick and superficial explanations. We got more info from the driver than the guide itself. For sure It doesn't worth the very hight price we paid (80 euro pp). I do not recommend this trip.

January 1, 2020

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