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Mumbai: Karla and Bhaja Caves Full–Day Tour

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Activity provider: Mystical Mumbai

Mumbai: Karla and Bhaja Caves Full–Day Tour

Activity provider: Mystical Mumbai

From US$ 82.82 per person

Explore Karla and Bhaja caves, a group of rock-cut caves dating back from the 2nd century B.C. to the 5th century A.D. with transport from Mumbai.

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Duration 8 hours
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Live tour guide
English, German, Spanish
Pickup included
Your Mumbai accommodation.
Private group


  • Explore Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions
  • Discover Karla Caves by foot
  • Uncover Indian rock–cut architecture
Full description
After pick–up from your hotel in Mumbi, travel roughly 3 hours in an air-conditioned private vehicle to reach Karla around 10:00am. Take a walk through the impressive site, ascending 200 steep steps to reach the caves, excavated thousands of years ago from a hillside in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. The rock–cut shrines were developed for Buddhist monks to use during the monsoons. They feature chaityas (prayer halls) with intricate carvings, the largest of the halls measures 148 feet and was created in the 1st century B.C. After exploring the caves, take a break to purchase lunch at a restaurant of your choice. Then head to the Bhaja caves, another religious site near the Karla Caves. At the end of a full day, drive back to your Mumbai hotel where your tour ends with hotel drop off.
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned car
  • English, Spanish or German-speaking guide (depending on option chosen)
  • Tolls, parking, and taxes
  • Lunch
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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2.5 /5

based on 2 reviews

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Very unprofessional, cannot recommend

Unfortunately, this specific tour was very unprofessional, here is a list to highlight the major issues: * The car smelled heavily of smoke, as both driver and guide were smokers * The driver drove very recklessly, even to Indian standards * They stopped to have breakfast for themselves, even though it was not in the program, and I already had breakfast, so I was just sitting there * They constantly chatted with each other in Marati language * The guide knew close to nothing about the site in Karla * The guide simply skipped going to Bhaja, or even to mention it * I had to pay the entry fees, even though the description says it is included in the tour price Even though the guide, "Dave" was friendly, and seemed very knowledgeable regarding slums (he usually guides those tours), in the context of this specific tour he was very ill-prepared.

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March 17, 2018

The best are the local guides are spectacular they save the experience. The page is poor, everything they offer is not true. Eg I canceled an additional language in Spanish that did not exist. The price is excessive but you discover that when you do the excursion. Please check what they offer it is not good to pay for something that is not received.

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November 25, 2019

Product ID: 119662