Private Tour: Kanheri Caves, Elephanta Caves Or Karla & Bhaja Caves From Mumbai

Journey back in time on this private tour from Mumbai to ancient
Indian rock-cut caves. You have three cave options to choose from: the
Kanheri Caves, the Elephanta Caves or both the Karla Caves and Bhaja
Caves. With your knowledgeable private guide, explore one of these
cave complexes to discover the early phases of Buddhist architecture,
known as the Hinayana phase, and marvel at the incredibly detailed
representations of Buddha carved into the rock walls. Your tour
includes private air-conditioned transport, a traditional Indian lunch
(depending on tour option selected) and entrance fees.
In the morning, you will be picked up from your Mumbai hotel by your
private guide and taken to the caves of your choice. Along the way,
enjoy scenic views of the Indian countryside, including sprawling
valleys and quaint villages. In between sightseeing, enjoy a
traditional Indian lunch at a popular local restaurant (depending on
tour option selected), and at the end of your tour, relax on the
private drive back to your hotel.
Kanheri Caves (lunch not included): Duration: 5 hours
After a 1-hour drive, reach the Kanheri Caves, located deep within
the green forests of Sanjay Ghandi National Park, one of Asia's major
national parks. Dating back from the 1st century BC to the 10th
century, these cave systems offer a window into the lifestyle of an
ancient Buddhist settlement. As you explore the caves, your guide will
point out which areas were meant for living, studying and meditation,
and which areas were designed as worship halls. Marvel at the system
of canals and cisterns and learn how they provided water to the caves'
inhabitants.
Elephanta Caves (lunch included): Duration: 6 hours
In the morning, you'll head to the Gateway of India in Mumbai to
board a ferry to Elephanta Island. This 1-hour cruise will afford you
picturesque seaside views. With your guide, explore all seven caves on
the island, some of which are so small and hidden that they're often
easily missed. Enter the main cave, an impressive sprawling structure
with high ceilings and towering support beams, columns and pillars. On
each wall, admire the complex and astoundingly detailed reliefs and
carvings depicting narratives of the goddess Shiva.
Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves (lunch included): Duration: 7 hours
After a 1.5-hour drive, reach the Bhaja Caves, a group of 22 rock-cut
caves dating all the way back to 200 BC! Discover several excavations
including ancient viharas (Buddhist monasteries) and chaitya-grihas
(Buddhist assemblies or prayer halls), considered to depict the
earliest architecture of their kind. Admire the highly decorated
facade, which presents a true replica of a 2nd-century wooden
structure, and the series of unique reliefs depicting Indian
mythology, including stories of the sun god Surya.
At the Karla Caves, walk up the 500 steps of gradual incline to reach
the entrance, where you'll stand in awe of the Ekvira Mata Mandir, a
temple dedicated to Hindu goddess Ekvira. Marvel at the vastness of
its shrines and prayer halls, with their notable arched entrances and
vaulted interiors featuring carved animals and images of Buddhist
goddesses.
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¿Qué está incluido?

* Entrance fees to all site attractions
* Local English-speaking guide
* Hotel pickup and drop-off
* Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
* Lunch (Elephanta Caves and Karla and Bhaja Caves tours only)
* Round-trip ferry and train tickets (Elephant Caves tour only)

Duración

7 horas

Cubierto de destino

Mumbai

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