caves are also an important destination for the Buddhist pilgrims, not very
far from Mumbai and Pune, these caves are situated in Aurangabad district,
and are well known to the tourists, especially the Buddhist pilgrims around
the world. There are many caves in the hill ranges, all-important in the
archaeological point of view.
There are three groups of caves in the hills, the Tulija Lena, and the
Ganesh lena being prominent. The place is surrounded by lush greens, which
makes the place more attractive and a dear one among all Buddhist
destinations.All of the Junnar caves were founded somewhere between 2nd
Century BC and 3rd Century AD.
The caves are located in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, at a distance
of 177 km from Mumbai.
The Chaitya hall is very attractive and special. It has a circular dome
ceiling, and lies within the Tulija lena Group of caves. The Chatya hall is
spacious and different from most of the other Chaitya found in caves of
India. The second groups of caves lie towards the Manmodi hills and are also
quite important archaeologically. The caves are well preserved and special
for the archaeologists, who visit to testify the sculptures and images in
The Ganesh Lena caves are also quite beautiful and attract a lot of tourist
population. It also has a Vihara, known as Ganesh Lena, many small cells and
chaityas. The cave no 6 which, also houses a chaitya is special and a must
for any visitor.
Ellora caves :Most famous caves, among the entire
Buddhist cave in India, these have elaborated sculptures, finely finished
images of Buddha among many other antique artistic pieces. These caves were
built in between 350Ad and 750AD and are more important due to the
amalgamation of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths. All three types of caves
are found in the place, which is a rare happening anywhere else.
Daulatabad : This city has a fort built by the Bhilam
Raja of the Yadav Dynasty and is above a hill. The place has a mystic
effect, and attracts many tourists due to its charm and vitality.
Unlike Ellora, these are predominantly Buddhist caves and
represent a fine picture of the flourishing era of Buddhism in India. In a
series of 29 caves, one can easily see the effects of Both sects of
Buddhism, the Hinyana and the Mahayana, through the architecture and
sculpture of these caves.
Where to stay
In Pune, Hotel Le Meridien, Black diamond, Sun n sand, Holiday inn, Best
western the pride, Hotel blue diamond, are good options to stay. Junnar is
only 30 miles from Pune.
BW THE PRIDE
: 5, University Road, Shivajinagar, Pune 411 005, Maharashtra
Access : 09 Kms from Lohegaon Airport,01 Kms from Pune Railway
station & Bus stand.
FORTUNE INN JUKASO
Address : 6- Viman Nagar, Pune Nagar Road- 411014, Pune, India.
Access : 5 kms from the airport and 8 kms from the railway
QUALITY INN CENTURION
Address : Shivaji Nagar Pune, Maharashtra 411005
ROYAL ORCHID CENTRAL
Address : Marisoft Annexe, Kalyani Nagar,Pune 411 014
Access : 10 minutes from the airport.
SUN N SAND RESORT
Address : 262, Bund Garden Road, Pune - 411 001.
TAJ BLUE DIAMOND
Address : 11, Koreagaon Road, Pune-411 001
Access : 07 Kms from Airport,02 Kms from pune railway
station.02kms from pune bus stand.
Address : 1, Bund Garden Road, Pune 411 001
Access : 07 Kms from Airport,01 Km from.
THE O HOTEL
Address : Final Plot 293 Sangamwadi TP Scheme,Koregaon Park,pune
Access : 6.5 Kms from Pune Airport,2.5 Kms from Pune Railway
station & Bus Stand.