KANHERI CAVES -
caves, perhaps, are the most easily reachable among all caves, and also the
lonely one in the midst of a national park in India. The 109 caves are
reachable through the Sanjay Gandhi national park, a good way to reach a
religious destination. The place is splendid, considering the integration of
lush greens and rare artistic examples, but is surprising to learn that once
it was a thriving trade route, and home to a Buddhist university, well known
to the world. Majority of the caves are monasteries, intended for living,
study and meditation. All of them have elaborately carved sculptures, reliefs
and pillars and encompass rock-cut stupas for worship.
The Buddhist pilgrim's progress ends not far from the Borivali railway
station, but more interestingly, for most, it is just a beginning of another
journey, spiritual and deeply religious.
The Kanheri caves are located 40 kms from Mumbai and 10 km away from
Borivali, and in the midst of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Maharashtra.
The caves are always beautiful, but the most exquisite piece of artistic
example lies at the top, where fantastic sculptures of goddess Tara and
Goddess Bhrukti with the central structure of Avalokiteswara, with five
symbols each in the right and the left is housed.
The caves are considered to be in use during the period of 1st century BC
to 9th century AD, primarily Buddhist monks, and some of the traders who
travelled from the nearby places for religious favors. However, the most
appealing is the Chaitya cave, built sometime during the 4th to 5th Century
AD, with signs of decorative woodwork on the roof still present, is
definitely a big draw for the tourists.
There are many sculptured statues of Buddha, on the outer sides of the
wall, mainly in the Avalokiteswara incarnation. There are, nevertheless,
difference in the artistic representation, when contrasted with one another,
may be due to the difference of time when they were built.
Sanjay Gandhi National Park, with vivid treasury of wildlife, beautifully
green landscape, well laid zigzag roads and kind-hearted monkey band is
another plus point for making the place such a hotspot for the tourist folk.
The caves represent a golden beginning and the end of Buddhism in Northern
Most interestingly, with the rock cut sculptures, the individual travellers
carved some useless graffiti out, and one will be amazed to know from these
graffiti that these caves have been in the tourist map from the 16th
Visit the commercial capital of India, 42 km away, the heart of Indian
film Industry, Mumbai, is a splendid city for travellers. The Gateway of
India, Chwpatty beach, the Haji Ali Mosque, Juhu Beach, Crawford Market, The
Bomaby high court, and a vibrant nightlife are all part of this city. Most
of the wells known financial institutions are housed in this city that is
considered to be the richest in India. Actually one would feel comfortable
by not making Mumbai an excursion, rather making the process vice versa.
A well-known hill station, Matheran is often
visited by people for its pollution free environment, and the beautiful
landscape. It is also reachable by a toy train from its foothills.
Thane is also a nice place to visit, known for
its lively atmosphere and boasts of the modern lifestyle. As many as 30
lakes are there in this city, the prominent one being the Masunda. Other
important places to visit are Yeoor hills and Mama-Bhanja Hills, Essel
World, and the Water Kingdom.
Mumbai airport is both a major airport and the most
convenient one to reach these caves.
Borivali is the nearest station but for major
trains Mumbai CST is preferable.
It's a 10-minute Journey from the Borivali railway
station, however buses are available from Mumbai also.
Where to stay
You can stay in Mumbai which, boasts of its industrial capital image
through many luxurious hotels.
BW THE EMERALD
: Juhu Tara Rd Mumbai, Maharashtra 400049
Access : 08 Kms from IGI Airport & 06 Kms from Dom Apt.
: 8, Juhu Tara Road, Mumbai - 400 049. INDIA
Access : 5 kms from Domestic airport & 7 kms from the IGI
airport and 2 kms from the Railway Station.
HOTEL WEST END
: 45, New Marine Lines, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400020
Access : 23 Kms from Chatrapati Shivaji Airport.
: Off Western Express,Highway Santacruz (E) Mumbai
Access : 3 kms from Domestic airport & 9kms from the IGI
airport and 1.5 kms from the Railway Station.
: Sahar Airport Road,Mumbai, India 400 099
Access : The hotel is adjacent to Mumbai's international airport
and minutes from the domestic terminals. The hotel is also close to
Santacruz domestic airport.
: 25, Apollo Bandar Rd, Apollo Bandar Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005
Access : 25 Kms from Sahara Airport,2.5 Kms from Churchgate
: Nehru Rd, Vile Parle East Mumbai, Maharashtra 400099
Access : 01 Kms from Dom Airport,02 Kms from Vile Parle Railway
: Sahar Airport Road,Andheri (East) Mumbai-400 059
Access : 02 Kms from Sahar Airport,05 Kms from Andheri Railway
: 39/2 Juhu Beach Mumbai 400 049
Access : 06 Kms from Chatarpati Shivaji Airport,04 Kms from
Andheri Railway station.
: Sahar Andheri (E) Mumbai-400 059
Access : 1.5 Kms from IGI Apt & 06 Kms from Dom Apt.
: 90 FT Road.Sakinaka junction,Andheri (East) Sakinaka,Mumbai 400
Access : 0.5 km from IGI & Dom Apt.
RAMEE GUESTLINE (JUHU)
: 462 A.B Nair Road,Juhu Mumbai-400 049
Access : 06 Kms from Santacruz Airport,04 Kms from Andheri
: 131/B New Link Road,Chakala Andheri (East) Mumbai 400 099
Access : 02 Kms from CST International Airport,04 Kms from CST
: 70 C,Nehru Road,Vile Parle(East Mumbai) 400 099
Access : 01 Kms from Dom Apt,05 Km from IGI Apt,02 Kms from Vile
Parle Railway station.
TRIDENT NARIMAN POINT
: Nariman Point,Mumbai-400 021
Access : 28 Kms from Chatarpati Shivaji International Airport.
TAJ MAHAL PALACE & TOWER
: Apollo Bunder ,Mumbai -400 001
Access : 32 Kms from CSM IGIApt,2.5 Kms from Railway station.
TAJ LANDS END
: Bandstand ,Bandra (West) Mumbai-400 050
Access : 12 Kms from Chatarpati Shivaji International,10 Kms
from Dadar Railway station.
: 90,Cuffe Parade,Coloba Mumbai 400 005
Access : 35 kms from Airport,03 kms from Railway station,01 Km
from Bus stand.