India is a country of many religion and diverse culture that make this country more colorful and pleasing. People from all over the world travel to India and enjoy its pleasing beauty and culture. Being a centre of attractions India has built its own place in world tourism. Amazing architectures, buildings and marvels all make India perfect place to spend a memorable time.
Beautiful Hill station of North India, Lonavala or Lonavala which is a beautiful place which is located about 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai. Famous as “City of Caves” the place has a boon of lush greenery, deep valleys and charming atmosphere which will make your India Tours pleasing. It is the months of monsoon season that the place is being at the peak of its grandeur. Even travellers love to travel to Lonavala during this time. Filled with abundance of natural beauty, one can watch green valleys, beautiful waterfalls and the pleasant cool climate of this place. It is because of these reasons the place is rightly called “Jewel of Sahaydri”.
One such place in the country is Karla Caves, one of the oldest Buddhist rock cut caves which is located about 60 km from Pune and lies of the Mumbai-Pune highway near Lonavala. The Karla Caves carry the same elegance and charm as of the famous Ajanta and Ellora caves. These caves hold a prominent position in north India tours.
History of Karla Caves
The history and the carvings of this place can be said as old as time. According to the archeologists the caves were built in two phases. The first phase was completed in between 2nd century BC to the 2nd century AD and the second phase lasted from 5thcentury AD to 10th century. It is believed that the architecture and the carvings went back to 120 BC which was known by the Carbon-14 dating process. History of Karla Caves are believed to be at the time of Satvahana Dynasty which is called as Temples of Traders.
Architecture of Karla Caves
Being highly influenced by the Buddhist culture, the place architecture boasts the intrigue carvings showing the greatest representation of Buddhism on it. The caves are cut out of mountains and are featuring as the best example of caves decoration by humans. The place is generally used for worship and meditation purpose. Built on the rocky hill side the caves are built from top to bottom. It is believed that the pioneer of the construction of this place was done by Buddhist monks. There was no idol in the temple in the caves at that time, but late by the 5th to 10th century, the place was started placing in the statues.
Places to Visit around Karla Caves
Merely visiting Karla caves is not sufficient. There are many other places nestled around which is located near these caves. People on their Mumbai tours can explore the gardens which are wrapped around the area and offer a panoramic view. You can also enjoy visiting Tungarli Lake which is merely 3 km away from station. Then you can also visit the Lohagarh Fort which is the finest example of majestic architecture.
Best Time to Visit Karla Caves
People traveling to Karla can enjoy visiting anytime of the year. The place remains calm and pleasant all over the year. Even the summers remains cools over here and one can spend a leisure time of his/her with their loved ones. During the monsoon season people can see the grandeur of the Karla Caves at its best.
How to Reach Transportation
The place can be reached easily by almost every mode of transportation. By Road you can reach Karla Caves from Mumbai and Pune which is located at a distance of 114 Km and 56 km respectively.
Nearest Railway station from Karla Caves is Malavi which is 2 km from Central Railway Station and Pune Airport is the nearest one which is located near the place at 56 km.
Best Places To Visit in Lonavala
Lonavala is a pleasing place where one can enjoy their time with all charm and pleasure. There are many places where one can visit during their Lonavala visit. People on their Mumbai tours take a visit to these following place make the stay pleasing.
Lonavala Bhimashankar Trek
Being filled with deep valleys and all, trekking in Lonavala is something one can find. The people who travel to these places can enjoy the trekking in Bhimashankar Trek. The unexplored and virgin spot of trekking area is something you will love exploring.
Listed among the Buddhist rock-cut caves shrines in India, the place is quite famous among the travellers. The place was built in 2nd century and has completed in 5th century.
People exploring Lonavala love to enjoy the shopping arcades of the place. The place is a paradise for chikki lovers. The ethnic art and craft of this place is something really exploring.
We hope you have a great time.