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Kanheri Caves Tours

Kanheri Caves
Deep in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Kanheri Caves comprise 109 basalt grottos that were carved between the first century BC and the 10th century AD. The caves served as Buddhist monastic dwellings for many centuries, and some of the newer ones feature intricate carvings, pillars, and even rock-cut cisterns.
 
The Basics
The Kanheri Caves are accessible by steep stone steps. The first cave visitors reach is Great Chaitya, featuring a large meditation hall full of intricate stone carvings and pillars. The two caves on both sides of Chaitya contain small stupas and more beautifully preserved carvings. The caves can be visited on a dedicated half-day excursion or as part of a larger tour of Mumbai-area attractions.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • A must-visit for history buffs and art lovers.
  • The caves are only accessible via stone-cut stairs, so wear solid footwear and be prepared to walk.
  • Bottled water is available for purchase near the site, but sunscreen and insect repellant are not. 
 
How to Get There
The caves are located in Sanjay Gandhi National Park on the northeastern outskirts of Mumbai, about an hour from the airport (depending on traffic). The nearest railway station is Borivali, with regular connections to the Andheri West commuter train station. Shuttles run from Borivali to the caves every hour.
 
When to Get There
The Kanheri Caves are open Tuesday through Sunday from 7:30am to 6pm, though the last entry is at 4pm. Travelers are welcome year-round, but the caves are best visited in the cooler, drier months (October to March). However, if travelers are in the area during the sweltering months of May and June, the caves do provide relief from the heat.
 
Brahmi: India’s Ancient Script   
Many of the inscriptions on the cave walls are in the Brahmi script, which was likely at its peak at some point in the fourth and fifth centuries BC. Many of the myriad scripts used in India today descended from Brahmi, including Devanagari, which is used for writing Hindi and Sanskrit.

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Full Day South Mumbai Private City Tour with Kanheri Caves

Full Day South Mumbai Private City Tour with Kanheri Caves

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After touring the rock-carved temple caves of Kanheri Caves located in lush forests on the outskirts of Mumbai, return to South Mumbai which is proper City of Mumbai Via Bandra Worli Sea Link for a comprehensive city tour that includes the Gateway of India, Mani Bhavan (Gandhi House), Taj Hotel, Marine Drive, Girgaum Chowpatty, Hanging Garden, Iskcon Temple, Victoria Terminal & Haji Ali Mosque.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$68.00
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$68.00
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Private Half-Day Kanheri Caves Excursion from Mumbai

Private Half-Day Kanheri Caves Excursion from Mumbai

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Depart Mumbai for the morning to visit the spectacular Kanheri Caves on a half-day private tour with an informative guide. Head to Sanjay Gandhi National Park where the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kanheri Caves served as a Buddhist center for more than 1,000 years. Dating to the first century BC, the complex of 109 rock-cut caves is one of the oldest cave formations in India. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$112.00
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$112.00
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Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Kanheri Caves Excursion

Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Kanheri Caves Excursion

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Take in the many wonders of Mumbai on a private full-day tour that starts with an excursion to Kanheri Caves. You'll also see city highlights including the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (Crawford Market), Marine Drive, the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill, the Gandhi Museum, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, and the  Prince of Wales Museum. Includes private guide and vehicle, and pickup and drop-off from your chosen location.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$172.00
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$172.00
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Private Guided Tour of Kanheri Caves with Global Vipassana Pagoda

Private Guided Tour of Kanheri Caves with Global Vipassana Pagoda

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Kanheri Caves must-see destination for history buffs or archaeology afficionados who would like to see true excavations pertaining to the ancient histories of India. Global Vipassana Pagoda is built in a very scenic place and its a divine place for meditation. You will experience a 10 min meditation, a video presentation on Buddhism and Pagoda, a picture gallery which makes it a memorable experience.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Private Tour: Customizable Mumbai Sightseeing Including Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves

Private Tour: Customizable Mumbai Sightseeing Including Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves

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Sightseeing in Mumbai? Dodge the crowds and see the sights in style with a private guide and driver, and a personalised itinerary. This full-day tour is yours to customise as you want, so you can visit the landmark Gateway to India, drive down Marine Drive and admire the Mahalaxmi Temple, or venture off-the-beaten-track to Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. Add on a tour of either the Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves, or spend time browsing the capital’s leading art and history museum.
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  • 8 hours
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$216.00
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$216.00
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Buddhist Kanheri Caves & Global Vipassana Pagoda Meditation centre Tour

Buddhist Kanheri Caves & Global Vipassana Pagoda Meditation centre Tour

Calm and beautiful with a lot of flora and fauna, one such place is the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. Rich with flora and fauna, the park is visited by thousands every day. The caves give you an insight into the early years of Buddhism as a religion in India. Stupas, carvings, and statues show the impact Buddhism had. It is very rare to find a beautiful scenic village in such a hustling bustling city as Mumbai. But Uttan serves as an example of that. Blessed with beautiful beaches, scenic views and interesting salt pans. Global Vipassana Pagoda which stands as a monument for peace and harmony is truly a very dovish place to be is the place visited in the latter half of this tour. The Global Vipassana Pagoda which was inaugurated by the then president Pratibha Tai Patil in 2009, is a beautiful Buddhist meditation center near the island of Gorai. It is a dome hall and has a capacity to seat around 8,000 meditators at once. The Pagoda serves as a monument of peace and harmony.
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  • 8 hours
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$54.60
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Kanheri Caves Experience

Kanheri Caves Experience

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Situated in the lush Sanjay Gandhi National Park on the outskirts of Mumbai, the ancient Kanheri Caves provide a fascinating look into the way that ancient Buddhists lived and practiced. This guided tour will take you to the caves, where a local guide will tell you all about the caves and their significance past and present.
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  • 3 hours
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$65.00
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$65.00
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kanheri caves in Mumbai Sanjay Gandhi National Park(SGNP)

kanheri caves in Mumbai Sanjay Gandhi National Park(SGNP)

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Ways to Experience Sanjay Gandhi National Park and Jungle Safari at The Kanheri Caves with Young Tours And Travel. Trip to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park from Mumbai Explore the wooded park and visit its Kanheri Caves Delve into some of the 109 Buddhist caves, hand-hewn in about 400 BC The park is also known as Borivali National Park since it is located in Borivali, a suburb of Mumbai. The famous Kanheri Caves are located within the park.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$54.49
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Kanheri Caves Sightseen Tour

Kanheri Caves Sightseen Tour

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The Perseverance of Indian history and rich culture is best depicted at this spot. By signing up for Kanheri Caves Sightseen Tour with our professional guides, you get fascinating details of Buddhism and culture. You can wander up to the extensive networks of halls and dwelling with our professional guides. Even the surroundings of the dense forest do impress you to another level. The maze of 109 Kanheri is hewn into the basalt rock. Diverse flora and fauna offer you an immense chance of spotting deer, macaque monkeys, reptiles, the flock of birds and butterflies. It is an indeed factor to see the beauty of private dwellings, decorative prayer halls, intriguing sculptures all cut into the rocky hillside. Worthy things to see here are also painting and inscriptions that depict the effect of Buddhism of Indian society.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$76.93
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Mahakali & Kanheri Twin Buddhist Caves tour from Mumbai

Mahakali & Kanheri Twin Buddhist Caves tour from Mumbai

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Nicely preserved 2000 year old Buddhist caves with marvellous nice carvings. And that too in the middle of such a bustling populous city Mumbai. Also visit Kanheri caves which is over 2000 years old, and provides a rare opportunity to understand monastic Buddhist life in ancient India.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$47.44
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Kanheri Caves (Guided Half Day Sightseeing City Tour)

Kanheri Caves (Guided Half Day Sightseeing City Tour)

Explore the more than 100 Buddhist caves popularly known as the Kanheri Caves deeply nestled among the soothing surroundings of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in chaotic Mumbai City. Get the insight into rise and decline of Buddhism through the Buddhist sculptures and relief carvings, paintings and inscriptions, dating from the 1st century BCE to the 10th century CE on these caves. 1. Drive by the Sanjay Gandhi National Park's forest, heading deep into it in order to reach the Kanheri Caves. 2. Visit the Stupa within the caves, congregation hall supported by huge stone pillars and a dagoba or Buddhist shrine. 3. Explore the other hidden gems, temples, view point within Sanjay Gandhi National Park's forest. 4. You will also enjoy the local's favorite snacks (complimentary) during the tour.
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  • 5 hours
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$78.35
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$78.35
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Private Half-Day Kanheri Caves Excursion from Mumbai

Private Half-Day Kanheri Caves Excursion from Mumbai

Depart Mumbai for the morning to visit the spectacular Kanheri Caves on a half-day private tour with an informative guide. Head to Sanjay Gandhi National Park where the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Kanheri Caves served as a Buddhist center for more than 1,000 years. Dating to the first century BC, the complex of 109 rock-cut caves is one of the oldest cave formations in India. Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 4 hours
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$227.36
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$227.36
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Private Tour of Kanheri Caves and Global Vipassana Pagoda

Private Tour of Kanheri Caves and Global Vipassana Pagoda

The tour starts with pick up from the centrally located hotels in Mumbai. The first destination will be the Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The caves get its name from a Sanskrit word “Krishnagiri”, which means black mountains. There are about 109 caves carved from basalt rock. These caves served as a center of Buddhist influence in Indian history during ancient times. One will find the Buddhist stupas, a congregation hall, and marvel rock-cut and carved out into ingenious water channels. Later, we will proceed towards our next destination. Global Vipassana Pagoda, which stands as a monument for peace and harmony is truly a very dovish place visited in the latter half of this tour. The Global Vipassana Pagoda which was inaugurated by the then president Pratibha Tai Patil in 2009, is a beautiful Buddhist meditation center near the island of Gorai. The tour ends by dropping the guests at their respective hotels in Mumbai.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$71.01
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$71.01
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Mumbai Discovery and Kanheri Caves Tour with Private Transfers

Mumbai Discovery and Kanheri Caves Tour with Private Transfers

Dating back to a period as long ago as the 1st century BCE to the 11th century CE, the Kanheri caves are located on the scenic island of Salsette, on the outskirts of Mumbai. They exhibit a range of Buddhist sculptures, carvings, paintings, etc. This set of 109 caves is carved out of rock and gain their name from the term ‘black mountain’ in Sanskrit. Explore the caves and the beauty around for 2 hours post which the guests will proceed towards the half-day city tour. This tour adds to one’s limited knowledge derived from Google covering the major attractions in Mumbai. It is important to note that the tour is often reviewed as more content-driven and structured in comparison to others, because of the validity of its facts. These stories and facts that are a result of word-of-mouth style of passing on knowledge, have not reached the dangerous realms of the internet as yet. This makes the information fresh to absorb. After the tour, the guests will be dropped to their respective hotels.
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  • 8 hours
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$53.42
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$53.42
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Mumbai Full-Day Private Tour with Kanheri Caves

Mumbai Full-Day Private Tour with Kanheri Caves

The tour starts with pick up from the centrally located hotels in Mumbai. The first destination will be the Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park. The caves get its name from a Sanskrit word “Krishnagiri”, which means black mountains. There are about 109 caves carved from basalt rock. These caves served as a center of Buddhist influence in Indian history during ancient times. One will find the Buddhist stupas, a congregation hall, and marvel rock-cut carved out into ingenious water channels. Later, we will proceed towards the Mumbai City tour. This tour adds to one’s limited knowledge derived from Google covering the major attractions in Mumbai. It is important to note that the tour is often reviewed as more content-driven and structured in comparison to others, because of the validity of its facts. These stories and facts that are a result of word-of-mouth style of passing on knowledge from our guide. The tour ends by dropping the guests at their respective hotels in Mumbai.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$64.78
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$64.78
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Kanheri Caves Half-Day Guided Trip from Mumbai

Kanheri Caves Half-Day Guided Trip from Mumbai

Located inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park, on the outskirts of Mumbai, Kanheri Caves are a group of rock-cut caves monuments and caves. Belonging to 1st century BC to 11th century, the complex has many caves each of them containing decorative art and sculpture. A big Avalokiteshvara (Bodhisattva who represents compassion) in Cave 2, a massive Buddha statue in Cave 3 and a painted ceiling in Cave 34 are the primary attractions.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.90
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$96.90
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Kanheri Caves Tour

Kanheri Caves Tour

See another side of Mumbai on this Kanheri Caves tour! Located in the wooded hills and valleys on the outskirts of Mumbai, Kanheri Caves are considered to be the finest in India. Between 1500 and 2000 years old, the hand-cut caves offer a glimpse into India’s strong historical connection with Buddhism. After exploring the caves, we will have a traditional family lunch in a local home and then visit the stunning gold-clad Global Vipassana Pagoda.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$61.00
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$61.00

Private Sightseeing Tour of Kanheri Caves and Dharavi Slum

Private Sightseeing Tour of Kanheri Caves and Dharavi Slum

The Kanheri Caves are a group of caves and rock-cut monuments cut into a massive basalt outcrop in the forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, on the former island of Salsette in the western outskirts of Mumbai. Dharavi slums in Mumbai the DHARAVI it’s one of the most vibrant centres for extreme entrepreneurship on our Planet. It has a large number of thriving small-scale industries that produce Plastic Recycling, export quality leather goods, pottery, embroidered garments and many more.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
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$70.00
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$70.00
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Guided tour of Kanheri Caves, the 2000 year old Buddhist university in Mumbai

Guided tour of Kanheri Caves, the 2000 year old Buddhist university in Mumbai

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Kanheri Caves is a day trip from Mumbai to a 2000 year old Buddhist university. Explore some of the Caves which served as a major centre for Buddhist learning between the 1st century BC and 10th century AD. Relive the life of the students who came from all over Asia to live in this ancient campus and learn from the Masters. Marvel at the unique architecture style, magnificent sculptures and novel engineering techniques which made Kanheri an incredible place to live and learn, 2000 years back.
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  • 8 hours
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$150.00
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$150.00
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Kanheri Caves Guided Tour from Mumbai in a Private Car

Kanheri Caves Guided Tour from Mumbai in a Private Car

Take a 5-hour guided sightseeing tour of Kanheri caves, said to be amongst of the finest rock-cut caves and Buddhist architecture. Explore the other hidden gems, temples, viewpoint within Sanjay Gandhi National Park's forest. Listen to the stories regarding the rise and fall of Buddhism.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$72.67
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$72.67
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Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park

Kanheri Caves and Sanjay Gandhi National Park

The Kanheri Caves are a group of 109 Caves and Rock-Cut Monuments in the lush green Forest of the National Park in the western outskirts of Mumbai. They contain Buddhist sculptures dating from the 1st century BCE. This site is on a beautiful hillside and a secret hidden treasure of Mumbai.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$180.00
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$180.00

Private Guided Tour of Kanheri Caves and Bollywood Studio

Private Guided Tour of Kanheri Caves and Bollywood Studio

The Kanheri Caves are a group of caves and rock-cut monuments cut into a massive basalt outcrop in the forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, on the former island of Salsette in the western outskirts of Mumbai. later visit Bollywood Studio it is 3 hrs Guided Tour, So never miss the Bollywood Tour when you visit Mumbai. Bollywood is one of the world’s largest film industries, famous for its Technicolor, show-stopping dance and its history.
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  • 8 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$132.00
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$132.00
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Excursion to Kanheri Caves

Excursion to Kanheri Caves

Located on the edge of the bustling city of Mumbai are the Kanheri Caves, known for the Buddhist shrines carved into the hard rock. This private excursion is just a short trip from Mumbai and is a great way to learn more about the early Buddhist settlers who lived here and spread the teachings of Lord Buddha.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$108.00
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$108.00
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Private Tour: Kanheri Caves From Mumbai

Private Tour: Kanheri Caves From Mumbai

The Kanheri Caves are considered among Mumbai’s most impressive historic attractions, but exploring solo means missing the hidden secrets they hold. On this tour, begin with pickup at your Mumbai hotel and spin through the Sanjay Gandhi National Park in comfort by private air-conditioned vehicle. With your guide to lead the way, admire ancient Buddhist statues and decipher inscriptions dating from the 1st century BC to the 10th century AD.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$171.00
Price varies by group size
From
$171.00
Price varies by group size
Taking safety measures

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