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.
Combine this tour with a Mumbai night tour to see Mumbai’s past and present.
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The Sanjay Gandhi National Park area has a long written history dating back to the 4th century BCE. In ancient India, the nearby ports of Sopara and Kalyanwere traded with ancient civilisations such as Greece and Mesopotamia. The 45 km (28 mi) land route between these two ports was partially through this forest.
Take a train ride from Churchgate/Mahim to explore the Buddhist religious site known as Kanheri Caves. The name Kanheri is derived from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri, which means black mountain. Located in the wooded hills and valleys on the outskirts of Mumbai, the caves are considered to be some of the finest in India. According to historians, these caves were carved out between 200 B.C. and 600 A.D.
On this 5-hour excursion, you’ll learn about the 109 manually cut caves while you admire carvings that include a 20-foot Buddha image, the 11-headed Bodhisattva, and Nagaraja, an ancient pre-Buddhist serpent king.
We will take you to the local family in the national park and have an experience of cooking with the family on the traditional wood fire called “Chullah”. After the preparation of the food, we will have a picnic on a nearby lake.
The Global Vipassana Pagoda is a meditation hall built in 2009 to serve as a monument of peace and harmony. It is built on donated land on a peninsula between Gorai creek and the Arabian Sea and is only accessible by ferry.
The Global Vipassana Pagoda has been built out of gratitude to Sayagyi U Ba Khin (1899 – 1971), a Vipassana teacher and the first Accountant-General of Independent Burma, who was instrumental in Vipassana returning to India, the country of its origin. The center of the Global Vipassana Pagoda contains the world’s largest stone dome built without any supporting pillars.
Churchgate Station or Mahim Station
8 am – 5 pm