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Srinidhi Ramachandra
Pune, India95 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Buddhist culture caves, nice place for a half day weekend visit from Pune. If you have already seen Ajanta, there is nothing much special about this place. If Ajanta is the movie, this is just a trailer :)
Written 3 January 2020
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138500423
Pune, India1,986 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
A) Date of Visit: 9th Oct 2019.

B) Route: Old Pune Mumbai route.
Pune Bibvewadi to Wakdewadi to Khadki to Nigdi to Talegaon to Bhaja Cave

C) Road Toll: After Dehu, one way Rs.70 & Two way Rs.105 for car.

D) Distance: 67 km

E) Directions: At 62 km is the junction of Bhaja & Karla cave.
Landmarks at this junction: Signboard arch of Ekvira Devi on your right.
On your left: Sarthak Snacks Center (we had breakfast here) & Hotel Ekvira Snacks Center
On your right: Hotel Karla Gate (we had lunch here after visiting Karla cave)

At this Bhaja Karla junction:
a) Right turn takes to Karla cave
b) Left left turn takes you to Bhaja Cave passing railway crossing
It is 5 km distance from Bhaja Karla cave junction to Bhaja cave.

F) Parking:
Entry fee Rs.30/- for car by village grampanchayat.
a) There is ample space at Bhaja village 100 meters before Bhaja foothill
I parked car here. No parking fee
b) At the foothill of Bhaja Cave

G) Short Trek
From the foothills there are steps till Bhaja Cave.
10 to 20 minutes walk depending on your speed.

H) Entry Ticket:
Buy the entry ticket on your left side counter 50 meter before Bhaja Cave entry gate.
a) Rs.25 per person for adult Indians
b) Free for 3 to 15 years age category
c) Rs.300 for foreigners

I) Timings:
9 am to 5.30 pm

J) Food:
a) Plenty of restaurants on old Pune Mumbai highway
b) Few restaurants at the Bhaja Karla junction
c) Couple of restaurant & snacks center at Bhaja village parking

H) Washrooms
No washroom on Bhaja cave
Better you make use of it in the restaurants on the highway or at the Bhaja Karla junction.

J) We were on following one day trip:

1. Gaatha Mandir at Dehu
2. Shirdi Saibaba Temple at Shirgaon
3. Bhaja Cave
4. Karla Cave
5. Tiger Point Lonavla
6. Bhooshi Dam
7. Rajmachi Garden at Khandala
8. Sunset Point at Khandala

K) Now on Bhaja Cave
a) While walking on the trek to Bhaja cave, it provides scenic views all around
b) You can see Visapur fort on top or behind Bhaja cave & Lohgadh fort on the right of Bhaja cave
c) 30 minutes are more than enough to visit the complete set of caves
d) For me, Bhaja is the best amongst Karla & Bedse cave
e) Karla attract huge crowd on account of Ekvira devi temple beside one of the cave, Bhaja attracts less crowd & Bedse attracts very less crowd
f) There is water fall before the foothill of Bhaja cave & at the end of the Bhaja cave

L) Photos
You are allowed to take the photo graphs as you wish.
You can see the photos attached in this review plus on tripadvisor to get the feel of this place.

M) Best Time to Visit
Rainy & Monsoon season is the best.
June to January is the best time

It is a nice picnic place.
Written 11 November 2019
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P2B17
Pune, Maharashtra, India34 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2014 • Couples
Bhaja Cave is a Heritage Site, Monument dating back to 2nd Century B.C.
We took a train from Pune Station to Lonavla.First Local to lonavla at 05:45am.But we decided to get down at Malavli Station at 06:45 am.As,Bhaje Caves are just 1.5 kms or so and is easily walkable from this station.Also,You can get tea stalls near the station.
If you need to use loo in Malavli Station you have to collect keys from Station Master's room.They keep it locked.

Take the Exit (next to the Ticket Counter)to get out of the station for Bhaje Caves.Cross the express way(there is a over bridge).Get down n keep walking, its a straight road.It was such a cool, and beautiful Morning.Pollution Free.Waooohh..
We clicked some pics...and waved to the school going kids. We were having fun.Taking pics of Mountains,Birds, and puppies...

Finally we reached our first destination foothills Bhaja Caves at 07:45.We had to climb few steep stairs to get to the ticket counter,and few more to get to the entrance.But to our surprise it was closed.We had to wait till 08:20am, when we saw an elderly man climbing up the stairs.We asked him the time the Gate Opens,He said 09:00am.But, our good luck, he opened it by 08:30 as he had to do the cleaning.We gave him the entry fee.So,now we know that the Caves Opens at 09:00am.They charge rs.5 per person.Once we entered it was such a wonderful experience, to see a monument dating back to 2nd Century B.C.

The inscriptions and cave temple are protected as a National Monument, by the Archaeological Survey of India.It was well maintained.

NOTE:
Trains for Lonavla: Local at 05:45, Deccan Express (11008), Pragati Express (12126), Intercity Exp (12128), Sinhagad Exp (11010), Deccan Queen (12124).
visit: http://indiarailinfo.com/search/pune-pune-to-lonavala-lnl/76/0/74
By road: It is about 55 km away from the city of Pune, 139 km away from the city Mumbai and 39 km from Chinchwad.

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Written 18 February 2014
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Mini R
72 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Family
The treck to bhaja caves is not as treacherous as lohagarh it's easy. Once on top you are transformed into the world of monks who built these caves they are very old. One uniqueness about there's caves is that on one side there are lot of stupas placed in a straight line then inside there are still more one wonders what was the thought behind it. From the top the hills n the valley offers great view n during this season the clouds add to the attraction
Written 12 June 2018
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Shrinidhi Hande
Udupi, India925 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Family
Bhaja caves houses a series of caves- the main one is worth all the climb up (some 100+ steps), which houses a big stupa housed in large cave reinforced with wood and steel

Most of the other caves seem to be sleeping barracks, as they didn't have much left to see

Bhaja caves can be clubbed with Lohgad fort and will be very scenic during monsoon. Drive involves sharp narrow roads, so be careful. Watch out for two wheelers.

There is a Rs 5 per person entry ticket. Not much facilities are available. Public transportation is poor.
Written 4 April 2015
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SatishKallem
Somerset, NJ7 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2015 • Couples
Not well maintained. It was average - not much of art to see there. You have to climb about 150-200 steps to reach the place. The fact that I went there on a hot sunny day may contribute to my average rating for this place. I recommend it to be visited during early morning or evening - definitely not on a hot/sunny day.
Written 16 March 2015
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Abhithedude
Bengaluru, India46 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Friends
Compare to Karla Caves, This is the best and neatly maintained..... You dont have street vendors on the way to Bhaja Caves unlike Karla caves..... People who visit here also less compare to Karla...... Ideal Location for Photography.....Spent almost 2 + hours in this caves......
Written 23 February 2015
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meetgkg
Pune, India272 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2012 • Friends
Situated in Lonavala and around 50 kms from Pune this place is only what you see in attached pictures and nothing more. You can visit this place if you are passing by or visiting Lonavala but if you are not a big art lover, this place is not for you.
Written 17 July 2013
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Mr. Himanshu Sinha
Pune, India1,059 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
These caves are located near Lonavala on Mumbai Pune Highway, The place is very good for students and children, they will get a good knowledge of history and ancient architecture.

Bhaja caves are now damaged and need to restore. The place can't be lost its importance, So I want the government to take precautionary measures to restore the caves
Written 18 November 2019
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Elaine T
San Francisco, California, United States24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Business
Walked all the way up the stairs in 100 degrees blazing heat only to find out that the entrance fee is Rs300 not Rs25. Since I didn't have enough cash on me I had to turn around. Funny thing is that the guard asked where I was from. I'm guessing it costs more for Americans/foreigners. They should at least put some sign at the base of the hill. It's quite a climb with absolutely no shade and the steps are mostly uneven
Written 31 March 2019
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