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Where are the Kanheri caves? Who built them and why? What is the significance of these caves today?

Go on a journey back into time at Kanheri Caves, located deep inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. With our local expert, Mr. Ravaba Sardar you will retrace the ancient origins of Buddhism in Mumbai, marvel over the impressive methods used to build the caves and experience the daily life of the National Park’s local inhabitants.

Mr. Sardar, a practicing Buddhist and the head of the Buddhist Committee of the region, will enlighten you through the caves and the National Park. Having lived in the park all his life, he has a rather interesting perspective of this popular getaway, which in his words is, “an island of peace within the island of Mumbai.”

This experience will also include a visit to a tribal settlement where we will see and learn about the popular Warli art. We will also make a short climb up to earn a panoramic view of the forest, the suburbs and the crocodile-filled Tulsi Lake.

Come, join us on this walk with Mr. Sardar, a Mumbaikar who breathes fresh air and doesn’t encounter any traffic in his daily routine! He will happily answer any questions you may have about Buddhism, the caves and life in the national park.

Meeting point: Sanjay Gandhi National Park Main gate, Borivali East.

Experience schedule:

8:15 AM: Meet our local expert – Mr. Sardar

8:25 AM: Ride through the park to Kanheri caves

9:00 AM: Begin caves experience

10:40 AM: Visit a local settlement in the park

10:50 AM: Enjoy fresh, simple vegetarian breakfast

11:15 AM: Ride towards the main gate

11:30 AM: Experience ends at main gate, SGNP

Inclusions:

Transport within the park by private vehicle

Entrance fees to the national park and the caves

Guided visit of the caves by a local expert

Basic Maharashtrian breakfast

Visit of a local settlement inside the national park

Exclusions:

Parking fee of ₹177 per vehicle for those arriving by personal car

Additional foreigner fee of ₹300 for non-Indians charged by the ASI (Archeological Survey of India)

To get:

Wear comfortable clothes and shoes as we will walk/climb around 1-2 km around the caves

A bottle of water

Your camera, if wanted