Introducing Karla & Bhaja Caves
Dating from around the 2nd century BC, these rock-cut caves are among the oldest and finest examples of early Buddhist rock temple art in India. They may not be on the same scale as Ellora or Ajanta, but the lack of visitors, pretty countryside and zero commercialisation make them worthy of a visit.
It’s possible to visit the caves in a day from either Mumbai or Pune if you hire an autorickshaw from Lonavla. Karla has the most impressive single cave, but Bhaja is a quieter, more enjoyable site to explore.