Bhaja Caves in Lonavala and Khandala

Most of these caves date back to 3rd century BC

Most of these caves date back to 3rd century BC | Photo credit: Kalpeshzala59/wikimedia

Bhaja Caves Overview

Book Lonavala and Khandala Hotels Book Lonavala and Khandala Holiday Packages

Bhaja Caves is the collective name given to a group of 22 rock-cut formations that are perched atop a hill near Lonavala. Most of these caves date back to the period between 3rd century BC and 2nd century AD, when the Hinayana sect of Buddhism was at its peak. The inscriptions found on pillars are testimony to antiquity of these caves and tell us that the caves served as significant religious centres of Buddhism in ancient times.

The most prominent structure amongst this group is the Chaityagrha – an open shrine with splendid wooden architecture. This hall has tall wooden pillars and a dome-shaped stupa, along with elaborately designed arches and patterns.

Another notable rock-cut formation is Cave 18, which is a monastery with a large hall.Depictions of the Sun God Surya and Lord Indra are present inside this cave. Its is also home to two beautifully adorned doorways.

In addition to these two notable caves, the site has several monasteries, halls and verandahs. A cemetery with 14 rock-cut stupas also forms an integral part of the Bhaja Caves.

  • Photo Opp

    The ancient rock-cut architecture of the Bhaja Caves with many fabulous facets is worth capturing. From tall pillars and stupas to inscriptions and sculpted depictions, every part of these caves has something artistic to be photographed.
  • For Kids

    Bhaja Caves are a significant part of the Indian heritage, which children must be familiarised with. These caves shed light on the cultural and architectural richness of India in ancient times, thus proving to be educative for kids.
  • Entrance Fee Rs. 5 per Person

Similar Religious in Lonavala and Khandala

Religious Cultural


Baje Caves Rd, 410401, Maharashtra