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Where are the Kanheri caves? How is our local expert connected to them? What is the significance of the caves and the park today?

Go on a journey back into time at the Kanheri Caves, located deep inside the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. With our local expert Ravaba 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.

Ravaba, who is 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.”

We will also make a short climb up to earn a panoramic view of the forest, the suburbs and the crocodile-filled Tulsi Lake. This experience will also include breakfast at our local experts home, where we will see and learn about life inside the national park.

Come, join us on this experience with our local expert, 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.

Send us an email at info@swadesee.com or call us at +91-9137279060 to set up this experience for you on custom dates of your choice.

Meeting point:

Sanjay Gandhi National Park Main Gate, Borivali East

Duration:

3 hours

Itinerary:

Meet our local expert

Meet our local expert at the main gate of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. He will acquaint you with the history and geography of this unique urban national park – that is still home to dozens of leopards!

Visit the Kanheri Caves

Board our local transport and visit the ancient and historic Kanheri Caves with our local expert. There are over a hundred caves in this giant complex made out of volcanic basalt and our expert will take you to the most important sites as well as some of the caves that are deeper into the forest and relatively unexplored. Our local expert knows the caves like the back of his hand and will show you millennia-old hidden caves paintings while deciphering the meaning and symbolism behind the many sculptures in the caves.

Meditate with our local expert

Our local expert will take you to a cave with perfect acoustics, where he will conduct a traditional meditation session with a Buddhist prayer. Let his voice captivate you and soothe your nerves as you forget the material world momentarily and understand how the caves were actually being used thousands of years ago.

Visit our local experts home for breakfast

After the caves, visit our local experts home inside the national park, where you will eat a delicious and traditional home-made breakfast.

Say goodbye

Our local expert will leave you at the gate of the national park, where you can say good bye and thank him for the memories.

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)

Swadesee offers authentic, eco-friendly community-led experiences in Maharashtra. On every Swadesee experience that is booked, we ensure that the majority of the revenue generated goes back to the community. We consider our local experts as leaders and owners of the experience.

By choosing this Swadesee experience, you will directly empower the locals living in the national park, and encourage them to host more responsible travellers at their home, generating an additional income source for them.

The experience follows traditional Indian zero-waste principles and is eco-conscious – we ensure that you would not generate any inorganic waste whilst on this experience.