2000 Year old caves only 60 km from Pune

Tripoto
15th Feb 2019

Karla caves, Lonavala, Pune.

Photo of 2000 Year old caves only 60 km from Pune by AJINXed Artist

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Day 1

In today's video, I am taking you to Karla caves near Lonavala, Pune. The caves were constructed around 1st-century b.c. These are Buddhist caves created for traders traveling from West to East.

Watch the video below

I have been here in 2009 before & I couldn't believe what this place has become now. These are very famous caves & I think the Archeological department can do a better job to restore the caves.

I left Pune around 6:30 am when it was very dark and cold. After coming from Chandni Chowk to Balewadi to Wakad to then connecting to the Old Mumbai Pune Highway. The video starts from Kamshet & I would request you to watch it.

After reaching Malavali village I exit the Highway & take a right towards Karla village. The road is straight & in good condition. It takes you to the Ekvira hill where the caves are situated. The final stretch of the road is very bad.

There is a small paved parking area for vehicles & auto rickshaws. From the parking there are around 300 steps to climb. I didn't count. Human encroachment is seen here all along the stairway. Stores selling food & aarti products. Lots of plastic litter along the way. I almost regret coming.

In 2009 these hills were home to a lot of Rhesus Macaque monkeys but today I see none. At the end of the stairway you'll see the ticket counter & the gate. The entry fee is 25 Rupees of Indian adult. Camera is extra. Nothing for cell phones. For Foreigners it's 300 Rupees. No tripods/camera stand allowed.

The caves need a lot of attention. If I am to compare these caves to Hampi I think there is a big difference in Government funding as well as the number of tourists visiting. If you are going to litter & encroach I doubt there'll be any tourists coming.

The caves were closed so I go back down towards Bhaja caves to shoot my next video. I hope you liked watching & reading my experience. 

Thank You

AjinkyaD.

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