Mumbai - Kanheri Caves
The Kanheri Caves are situated 10 kilometers from Borivali in Mumbai in the midst of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. There are 109 caves which are rare artistic illustration in lush green surroundings.
These caves are about 5 kilometers from the entrance of the park and a mini bus carries visitors every hour from the entrance. These caves were created from the 1st century B.C. to the 9th century A.D. on the side of a hill.
Every cave has a stone plinth that can be used as a bed and the congregation hall has large stone pillars as well as a stupa which is a Buddhist shrine. In the top portion of the hill one can find cisterns and canals that channelised the rainwater in large tanks.
The most impressive is the Chaitya Cave that has some ornate woodwork made in the 4th or 5th century that can still be seen. Amongst the top caves there are impressive icons of Goddess Bhrukti and Goddess Tara. There are several sculptures of Buddha majorly in an incarnation called Avalokiteswara.