The state of Maharashtra is filled with caves featuring ancient carvings and elaborate religious artwork. Hotel guests should be sure to explore some of these breathtaking monuments during a stay at the Country Inn & Suites.
Caves in Maharashtra
- Ajanta Caves
If you’re planning to travel farther inland toward Aurangabad, make an effort to stop by these caves with murals and carvings dating back to the second century BC.
- Aurangabad Caves
This series of 12 caves outside Aurangabad includes fascinating carved figures, and large statues of the Buddha and the Hindu god Ganesha.
- Elephanta Caves
Located on Elephanta Island, this network of caves once served as an important worship centre for the Hindu god Shiva and is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
- Ellora Caves
Visit Aurangabad to tour the 34 stone temples carved by monks of the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths between AD 350 and 700.
- Kanheri Caves
Located in the forests of the Sanjay Gandhi National Park outside of Mumbai, the Kanheri Caves once served as a Buddhist monastery.
- Karla and Bhaja Caves
These caves overlooking Lonavala feature Buddhist carvings and architecture from the second to first centuries BC. Visitors can also swim in a nearby waterfall.
- Pandavleni Caves
This 2,000-year-old cave outside of Nashik was built by Jain kings and features intricate religious monuments and unique water tanks.
- Pitalkhora Caves
These remote caves in Aurangabad date back to the second century BC and feature carvings of elephants and Yaksa (nature spirits).