The state of Maharashtra is filled with caves featuring ancient carvings and elaborate religious artwork. Be sure to explore some of these breathtaking monuments during your stay at the Country Inn & Suites, Navi Mumbai:
- 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 include fascinating carved figures, including 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 an 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 350 and 700 AD.
- 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 2nd to 1st centuries BC. Visitors can also swim in a nearby waterfall.
- Pandavleni Caves
This 2,000-year-old cave architecture outside of Nashik was built by Jain kings and feature intricate religious monuments and unique water tanks.
- Pitalkhora Caves
These remote caves in Aurangabad date back to the 2nd century BC and feature carvings of elephants and Yaksa (nature spirits).