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Excursion to Kanheri Caves

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    What to Expect
    This half-day tour of the mystical Kanheri caves is a must-do, especially for cave-architecture aficionados. Your private guide will pick you up from your hotel lobby, and drive you to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park from where you begin your encounter of the Kanheri Caves. Known for being the largest Buddhist establishment in Western India, the Kanheri caves are filled with historical tales. Inscribed as Krishnagiri or Kanhagiri in ancient script, Kanheri literally means 'Black Mountain'. The caves are said to be named after the black basaltic stones, of which they are made. Kanheri caves offer an insight into the evolution, decline and rebirth of Buddhism between 1st century B.C. and 11th century A.D. These caves served as the space of meditation for the Buddhists monks, and stand as testimony of their lives during the time. It is said that the monks used the 129 caves to shelter themselves from the rains, and wandered the region, throughout the year, to spread the teachings of Gautama Buddha. Most caves are simple or converted into monasteries and signify the simple life of the monks. Many caves have inscriptions in Brahmi script that haven't yet been deciphered or explained. It is believed that these inscriptions were made by Emperor Ashoka's contemporaries, attempting to introduce Buddhism in India. We also take a peek at the beautiful Magathane caves famously known for their Makara decorations. After being awe-struck by the ancient Buddhist way of life, it is time to drive back to your hotel where your tour concludes.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    City Hotels
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Duration
    5h
    Return Details
    City Hotels
    Inclusions
    • Private vehicle for sightseeing as mentioned in the program
    • Private Local English speaking guide
    • All current applicable taxes
    • Entry/Admission - Sanjay Gandhi National Park
    • Entry/Admission - Kanheri Caves
    Exclusions
    • Boarding and lodging Pre & Post the sightseeing
    • Return airfare to and from India to originating destination
    • Visas for India
    • Internal air travel
    • Meals
    • Items of personal nature such as tips / gratuity to chauffeur, alcoholic or non-alcoholic beverages, phone calls, additional sightseeing tours & excursions not included in the Itinerary, Still or Video Camera Fees Etc.
    • Any increase in fuel cost, government taxes, entrance fees, intra and interstate taxes etc,
    • Any items / services not specifically mentioned in the price includes section
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • Dress code is smart casual
    • A dress code is required to enter places of worship and selected museums. No shorts or sleeveless tops allowed. Knees and shoulders MUST be covered for both men and women. You may risk refused entry if you fail to comply with these dress requirements
    • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
    • A minimum of 1 people per booking is required
    • A maximum of 6 people per booking
    • Passport name & country is required at time of booking for all participants
    • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
    • All visa requirements are the sole responsibility of the traveler
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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