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Kondane Caves in Karjat

Kondane Caves are located in small village, Kondana. This cave group has 16 Buddhist caves. The Kondane caves are the smallest but interesting caves excavated in the western face of a high hill, with the bordering Raj-marchi fort over the peak. The chaitya griha enthralls the visitors by its magnificent facades. Like the chaitya griha at Bhaja, it had a wooden screen below the chaitya arch, but here, the foremost pillars in some places are the wooden ones similar to those at Bhaja. Immediately to the left of the chaitya griha at a higher level, is a spacious monastery, extraordinary of its kind. Beside the magnificent monastery, there are five more ordinary viharas all like the two main caves, belonging to a period when the image of Lord Buddha was not evolved or represented in human form.

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Maharashtra, India
Best time to visit Karjat: 
Time Needed:
2 hours
73.3835488°N, 18.8376431°E
Distance from Karjat to Kondane Caves
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Opening Timings:

Monday: Open 24 hours

Tuesday: Open 24 hours

Wednesday: Open 24 hours

Thursday: Open 24 hours

Friday: Open 24 hours

Saturday: Open 24 hours

Sunday: Open 24 hours

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Overall Rating:4.3

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  '4' out of 5
"ASI is doing some repair work here. nice place. small caves as compared to caves at Bhaje or Karla."
  '5' out of 5
"Its awesome , it is my village, I love the place Good location for photography and videography nice climate it is very simple track "
  '4' out of 5
"On our return to karjat from rajmachi we paid visit to this caves. It's heritage place. There are pods to do meditation. Though the structure is eroded there is something left which is awestruck!! The arch carved in the mountain is really beautiful. Am sure during rainy season this place would be very beautiful filled with water fall. "
  '5' out of 5
"Kondane Caves is a relatively unknown caves that are very beautiful with several well preserved carvings with a typical Buddhist architecture"
  '5' out of 5
"Buddhist first - second century rock cut caves . Well preserved and fairly well maintained . The nature trek is interesting and doable for 7 yr + children . Please carry water . Must do "

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