Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Junnar caves


Junnar caves are also an important destination for the Buddhist pilgrims, not very far from Mumbai and Pune, these caves are situated in Aurangabad district, and are well known to the tourists, especially the Buddhist pilgrims around the world. There are many caves in the hill ranges, all-important in the archaeological point of view.

There are three groups of caves in the hills, the Tulija Lena, and the Ganesh lena being prominent. The place is surrounded by lush greens, which makes the place more attractive and a dear one among all Buddhist destinations.All of the Junnar caves were founded somewhere between 2nd Century BC and 3rd Century AD. The Chaitya hall is very attractive and special. It has a circular dome ceiling, and lies within the Tulija lena Group of caves. The Chatya hall is spacious and different from most of the other Chaitya found in caves of India. The second groups of caves lie towards the Manmodi hills and are also quite important archaeologically. The caves are well preserved and special for the archaeologists, who visit to testify the sculptures and images in the caves.

The Ganesh Lena caves are also quite beautiful and attract a lot of tourist population. It also has a Vihara, known as Ganesh Lena, many small cells and chaityas. The cave no 6 which, also houses a chaitya is special and a must for any visitor.

How to Reach :
Junnar caves are situated in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. They lie at a distance of approximately 177 km from the city of Mumbai, on the Mumbai-Aurangabad route. 

By Rail :Ample Trains are available traversing through Aurangabad.
By Road : State Owned & Private Vehicles are available.

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