Karla Caves

Karla Caves

The naturally built caves

Karla Caves

The climb up is filled with such simple refreshments

Karla Caves

The thriving market for temple darshan

Another locale to explore and love near Lonavla. Karla Cave is a Buddhist monastery near the travel route of between North Indian and South India. Buddhist monks were known to locate their monastic establishments in natural geographic formations close to major trade routes so as to provide lodging houses for travelling traders.

Karla Caves

Darkness and beyond

Karla Caves

Old Mumbai Pune HIghway and a dhabba

Karla Caves

People

Since V has been working really loooong hours, and even worked full-day on my birthday, it was a surprise that he got 2 day weekend. We made full use of it by relaxing a lot at home and a short trip to Lonavla/ Khandala. I think it is a must for all Puneites and Mumbaikars to visit this place at least once a year during monsoons. :P

Karla Caves

Beauty and heritage together

Karla Caves

Rains, water and shelter for travellers

Karla Caves

Tempting

On our way back from Khandala, V asked me if I am game to explore Karla Caves. Though honestly speaking, I wasn’t very keen but I agreed. And it was a good decision. There is small 10-15 minutes climb of some stairs and you reach a beautiful locale and enjoy the architecture and carving of a historical monument.

Karla Caves

The facade

Karla Caves

Colors of life

Karla Caves

Soothing

These caves bore significance for merchants as it provided them with lodging when travelling. There is a temple dedicated to the goddess Ekveera, who is worshipped most notably by the Koli community of Mumbai.

Karla Caves

Love

Karla Caves

Pillars and strength

Asoka

Asoka

The main cave features a large, intricately carved chaitya, or prayer hall, dating back to the 1st century BC. This is among the largest rock-cut chaityas in India, measuring 45 metres (148 ft) long and up to 14 metres (46 ft) high. There is an Ashokan pillar at the front, with a closed stone facade and torana in between. source: Wikipedia

Karla Caves

Entertainment and livelihood

Karla Caves

Majestic

Karla Caves

Behold

For a change our little one co-operated and didn’t ask to be carried all the way up or down. She felt pride in telling us that she is now able to climb on her own. Thank you God for small mercies.

Karla Caves

Music

Karla Caves

Buddhist monastery

Karla Caves

After a hot trek, this is most welcome

As a photographer I loved the myriad shops set up all the way up to the caves selling temple worship stuff and knick-knacks. They made a great subject to shoot.

Karla Caves

Business and prayers

Karla Caves

Inside out

Karla Caves

Flowers and more