Positioned at Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, Junnar caves is the outstanding destination for the Buddhist pilgrims. Located at very close (177 km) to Mumbai, Junnar Caves lay in the hill ranges is very prominent site from archaeological point of view. Three groups of caves in the hills whereas the Tulija Lena, and the Ganesh Lena being prominent. All of the Junnar caves were founded between 2nd Century BC and 3rd Century AD is the utmost treasure of India. The place is wrapped by lush green vegetation which makes the place more fascinating and thus extremely visited among all Buddhist destinations.
The Junnar caves can be classified into three major categories
- Tulija Lena Group
- Manmodi Hill Group
- Ganesh Lena Group
Description on the Junnar Caves:
Five kilometers to the west, the Tulija Lena group consisting of Chaityas or the prayer halls decorated with a circular dome ceiling in the Chaiya hall with three caves. The second group of caves, Manmodi Hill Group positioned at 1.5 kilometers south to Junnar is the prime pilgrimage attraction for millions of worldwide visitors. Onward the Manmodi hills there exists a well preserved facade. The Ganesh Lena group, the third group, 4 kilometers south of Junnar encompasses abundant of small cells and Viharas. 'Ganesh Lena', the main vihara of this group has been named after the group with the same name. Belonging to the time period of 2nd century BCE to the 3rd century CE, the Junnar caves is liked for its spectacular construction and architecture and thus attracts the tourists, Buddhists and archaeologists.
How to Reach Kanheri Caves
Mumbai, located 177 kilometers away is the nearest airport from Junnar. The Mumbai airports serve all the major international and domestic flights.
Major railhead is at Mumbai, well- linked with all the major Indian cities.
Bus service is very frequent and regular to the Junnar caves. As it lay on the Mumbai-Aurangabad route coaches, buses or even private taxis can easily be hired for Junnar caves.
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