FASCINATING BUDDHIST SPIRITUALITY AT THE KANHERI CAVES

  • Port

    Bombay/Mumbai

  • Level of difficulties

    Moderate

  • Type

    Sightseeing, Cultural, Packed lunch

  • Price

    Adults

    EUR100.0

  • Duration in hours

    7.0

  • Shore excursion code

    02O8

Description

The vitality of Mumbai with its spectacular monuments and the fascinating Buddhist spirituality of ancient caves: a combination that kindles strong emotions during a thrilling journey into Indian culture and Buddhist asceticism.



What we will see
  • Stop for photos at the Gateway of India
  • Ancient complex of the Kanheri Caves
  • Tour of the caves
  • Amazing Buddhist statues
  • Short panoramic tour on the way back


What we will do
  • We leave the cruise terminal behind us and venture by coach into the city of Mumbai, a charming city teeming with life and suspended between modernity and tradition.
  • Our sightseeing tour takes us to admire the Asiatic Society Library which was once the Town Hall and the famous Rajabai Clock Tower, designed by a British architect and modelled on Big Ben in London.
  • We stop off for photos at the Gateway of India, maybe the city’s most famous monument: an imposing stone archway 26 metres tall built in the early 20th century to celebrate the visit of King George V and his wife.
  • We then proceed along Marine Drive, the wide boulevard overlooking the ocean, and drive past Haji Ali, the famous white-walled mosque with its towering minaret surrounded by the sea.
  • We head out of the city to reach the Kanheri caves, a Buddhist monastery complex carved into the rock whose buildings operations started in the first century B.C. and continued until the 11th century AD.
  • We visit this incredible site characterised by over one hundred caves carved into the rock mainly made up of a simple cell, some with monumental façades proceeding for kilometres along the coast characterised by hills of volcanic origin.
  • We remain enchanted in front of the incredible Buddhist statues found in some of the caves like the colossal Buddha in cave 3 or the large statue of the Bodhisattva of compassion in cave 2. But art and spirituality are not the only fascinating things here: the site boasted an advanced water system as testified by the tanks and large basins used to collect water.
  • We then head back to Mumbai where we reach the port driving past other significant monuments providing wonderful memories.

What you need to know
  • This excursion is not recommended for guests with limited mobility.