FASCINATING BUDDHIST SPIRITUALITY AT THE KANHERI CAVES
Sightseeing, Cultural, Packed lunch
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.