Khandala Hill Station and Bhaja and Karla Rock-cut Buddhist Caves

Khandala is a hill station is near Lonavala hill station in Maharashtra state, India.

Khandala Valley
Khandala Valley

Khandala hill station is located on the Bhor Ghat, which lies in between the Konkan plains and the Deccan Plateau.

This hill station is famous for hiking to Duke’s Nose, which offers excellent view of Khandala and Bhor Ghats. Tiger’s Leap is a tourist spot which appear as a tiger leaping into the valley.

Amrutanjan Point, Karla caves and Bhaja caves (Rock-cut Buddhist Caves), Bhushi Lake, etc, are some of the other prominent tourist attractions here.

There is an Ancient Jail at this hill station, which was built in 1896.

Chaitya (prayer hall) at Bhaja CavesChaitya (prayer hall) at Karla Caves

Karla caves are 2nd century BC to the 5th century AD rock-cut caves. The famous “Grand Chaitya” inside  Cave 8 is “the largest and most completely preserved” chaitya hall (prayer hall) of the period.  It is also known by different names like Karli Caves, Karle Caves and Karla Cells.

BhajaBhaja Caves

Bhaja Caves are a group of 22 rock-cut caves, which dates back to 2nd century BC.  It is also known as or Bhaje caves.

How Do I Go to Khandala Hill Station?

Khandala Hill Station is at around 3 kilometers from Lonavala, a famous hill station on the Western Ghats. Mumbai – Pune Expressway connects this hill station to Mumbai and Pune cities. Karjat is at around 7 kilometers away from this hill station.

Khandala railway station (next station to Lonavla station) is the nearest railway station. there are suburban trains between Lonavala and Pune stations. Pune International airport is the nearest airport.