Bahrot Caves is the only Parsi/Zoroastrian Cave temple in India located near Dahanu and stands as a testimony of the awe-inspiring story of the strength and valor of Zarathosti ancestors saving their faith against all odds.
Bahrot Caves, locally known as Barad are made of water cisterns placed in a line of seven forming a cliff face. The cisterns are carved on the face of Bahrot Hill that form a huge outline of the Western Ghats. The hill itself is located in a secluded area and is accessible only by trekking a very steep path for 4km.
Placed on a steep cliff of the hill Bahrot Caves can be seen from the eastern edge of the hill and while visiting it, tourists will still find stone outlines of old structures inside the fort. When the British came, they named Bahrot Peak as St. John’s peak.
The cisterns of which Bahrot Caves are made are rectangular-shaped tanks that were used for holding water and two of its cisterns are actually carved from the rock and are supported by pillars. The cisterns at Bahrot Caves were filled up to brim during monsoon and could hold water and the largest of them could hold water for an entire year.
But unfortunately only one of the cisterns at Bahrot Caves in Dahanu holds water now and that is also till the month of January or early February and not for the entire year. Pottery, glassware, and coins dating back to the Sassanian period of Iran and used by Zarathosti occupants were found inside the cave.
Best Time to Visit Bahrot Caves Bordi
As summer here is pretty hot and humid and there is medium to heavy rainfall in the monsoon, August to February is the best time to pay a visit. Bahrot caves are located only at a distance of 8 KM from Bordi and is among the most important historical sites in the state of Maharashtra.