Bhaja caves are located in Pune; near to Lonavala, in the state of Maharashtra, India. These caves are the old and beautifully carved Buddhist caves including the wonderful Buddhist stupas. Bhaja caves are considered as one of the ancient historical monuments in India. There are total 22 rocks cut caves which have their roots back in 2nd century BC and in the Hinayana phase of Buddhism.
One needs to climb up the 150-200 big steps from the Bhaja village to reach the Bhaja Caves. Visit to these caves is preferable at any time in the year but the best time to visit is Monsoon since the climate and view of the nature is simply beautiful in this season.
There are many good places to see at and around the Bhaja caves which also are one of the prime attractions to the visitors.
Devi Durga Parameshwari temple:
The temple of Devi Durga Parameshwari is a worth visiting temple near to Bhaja caves and is dedicated to Srimath Parijnanashram Swamiji of Sri Chitrapur Math. To the right of it, the Samadhi of HH Swamiji is also located. This temple is a quiet, calm and peaceful place.
Visapur fort is near to Malavli station and is a must visit place in Monsoons. This fort is loved by all the visitors who like trekking. Every year; a lot of trekkers visit the Visapur fort in the rainy season. It takes 2-2.5 hours to reach to the top of the Visapur fort from the Malavli.
Scorpion’s Sting (Vinchu Kata):
Scorpion’s Sting which is also known as Vinchu Kata is a long spur in the Lohagad fort region and is a finger styled projection of Lava fissure. Due to its natural shape, it has the name as “Scorpion’s Sting”. This is a beautiful place for nature lovers.
Lohagad is a very beautiful place nearby. Lohgad has the wonderful climate in the Monsoons full of fog. It has eye-catching waterfalls and on the top of the Lohagad, there is a high force of wind. It is a worth visiting place in the rainy season.
Ekvira Devi Temple:
Ekvira Devi temple is located near to bhaja caves and is one of the beautiful temples. This temple is devoted to the Goddess Renuka, who is also known as the mother of Parshurama. The Goddess Renuka is worshipped by all the local people and the local koli fishermen community.
Surrounded by the dense forests, sausage hills are one of the best places to see in Lonavala. There are varieties of birds in the forests around the hills. Sausage hills are a perfect place trekking, bird watching and hill climbing. From the sausage hills, the views of Pawna Lake and Tunga fort are very beautiful.