Half-Day Private Trip To Sanjay Gandhi National Park From Mumbai Including The Kanheri Caves

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Overview

Enjoy this half-day trip to Sanjay Gandhi National Park from Mumbai. There you will explore the Kanheri caves - an important testimony of ancient monastic life of India and thanks to its convenient trade-route location, occupied continuously since the 1st century BC to the decline of Buddhism in 9th century AD. You will be able to explore the mixture of Hinayana Buddhism and the Mahayana architecture.

Highlights

  • Enjoy a day away from the hustle and bustle of the city
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide

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Once you are picked up in the morning by your driver, you will head off to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park
Once there, you will explore Buddhists caves at Kanheri, that are more than 2000 years-old. Its carvings and architectural styles portray the influence of the austere Hinayana Buddhism and the following Mahayana culture.
Carved into a cliff face, it served as a home to a large settlement of monks, whose daily life was filled mostly with study and prayers. You can admire various artefacts, such as water cisterns, intricate rock-carved stairways, halls and exquisite dwellings of senior monks.
Apart from admiring the caves, which are slightly hidden from the tourists, you can explore the part itself. Spread over a vast region of 9000 hectares, it is a home to various species of birds and animals, some of them endangered.

After sightseeing you will enjoy lunch at a local restaurant, before heading back to your hotel.

Inclusions for Half-Day Private Trip To Sanjay Gandhi National Park From Mumbai Including The Kanheri Caves

  • Entrance fees
  • Fixed menu lunch
  • Driver/guide
  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Exclusions for Half-Day Private Trip To Sanjay Gandhi National Park From Mumbai Including The Kanheri Caves

  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Food and drinks, unless specified
  • Gratuities (optional)

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • This was the best excursion of our 42 day cruise. It was a very hot day and the small newish air conditioned car was pure luxury. It was a national holiday and the locals were out enjoying themselves and we became a part of the scene instead of just being onlookers. We joined them and interacted with them as we climbed the mountains viewing the first university caves. The monks studied and lived here from BC. An amazing area.
    Our guide, Anra and driver Imrad were just wonderful introducing us to many of the local fruits, purchasing some for us to taste. We learnt of their uses and medicinal properties. They were a wealth of knowledge.
    Being two older ladies there were some steep sections of the climb which were challenging and we were encouraged and supported along the way - not just by Anra and Imrad but by the locals who stopped to chat and have photos taken with us.
    The park itself is extensive with many picnic grounds.
    Lunch at a local cafe with a selection of various Indian dishes capped off a wonderful experience.

  • I have used Viator a number of time in the past in USA and UAE I had no problems. Ordinarily I never leave reviews as I don't find them useful and they tend to demonstrate banal praise or axes to grind.

    The problems with the tour
    1. I spent most of the tour in traffic. I probably spent about 1 hour out of a car and 3 hours in a car. Not good for an outdoor tour. This was mainly due to the very heavy traffic at the National Park. While the traffic is of course not the fault of Viator not informing prospective customers that the heavy traffic on a Sunday at the park is highly likely is the fault of Viator. Particular when the charge levied for a Sunday tour is higher.
    2. The tour guide, while a very pleasant man, didn't seem that interested or knowledgeable about the caves.
    3. I felt as though I was being advertised to continuously about the other tours that Viator offered. I don't appreciate this particularly while I'm still on a Viator tour.
    4. The tour included a trip to the Saga mall, which I didn't not appreciate. I chose this tour because I enjoy the outdoors. The trip to the mall was not mentioned in the tour literature and I strongly had the impression that someone was receiving kickbacks to take gullible tourists to buy some trinkets. I was particularly insulted by this cynical attempt.

    You will see that I have provided specific feedback on specific instances. I took a tour with a smaller Mumbai operator on Saturday and there was no comparison between the two. I expect far more from Viator.

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