Tuesday, 26 February 2013

Kanheri Caves

I went to Kanheri Cave many years ago with school picnic, at an age when I could neither understand the architecture nor the history of any place and my idea of picnic was sitting in a park or playing in an open space.

I am not sure what my thoughts were then, I must have grumbled about climbing the tracks to see just rocks but now I see the stories in the carvings of the rock.

The dirt road leading up the caves looks tricky but the rewards are good at the end of the climb.

The Kanheri caves were Buddhist settlement from 3rd century BC to 11th century AD and it contains pillars and carving made of hard basalt rock.

They were carved out from rocky hills by Buddhist Monks.

The Kanheri caves are located deep inside Sanjay Gandhi National Park. They are located north of Borivali on the western outskirts of Mumbai. Bus transport is available every hour. Visitors must pay entry fees at the park gate and at the cave entrance.
Stream bisects the road from the entry point of Sanjay Gandhi National Park to Kanheri Caves where families can enjoy a lazy afternoon.

Sincere thanks to Biswajit Dey for sharing his photographs

Sunday, 3 February 2013

Art and Installations at KGAF

All those who love art have found their paradise with installations at the festival...and friends who walked down the street have shared their pictures with me....

Kala Ghoda Arts Festival 14th edition kicked off on  Saturday with a bang

The name "Bombay" was derived from 'Bom Bahia' (The Good Bay),

.... a name given by Portuguese sailor Francis Almeida, in 1508 ....“Bounce back Mumbai” .....as it is called by the locals, it is a city that has been through a lot in the recent past – floods, bomb blasts, riots – and come out stronger each time.

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