Take a glimpse into the rich culture and legacy of Mumbai on this 5-hour private tour. Visit the glorious Kanheri caves, chiseled out of a massive basaltic rock located in the Borivali National Park. The caves demonstrate Buddhist influence on art and culture between 1st century BC and 10th century CE. Follow the mythology surrounding Lord Buddha’s life explained by our art historian that links Buddha to the 10 avataras of Lord Vishnu-the Hindu God. Buddha thus becomes an inseparable part of story-telling in Indian classical dance. Post lunch watch a scintillating Bharatanatyam dance performance by the renowned Sankhya Dance Group. The performance brings to life mythological characters of divine origin with a special piece on Buddha’s life story. The idea behind this tour is that tourists get an unforgettable experience of the rich Indian mythology and culture and understand how the two are irrevocably connected. The tour includes a traditional Indian lunch.
Meet your tour guide at the designated Hotel lobby at 8:30am and proceed to the Borivali National Park in the comfort of your private car. Kanheri comes from the Sanskrit word Krishnagiri, which means black mountain. Kanheri was an important Buddhist settlement on the Konkan coast by the 3rd century CE. Most of the caves were monasteries used for living, studying, and meditating. The larger halls lined with intricately carved Buddhist sculptures, reliefs and pillars were used for congregational worship. There are about 34 unfinished paintings of Buddha within the caves. The caves give valuable insight into former Buddhist occupation and life. The hilly terrain and lush greenery around the attraction provide for a beautiful picturesque backdrop.
At 12:30pm, proceed for a delicious lunch at a local eatery. Post lunch, drive to the Sankya dance studio to watch a scintillating Bharatanatyam dance performance by the Sankhya - one of the premier and professional dance Company of the western India based in Mumbai. The presentation blends music, rhythm, poetry, expressions and bodily movements to perfection.
After the performance, proceed back to your hotel or desired location in Mumbai in your private car.