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Entrance Fees (per day)– 7.30 am to 6 pm

Adult (12+) - (without vehicle) Rs 30
Child (3 to 12) Rs 15

Vehicle per day
Note: additional to each individual person’s entrance fee.


Two Wheeler Rs 25
Car/Jeep Rs 100
Bus/Truck Rs 150

Morning Walkers (5.30am to 7.30 am)

Senior Citizens Rs 12 per year
Others Rs 25 per month
Rs 100 per year

Photography

Still photography (non commercial) No Fee
Still photography (commercial) Rs 500 per day
Video (non commercial) Rs 500 per day

Access Restrictions -
No entry signs indicate restricted access to tourists around the public recreation zone within the park. Tourists may travel up to Kanheri Caves along the main road only and not either side of the road in the forest. Tourists are requested to leave the park by 6.30 pm 



Cycle Hire
Timings available -7.30am to 4 pm

Deposit Rs 200 per bicycle
Rent Rs 20 per hour (minimum hire 2 hours)

Accommodation
4 Rest Houses and 2 Camp Sheds are available within the park.
Contact the park authorities for further information & booking
admin@sanjaygandhinationalpark.net

Attractions
Lion and Tiger Safari
Timings - Morning - 9 am to 12.30 pm  Afternoon - 2pm to 5.20pm (Open Tuesday to Sunday - MONDAY CLOSED)

Tickets -  Adult Rs 50 
Child Rs 20
Video Rs 500 (per day)

Tickets available at Lion and Tiger Booking Office and Information Centre

Safari Buses leavefrom outside the booking office. A minimum of 15 adult passengersrequired for bus departure (maximum 30 seater)

Nature Information Centre (NIC) and Butterfly Garden
Open daily - Guided Nature Walks and Slide Shows available for booking in advance

Centre contains a walk thru interpretation board area with ecological and environmental information on the National Park and the wider world.

Plant Nursery
Next to NIC (plants available for sale)

Boating Lake
Timings Daily - Morning - 9 am to 12.30 pm Afternoon - 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm

Tickets Rs 15 per person (over age 3) Duration - 15 minutes
Two Seater Boat Rs 60 - Duration - 20 minutes

Children’s Play Area
One close to Boating Lake - Second at Lion and Tiger Safari Booking Office Site  

Toy Train
Timings - Morning - Every 30 minutes from 9 am to 12 pm, Afternoon - Every 30 minutes from 1.30 pm to 5.30 pm
A minimum of 20 passengers are required for train departure

Tickets - Adult Rs 25 
Child Rs 10

Trains run Tuesday to Sunday – CLOSED MONDAY

Garden seating area is situated outside train station

Kanheri Caves
Mornings - 9 am to 12.30 pm , Afternoons - 2 pm to 5.30 pm
Buses run from the Cycle Hire Tent site

Costs Adult Rs 30
Child Rs 15

A minimum of 15 passengers required forbus departure
Tickets forentry to caves(available at cave site )

Indian National Rs 5
Foreign Tourist Rs 100       
Video Rs 25
Timings - Daily 9 am to 5 pm
Snack Shop on site

Deer Enclosure
Small fenced in Deer Park Area near Toy train

Gandhi Memorial
Hilltop views - peaceful garden seating area

Souvenir Shop
Near to Park Entrance Ticket Window

Facilities
Toilets available:-
1. Main road just inside park
2. Toy Train Station Site
3. & 4. Play Area opposite Lion and Tiger Safari Booking Office
5. Gandhi Memorial
6. Kanheri Caves

Drinking Water:-
1. Just Inside park Entrance before Ticket Window
2. Next to Cycle Hire
3. Main road outside NIC
4. Children’s Play Area near Boating Lake
5. Toy Train Station Site
6. and 7. Play Area opposite Lion and Tiger Safari Booking Office
8. Gandhi Memorial

Nb: Bottled Water available on sale at Snack Shop Kanheri Caves       

KANHERI CAVES
Kanherithe Kanhasela, Krishnagiri, Kanhagiri of ancient inscriptions was a major Buddhist centreand monastic establishment which flourished between the 1st Century BC and 11th Century AD. Earliest excavations of the caves in volcanic breccias date back to as early as the 3rd Century BC. The hills from which the caves are carved rise in places to 1550ft above mean sea level. Kanheri is credited with the largest number of cave excavations in a single hill numbering 110 in total. The cave excavations reflect a blend of art and architecture of the Hinayana and Mahayana sects of Buddhism. 

Kanheri thrived due to its proximity to ancient sea port towns like Sopara (Surparaka, the Supara of Greek; Subara of Arab writers; the ancient capital of northern Konkan), Kalyan a thriving port; Chemula, the Samylla of Greek geographers, Chemula of Silaharas, on the island of Trombay; the other ancient localities nearby were Vasya, perhaps Vasai or Bassein; Sri Staanara or Thana; and Ghodabandar. It is generally believed that Buddhism first arrived in Aparantha (Western India) at Sopara which is very close to Kanheri. The caves which were in occupation right up until 11th century A.D were later mentioned by early visitors such as the Portuguese in the 16th century A.D, and other travellers and voyagers from Europe.

Of the numerous donor inscriptions found here mention of ancient cities like Suparaka (Sopara); Nasika (Nasik); Chemuli (Chemula); Kalyana (Kalyan); Dhenukakata (Dhanyakataka, modern Amaravati in Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh) are found. The donors were from all classes of society, from members of the royal families to monks and commoners such as goldsmiths and traders. The prominent names among the royal families mentioned in the inscriptions are Gautamiputra Satakarni (c. 106-130 A.D.); Vasisthiputra Sri Pulumavi (c. 130-158 A.D.); Sri Yajna Satakarni (c. 172-201 A.D.); Madhariputra Sakasena (c. end of 3rd century A.D.); the rulers of Satavahana dynasty whose ancient capital was Pratishthana (modern Paithan, district Aurangabad); Amoghavarsha of the Rashtrakuta dynasty dated in 853 A.D.

The excavations at Kanheri are of the following types: (i) chaityagrhas, the place of worship of the Buddhist community, (ii) viharas or monasteries consisting of single and multiple celled compartments where the Buddhist monks resided, (iii) podhis or water cisterns, which were excavated ingeniously to trap the rain water and store them for use during summer periods and (iv) rock-cut benches and seats.

At Kanheri, the beginning of excavation of rock-cut caves coincides with the introduction of Buddhism in Aparantha. The caves are generally small consisting of a single cell with a front pillared verandah approached by a flight of steps. The caves invariably contain a cistern for storing water. The initial excavations were very small and plain, devoid of any decorative motifs. The pillars were plain squares or octagons and did not have the pot base which was introduced later. The most prominent among the excavations at Kanheri is Cave 3, which is a chaityagriha excavated during the period of Yajna Satakarni (c. 172-201 A.D.) This chaityagrha is one of the largest in India second only to the one at Karle, district Pune. Caves 11, 34, 41, 67, 87 and 90 are also of significant architectural importance.

Source: The Archaeological Survey of India (2011), viewed 18 December 2011, http://asi.nic.in


Note: Collated by Andrew Counsell, Photographs by Megha Patel