The Kondana caves enclose sculptures – Vihara, Chaitya and Stupas – specimens of ancient Buddhist architecture. I was told that as a result of an earth quake in the early 1900s, many stupas (especially the front entrance) as well as the floor of the caves were damaged. But what remains absolutely intact is the beautiful Chaitya which welcomes you to the rock cut caves that were created around the year 200 BC – 100 BC. If you are fond of ancient sculpture, Kondana Caves will fascinate you – the carvings feature dancing men and woman all held together with octagonal pillars.
“Abseiling, also called rappelling, is the controlled descent of a vertical drop, such as a rock face, using a rope. Climbers use this technique when a cliff or slope is too steep and/or dangerous to descend without protection.” (Source: Wikipedia)
Waterfall rappelling ( also called canyoning .. jumping over waterfalls) is quite the same.
How to get to Kondana Caves –
Take a 8 seater rickshaw (costing Rs.250 – Rs.300) from Karjat station to Kondivade village and from Kondivade village proceed to Kondana caves – the trekking distance to the Kondana caves can be covered by approximately one hour.
On last Sunday, my son and myself joined a team of trekking enthusiasts (which was organized by ‘Vibes Outdoors’) and took part in this adventure sport.