He Was Hunting A Tiger When He Found This Strange Cave, And You Won’t Believe What’s Inside.

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In April of 1819, British officer John Smith was pursuing a tiger through the jungle outside of Mumbai when he stumbled upon a strange cave entrance hidden in the brush.

In 1819, British officer John Smith was hunting a tiger in the forest outside of Mumbai when he stumbled across a strange cave.

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Inside were what appeared to be man-made carvings. But that was just the beginning.

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Further investigation revealed an entire system of shrines and monuments carved directly into the rock.

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And 30 different caves.

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Experts believe that they were constructed around 200 BCE as a retreat for Buddhist monks during the terrible monsoon season.

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Strange Cave City

Each of the caves is unique, with its own intricately designed entrances and interiors.

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The caves were largely abandoned by the 7th century, but remained a sacred place for locals.

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Many of the carvings depict the life of Buddha and his many incarnations.

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There are also a large number of paintings, many of which are remarkably well-preserved.

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