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.
Inside were what appeared to be man-made carvings. But that was just the beginning.
Further investigation revealed an entire system of shrines and monuments carved directly into the rock.
And 30 different caves.
Experts believe that they were constructed around 200 BCE as a retreat for Buddhist monks during the terrible monsoon season.
Strange Cave City
Each of the caves is unique, with its own intricately designed entrances and interiors.
The caves were largely abandoned by the 7th century, but remained a sacred place for locals.
Many of the carvings depict the life of Buddha and his many incarnations.
There are also a large number of paintings, many of which are remarkably well-preserved.
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