documentation of kanheri caves

Type : First year Internship with T-square Architects 

Location : Mumbai, Maharashta, India

Interned with T-square architects, a firm based in Borivali, Mumbai. As a part of the training, we were to get well versed with the architectural history of the neighborhood. For this, we photo documented all the accessible caves and made detailed measured drawing of one of the typical caves.Situated in the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, the Kanheri caves also known as Krishnagiri caves is a series of 109 caves excavated roughly from 1st century BC to 10th century AD. 4 caves are inaccessible to tourists as they got submerged in the mountain during landslides. The caves are the biggest example of Rock cut architecture in the city and show prevalent used techniques of rain water harvesting. The hill was carved an ingenious system for storing water, consisting of canals and cisterns collecting rainwater into large tanks.

© Janhavi Naik