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Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island
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A World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves exposes the cave system named after a colossal elephant which was unearthed nearby. Located on island hills 7 km (4.3 mi) from the shore of mainland, the entire network consists of seven sculpted caves which date to the 5th and 8th centuries and feature sculptures, shrines, and a colossal bust of the three forms of Siva (Mahesa-murti). As you roam its natural halls, notice that the larger group of five caves have Hindu features dedicated to Lord Shiva, where other two contain rock-cut formations indicative of Buddhist craftsmanship. If you wish to learn more about the complex, on-site guides can help. Plan your Elephanta Caves visit and explore what else you can see and do in Elephanta Island using our Elephanta Island itinerary builder.
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  • Take a double decker boat (ticket INR 180) and sit on the top deck (INR 10 extra) for 1.5 hours to reach elephanta caves from gateway. Encounter the toy train and if you are lucky enough you will get ...  more »
  • A ferry ride for 1hr and you get a very nice view of the gateway of India and The taj hotel . We paid to go on the ferry 40 rupees when you get on the ferry they charge you to go and sit at the top de...  more »
  • What can I say the place is beautiful, the boat ride is long and slightly boring to get to the island but once there it is beautiful, serene setting steeped in very well preserved history, a must see ...  more »
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  • One big misunderstanding. You need to spend one hour on old and creepy boat to get there, then they charge you the same as for Elora or Ajanta but you have here only few "temples". Only one is interesting, rest are just caves without any sculptures or paintings. Do not bother to go there...
  • Good place to relax from the hustle and bustle of the city. You will probably get very thirsty roaming there, so do remember to carry enough water as it cost double the price there and there is only one water dispensing machine which is too in a very bad state.
  • One of the best replica for our impressive sculpture and traditional architecture of India. Elephanta Caves is unforgettable experience to me. It is in Elephanta island,to which we will have to take mesmarize voyage from Gateway of India. It has a very attractive nature and sculptures to give a astonishing view and joy to its visitors. I like the way they have provided the route to reach the caves from boating point. There are different varieties of restaurants,clothings,articles,ornament shops which amuse us with their arts. Trust, you people will enjoy each and every moment in this memorable trip..
  • If you are looking for moments away from hustle bustles of Mumbai city, this is perfect gateway to peace. I would recommend visiting this place on weekdays as weekend gets crowded, though manageable. Place is not made differently abled friendly but not a big issue as there is option available to hire kursiwala people who will help with chair to reach you up there. So if ruins and caves interests you, don't miss this world heritage site.
  • It takes a 40 min ferry ride from the gateway of india to reach the beautiful island there are several shops on the jetty itself selling forest berries and salted mango and corn A long flight of stairs surrounded by shops selling various things on both sides leads to the caves The caves itself are a wonder to behold I would suggest employing a guide they will explain to you almost everything about the caves The short trek to cannon point is extremely worth the effort as you are rewarded by the amazing view of Bombay harbour and the island with its lush forest of green interspersed with red gulmohar trees The ferries leave at 5:30 and no tourist is allowed to stay overnight