Elephanta Caves, Elephanta Island

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#4 of 187 in Nature in Maharashtra
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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 to see Elephanta Caves and other attractions that appeal to you using our Mumbai City District sightseeing planner .
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  • To reach Elephanta Island, you will get ferry from Gateway of India, don't miss this beacuse ferry ride is an amazing experience.  more »
  • Beautiful location but be prepared to walk - wear comfortable shoes. You can buy your ticket for the ferry at the Gateway to India for 200 rupees for “fancy boat” though I couldn’t tell the difference...  more »
  • Nice place to visit. Be careful from the hungry cows and monkeys on the island. The caves are beautiful, try to arrive in the early morning to avoid crowds.  more »
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  • About a one-hour ride from Gateway of India Port by ferry. Go to the ticket counter and buy a ticket for the ferry only. In 2018 the price is Rs. 200 for the ferry ( luxury class) - don't expect much from the luxury class. After arrival you can take a trolley train or walk about 15 minutes to the main entrance. Plan to be offered guides - price will depend on your ability to negotiable Rs 600 to Rs 2000. For you non Indians, plan to pay Rs. 500. go ahead and pay it, although the locals will pay only Rs. 30 ( surprise them, and pay more- this is something that they are not used to, as everyone tries to rip them off). I am sure they need the money to maintain the place. Next, Plant to climb uphill on steps while many shop owners promote their merchandise. if you are not used to climbing steps, this will take you quite a while. Take your time to look at the details all around you, there are five caves to explore. Plan your return according to the boat schedule.
  • भारत में मुम्बई के गेट वे ऑफ इण्डिया से लगभग १२ किलोमीटर दूर स्थित एक स्थल है जो अपनी कलात्मक गुफ़ाओं के कारण प्रसिद्ध है। यहाँ कुल सात गुफाएँ हैं। मुख्य गुफा में २६ स्तंभ हैं, जिसमें शिव को कई रूपों में उकेरा गया हैं। पहाड़ियों को काटकर बनाई गई ये मूर्तियाँ दक्षिण भारतीय मूर्तिकला से प्रेरित है। इसका ऐतिहासिक नाम घारपुरी है। यह नाम मूल नाम अग्रहारपुरी से निकला हुआ है।एलिफेंटा नाम पुर्तगालियों द्वारा यहाँ पर बने पत्थर के हाथी के कारण दिया गया था।यहाँ हिन्दू धर्म के अनेक देवी देवताओं कि मूर्तियाँ हैं। ये मंदिर पहाड़ियों को काटकर बनाये गए हैं। यहाँ भगवान शंकर की नौ बड़ी-बड़ी मूर्तियाँ हैं जो शंकर जी के विभिन्न रूपों तथा क्रियाओं को दिखाती हैं। इनमें शिव की त्रिमूर्ति प्रतिमा सबसे आकर्षक है। यह मूर्ति २३ या २४ फीट लम्बी तथा १७ फीट ऊँची है। इस मूर्ति में भगवान शंकर के तीन रूपों का चित्रण किया गया है। इस मूर्ति में शंकर भगवान के मुख पर अपूर्व गम्भीरता दिखती है।
  • History welcomes you here. One hour ferry ride and you reach there. Then approx 1 km walk and 120 stairs to the Elephanta caves. But you can avoid walk as there is a toy train just for rs 10. But can't avoid stairs. There are palki for old aged people. Market for shopping and small cafes to hang out. There are 5 caves upstairs. But only first one is important. Better to take a guide, who costs you rs 450/-. There are monkeys so please be aware. Don't keep eatables in hand. While returning from caves, seagulls chases the ferry for food. 😃😃😃 One can feed them chips and biscuits. That is so memorable.
  • Very poorly maintained. 4 stars are because overall experience is good. You will need about 6 to 7 hours. Go by 9am to beat the crowd. Ferry is about 1 hr one way. Return ticket cost is Rs 200 for luxury boat (don't keep high expectations). Few spots are very dangerous at this place. Open ditches, slippery and steep descents (photos attached), no safety railings. Monday, the caves are closed and so are street shops on the way up to caves. It is a good bit of climb. Good exercise, elderly and those going with infants may want to avoid. There are vendors who will carry you up to the caves in a chair in case you want to avoid climbing. Do carry a water bottle. Beware of monkey, dogs, cow menace. Especially monkeys will run behind you if they see food in your hand.
  • A World heritage monument. The cave is located in a small island. We go to it by boat for 45 minutes. Very peaceful travel. the caves are so good. there are good shops and restaurants in this place to fulfill yourself. It has a couple of small temples to visit to which you need to walk for few minutes. Very good place to visit with friends, couples etc.. an entire day can be spent here.

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