Descent Of The Ganges, Mahabalipuram

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#3 of 13 in Historic Sites in Mahabalipuram
Marvel at exquisitely carved elephants of Descent Of The Ganges, a monumental open-air World Heritage Site rock relief carved on two monolithic boulders. Measuring 29 by 13 m (96 by 43 ft), the carving depicts a descent of sacred River Ganges from heavens to earth led by King Bhagiratha and followed by a host of gods, half-humans, mythical creatures and animals. Indian rock cut sculpture at its best, this 7th century monument served as a shining example for many subsequent styles. Get a guide to hear all the details about this fabulous figural composition, unparalleled in Indian art. Use our Mahabalipuram online trip maker to visit Descent Of The Ganges on your trip to Mahabalipuram, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • Nice place to visit and see the magnificent stone architecture. This place is near to Krishna's butter ball place and it is one of the famous tourist attraction. Rock Elephant is eye catching to...  more »
  • We had an excellent guide at the monuments today at about 5pm. He was doing a group tour to which we listened in. We chatted after the tour but sadly we didn’t get his name. He was excellent  more »
  • Key monument in Mahablipuram. Check if you can get a guide to explain this monument along with Arjunas Penance rock.  more »
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  • Historical place. A must visit to know our history and culture. Carved in one stone. Parking is available. Very close to bus stand.
  • Beautiful sculptures Must see Tourist attraction with family. 50 metres away from Bus stand Best time to visit is 6 am to 8 am during the time, the crowd will be less and it is easy to capture them in your camera. Parking space available Open area and carry umbrella if you are travelling during summer/rainy season.
  • A UNESCO world heritage site.Visited in the night well maintained and very ancient.
  • Historical place. In the group of monuments in Mahabalipuram. Mahabalipuram also called mamallapuram. An awesome ancient work on rock.
  • Very big space to walk around. Useful to those who appreciates talent and hard work or else it is just some rocks laying around.
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