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Caves....Elephanta or Kanheri

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Caves....Elephanta or Kanheri

We are going to be in Mumbai for a couple of days and were wondering which caves to go to.

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1. Re: Caves....Elephanta or Kanheri

The Kanheri Caves is located within the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, north of Borivali on the western outskirts of Mumbai, India. The caves are about 8kms from Borivali Station.

Elephanta is 9 nautical miles across the sea from the Gateway of India. It can be reached by Ferry from the Gateway of India. The Caves will be closed on Monday.

Both the places are worth visiting, but both are at different ends of Mumbai.

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2. Re: Caves....Elephanta or Kanheri

Hi dharunani,

I would personally recommend a visit to Elephanta Caves.

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3. Re: Caves....Elephanta or Kanheri

thank you

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4. Re: Caves....Elephanta or Kanheri

We have time for only one...which one?

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Go for Elephanta. It would be a boat ride and also a tour of the caves. Besides, you will also visit the Gateway of India form where you have to take the ferry. You can also go around Colaba.

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Elephanta is Hindu, Kanheri Buddhist. They are both very different from each other. No matter which you pick, you will enjoy the day if you understand what you are seeing. If you don't have anyone to explain anything, neither visit is meaningful. There are local guides in both places, see if you can find them to show you around.

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Elephanta is a UNESCO World Heritage Site but Kanheri is not but that does not take away any credit for being a wonderful place to visit for the 110 caves at the site built much earlier than the Elephanta Caves which were built around the 6th or 7th Century CE (AD) whereas Kanheri started in 2nd Century BCE (BC). B/CE means Before / Common Era which is the new terminology instead of AD and BC. In Kanheri cave #34 you will find an unfinished painting on the ceiling and an eleven headed Avalokiteshwara in Cave #41. There is a fantastic water reservoir system which is worth seeing at Kanheri too. Elephanta Caves have the main cave with Shiva in many of his different forms and is badly damaged by the Portuguese soldiers who used it for target practice. Only the main image of Trimurti or Sadasiva is not damaged. Both these caves are worth seeing for their wonderful sculptures and artwork. The Kanheri caves are a bit difficult to reach unless you have your own vehicle as it involves a hike of about 7km from the Sanjay Gandhi National Park at Borivali (East). Black and Yellow taxis or autorickshaws are not permitted to enter the National Park so don't try to take one to reach Kanheri Caves. There is a small shuttle bus available but it gets full very quickly and there are no reserved tickets for the ride and only on a first come first in the bus basis.

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There is a small guide book available at the tea stall near Kanheri Caves that is available for a reasonable price which is written by an archaeologist who has studied these caves. A similar guide is available at Elephanta too but they usually charge a lot more than the actual price printed on it.

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If u visit Elephanta, u ll enjoy the boat ride from Gateway of India... u ll get a look of mumbai from the waters.. preferably go after 1pm so tht while coming back u ll get a night view of mumbai too.

if u visit Kanheri u can club ur trip along with Sanjay Gandhi National Park, enjoy boating at the lake etc.

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10. Re: Caves....Elephanta or Kanheri

thanks for the tip.

well worth remembering