Last Visited : February 2014.
How to Reach: We reached from Pune by Volvo Bus upto Sion Station. From there we took a cab to reach this destination on our way to Elephanta Caves.
Site Review : I have visited this place for the first time but, ferry ride from Gateway of India to Island is a treat.
Historical Information: The Elephanta Caves are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri (literally "the city of caves") in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The island, located on an arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two groups of caves—the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of two Buddhist caves.
Additional Observation: In the start there is a navy area of the left hand side and a murky view of Trombe oil refinery. prohibited to take snaps during this navy area ride.
When you reach the island it is a 5 min trip by a small toy train / or by walk from the bank of the sea to foot of the hill.
Crossing the local bunch of shops , and can had lunch at the hotels at bottom of the hill , it a good steep climbing. But view is good after reaching there. Not all the caves are good but it is must to see 20 feet (6.1 m) high Trimurti sculpture , called "Sadashiv". Then a little rest and climb further to see the big rotating cannon a good historical learning on how they used to operate a cannon.
Then on return a large pool of birds fly behind your ferry boat is a awesome view. Also must mention the amazing view of TAJ & Gate Way from the arabian sea is must to see. A nice feeling to see the reflections of TAJ & Gate Way of INDIA in water.
Localities : Place is overall poorly maintained to manage this high footfall. Ferry ride to elephanta caves takes 160 /- approx. per head.
Hotels : No hotel on island , go and return by last ferry.
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