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“Amazing Elephanta Caves”
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Elephanta Caves
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Elephanta Caves Private Tour with Train Ride and Gateway of India From Mumbai
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Elephanta Caves are situated on Elephanta Island about 7 kms from Mumbai’s mainland shore. The caves can be reached by an approx. 1-hour boat ride from Gateway of India.
Reviewed 1 September 2014

This is an incredible example of incredible engineering. Imagine a massive rock. Imagine people carving into that rock, and carving sculptures and columns. That is what was done here and it is really amazing to see. On the way to go see this attraction, you can also visit the Gateway of India. WATCH OUT FOR THE MONKEYS!!! They will take any loose, bright object that you have. You can buy a bottle of Maza mango juice at the bottom, go up the stairs, drink most of it, and then watch a monkey come at you, take the bottle, and go up a tree and open it and drink it. Daring little buggers.

Thank ds1973
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Reviewed 1 September 2014

The Ferry Ride till Elephanta is Awesome.. Next comes the snail-slow toy train which gives you a laid back pleasure and a bit of rest which you woould need to clicb the rocky stairs of the caves.. The caves are awesome and gives you a feeling that you have travelled back to the ages of saints and sages... Worth a travel.. very low travel cost

Thank Anindita H
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Reviewed 1 September 2014

It was not the 1rst time I visit this place in Mumbai...but this time, too much is too much !

1) the place is really dirty , Litter everywhere, lawns very badly maintained...
I know the place is very much visited by Indian and foreign tourists but that is why this "Indian Cultural Heritage " has to be kept clean...it is a "show window "of India and the first glimpse is catastrophic !

2) we were cheated by the man who collect the tickets at the entry (happened 02/13) !
He took our ticket ...and didn't gave it back !
That means that he didn't tear the ticket ...making it easy to resold ! as the entry fee is expensive , I am sure there is a agreement between the employees to get ways to earn extra money on the side....
I tried to get my ticket back...total refuse and angry people ,
so be careful and don't hesite to make a scene to alert other people.

2  Thank MichelleWat
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Reviewed 31 August 2014

I'm historic moment lover so these monuments always attracts me but my wife doesn't have same attraction but here you won't regret if you love to enjoy ferry ride on sea and island views. However when reached caves main entrance, we're very tired and nobody enjoyed the inside views and just wanted to have some rest. So I would recommend if you have ladies, kids and old age personnel along with you, better not to try caves but let them enjoy the ferry ride and toy train ride as well as Island view from ground zero.

My kid, and wife enjoyed everything except the real caves because they had to put a lot of labour to reach there provided the extreme humid weather took more energy out. Have more fluids and water while going there and enjoy the way to caves.

Charges of ferry 160 INR per person for indian
Toy train 10 Rs per person for indian
Time 45 minutes up to Island and 60 minutes down back to gateway of India

More importantly spare your full day otherwise it's difficult to sustain energy

2  Thank sanjay v
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Reviewed 28 August 2014

Andre Malraux the noted writer & french minister of culture called the Shiva`s `Maheshmurthi` sculpture located here as the greatest religious art sculpture that he had seen! One fine morning i took the ferry from Gateway of India to revisit the Elephanta caves, a distance of about 9 nms. Instead of walking up the steps one can take a train from the dock yard to the entrance of the caves.Here i was greeted by the `Dwarpals`carved out of the rocks to guard the entrance!

This small island of Gharpuri is dotted with many remains of the 2nd century.The Elephanta caves were built around 7 th century here as a network of sculpted caves hewn & cut from solid basalt rock! .Cave 1 deals with Hindu beliefs & cave 2 with the Buddhist.The combination of aesthetic beauty & sculptural art reached the peak here.Hindu spiritualistic beliefs & symbology are finely used in the over all planning of the caves.

The most notable of this is the `Maheshmurthi`panel which shows God Shiva combining all the 3 forms -creator,protector & destroyer.The 15 large reliefs around the Lingam chapel are one of the greatest examples of Indian art but also the most important collections of Shivaite sect art.These caves were renovated in 1970 after years of neglect & UNESCO declared them as World Heritage Site.

One can relax at the Chalukya restaurant sitting on the top with a bottle of beer & food watching the historical cave settings against the beauty of the sea waves lapping the shores of the island!One can buy Jamun wild berries that grow there but all the time being careful of the numerous monkeys that abound here in plenty.

A visit to Elephant caves is a must for seeing the most magnificent human achievement in colossal rock architecture in very aesthetic settings!

1  Thank MARGDARSHI
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