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Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Island, India
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites, Islands
Fee: No
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... more » 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. Open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Closed on Monday. « less
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Newdelhi india
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

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... More

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Kolkata
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Went there to revive some of my old memory - after almost 20 years. Though I find nothing has changed - the basic type of motor boats are still remaining the same - taking 1 hour to cover a distance of 11 KM - in today's age of catamaran that sound too old fashioned. For luxury travellers there is no... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW via mobile

We visited the Elephanta caves on 17 Aug 2014 It is the wonderful experience We stayed in the hotel near Dadar railway station from Dadar station we travelled by local train up to church gate station(one of the beautiful well maintained local sstation)take return ticket for Rs.20/-, church gate station to Gateway of India by taxi there are many taxies... More

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Dehradun, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014 NEW

The is place stands as a living monument, explaining how we destroy our historical treasures. It is just 1 Hr boat ride from Mumbai Gate Way Of India. The boat ride is a good experience for persons who are looking forward to a long boat ride into the sea. The only problem it becomes boring after some time. If the... More

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Bangalore, India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

Since i had a spare day in Mumbai, thought I visit the famous Elephanta caves as it would also include a boat ride of 1 hr. After a long "Q" for security chq i caught the boat. Expensive at 160.00 for up and down trip since it is operated by private boats and not the Govt or Tourism dept. Took... More

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Bangalore, India
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

Can't help feeling that, if these weren't in Mumbai bay, whether they'd get a visit. Perhaps historically important, they're not well preserved, and in many places roughly repaired with concrete. The boat across the bay and walk to the gun emplacements on the island are more fun than the caves in my opinion

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Chennai (Madras), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The cave remains open on Monday thus pls keep it in your mind. There are boats from Gateway of India every 30 mins with a price of Rs 160 return. Kids below 5 years travel free. If you need to sit on the upper deck you have to shell an additional 10 bucks. The ride is of 1 hour each... More

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Warsaw, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

The sculptures are quite stunning. Why is it that these monks always find a mountain in which to dig their caves for religious sculpting? Just asking. The boat ride in Mumbai Harbor is refreshing. You can watch oil tankers bringing Mumbai's petroleum products into port. The departure point is the Gate of India and that in itself is worth seeing... More

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Romanshorn, Switzerland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

Elefanta Island We took the wooden boat located just behind the Gateway to India (150 Rupees, return ticket). The trip lasted for an hour. There were a lot of local tourists. Entrance fee was 250 Rupees for Tourists plus 10 Rupees Vessel Fee. The island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sadly, this is another money-making-not-maintained site. It was dirty,... More

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Vienne, France
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

On a very hot day in Mumbai, this trip is very pleasant, the boat trip with sea wind gives a little bit of fresh air, and the walk on the island is in the shadow of canvas sheets that covers the whole path to the caves. However it's better to have a hat or a cap, there are may hat... More

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