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Elephanta Caves

Address: Elephanta Island, India
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Type: Religious Sites, Islands, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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Owner description: Elephanta Caves are situated on Elephanta Island about 7 kms from...
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Type: Religious Sites, Islands, Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Sights & Landmarks, Nature & Parks
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 from Gateway of India. Open from 9 A.M. to 5 P.M. Closed on Monday.
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London, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Thoroughly enjoyed this visit. It is best to go early in the morning as it is less crowded on the island. Ferry tickets can be bought easily and it is worth the extra 10 rupees to go upstairs on the boat. As Europeans my friend and I were approached by a guide as we got off the boat who said... More 

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Vadodara, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

I've visited these caves thrice in last 8 years.It is on a hillock on an island.The location is nice,about 45 minutes to one hour journey by boat from Gateway of India.the large carvings give idea of the size,scale & beauty adoring the caves in the past. The cool breeze is soothing. These caves are worth visiting once for those who... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

The boat trip coming and going to elephants cave was very enjoyable with a great view. Once you get there, you have to climb approximately 120 stairs winding through the markets to reach the top. This was quite fun and we enjoyed the atmosphere. However I wouldn't recommend the stairs for the elderly as it is very crowded. We brought... More 

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New York, NY
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

On the boat trip to Elephanta Island, we read that once you get there, you have to climb 140 steps to get to the actual caves. However, our guidebood says, there are bearers who will carry you up (in a chair) for 500 rupees, about $8.50 American. Since my wife and I are old, we decided to take the offer.... More 

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Pune, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2015 NEW

It is pretty much a tourist spot. If you take a local guide, you will appreciate the statues and the carvings better.

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015 NEW

The journey begins from Gateway of India. It takes almost 1 hour by ferry to reach Elephanta caves. This whole journey to and fro is excellent. Once you reach the place, ,it has got some good ancient cave stone carvings. However, the site is not properly maintained. Warning: It has many stairs that one has to take to reach the... More 

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

The caves can be reached by taking a ferry from the Gateway of India. The journey time is around 45 minutes one way. There is an option of a short train ride to the base of the hill and if you are going in the afternoon with children or elders, it is advisable to take the train. There are not... More 

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Alexandria, Egypt
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

The trip starts from India Gate, where you take a boat to elephanta island for 150 rupees. If you want to stay on the top deck, you will need to pay extra 10. If it is hot and humid, don't better stay down in the shade. When the boats start moving away from the shore, you will have a magnificent... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

India has a vast history, which is probably one of the oldest in the world. But it aches & saddens my heart to see that this plethora of history is being neglected & wasted away in India by our govt. ,people. Elephanta Caves is an aesthetically beautiful place to visit but it is so very poorly maintained, has now become... More 

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

Nice play to visit.Get a ferry boat fro Gateway of India ,which would cost you around 150 Bucks. Very Nice Place

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