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Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Island, India
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As featured in 3 days in Mumbai (Bombay)
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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Gurgaon, India
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Dear all We visited Elephanta caves during our stay at Mumbai and it was a wonderful experience about history. To start with we were somehow very much afraid and then thought lets go there. To our surprise trip was great. One travels by ship, rail and then walking and climbing stair - different modes of transport. Most of us think... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2014

A truly valuable experience in being able to view up close the UNESCO World Heritage Hindu and Buddhist wall sculptures - of gigantic size dating back to the 5th-8th Century AD. The destruction caused by the Portuguese invasion is a travesty, but there is still plenty to see. I am still in awe that tourists are able to walk up... More

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Cleveland, Ohio
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

We took the ferry from the Gateway of India monument for an hour's ride to the island. As our Indian guide said, "India is a country of contrasts," and it certainly is. You have to overlook the pollution when in India because it is ever-present. Enough said. BTW, the ferry we were on had a poor restroom so be prepared.... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2014

The 45 minutes boat ride from Gateway of India to elephant caves was really worth the price. You need to pay extra if you need to sit upstairs on the boat. We went in the afternoon and the returned in the evening. The evening boat ride was awesome with the scenic beauty of the setting sun and birds flying near... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Sunday, 7am, we woke up. After a quick shower and breakfast we went to vashi´s train station by tuk-tuk 60(rupee). There we took the train to Mumbai CST on plattform 4 (30rp per person return tickect). We arrived after 1h of an amazing experience. At 11h we arrived near gateway of India where we took the boat to elefanta island,... More

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Kabul
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

Took this trip which originated from the India Gateway in Mumbai. Cost was very cheap, like 150Rupees. Boat departed at 0900hrs, cruised for about 1hr and we landed at Elephant Island. The boat lets you off at the end of a 1km long pier, which can be challenging in the morning heat. There is a small "kiddy railroad" which runs... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Took the boat to the island, on the top deck, I have to sit in the sun all the time since the shadow part is all taken. On the island was also very hot. Met a quite nice guide in white named Chandkant, he showed me around and also his house. Very simple house, but I can imagine how his... More

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Elephanta Caves located in Elephanta Island,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. The Hindu caves contain rock cut stone sculptures, representing the Shaiva Hindu sect, dedicated to the god Shiva. Can catch a ferry from Gateway of India, Mumbai to Elephanta Island. Elephanta... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

I wasn't leaving Mumbai until I visited these caves which I am glad I did. The ferry is inexpensive as well as the entrance fee. It can get hot with the sun beaming down on you, but no worries there are plenty of vendors who sell everything including inexpensive sun hats. The caves are great and there are watch guards... More

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Durban, South Africa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I would recommend doing this tour with a guide as the information the guide gives you helps you to understand and appreciate this part of India's beautiful history. A half day is enough to see this place (takes an hour one way to get to the caves) and then you have to walk up quite a few stairs to get... More

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