This is very good if you want to leave the city and all the noice.
You need to go with a ferry for 45-60 minutes to reach the island.
The ferry leaves at gateway of India and the price is 110-120 for normal boat and 150 for bigger "ferry". On the boat you can also pay 10 rupees extra so that you can sit on the "roof" on the boat. The boatride is nice with good wind and sun, a good place to take pictures of kMumbai from the water.
When you reach the island you can choose if you want to go with a small train for 600 meter, cost is 5 rupees each or of you want to walk. Then there is a ticket for taxes thats 10 rupees. This everyone need to pay. after the place where you pay the tax you will need to walk in a stair with 120 steps, sound harder then it is. You can also pay people that will carry you, our guide told us 700 rupees for that, but you can probebly get it for less then 200 rupees.
In the stairs there alo of business, handcrafts, jewellery and more stysppuffs that you can buy.
If you want to enter the caves the price for local people (Indians) is 10 rupees.
But the price for foreigner is 250 rupees. 25 times more expensive?
Thats the most ridicules thing i've heard. As you are already there you will stay pay.
When you will reach with the ferry it will also be some people that will ask you to guide you through the caves and tell you the stories behind it. Our guide only spoke about the hindu religion, it was interesting but not what we thought that he would tell us. He first wanted 600 but i told him we could give him 200, he lowered his price to 500, 300 and then we told him 250 and he said yes.
I've read here that they pay 1000 rupees for the guide, that would be very stupid because the guided tour is around 1 hour. 1000 rupees is very very much money for them.
If all guide is telling th pe same as our guide, probebly all hindus could tell you all the same things, but for free, bht as we only went with one guide we don't now. He also repeted everythings that he said, and i dont belive that he has very big knowledge, for example he told us that the Koran is the book of catolic people. I dont now his name but he will tell you "im a local from this island and im very good in english." He is around 35 years of ages.
The caves are beautifull but need alot of reparation as many things are broken. I dont thing i saw a single statue that was 100% intact. A lot of people (never saw a foreigner, only Indians) through there water bottles and all other garbage they carry, so its not very clean at the island. (But of course better then the cities.
There's some restaurants at the island that will serve you Indian food, overpriced as everything else at the island. Okey food but the beer we ordered was not cold, so very bad.
There toilettes that you can pay to use, don't know the price though.
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