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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide provided by Mystical Mumbai

Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
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About
Located on an island off the coast of Mumbai, the Elephanta Caves are rock-cut temples, some dating back to the second century BC. Learn about the legendary Buddhist and Hindu UNESCO-World Heritage Site—known as the “City of Caves”—during this guided tour, which covers the main temples dedicated to Shiva as well as smaller, off-the-beaten-track shrines. And because it’s a private tour, enjoy plenty of personal attention. The ferry and admission to the caves are at own expense and there is an option to include a family lunch.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Highlights
  • Informative guided tour of Elephanta Caves
  • Enrich your visit with detailed commentary on the UNESCO-World Heritage Site
  • Travel with your guide from Mumbai port for added convenience (tickets own expense)
  • Explore smaller, more remote caves as well as the main attractions
What to expect
  • Disembark with your guide on Elephanta Island after a short ferry ride from the Mumbai port. At this bonafide open-air museum, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures are displayed within cavernous shrines, well-preserved despite centuries of worship. Learn about the long tradition of Hindu worship that ended with the beginnings of Portuguese colonial rule, and explore smaller, off-the-beaten-track Buddhist caves away from the main sights. Wander at your own pace through the spectacular rock-cut architecture and come face-to-face with timeless icons, like a 20-foot sculpture of Trimurti, or the three forms of the Hindu cosmos. Listen to detailed commentary on the Hindu pantheon of gods, including Shiva, who occupies a place of honor in the largest cave. At the end of the tour, return to Mumbai or, if you've selected the option, head to a family lunch for a delicious meal.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 4h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
  • Instant confirmation
Available languages
German, English, Spanish
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Informative guided tour of Elephanta Caves
  • Enrich your visit with detailed commentary on the UNESCO-World Heritage Site
  • Travel with your guide from Mumbai port for added convenience (tickets own expense)
  • Explore smaller, more remote caves as well as the main attractions
What to expect
  • Disembark with your guide on Elephanta Island after a short ferry ride from the Mumbai port. At this bonafide open-air museum, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures are displayed within cavernous shrines, well-preserved despite centuries of worship. Learn about the long tradition of Hindu worship that ended with the beginnings of Portuguese colonial rule, and explore smaller, off-the-beaten-track Buddhist caves away from the main sights. Wander at your own pace through the spectacular rock-cut architecture and come face-to-face with timeless icons, like a 20-foot sculpture of Trimurti, or the three forms of the Hindu cosmos. Listen to detailed commentary on the Hindu pantheon of gods, including Shiva, who occupies a place of honor in the largest cave. At the end of the tour, return to Mumbai or, if you've selected the option, head to a family lunch for a delicious meal.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 10591P8
Call +1 855 275 5071
Important information
Inclusions
  • Expert Guide (English, Spanish or German speaking depending on option selected)
  • Family Lunch (Only if Lunch Inclusive Option Selected)
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup & dropoff by airconditioned vehicle (available for extra charge of USD 24 for 1-4 pax)
  • Entrance fee: USD 8 per person
  • Return ferry ticket: USD 3 per person
  • Gratuities
  • Any other meals or drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Elephanta Caves
Duration
4h
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from your accommodation
  • Regal Cinema, Colaba Causeway, opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
  • Airports:
  • Mumbai Airport, Maharashtra 400099, Mumbai India
  • Ports:
  • Alexander Dock(Green Gate)
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • No strict dress code is enforced at tour sites. However, please be advised to dress accordingly for places of worship; spaghetti straps and short shorts are not recommended
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes, and sunglasses/sunscreen are highly recommended, as well as a hat or scarf for ladies
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • prices for English,Spanish and German are different
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Inclusions
  • Expert Guide (English, Spanish or German speaking depending on option selected)
  • Family Lunch (Only if Lunch Inclusive Option Selected)
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup & dropoff by airconditioned vehicle (available for extra charge of USD 24 for 1-4 pax)
  • Entrance fee: USD 8 per person
  • Return ferry ticket: USD 3 per person
  • Gratuities
  • Any other meals or drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Elephanta Caves
Departure details
  • Traveler pickup is offered.
  • We pick up from your accommodation
  • Regal Cinema, Colaba Causeway, opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
  • Airports:
  • Mumbai Airport, Maharashtra 400099, Mumbai India
  • Ports:
  • Alexander Dock(Green Gate)
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
4h
Return details
  • Returns to original departure point
Additional information
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • No strict dress code is enforced at tour sites. However, please be advised to dress accordingly for places of worship; spaghetti straps and short shorts are not recommended
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes, and sunglasses/sunscreen are highly recommended, as well as a hat or scarf for ladies
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • prices for English,Spanish and German are different
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Regal Cinema
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
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    Elephanta Caves
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    Disemark with your Tour Guide After an hour long boat ride to Elephanta Island from the Gateway of India, explore the magnificent caves. The outer caves were used as a place of Hindu worship until Portuguese rule was established. The caves further in are smaller and are Buddhist caves. The main cave, otherwise known as the Shiva Cave, contains numerous carvings throughout depicting various aspects of Lord Shiva including his wedding, his slaying of Andhaka and more. There will also be a sculpture of the Trimurti in the main cave that is approximately 20 feet tall. Other wings of the caves have shrines dedicated to Shiva’s sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh. Book and explore this UNESCO World Heritage site with a guide from Gharapuri, which is a small village on the south side of the island.
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    Gateway Of India Mumbai
  • You'll return to the starting point
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Charu M
New Delhi, India22 contributions
Beautiful experience
The caves were magnificent. On our way through ferry, we were surrounded by seagulls and felt amazing.

The driver, Mukesh and guide, Milind were polite and courteous. The guide had indepth knowledge on not just the history about the caves but also about the religion and culture.

Though I felt that the package was bit expensive, it was worth the price.
Written December 29, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
Thanks a lot for selecting us
Written December 30, 2020
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brendanledwith
cork2 contributions
Mumbai elephanta trip
Nov 2019 • Couples
We went to mubai on our honeymoon Nov 19 we had a fantastic trip with the tour guides were brilliant very knowledgeable and very helpful highly recommend this tour 👍 10 stars
Written July 12, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
Thank you so much for giving us 10stars for your experience. we appreciated for spending time in writing a review.
Written July 15, 2020
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Gorm S.
1 contribution
Elephants Caves
Nov 2019 • Family
Honestly one of the best guided tours we did during our stay in Mumbai. Highly recommended. Beautiful site and excellent tour guide!!
Written May 14, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
Thank you so much for review. its mean a lot for us.
Written May 18, 2020
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jimz1000
Clearwater, FL11 contributions
Great Tour to the Elephanta Caves
Mar 2020
I was only in Mumbai for a day. This was a great way to experience it. A mix of seeing the city, gateway to India and then finally the Elephanta Caves!

Our guide Suraj was great. Really knowledgable and fun. Very good english, easy to understand.

The tour of the caves was amazing. Such a historic site. Definitely not something to miss.
Written March 23, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
First of all ,Thanks for taking the time to write a review and sharing your experience to other.We appreciated it.Hope see you again.Thanks again
Written April 12, 2020
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Vj26
2 contributions
Great tour.
Mar 2020 • Friends
We had a fantastic visit to the caves from the moment we were picked up at hotel we were well looked after. At the caves we were met by our guidefor the day Shameer. I would highly recommend him. He was a great guide brilliantly spoken and very informative of the history on the island. Worth a visit.
Written March 12, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
Hi.... Thanks for the review. Also thanks for the great day, we enjoyed doing the tour for you. see you soon mumbai...
Written March 12, 2020
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jude0705
Stevenage, UK11 contributions
Elephanta Caves
A great trip, really well organised, very experienced guides. Better than visiting alone as we seemed to take priority over casual travellers when it came to the ferry, toy train etc. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this tour and this company.
Written March 12, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
thank you for your detailed description and feedback of our tours. We really appreciate these reviews
Written March 12, 2020
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Navigator295881
6 contributions
Mumbai Elephant Caves Tour
This is a pleasant 45 to 50 minute boat ride of Elephant Island. Once you reach Elephant island you are greeted by your tour host who was born and raised on the island. There are only 1200 inhabitants on the island. His knowledge was fantastic. Spoke perfect English and he gave us history that only a person born and raised on the island could give. I would definitely take this tour.
Written March 8, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor on your experience. We greatly value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back to Mumbai .
Written March 9, 2020
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Karen G
3 contributions
Elephanta Caves
Loved our guide. Polite and gracious.

Local from the Island.

Unesco site.

Easy boat trip.

Had an assistant meet us at the Ferry.

Written March 7, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
Thank you so much for your wonderful review. will pass your massage to our guide.
Written March 8, 2020
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Sarah O
Australia6 contributions
Elephant caves
Guide was prompt and very knowledgeable. Always great to get extra bits of information on top of seeing the sites
Written February 26, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
Thank you so much for review.
Written February 27, 2020
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emanhashim
Cairo, Egypt21 contributions
Deputy General manager
Feb 2020 • Solo
Trip was excellent
From the very beginning
The driver who picked me up is 5 star
The tour guide also
Every single detail
Thanks for that
Happy to deal with this company
Written February 22, 2020
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MysticalMumbaiTours
Thank you so much for lovely review .we are glad that you really enjoyed the tour and we would really appreciate your recommended this tour to your friends and family
Written February 23, 2020
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