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Elephanta Caves Private Tour with Train Ride and Gateway of India From Mumbai

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    What to Expect
    After you are done with your breakfast, our chauffeur, will pick you up at 8:30am from your hotel to kick start your trip to the Gateway of India followed by the grand Elephanta Caves.

    The famous monument, the main tourist attraction in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is decked with four turrets and its yellow basalt stone structure has delicate latticework carved in it. The structure exhibits the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architectures. To the opposite of this grand monument, stands the rich and famous Royal TajMahal Hotel. This hotel is a witness of priceless memories of this glorious city. The Taj Towers located near the hotel is another appealing building for its wonderful architecture.

    From the Gateway of India, you will be taken by a ferry boat to the Elephanta Island. The ferry boat is a type of luxury boat which ferries you around the harbor and reaches you to the lovely Elephanta Islands after a journey spanning nearly one hour fifteen minutes.

    Now that you have reached the Elephanta Islands, let us throw light upon the whereabouts of what you can expect to find here.

    After you reach the island, you have the option of walking on foot or taking a toy train to the main attractions of the place. Elephanta Island is a serene and spellbinding land blanketed in calmness and peace. The island is covered with lush green trees and monkeys dotting the place. It is advised that you do not carry food while strolling around to prevent troubles caused by the monkeys.

    You will have to walk approximately 120 steep steps to get to the entrance of the temple, after you get down from the toy train. You might take the pony services offered, if you do not want to toil climbing up to the temple.

    Spread over an area of nearly 60,000 square feet, the magnificent Elephanta cave complex comprises of massive rock carved temples, dating back to the ancient 5th century. These temples are sworn in the name of Lord Shiva, in particular. You will notice skilfully chiseled corridors and chambers as you walk through the temples. Treading past each bend, you will also find intensely sculpted art forms. Various images are depicted in the engraved rock surfaces, fluted pillars, dedicated, skillful stone work and structures chiseled out of the huge rocks. Catch a glimpse of the magnanimous Shivalingam, situated at the western end of the temple.

    After you have completed touring the outstanding and exemplary Elephanta Island, you will be ferried back to the Gateway of India at 13:30 hrs. From the harbor, our appointed chauffeur will drop you back to your hotel, marking the end of the memorable tour.

    Note - The afternoon boat leaves at 2:30pm (last boat at 3pm) and will return back to the Gateway of India by 6pm.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in Mumbai
    Departure Time
    9:00 AM
    Return Details
    Your hotel in Mumbai
    • Driver/guide
    • Hotel pickup and drop-off
    • Entry/Admission - Elephanta Caves
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Food and drinks, unless specified
    • Port pickup and drop-off ($30 surcharge)
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Most travelers can participate
    • Tour will not operate during high tide,and Navvy day (from 1 Dec -5 Dec)
    • Pick up time will between 8:30 - 09:00 AM
    • If the Elephanta Caves tour gets cancelled due to a high tide, then the Kanheri Caves tour will be arranged.
    Cancellation Policy
    If you cancel at least 7 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel between 3 and 6 day(s) in advance of the scheduled departure, there is a 50 percent cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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    Reviewed August 8, 2019 via mobile

    The tour company was determined to keep the tour going despite multiple warnings of dangerous travel due to rough seas. The hotel and locals warned us that we would be splashed with the sewage filled bay water as even the interior seats were impacted. The...More

    Date of experience: August 2019
    Thank Jenny N
    Reviewed May 12, 2019

    I was met promptly by my tour guide at the dock on the island after a pleasant boat ride. The cave temples are fascinating and awe inspiring, and my guide was an expert. Wonderful trip.

    Date of experience: August 2018
    1  Thank Betsyneuville
    Reviewed December 14, 2018

    I wasn't ready for this wonderful trip to be such a calming experience. The boat ride is fabulous though rustic! When I arrived I chose the "Chair" up not realizing it meant four men carrying me!!!!!! That was a trip explanation LOL. Then we used...More

    Date of experience: November 2018
    4  Thank kakin2001
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