Created in the 6th century, the Elephanta caves are located about an hour away by boat from the Gateway of India. Boats start at 9 am going there, and return boats starts at 12 pm on the island until 5 pm. Boats take off whenever they are full, so there really is not a fixed schedule. The boat ride affords an excellent view of the Mumbai skyline, and probably the best vantage point to view the iconic Gateway of India and the nearby Taj Mahal Palace hotel. The island itself is not large, and one can cover caves #1-5 within an hour. The rest of the island doesn't have that much in terms of cave carvings. Pieces of art from the caves can be found in the Prince of Wales museum in Mumbai. There are many people selling trinkets on the island, and touts offering services as guides.
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