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“Relaxing trip from Mumbai”
Review of Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves
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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour
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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 from Gateway of India.
Reviewed February 4, 2013

If you stay in Mumbai for more days, perfect place to visit by boat from Gateway of India. Nevertheless of course Ellora or Ajanta Caves are definitelly much more interesting.

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Reviewed February 1, 2013

Get the tickets from Gateway of India from the Counters,there are two different rates, but both are similar...On the boat par extra Rs 10 to go to upperdeck, if you truly want to seep in the knowledge.enjoy the 1 hr ride to the island. From there you can walk 1 km or take a toy train for Rs 5, and then climb for 20 mins through stairs, amidst shops and monkeys to reach this UNESCO heritage sight...WOW...in the midle of nowhere...1000yrs ago...or more...somebody curved thru the mountain to create such amazing artifacts....amazing...2 hr in the location is more than enough..The last steamer leaves around 5.30 pm... catch that...laying on the upperdeck of the boat enjoy the sunset in the distant mumbai skyline...with soft sea breeze on your face....I loved it....

1  Thank Avik_22
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Reviewed January 31, 2013 via mobile

The Elephanta island caves are an amazing place and are truly an island of peace and solitude that felt like they were a million miles away from the chaos and congestion of Mumbai.

Just a short hour or so boat ride from the gateway arch across from the Taj- the temples carved into the rocks are intricate, massive, and thoroughly memorable. They have a real sense of age and wonder. Couple that with the serenity of the island and the lush greenery and wild monkeys hanging about, this really is a special place that is fortunately a very easy visit from central Mumbai.

Thank Nimit P
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

We went there today, on Republic Day (and Saturday), which was probably a mistake. The crowds were horrendous and there was plenty of pushing and shoving as ships boarded or disembarked.

At first we we not sure where to buy tickets or even where to stand in line. Another person pointed out that vendors were selling tickets alongside the line.

The trip back and forth was nice, who doesn't like a boat ride? There was so much "fog" (I think it's smog) that you really don't see much en route.

Upon arrival you walk the gauntlet of local vendors, much like getting off of a cruise ship for the day. Trinkets, guidebooks, food (little of it looked "safe" from a hygiene perspective) and drink (the canned Diet Coke was cold and refreshing at only 50 Rupees.

We opted to ride up in the chairs carried by the Indian men. It was pricey (1000 Rupees each way per chair) and you both avoided the 100+ steps and the endless rows of vendors. It was fun, but in retrospect we should have walked. My wife thought others were making fun of us being carried up (and down). One of the 4 men on my chair was 78-years old...what a tough life.

Entrance fees were a 5 Rupee tax and then 250 Rupees for foreigners. Nationals pay 10 Rupees instead of the 250 we paid.

Lots of Indians were picnicking in the shady spots with their families. A few were feeding scrap food to the monkeys which seemed like a terrible idea.

We went in Caves 1 and 3, then had seen enough. The stone sculptures are intricate, especially considering how ancient they are.

On the way back to the boat launch are we spent 5 Rupees each and took the mini train. Kind of fun doing that, but again lots of shoving and pushing to get on board.

Since one spends about half a day doing this, I think there'd be better ways to spend limited Mumbai time for one, we missed the Prince of Wales Museum (aka Bombay Museum) because it was closed for Republic Day. I suspect that would have been the highlight for our disappointing first and last trip to Mumbai.

Thank NorskeDecaturIL_USA_
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Reviewed January 24, 2013

I imagined that island was amazing, but when arrived, only looked dirty, so the first cave is wonderful.
therefore I think there are another place more nice than elephant caves.

Thank yolandaabarca
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