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“Nice caves but too many shops around”
Review of Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves
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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 April 22, 2013

Elephanta caves can be reached only via an hour long ferry ride from the Gateway of India. the ride sometimes gets tiring, especially if its hot in the afternoon.Once you reach the island you are greeted with 100s of small shops selling petty items inclusing handicrafts, local jewellary, edibles, cold drinks and even clothes. There are about 10 restaurants as well with sitting arrangement and bot veg and Non-veg options. The whole atmosphere gives you an impression as you have come to any religious or social gathering place or a 'Mela' untill you reach the main caves after about 30 minutes of climbing upstaris. the caves are very old and not well maintained. The overwhelming also doesnt help in preserving it. But if you minutely observes the stone carvings then you realise the glory this place had in the past. This place is mainly dedicated to Lodr Shiva and makes his magestic presence felt everywhere.There are also some water reservoirs in the caves. It takes hardly 30 minutes to have a good view all around.A must visit place atleast once if you are in Mumbai and have a full day in hand.

1  Thank anjan s
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Reviewed April 22, 2013 via mobile

The ferry ride is over a hour each way but worth the ride. The caves are rich with history and are beautiful. The gateway to india is right in the harbor.

Thank Autumn M
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Reviewed April 18, 2013 via mobile

Definety not the most amazing temple or ruin in India, but let's face it: you are in downtown Mumbai, and it's amazing having such a great place so close.

The boat ride is pleasant, you will have the most photogenic view of Gateway of India and the Taj Hotel.

Once there, go fast and avoid the tourist trap tents trying to sell you anything, and enjoy the piece, quiet and nice carvings in the caves.

Just a warning: watch out for the hygiene of anything you buy to drink. I got the stinkiest Coke can I've ever seen, because it was being kept is a ice and water bucket with questionable origin.

Thank LFaro
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Reviewed April 13, 2013

A 2 hour boat ride ( to and fro) is really all that this is worth..the Caves are poorly maintained apart from the tonnes of garbage strewn around the entire island! Theres a vendor selling something to eat , wear or display every metre..they dont give a damn if their own stuff is flung on the ground before them. An old lady actually fainted right before my eyes due to the blistering heat and not a single guard on duty offered any help..such is the state of our nation..the vendors along the steps block any chance of air ventillation. I thought i may die of lack of oxygen nd not the climb itself. As far as the caves are concerned, just visit the kanheri caves in borivali..far better maintained and u can breathe!

3  Thank prettyouch
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Reviewed April 10, 2013

The ferry ride take 2 hours roundtrip. The caves take about 15 minutes to walk through a seemingly endless parade of shop stalls all hawking the same junk and 15 minutes to actually view the caves and statues within. You do the math.

4  Thank pudgethefish
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