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.
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