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“Good historical Attraction, long walk to the top”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves
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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.
Chatham, United Kingdom
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“Good historical Attraction, long walk to the top”
Reviewed May 7, 2014

Visited elephant island on my recent trip to Mumbai
Went on a saturday and tried to leave early as I knew it would be busy, picked up our tickets from the booth at the Gateway to india where we were pestered to buy the usual toot but did buy a book which was cheaper on island but people need to make a living. The costs was 120inr each.
Paid the extra 10 inr to sit on the top of the boats I thought we'd get a breeze but just got hotter so didn't bother on way back.
Got the train at the other end but this was also pointless as this was the easiest part of walk.
The walk to get to the caves is up a very long set of steps avenued by tourist sellers all the way up, ok if you are fit and good on your feet but did see a lot of people fit to drop at the top.
If your European you pay more to enter but it is still reasonable at 250 inr.
The caves are impressive and quite close together so once your there you can do them within an hour and get some good photos.
The resturant at the bottom of the hill was very good, brilliant fish curry and nice cold beer.
My advise is go early, take good walking shoes and cold drinks to start because if you are European you will be charged 3 times as much as non europeans for drinks on boats. But coming from near London I know how much tourists are charged there so not surprised.
Have been to better heritage monuments in India but this is well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
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Honolulu, Hawaii
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“An absolute must!!”
Reviewed April 30, 2014 via mobile

This was our first ace we saw after arriving in Mumbai. We to an hour long ferry to the island, which in itself was an interesting ride with the locals.
When we arrived to the island we decided to walk to the beginning of the steps (about 10 minutes) instead of catching the cute little train. There are 127 very easy steps to take up to the caves. Lining em these steps are local merchants selling their local wares.
The cave is magnificant And houses the Tripple face shiva reliefs as well as other amazingly detailed and ornate stone carvings. Watch out for the monkeys who are a hoot to watch steal water and other delights from tourists hands.
A definite must see!

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Doha, Qatar
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Reviewed April 24, 2014

For a person staying in Mumbai I found this place very easy to commute and a also an excellent destination to get away from the city. There is a ferry service from the Gateway of India going to the island. The prices are minimal and you can chose between an ac and non ac service. You reach the island within 30-45 mins. Watch out for the monkeys there coz they are in plenty. Numerous restaurants to choose from. The caves are not very big but all in all very enjoyable

Visited May 2013
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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“Elephanta Caves”
Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Interesting sculptures depicting Hindu gods and legends. A read thru Wikipedia in preparation for your visit enhances the experience. Local guides are also available at the caves for a fee if you prefer. The boat trip to and from the island as well as the caves make a delightful outing.

Visited January 2014
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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“Elephanta Caves are a must”
Reviewed April 18, 2014

The journey to the caves took about an hour lovely views of Mumbai and cooling breeze. There is a train from the boat to the bottom of the stair R5, I didn't take the train as there was a big queue, defiantly take a hat, there is no shade if you decided to walk to the stairs. Make sure you have water with you, they have created a canopy over the stairs which is nice, but which makes the climb rather warm. I started exploring the caves by myself using the guide book I had bought, which was really informative but I missed a lot of the detail, a local guide came and suggested i might prefer to have some local knowledge, I was not disappointed at all. It was a public holiday when I visited the caves so entry was free. Boats return to the gate way every half, I'd suggest allowing plenty of time to get back to the boats to get a seat. On the way out I sat downstairs and the way back upstairs, upstairs costs an additional R10, which you pay on the boat.

Visited April 2014
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