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“Peace in life”
Review of 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.
Reviewed April 29, 2010

we once visited elephanta caves, in the month of march on the ocassion of mahashivratri. people from oher countries also participated in the festival.
this island is one of the peaceful places in india, where real life exists.

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Reviewed April 14, 2010

While the areas around the most popular caves are kept relatively clean, the overall waste management policy on the island is a disgrace. There are plastic bottles and paan wrappers everywhere. The drink vendors appear to take no responsibility at all for the areas around their stalls. Clearly visitors to the site are also content to add to the problem by leaving rubbish behind. I have visited many other sites in India where such potential problems have been dealt with by more active and considered supervision: the Taj Mahal has a no-eatables policy; Mysore zoo sells drinks in glass bottles which must be returned to the vendor. As a foreigner visiting many of the popular sites in India, I have found some inconsistency in the overall maintenance of sites, but Elephanta is by far the worst. UNESCSO should be ashamed to have its name associated with this site.

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Reviewed January 21, 2010

Good historical location where u can buy awesome artificial jewellery. Great historic wall paintings---good for exploring Indian cultural heritage

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Reviewed January 19, 2010

The Elephanta Caves are one of the two UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Mumbai city and the first to get that status. It is a lovely sight seeing experience that one must see if visiting the city. The main caves complex and the other smaller and incomplete caves are well worth the visit and seeing the monkeys and birds is another attraction. There is also a couple of cannons on the hill and a good view can be had from the top of the hill. The caves have a main shrine with a central stone lingam in the center and eight dwarpalas or door keepers standing outside the square shrine with four views. There are a lot of interesting panels with Shiva as the main attraction in all of them. The only sculpture not damaged by the Portuguese soldiers who used the panels for shooting practice is the central Sadashiva Mahesh Trimurti or the three headed Shiva. The stone elephant after which the island got the name Elephanta is now located outside the Veer Jijamata Udyan or erstwhile Victoria Gardens next to the Bhau Daji Lad (erstwhile Victoria & Albert) Museum. It was broken when the British tried to lift it with a crane to get it to Mumbai city as it fell down and broke in some places and was put together again. There is a small but lovely museum just as you enter the complex which showcases some of the smaller sculptures found in the caves as well as a lot of pictures of the caves panels and sculptures in detail. Besides the Elephanta Caves it also shows some of the major caves in Maharashtra and the rest of India.

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Reviewed November 2, 2009

A half-day trip to Elephanta Island is a great alternative for visitors who want to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Elephanta island is accessible by an hour boat ride (tickets can be bought from booths near the Gateway of India).

Attractions of the island are centred around the famous cave depicting various images of Shiva along side other Hindu gods.

Just a word of caution. The price of your boat ticket includes the serive of an English speaking guide. You have to ask around repeatedly on the island to locate the official guide -- a number of island inhabitants will pose as a guide that will take you on a guided tour on the island for a fee. We were quite lucky to get an elderly Indian lady as a guide who not only spoke excellent English but was able to passionately tell us more about the caves and shed insights about the Hindu religion to us. The island is inhabited by lots of pesky monkeys who have acquired a reputation of snatching bags from tourists so do give them a wide berth.

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