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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.
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Reviewed January 3, 2011

Visiting the Elephanta Caves threw me into a reverie, almost instantly pushing me into a world of awe, wonder and astonishment. The carving of Bhairava struck fear into my heart the moment I looked upon it, and when was this carved? 10,000, 15,000 years ago? Who was the sculptor who could strike fear into my heart so many thousands of years later? I wish I knew his name, and thank him or her. The sculpture of the beautiful Goddesses left me with respect and wonderment.
Don't miss visiting this place. The place isn't very well taken care of, but it's survived this long, hopefully it'll survive another 20,000 years or more...
The short boat ride to the island costs about Rs.150. Catch the boat from the Gateway of India location.

Visited February 2010
5 Thank gaararules
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“Visit to Elephanta Caves jus for rs.500/-”
Reviewed December 27, 2010

We visited Elephanta on 24th December 2010 it was a wonderful experience the entire trip was just for Rs.500/- for two of us! Amazing

From Churchgate station we went walking till gateway of India (Its a 15mins walk from Flora Foundation. Onces we reach Gateway of India there were many Ticket seller for Elephanta caves ferry, my personally recommendation please go and buy tickets from the Counter, its is just situated at the Left hand side of the entrance. It Cost Rs.130/- PP (Return ticket) if you wanna sit at the deck you have to pay 10rs extra pp.

When we went on the deck it was just a amazing experience wen the ferry starts and moves The view of Gateway of India and The Taj Hotel is awesome. We saw many Merchant Navy Ship, its a 30mins ride till elephanta but worthit ride.

When finally we reach at our destination there is a Toy Train which will take you till the entrance of the elephnata caves. Toy Train Ticket Rs.10/- pp (return)

Entrance Ticket is Rs. 5/- pp (No need to take a guide or Guide Book from the Stall) Onces you reach the top again you have to pay Enter Charges Rs. 10/- pp then finally we enter the Caves at the entrance you can see the Guide Map & Arrow mark direction. Video Shooting is not allowed in the caves only Photography is allowed.

One can view a great view from the island.

There are many small restaurant where you can eat

If you'll take early ferry you will enjoy and explore the place better & do ask someone about caves & last ferry timing as per my knowledge its around 6pm.

Our entire Trip we spend only Rs.500/- for two of us!!! Superb Cool


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“nice hangout but unmaged”
Reviewed June 29, 2010

good place to go in rainy season, has a lot of greenery around but the monuments are all broken so not worth seeing

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“A bit of history away from the bustle of Mumbai”
Reviewed May 31, 2010

From the Gateway to India you take a rather long ferry ride to the Island which showcases historic carvings in hand-hewn caves. Take a guide with you as it is very interesting but no information is provided on site. Be warned though - it is a long steep climb to the caves up steps that are lined with stalls selling all the usual trinkets. At least it gives you a break from the climb! You can take a palaquin carried by 4 men (I don't know how they do it and earn every rupee).
There are macaques at the top but are affected by goitre from rubbish tourist food.

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“Peace in life”
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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