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Elephanta Caves
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Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta...
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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 6 April 2018

Beautiful historic site but unfortunately not respected and very sad too see that is not well maintained .
Be careful with monkeys !!! Don’t have any food in your hands , agressive monkey’s can steal it of your hand !!
It will cost : 200 inr for boat transport, 5 inr taxes entrance and 500 inr for entrance !!
For this price, it should be more better maintenance!

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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

...in meeting Nitin Mali (WhatsApp +91 9969 2765 40, pictured) as I stepped off the boat. He turned out to be extremely knowledgeable and brought Hindu culture, through the medium of the history of the caves, vividly to life. We got round the sites very efficiently but comprehensively, allowing time for a beer and a bite to eat before catching the first boat back. For those with specific interests and more time to play with, Nitin would tailor a programme accordingly, to include (for example) a visit to a village temple.

The caves are UNESCO World Heritage Site and so are a "must do" The mode of seeing them is down to the visitor, ranging from self-guiding to a formally licensed tour arranged hotels. I was happy that 100% of the fee I paid to Nitin went to him and his family.

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Reviewed 3 April 2018

This was a family vacation and i wanted to show my kids and parents this world Heritage site and i was happy i took them there. Starting from a ferry ride from Gateways of India to the caves was both interesting and beautiful. Would like to share some imp facts which i struggled to collect before my visit.
Step 1: Ferry ride : Starts from Gateway of India at 9 am. Every 10 mins a boat starts. The ride takes 45 mins to reach elephanta.Two kinds of boat. One for 150/per person to and fro and second for Rs.200/per person to and fro. In the second one you can pay Rs10 extra to sit on the upper deck.
Step 2: On arrival you have two choice , either walk or take a Toy train (Rs.10/per person-one way). If weather is nice one can easily walk but toy train ride saves your energy to climb up the caves.
TIP: You get local berries, cucumber is a worth try. Carry water bottles and keep yourself hydrated. There are lots of dongs, cows and their calf who would come to you food.
Step 3: There are around 122 stairs to climb. But they are not steep and few are like platform so climbing is not that tiring.
TIP: for senior citizen you have option to hire a Doli (Made out of wooden Chair and bamboo to carry) They charge Rs.2000/- per person. I used it for my mother.
You will be asked to Pay Rs.5 per person as maintenance fee.
Step 4: Once your reach up , you have to buy ticket again Rs.10/ per person as a cave entry fee.

There are 7 caves out of which 5 are well maintained. 1st cave is dedicated to lord shiva and beautiful rock carving are made on: Shiva as Nataraja(Dancing pose), Shiva in Andhakasur Vadh, Shiv Parvati Vivah (Marriage), Trimurti, Shiva and Parvati playing dice game and Parvati upset on losing the game, Shiva crushing Ravana when he tries to take Kailash away and Lotus position (mediation). Center of the cave has a huge Shivling with 4 entry gate. I am sure you will not regret visiting here. Due to lack of time i could not visit other caves but first one gave us the flavor.

Note: Last ferry ride back to Gateway is at 5:30pm. The place where you start climbing stairs has few restaurants which serves good food. Both side of stairs have local market which sells antics and other stuff They are expensive but if you know how to bargain , you can get a good deal.

Do wear light clothes which makes you comfortable. A hat / cap will protect from sunrays. Avoid in summers as it will be too hot to climb.
Tip: better to take early ride so you get time and enjoy weather.
Step 2: Toy tar

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Had heard so much about this place. But it was kind of so so. Those who have interest in sculptures and that too connected with Hindu God Shiva will find this interesting.
Place needs a lot of sprucing up ,being a UN world Heritage site. One should be prepared to walk up through about 130 steps. From the ferry drop off point also, one has to walk about 300-400 meters to the start of steps( there is a small train available though). Not a wheel chair friendly place. People with walking disability should keep away.

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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Our guide took us on the 45 minute boat ride from the Gateway of India to the Elephanta Island. Here we boarded the small train to take us to the steps up to the caves. These are a little strenuous (especially in the heat), but the climb is worth it to look at this marvellous site.

Thank GerMar60
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