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Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

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A World Heritage Site, Elephanta Caves exposes the cave system named after a colossal elephant which was unearthed nearby. Located on island hills 7 km (4.3 mi) from the shore of mainland, the entire network consists of seven sculpted caves which date to the 5th and 8th centuries and feature sculptures, shrines, and a colossal bust of the three forms of Siva (Mahesa-murti). As you roam its natural halls, notice that the larger group of five caves have Hindu features dedicated to Lord Shiva, where other two contain rock-cut formations indicative of Buddhist craftsmanship. If you wish to learn more about the complex, on-site guides can help. Plan to see Elephanta Caves and other attractions that appeal to you using our Mumbai sightseeing planner.
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  • It was a great experience going by a Launch leaving from the Gateway Of India. From the jetty, had to walk about a kilometre and climb up a considerable number of steps to reach the caves. Though... 
    It was a great experience going by a Launch leaving from the Gateway Of India. From the jetty, had to walk about a kilometre and climb up a considerable number of steps to reach the caves. Though...  more »
  • The main cave was absolutely breath taking and a real hit with the whole family. The toilets were well kepy and the variety of good available on the walk up and down was very good. Just be mindful... 
    The main cave was absolutely breath taking and a real hit with the whole family. The toilets were well kepy and the variety of good available on the walk up and down was very good. Just be mindful...  more »
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  • Carry cash for everything where u need to deal with cash. Gateway to Elephanta ferry 260 ₹ eash, only except cash, mini train 10 ₹ cash, Cave location pass 40 ₹ only cash. If the electricity goes down in Elephanta as happens today, the internet will go down, u can't use Gpay or use UPI there. So carry cash as u need.
  • Beautiful journey to reach the caves. You reach Gateway of India, then catch the ferry. It would take 1 hr, would see seagulls, mesmerising view of Mumbai coastline, huge ships, boats, sea, islands. Just beautiful. Then taking toy train, then walking uphill. You may first want to eat after reaching the height, so remove travel exhaustion and relax, before you explore the caves. The first one is the only detailed one, others are simple caves, nothing much to say. It's more for the journey and scenic beauty.

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