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"Elephanta Island" Elephanta Island Tip by smirnofforiginal

Elephanta Island, Mumbai: 7 reviews and 22 photos


At the Gateway of India you will find a line of ticket offices and a large number of touts - they want your business! The boat trips start around 0930 and leave approx every 30 minutes from the harbour. Once you have your ticket check which "gate" your boat is waiting at and climb aboard.
Elephanta Caves are 9km from land and the boats are not speedy... treat this as a good 1/2 day trip from the city. Once on the island you can take the toy train or walk (the 5 minutes). There is an island tax to pay (minimal) and then of course an entrance fee to the caves (as always one price for Indians and add another 200INR at least for the foreigners!)
Elephanta Caves are an UNESCO World Heritgae Site. If you have, in your Indian journies, already visited the Ellora Caves or the Ajanta Caves you are not going to bowled over BUT they are still VERY impressive and they get you away from the hustle and the bustle of Mumbai for the best part of a day!
The caves were "created" circa AD450 & AD750 at a time when the island was known as Gharapuri.
The temples are dedicated to Shiva and there is an incredible bust of Shiva with 3 faces and eyes closed which means eternal contemplation. I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Elephanta.
There are facilities on the island, a couple of cafés and a complete market of souvenirs lining the stairs to the caves entrance... haggle hard and if you see a fixed price lable make sure it doesn't magically remove itself prior to the sale!

Directions: Gateway of India for the boat.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Apr 27, 2010
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