Elephanta Caves
Elephanta Caves
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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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Maria Ligaya
Auckland, New Zealand469 contributions
It was a nice day out for the family, we learnt about its history, and there are areas to relax and have a picnic. HOWEVER, what truly turned me off about this site was the maltreatment of the stray dogs by the Guards and locals.
There are an alarming amount of stray dogs in this area, and many are in critical condition. Malnourished and dehydrated, the majority are skin and bones. I realise that not everyone likes dogs, but the absolute least they should do is leave them alone. The only reason they become hostile is because they have been mistreated and abused by humans. They will return in kind if you leave them alone and respect their space. The guards, on the other hand, are beating them with sticks and starving them to death. If you are concerned about the impact of the stray on your guests, I recommend contacting a Mumbai Animal Shelter, the Bombay Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, or one of the other organisations that may help. This type of situation bothers me and makes me uncomfortable. You might also simply give them food or water. You may bring them some inexpensive cookies to feed them. When a location and its inhabitants are harsh to stray animals, it has a negative and psychological impact on certain tourists, turning them off.
Written 27 September 2022
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Wilson Miller
San Diego, CA21 contributions
Overall, Elephanta Island is well worth a visit on a first trip to Bombay. As compared to the bustle of the city, the island and its scenery are serene. The ferry from the Gateway of India is pleasant, with views of the harbor and many cargo ships, though not spectacular. Upon arrival, the path to the caves ascends a number of steps lined with vendors hawking souvenirs -- a bit tacky for my taste but expected at any popular tourist attraction. The caves themselves are interesting, well-kept, and beautifully set. Though I did not partake, a guide may be worthwhile to learn about the caves' religious iconography and history.

The caves themselves take little time to explore; however, while on Elephanta, it is also possible to follow a path to three villages -- Shentbandar, Morabandar, and Rajbandar -- around the outskirts of the island. I initially intended to visit myself, but ultimately hired a local man I met along the way as a guide. The villages are largely untouched by the nearby tourists (though many of the residents work at the caves or the nearby container port), so a visit provides an interesting case study in the tensions between industrial development and traditional livelihoods. Well worth a visit for those keen to escape the tourists and learn a bit about the people on whom the operation of the attraction relies.
Written 26 September 2022
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Sharad J
Mumbai, India24 contributions
Caves are very neatly maintained. Lots of history lies in there. though i'm not a enthusiast of history but i liked they way these are preserved. The journey to the caves is even better. You cross the sea to reach the island by a mid size boat from gateway of India. For some time you forget you are in mumbai. overall it is a nice half day to one day picnic for family.
Written 11 September 2022
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CharlesMcCall
Chennai (Madras), India158 contributions
This was one of the top destinations of our trip to Mumbai - it was fantastic! It's a great way to spend most of the day. I would suggest getting a guide - they aren't expensive and they help you understand what you are looking at. plenty of shops and places for local food, but the caves are the main destination. Highly recommended!
Written 17 April 2022
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priya k
Mumbai, India33 contributions
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The Elephanta Caves are located on Elephanta Island (Island of Gharapuri).
It is designated by UNESCO as World Heritage Site. The small Island is dotted with numerous ancient archaeological remains. The most important among the caves is the great Cave No.1.

Updated as on 03/04/2022 :

It takes minimum 3 hours to explore. Food court area is available where we can sit and have our personal food. But be aware of Monkeys. Washroom facility also available @₹5/- per head.

1) ₹260/- Ferry Boat from/to Gateway - Elephanta
2) ₹10/- Mini Train
3) ₹5/- Entry Ticket
4) ₹1000/- and above Guide charges
5) Tea, snacks & Meals are available on Stalls and Small Hotels
Written 9 April 2022
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Mihir K Tiwari
Mumbai, India17 contributions
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If any person want to go there they have to first visit to Gateway of India after that you have to take boat for going there price is 250rs you have to return before evening
Written 3 April 2022
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Debapratim Chattopadhyay
Silvassa, India62 contributions
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An unique world heritage site, magnificent and beautiful. The caves are well maintained, toilet and resting areas are there, many eateries including MTDC hotel are there. The 1st cave is majestic, the rock cut statues and reliefs are beautiful. Also the 1.5 hour boat ride to the island is relaxing and enjoyable. Two things only which we observed could be improved, 1st - there was no numbering or way board for the caves, we have missed the Buddhist caves (cave 6 & 7) for that. Another is there were numerous shops lined the climbway upto the hill top, and those completely blocked the view if the hill and sea.
A must visit while in Mumbai.
Written 2 December 2021
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Maximilian M
Landshut, Germany157 contributions
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Interesting place with a long history!

That is one of the most interesting places you can visit in Mumbai! Highly recommend the boat trip to that place!
Written 22 November 2021
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Mahesh Kulkarni
Mumbai, India1,807 contributions
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Elephanta caves, Dt. Raigad, Maharashtra, India.

Following Mudras of Lord Shiva carved out during n from Chalukya Dynasty from a single rock are hosted here.

They are
1. Nataraj
2. Yogiraj
3. Andhakasur wadh
4. Kalyan sundar murti
5 Gangadhar shiv
6. Sadashiv - The Central Idol with 5 faces, only 3 in front, one on back and one at Top.
7. Ardh-narishwar
8. Saaripat play with Maa Parvati
9. Ravan Anugrah

The caves and all the idols are carved out of a single rock starting from Top to Bottom.

Volcanic lines can be seen on all idols in mild red colour thereby indicating that the rocks were engulfed in volcanic ash hundreds of years before and the caves came in 7th or 8th century.

It was believed by Portuguese n Brush Archeologists that the God idols are of some bad omen or demons but later with new Archeologists shading more light on idols, above 8 Mudras are agreed n then studies started n still underway.

All the 8 Mudra idols look at each other in diagonal positions. Lakulisha idol is also seen who was the founder of Pashupata Sect.
Fearing the huge sculptures and to erode the fear, Portuguese Soldiers practiced giri g and few bullets can be seen still embedded in the idols.

Few caves n idols can be clearly seen as
1st level sculptures i.e. done by new learners on relatively soft stones.

2nd level of artisans made broader outline of the sculptures in rock but only

3rd kevel if artisans were permitted to carbs out the finessed idols.

Rang chakr is also comparatively Intact where
Colour mixing n allied works were performed either for paintings done on ceiling or for localised performances.

Though the idols are torned n brutally fired at by Portuguese, the beauty and hand magic of the artisans can be witnesses after hundred of years today as well.

The heritage walk was conducted u der auspicious of फिरस्ती group from Pune and Mr. Anurag Vaidya Contact number 8308810194 and Mr. Daiwat - A Local Guide duly qualified from IIT M / contact number 9757253383, were our guides and commentators.

The group gives basic learnings through Mr. shantanu Paranjape, who is a qualified n practicing Chartered Accountant of 24 years based at Pune - contact number 8793261028, 7020402446 on
1. मंदिर कैसे पहावे - meaning what and how to see a / any temple.
2. Mythological aspects of small idols in big te.oles affixed outside the temple walls.
3. How temple idols and where are they installed.
4. Philosophy behind the sculptures, idols and statues of God's and allied Fans I.e. followers.
5. Different type of temple construction
6. Historical and mythological explanations to popular - but not 100 % true - religious beliefs and explain in details to the satisfaction of the audience.

Please get in touch with Mr. Shantanu and Mr. Anurag from Firasti for in-depth study and insights on ancient tales of great imoortance.

If you find the review of elephants caves of any help or assistance, do connect to convey thoughts to me
Mahesh Vinayak Kulkarni
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Mumbai 400063
Written 7 November 2021
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Sandy_JSR
Jamshedpur, India1,186 contributions
We visited the Elephanta Caves in Mar'20. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and the cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The caves nicely depict the Indian culture and ancient architectural techniques, though mostly depleted. It is around one-hour boat ride from Mumbai dock / Gateway of India to the Island. The return fare of boat ride is Rs. 205 per head. The boat ride was a refreshing experience with cool breeze and watching seagulls flying pretty close or quietly floating on the water.

Once reached the Island, there is an option of toy train @ 10 per head or walk to reach the main attractions, there is a fee of Rs. 5 per head to enter the site. There is around 120 steep steps leading to the cave, several small stalls selling different souvenir items and tiny restaurants are lined-up on both side of the stairs. The climb may be tedious however, if require, one can take rest in between to regain the breathing. The entry fee in the caves temple is Rs. 40 per head. The cave temples are associated with some interesting ancient history and to know the same, hiring a local guide @ Rs. 500 is recommended.

The Elephanta Caves contain rock cut stone sculptures of Lord Shiva and Hindu mythology, however most of the artwork is defaced and damaged by the Portuguese soldiers. Presently, it is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India to prevent further damage to the caves. Beware of monkeys and avoid carrying food stuff to avert encounter with them. A visit is recommended.
Written 7 July 2021
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