From the foothill to top we can find small shops on both side of the path. Which leaves very less space for walking.
What to buy: From the foothill to top we can find small shops on both side of the path. Which leaves very less space for walking. And the sell lot of things hand made things such as sculptures made from Marble, Paintings of Lord Shiva and Ganesh, T-shirts with caption and few of these T-shirts were really good and cheap too..
Jewelries for women, and lot of hand made sculptures made out of wood..Everything was great and all shops offer something different one from another. Its difficult to choose what to buy...
What to pay: Its all about bargain just reduce price to around 25% or even less otherwise its whatever we pay it will be more than its worth. For some people its difficult to do so but its the way we have to deal with shopkeeper and sometimes they are so desperate especially with foreigners..they are hardly bothered to talk with Indians its funny kind of attitude I observed during my visit.
A visit to Elephanta Island affords the visitor a good opportunity to shop for souvenirs and Indian artefacts. The long (uphill) walk from the shore to the caves is lined with sellers of various artefacts from all over India. The selection is excellent and the items are of a good quality, while prices are not exorbitant (of course, bartering is necessary). These merchants are desperate to sell and tourists are their only customers, so while waiting for the next boat off the island, buy a gift or two to take back home.
Wherever there's a tourist attraction in India, there'll be people trying to sell you some king of souvenirs from stalls. Elephanta Island has its fair share of stalls as it's an extremely popular tourist destination. The stalls line both sides of the steps that take you up from the jetty to the cave entrance where the ticket counter is located and so they have an ideal opportunity to catch passing trade. I don't have any problem with this and they don't hassle you at all. Some of the stuff they sell looks pretty good but I didn't have enough space for any more souvenirs in my backpack!
There are shops all along the steps going up to the caves on both the sides so there are no names except for a couple of big ones that have a name and almost all of them are without a name.
What to buy: There are a lot of handicrafts available like stone elephants which are carved out of soapstone or wood with a baby elephant inside the elephant or also other animals within a egg shaped lattice work in stone that has an elephant inside the egg. Looks very beautiful and is good to give as a souvenir to friends back home. Another famous handicraft is the dried skeleton of banyan leaf paintings which are very cheap and are hand made so look very nice as a greeting card or in a picture frame. Also available are some groovy T-shirts with the caves pictures printed on them or other fancy designs as well. Books as well as postcards with the caves theme are also available at most shops. You have to bargain or else you will end up paying more than ten times the actual price!!! HAHAHA!!!
What to pay: Stone elephants can cost from about Rs50 for small ones to about Rs 500 for very large ones and also depending on the intricate art work done on it. The paintings on dried Banyan leaf cost about Rs20 to 25. The cotton printed T-shirts are priced at Rs300 for any size. The guide books are priced at about Rs50 each for the thin ones and about Rs150 for the big ones. Postcards cost approximately Re1 to 2 each or a set of 20 may cost about Rs10 to 15. BARGAIN is the keyword here!!!
Don't forget to stop and do some bargains along the steps to the caves: they are filled of stalls with wonderful pieces of handicraft at fabulous prices.
What to buy: - stone carved elephants with another elephant in it or
- egg shaped stones carved with an elphant in it and could be a second one in the first elephant and
- stone carved boxes,
- banyan leaf skeleton artwork and
- postcards and lots of souvenirs and handicraft
At the stalls that you can find at both sides of the steps on your way up to the cave from the boat, you can find a lot of souvenirs. I bought this little carved elephant (5 centimetres high) with a "baby" carved inside his belly.
Afterwards I saw it in Mumbai for a much higher price. So if you see something you like here, buy it (but don’t forget to bargain. Tell them “last price” with the excuse that your boat is leaving).