Boats to Elephanta Island leave from Gateway of India. They leave every half an hour during the day, except Mondays when the caves on Elephanta Island are closed. I bought my ticket just by the boat and a return ticket was Rs 120 (June 2010). Be aware of hawkers trying to sell you tours to the island. It took just over an hour to go to Elephanta Island.
At Elephanta Island the ferry stops at the end of a long pier. It doesn’t take many minutes to walk to the stairs leading up to the caves, but if you want you can take a miniature train this short distance. Along the way there are people selling guidebooks and souvenirs.
When I visited Elephanta Island I met an Indian couple and luckily we travelled with the same boat back to Mumbai. First we sat on the roof, but when the rain again started to pour down we went downstairs. There were no available seats so we had to stand the rest of the journey. The rain continued to pour down and we docked by a ferry terminal. It turned out we couldn’t continue because of the weather conditions, it was to dangerous to go to Gateway of India. I was glad I was not alone as it was not to easy to go back to Colaba. We took a bus somewhere and when we were waiting for another bus we were told that Dockyard Road train station was near and we could get a train from there to CST train station. From CST I chose to walk back to Colaba. The rain was not so heavy anymore and I was wearing rain jacket and trousers.
Motorcycle rickshaws (Tuk-Tuk's) in Mumbai are not allowed to travel south of the Bandra area. I asked a taxi driver about the reason, and got the answer they were too slow on the hills of South-Mumbai. But there are no hills in Mumbai. The reason must be politics and lobby works from anxious taxi drivers who fight for the customers. Motorcycle rickshaw is cheaper than a taxi. You pay 50-100 rupies for a trip.
(Bandra district of Mumbai is just north of Mahim Bay. So you have to travel a long way with car if you are going to f.ex the Gateway of India).
A car with driver can be hired. The deal is 8 hours and 80kms for a fixed price. Anything over that time or extra kms carries an extra cost.
I took this options on two different occasions because we (4 people) had all our backpacks and day packs and were in Mumbai in transit (i.e many hours and no accommodation required). The upside of this option for us was that we kept our luggage safely with us and did not have to trample about under all it's weight.
The downside to this (on both occasions) was that the driver spoke no English (one was hired at the airport and the other was arranged in the Mumbai suburbs) and never understood where we wanted to go (or was this a canny way to clock up those kms?... and trust me 80kms is the bare minimum for a day going into and around the city and back again). On both occasions, because of the incompetance of the driver we did far less than we had wanted to.
NB. Should you go with this option. 1) Be aware the time and km allowance starts from the second you step into the car and ends when the car has been returned (with or without you) back to bas. 2) ALWAYS write down the kms on the clock before you set off. 3) ALWAYS get the drivers mobile number so that you can refind him after you have left the car (unlike taxis this is a prepaid option so you really want to be able to refind the driver!). 4) ALWAYS before setting off find out how far in time and kms it is to get the car back from a chosen destination to base (we were well within both time and kms but the driver wanted to argue he would go over!) 5) If the driver has to go and park the car whilst you are off doing something ask him to get a receipt - he may play it straight down the line with you but then again he may decide to make himself some extra rupees on top!
It is always good to have a map and be able to show your driver EXACTLY where you want to go.
Hi you can get ferry from the Gate Way of India to Elephanta Caves. Its also called as the Gharapuri in the local Marathi language. The tickets are easilly available & cheap. Its actually a halfday tour. The ferry transportation will take one & half hour both sides.
Many people celebrated the opening of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link in Mumbai, India’s first cable-stayed road bridge across the sea.
Supposedly it will reduce the 40-minute car journey from Bandra to Worli to seven minutes,
There are many ways of getting around in Mumbai. It is obviously more comfortable to use a taxi- but the traffic is horrendous. We found that autorickshaws are probably the quickest way to go for short distances. They are, however, limited to certain areas.
They arenot allowed in the Central area (between Colaba & Mahim in the West and Colaba and Sion in the East) of the city
These are other options:
Black and yellow metered taxis
Radio Taxis: Silver Green run by Meru and Yellow Red by Gold cabs and Black by Mega cabs.
Blue and silver airconditioned metered taxis known as Cool Cabs
Ferry services connect Vashi (in Navi Mumbai) to the Gateway of India.
Ferry services are available to visit Elephanta Caves and to nearby places such as Alibaug, Rewas and Mandwa.
Autorikshaw is most convenient way for traveling in mumbai. Limits for autorikshaw is upto bandra in western region and upto sion in central region. Basic fare for auto is 9.00 rs and there after 1.00 re per meter. Capacity of autorikshaw is three persons. If you dont know the way they will give you a good lengthy ride which will cost you double the orginal meter.
BEST BUSES are the BEST WAY to travel around mumbai. Recently best buses introduced a new scheme for travelers around mumbai. You have to pay only 20/- rs and you can travel whole day with the help of best buses. there are two sections of mumbai in this scheme. One is south mumbai and one is suburb. This ticket is valid upto midnight and can travel as many time as you want. Only A/c buses does not come in this scheme.
Due to traffic congestion through-out the city, I would advise tourists to minimize day-time travel, take only short trips when ever possible. The trafiic is more bearable on week-ends.
If you are in Mumbai during October thru February, perhaps the weather makes the day-time travel more tolerable.
Avoid slow buses and trains. These are simply too over-crowded. I found air-conditioned buses and taxis most desirable.
I recently came back from my visit to Mumbai, Chennai and Bangalore and found the traffic to have become unbearable for most of the day.
Mumbai is conveniently connected to all major Indian cities and to those in its vicinity. State managed and private carriers ply various buses to and from Mumbai. Driving from the Indian capital, Delhi (1407 km) is not advisable. But incase you have landed anywhere nearby, you can hit the roads. NH-3 connects Agra-Gwalior-Shivpuri-Indore-Dhule-Nasik-Thani-Mumbai(Bombay). While NH-8 has Delhi-Jaipur-Ajmer-Udaipur-Ahmedabad-Vadodara-Mumbai.
Distances from nearby cities :
Pune:163 km (via Panvel)
Shirdi:307 km (via Nasik)
Aurangabad:392 km (via Pune)
Panaji (Goa):597 km
Ferries to Elephanta Island are available from behind the Gateway of India. I took a "deluxe" one which cost Rs120 return, Rs20 more than a standard ferry but I couldn't tell the difference between them. You can only return on a deluxe ferry if you set off on one. The ferries leave every 30 minutes or so from 9am-2pm and return from 1pm-5pm. Tickets are available from small booths near the Gateway of India on the Apollo Bunder. The ferry offers great photo opportunites of the Gateway of India from the ocean side. On the way to Elephanta Island, which takes about an hour, you'll pass by 'Middle Ground', a fortress, island and long jetties that connect ships to Butcher Island.
this is a problem today with most of the big cities around the world. bombay is no exception to that.
during the peak (9,11am-5,7pm) hours it gets horrible. sometimes takes around 2 hours to reach from one part to the other part of bombay.
if you are planning to catch a flight or a train i would suggest you leave 30mins in advance. i do that myself, inspite of this have missed my flight and train sometime
during the monsoon things get worst. more traffic and more waiting.
Traffic in Mumbai is absolutely horrendous. So make sure you set aside lots of time if you need to get somewhere within the city. I was there for three days. The only day where it seemed more calm was on Sunday when many of the shops are closed. If you're planning to see several sites by car/taxi in one day, that might be the day to do it. This picture doesn't do justice to the noise you'll hear from all the honking in the streets!
Mumbai’s two airports are 30 km north of the city centre. The journey to the city centre by taxi takes about one hour at Rp 300 (€ 6). And 30% more between midnight and 5 am. This was the price in February 2006.
Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport handles all international flights and is 4 km from the domestic airport. A free shuttle service connects the two airports.
Domestic flights of Air India depart from the International Airport.
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Ferries leave from Apollo Bunder at the Gateway of India for Elephanta Island. You may find yourself crossing over one or two other boats just to get to your ferry moored on the outside of the others. The ride takes around 1 hour each way. You can sit on the lower covered deck or upstairs – which in Summer may prove to be way too hot. Try and pick a calm day as even then you will get a little of a bumpy ride. There is a sign on the boat which says no photography. No one took any notice of this and in fact I believe it more pertains to the taking of photos of the naval base there as my guide told me to make sure I did not take photos of that area as we passed by.
Boats leave from Apollo Bunder around every half-hour from 9 am to 2 pm and between 1 pm and 5 pm from Elephanta Island. You can buy tickets at the booths near the Gateway or you can book a tour with the MTDC. The boat services are suspended during the monsoon season.
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