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Private Elephanta Caves Tour
"After an hour long boat ride to Elephanta Island explore the magnificent caves. The outer caves were used as a place of Hindu worship until Portuguese rule was established. The caves further in are smaller and are Buddhist caves.The main cave otherwise known as the Shiva Cave contains numerous carvings throughout depicting various aspects of Lord Shiva including his wedding his slaying of Andhaka and more. There is also a sculpture of the Trimurti in the main cave that is approximately 20 feet tall. Other wings of the caves have shrines dedicated to Shiva’s sons Kartikeya and Ganesh.After touring the caves your boat will be waiting to return you to Mumbai."
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Mumbai Elephenta Caves Private Tour
"After meeting your local expert guide walk to the jetty and board the ferry to Elephenta. You will see the Gateway of India a structure which was erected to commemorate the landing of King George V and Queen Mary in 1911 before departing the jetty. The one hour ferry ride gives a great opportunity to take pictures and see the development of the marine industrial revolution along the way.On arrival to the island you will take a short ""Toy Train"" ride the Elephanta Caves which contain a collection of rock art linked to the sect of Shiva. At Elephanta Indian art found one of its most most memorable canvases
From $39.00
Mumbai Private Tour: Full Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephant Caves
"See India's natural wonders on this tour of private tour of Mumbai. Meet the tour guide at the designated hotel lobby in Mumbai at 8am. Embark on a journey with up to 8 people and visit the Gateway of India built to welcome King George V and Queen Mary into India. Leave from Gateway Of India to visit the Elephanta Caves by ferry. The first boat departs at 9am and this journey which gives a good panoramic view takes 1 hour.The walk from the jetty to cave temple is less than a mile away though there is also a small toy train from the jetty to the base of the hill. Climb the 120 steps to the plateau where the caves are located to reach a small site museum. The museum resembles more of an old house with terracotta roof but is a great precursor to the Elephanta caves. If time and energy remains after visiting the main caves
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Exciting Elephanta Caves

Elephanta Caves in the island of Gharapuri just about an hour's ride by boat from the Gateway of India, is one of the most visited sites in Bombay. Even though its not very well maintained for such a archaelogically beautiful site, it still mesmerizes people with its stunning sculptures which have withstood the test of time.

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Apr 04, 2004

Elephanta Caves. (4th-9th Century AD)

At,Elephenta caves one can see seven magnificent rock cut caves.
This pic main hall,western side you can see,Lingam shrine ,inside 1m Lingam,four sideguarded by dwarapalas(doorkeepers),they too very big.Lingam is symbol of Lord Shiva.
This hall can see diffrent form of Shiva,one is Ardhanariswara,is 5m hight,and
Brama figure too.
Timing: 9a.m -5.30 pm.
Entrance fee Rs 10.
For Foreigners US$5(Rs 250)
Every Monday its closed.

How to go,plz chek my transport tips.

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Jan 29, 2004

Archaelogical Survey of India Museum

Elephenta caves is 1hr launch ride from Gateway of India.
This pic inside of Museum.Before entering to see Caves,have a look at Museum here.
They displayed pic from all caves,including Ajantha,Eellora,and
Elephenta caves pics with details.Its all about caves,Elephenta caves are giant caves
,with most impressive sculpture all inside the caves.
Its all about diffrent sculpture of Lord Shiva.
The pic shows details of Sadashiva,this is main most striking Shiva is Maheshmurthi,with 6m high,and three headed Shiva,dipicting him in his 3 aspects as Creator,Destroyer&Preserver.This inside the hall,count get enough light
so the pic came very dark :(.
Caves sides can see massive sculptured panels ,showing Hindu mythology.

Better get one guide, he will explain,if we see ourselfs we may miss many details:).
After getting down from boat ride,you have walk 1/2 km to caves,train (look like toy train from distance :)))runs,Rs4,it will take u near to Caves.
But again one has take steps to reach top of the caves.So better take water bottle:).
There are few hotels are there,usully it took half day trip from Mumbai,have to pack something to eat.Hotels all looking dirty heheheh,i coun"t eat anything there :(.Bottled drinks ok.

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Jan 29, 2004

Elephanta Caves

A nice visit for a morning in Mumbai is a trip to the Elephanta Island (see transportation for ferry details), hinduist caves carved on rock. Entrance 10 $. Ferry 85 Rs.

At the entrance there are a lot of souvenir shops.

The Shiva Tromuri (3 faces) statue, at the bottom of the main cave, is the main attraction.

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Dec 23, 2003
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ELEPHANTA CAVES, on the island...

ELEPHANTA CAVES, on the island of Elephanta in Bombay's harbor, house amazing cave temples to Siva. The dating of the caves, and of the sculptures within them, is controversial. They were probably finished some time between 450 and 750 AD. The site is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Aug 24, 2002

Elephanta Caves

Hewn out of solid rock, the Elephanta Caves date back to 600 AD, and attract more visitors each year than the entire city of Mumbai. No wonder: this place resonates with the spiritual energy of India. The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. It is situated on Gharapuri Island in Mumbai's harbour, about an hour's boatride from the Gateway Of India. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, the celebrated trinity of Elephanta : there's Lord Brahma the Creator, Lord Vishnu, the preserver and Lord Shiva the Destroyer Unfortunately, many of the sculptures inside have been damaged by iconoclastic Portuguese rulers who took potshots at Hindu Gods with their rifles. And yet somehow, nothing has disturbed the sublime beauty of this place for centuries.

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Aug 24, 2002

Elephanta Cave Museum

If you are visiting dont miss the museum out there. These are only a few but a whole lot of collection is available out there.

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Gharapuri, Maharashtra 400094


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