I started the day very early because of my heavy schedule. Travelled to Churchgate in local railways and then you can opt for shared Ola or Uber(the trick is you can book share Ola or Uber and most of the times you will be the only one travelling with no shares). I reached Gateway of India around 8-30 am. Try to be there as early as you can to get some clicks otherwise the place get really crowded. You can get some great shots of the Taj Hotel as well. In the middle of your clicks, get the ticket to Elephanta caves that will cost you 205 INR including return. Try to board the first ship to the place to experience a quieter version of that place and get amazing panoramic shots. Remember there are lots of monkeys hopping around the place so make sure to carry your camera, phones and other eatables with care. There is a little walk once to reach the island to reach the caves. There are 5 caves in total and the scene will genuinely transport into prehistoric era. There is a Canon hill accessible through a trail just beside the entrance of Elephanta caves. You will find a tranquil trail with sea in your view and tropical greens surroundings your path way. There are two cannons out there for you to explore.
What's so special: Something which people living in the city haven’t Done. The Iconic Gateway of India is a place where almost every tourist is taken too on their visit to Mumbai, but go a little beyond from the Gateway and you will reach a World away from the Madness. A 1 hour Boat Ride with beautiful Seagulls flying along will take you to the UNESCO sight known as the Elephanta Caves, the first view is so splendid it will blow your mind. The statue of Buddha is absolutely incredible and goes back a thousand years. Entry is 50 rs for Boat ride, 10 Rs to the Caves, toy train is another 10 Rs.
You can go to elephanta caves using this boat rides near Gateway of India, Price will be 150 bucks for adults and 100 for children.
From here, you can buy ferry tickets for Gharapuri island. This island has recently received electricity. I guess, in 2017 or 18. Archaeologist excavated caves in this island which makes it well known.
So our plan for the next day is to visit elephanta cave so we take rest and in he morning we had breakfast in the hotel and pack our bag because e have plan to go back Pune in the night so we have to check out. We talked to the Hotel front desk manager he told us that they have clock room free of cost so we put our luggage in their clock room and check out from hotel.You have to buy Ferry ticket to go to the Elephanta cave so we take a walk to the ticket counter Its near Gateway of India Entry Gate.Ticket will cost you 200INR each (for to and fro) You have to take your ticket and go to the back of gateway of India. I clicked some pics of gatway of India and Taj Hotel