A day's outing from Mumbai to Elephanta caves: A historical journey towards 2nd century BCE

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Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. They are located on Elephanta Island, in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres to the east of the city of Mumbai . The island, located offshore about 2 kilometres west of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, consists of five hindu caves and a few Buddhist stupa mounds that date back to the 2nd century BCE. The name Elephanta was given by the colonial Portuguese when they found elephant statues on it. It takes nearly 1 hour to reach the island by steamer boat which charges INR 200-250 for to and fro journey. Toy train service is available from the port to the caves. But one may prefer a walking as we liked so along the sea side. Caves are situated upstairs. Beautiful sculpture are there in the caves but most of them are ruined now. In spite, they are very attractive , specially to the history lovers. You may find some good restaurants serving south Indian food. After having some enjoyable hours and a refreshing returning journey through Arabian sea, it is time to return to Mumbai.

Remember: So many monkeys are there just monkeying around the tourists. Be aware of them

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Gate way of India
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Journey begins by steamer boat
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Famous Taj Hotel, silent witness of the terrorist attack 26/11
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floating alone towards destination
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Toy train track from dock to caves
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Visitors come here round the globe
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Joy ride to cave
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work of art but tending to be ruined
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Time left its mark on the ruined face, still attractive for a good snap
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Tridev (3 gods)
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Erotic architecture
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No statue there
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Cannon on the hill top
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It is attached to a pulley which could rotate the canon 360 for destroying the enemy ship approaching towards the island from any direction
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Sea gull flying around the boat
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Returning to the dock
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On the way back to Gateway of India
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Back to Mumbai
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