Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples!

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Gateway of India is the only accessible route to Elephanta Caves. If travelling by local, then CST is the station from where you can travel upto Gateway by cab. From the back of the Gateway, one can purchase a ticket for 2 way journey availing boat service for Rs 180. The last boat to leave from Elephanta Caves is 5.30pm, please note.

The boat ride is a full 1 hr 15 mins journey. On the way only things to do are munch chips and feed the sea gulls, chat n gossip, click pictures or fall asleep!

Photo of Elephanta Caves, Gharapuri, Maharashtra, India by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves, Gharapuri, Maharashtra, India by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves, Gharapuri, Maharashtra, India by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves, Gharapuri, Maharashtra, India by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves, Gharapuri, Maharashtra, India by Ryokõ-shä

On arrival, a toy train service is available for Rs 10 to take you up to a certain point. An entry fee of Rs 5 is again charged to enter the zone.

A flight of rock carved stairs make its way to the caves. The side being frilled with stalls displaying souvenirs and jewelry for sale.

Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä

A ticket of another 30rs is to be purchased to enter the caves!

BEWARE OF MONKEYS!

The central cave is elaborate and wide spread with pillars supporting the top. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The unique Trimurti is a masterpiece carved out of the rock.

Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä

To the left is the half man- half woman depiction of Lord Shiva and to the right the sculpture narrates the story of Ma Ganga being trapped in the locks of Lord Shiva!

The other caves remains ruined, where conservation work is in full swing. Caves for deities and places for worship are prominent in all of them.

Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä
Photo of Elephanta Caves - the island of cave temples! by Ryokõ-shä

The Portuguese invasion ruined the Hindu caves. Numerous shivlingas are still intact!

The main elephant carving is installed in the Museum, which is the main reason why the caves have been named Elephanta caves.

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My most favorite place in Mumbai. Monkeys can be a bummer though!!!! One of those Primates owe me a grand in terms of lost hand baggage. :-P
Sun 03 12 17, 17:09 · Reply · Report
sure.. those monkeys.. are real pain.. Had bad experiences with them.. They steal your water bottle too..
Fri 03 10 17, 04:53 · Reply · Report