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“Its positive element is that it is situated in an island”
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Elephanta Caves
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Elephanta Caves are situated on Elephanta Island about 7 kms from Mumbai’s mainland shore. The caves can be reached by an approx. 1-hour boat ride from Gateway of India.
Reviewed 15 December 2012

Not so elegant and perfect like Ellora sculptures but its positive element is that it is situated in an island .So the one hour boat ride ,the ocean, ships, the mangrove forest , the lush green trees ,the toy train , the calm and quite atmosphere adds some points for nature lovers . Most of the sculptures are in a ruined state .It will fine if you reach Gateway of India by 1.30 pm and then the ticket , journey and return back by 5 pm. The view of Taj hotel from the sea looks great . Be prepared for steep steps .

Thank swarnaprabha k
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Reviewed 12 December 2012

The ancient carvings on Elephanta Island are incredible and the site is fascinating, but beware that you will be thronged by tourists and don't expect to get any photos without people in the way. There is a 10 minute or so hike up a steep stairway that can be a bit grueling in the afternoon heat (we saw a lot of older people and people with canes exhausted along the steps on their way up). You can take your time (it's shaded), but the stairway is lined on either side from top to bottom with souvenir stands, so you don't get to enjoy what I imagine is a beautiful old stone pathway underneath, as it's covered in tacky trinkets and the hawkers who harass you all the way up. The monkeys who hang out at the top are part of the experience and we loved watching them play and run around, but were disappointed to see a lot of Indian tourists treating them cruelly (throwing stones at the monkeys, tossing garbage at them), with no intervention from the security guards standing around. Upon entry you pay a small tax, and later at another stand, an entry fee. I'm not sure why there isn't just one stand where you pay both these things together (and the boat fee is separate too, purchased at the Gateway to India). A lot of stray dogs reside on the Island and most were in really bad shape, starving and tick infested... a sad sight.

Thank greentravellercanada
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Reviewed 10 December 2012

We took an hour-long ferry ride from the Gateway of India to the island. You can get great pictures of the Gateway and the Taj Hotel from the boat. Once docked at the island, you can ride a mini-train to the base of the site. There are about 120 steps, but they are long and not very tall. You can also pay people to carry you up in a chair. Along the steps, there are tons of vendors if you'd like to combine shopping with your visit. There are plenty of monkeys to see along the way too. At the top are the caves dedicated to Lord Shiva. They are absolutely stunning!! The Portuguese damaged many of the carvings, but because their cannons were of a fixed height, only the bottom third of them are damaged. This was certainly a site well worth visiting!!

Thank TravellerChristina
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Reviewed 8 December 2012

Very enjoyable boat ride from Gateway Of India. almost 1 hr boat ride. On the way one can see various ships including Indian Naval Ships. Nothing special in the main Island specially for those who have already visited Ajanta & Ellora caves. The boats, ply between Gateway and the Elephanta, are not at all comfortable. I think it is the lowest profile world heritage site in India. Beware of little monkeys out there. They can snatch your food packets. There is toy train to carry passengers from jetty to cave steps, its worth riding, don't forget to take a ride.

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Reviewed 6 December 2012

The Island is within a very close proximity of Mumbai and is a must visit for tourists travelling to India. But please be aware of the fillowing points:

+Very near to Mumbai and travelling there is affordable as well.
+Good to have a nice time with friends or family.
+Nice opportunities to click pictures
+Good for people interested in history / archeology.

-Not suitable for disabled people or old people to climb on their own (people available to carry you up and down at steep cost.
-Caves are not very clean and hygienic
-Be careful about your belonging (for thieves and mischievous monkeys).
-Time consuming.

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