Visit to the Elephanta Caves

 

The story of Shiva - Elephanta Caves

 

An hour’s boat ride away from the city, lies the island town of Elephanta, more popularly known as Gharapuri by locals. Legend has it, that the inspiration for the name was a colossal elephant statue that was standing tall at entrance to the island when it was first discovered. Today the same statue finds pride of place in the stunning Bhaudaji Lad Museum.

Elephanta Island is a 7th century cave temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and his followers. The rock statues are ingrained with mythological stories on Shiva. Many of Elephanta's priceless statues were damaged or destroyed by the Portuguese, who, it is believed, used the statues for target practice during their reign in Mumbai. It’s only during the British era, that the caves were restored and developed into beautiful rock artistry.

Today, Elephanta Island is quiet and picturesque, with light green foliage and monkeys scampering about amidst the relics. The biggest highlight of the tour though is witnessing the eighteen feet Mahesmurti – a remarkable sculpture depicting Shiva in his three-headed aspect: creator, protector and destroyer. This Trimurti (three heads) bust attracts millions of tourists to this island annually. Comes as little surprise then that it is the logo for the state’s Tourism Ministry.

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1

INR 9000 plus taxes

AC SUV, Explorer's fees, ferry ride and entrances

2

2

INR 4800 per person plus taxes

AC SUV, Explorer's fees, ferry ride and entrances

3

3

INR 4350 per person plus taxes

AC SUV, Explorer's fees, ferry ride and entrances

4

4-7

INR 3950 per person plus taxes

10 seater SML/Tempo, Explorer's fees, ferry ride and entrances

5

8-15

INR 3350 per person plus taxes

22 seater Mini Coach, Explorer's fees, ferry ride and entrances

6

16-22

INR 3100 per person plus taxes

25 seater Mini Coach, Explorer's fees, ferry ride and entrances

7

23-30

INR 2650 per person plus taxes

35 seater Large Coach, Explorer's fees, ferry ride and entrances

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We recommend you hire a speed boat to travel and return from Elephanta. This would reduce your travel time and hence you'll have more time to spend at the caves - Price on Request 

Things to Remember:

  • The cars are based on capacity of the people
  • Hotel pick-up and drop facility
  • GST of 18% is charged additionally
  • We work on full advance basis
  • The tour is based on availability of expert
  • The boat does not ferry during the monsoon 

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