Mumbai: Ancient Elephanta Caves Tour w/ Ride of Toy Train

Mumbai: Ancient Elephanta Caves Tour w/ Ride of Toy Train

From US$ 74 per person

An hour-long ferry ride from Mumbai will take you to Elephanta Island. This island houses the ancient Elephanta Caves. Explore the antiqueness of the bygone eras concealed in the nooks and corners of the caves.

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Duration 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup included
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Experience

Highlights
  • Visit the world-famous ancient Elephanta Caves built in the 5th to 7th-century
  • Visit Mumbai's main tourist attraction, the British built arch - the Gateway of India
  • Experience an enjoyable boat ride across Mumbai Harbor ensuing you to the beautiful, lush green Elephanta Island
  • Visit the massive and skillfully carved Cave Temples located on the island
Full description
After you are done with your breakfast, your chauffuer will pick you up at 08:30 from your hotel to kick start your trip to the Gateway of India followed by the grand Elephanta Caves. The famous monument, the main tourist attraction in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is decked with four turrets and its yellow basalt stone structure has delicate latticework carved in it. The structure exhibits the amalgamation of Hindu and Muslim architectures. To the opposite of this grand monument, stands the rich and famous Royal Taj Mahal Hotel. This hotel is a witness of priceless memories of this glorious city. The Taj Towers located near the hotel is another appealing building for its wonderful architecture. From the Gateway of India, you will be taken by a ferry boat to the Elephanta Island. The ferry boat is a type of luxury boat which ferries you around the harbor and you will reach the lovely Elephanta Islands after a journey spanning nearly one hour and fifteen minutes.  Now that you have reached the Elephanta Islands, some light will be thrown upon the whereabouts of what you can expect to find here. After you reach the island, you will have the option of walking by foot or taking a toy train to the main attractions of the place. Elephanta Island is a serene and spellbinding land blanketed in calmness and peace. The island is covered with lush green trees and monkeys dot the place. It is advised that you do not carry food while strolling around to prevent troubles caused by the monkeys. You will have to walk approximately 120 steep steps to get to the entrance of the temple after you get down from the toy train. Take the pony services offered if you do not want to toil climbing up to the temple. Spread over an area of nearly 60,000 square feet, the magnificent Elephanta Cave complex is comprised of massive rock carved temples, dating back to the 5th-century. These temples are sworn in the name of Lord Shiva, in particular. You will notice skillfully chiseled corridors and chambers as you walk through the temples. Treading past each bend, you will also find intensely sculpted art forms. Various images are depicted in the engraved rock surfaces, fluted pillars, dedicated, skillful stone work and structures chiseled out of the huge rocks. Catch a glimpse of the magnanimous Shivalingam, situated at the western end of the temple. At the eastern wing of the main temple, you will find the secondary shrine. As you approach the main hall, you will find that the hall is completely adorned with carved panels that speak of legends from Shiva Purana. Spread across the entire complex, are an array of sculptures representing many of Lord Shiva's manifestations like Kalyanasundara, Gangadhara, Ardhanariswara, Uma Maheswara, Nataraja, Yogiswara, Andhakaasuravadamoorthy and Ravanaanugrahamurthy. These intricate and splendid carvings are testimony of the high level of skill and excellence that ancient India showcased in art and craft. You will also be taken to the handicraft markets, which stock a spellbinding collection of the exquisite and invaluable art, and craft that prevailed in ancient India. After you have completed touring the outstanding and exemplary Elephanta Island, you will be ferried back to the Gateway of India at 13:30. From the harbor, your appointed chauffuer will drop you back to your hotel, marking the end of the memorable tour.
Includes
  • Entry fee of Elephanta Caves
  • Round trip boat ferry charges
  • Toy train ticket
  • Hotel to Gateway of India
  • Transfer by private air-conditioned car
  • Accompanied expert
  • Local English-speaking guide
  • All taxes and service charges
  • Expense arising out of unexpected circumstances like natural calamities, flight cancellation or delay
  • Food
  • Tips
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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  • Luggage or large bags

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  • This tour is available daily, excluding Mondays.
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5 /5

based on 7 reviews

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  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Service
    5/5
  • Organization
    4.7/5

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Amazing experience - must do, if you are in Mumbai

We got picked up from the hotel - exactly at the mentioned time (8:30 am), even though it was around 2 h away from the gate of India. The tour guide was very friendly and helpful. He explained us everything about the tour itself and all other things we were interested in. After reaching the Gate of India we approached the boat right away, the seats can be chosen freely. The boat ride to Elephanta Island takes around 1 h. There we met the „cave guide“. He is a local and know very well about the caves. This was one of the most interesting experiences I had in India. Additionally, he made amazing pictures of us. Both guides were talking a very good English, so we could communicate easily. Overall the tour took around 8 h (without additional costs, of course) for us, because of the long bus ride between our hotel and the gate of India. I highly recommend to do that tour, because of the great organization, no hidden costs and the amazing cave guide.

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February 13, 2019

Beautiful!! Excellent option with the tour guide plus the caves’ expert

November 14, 2019

other guest should take water with them. Nothing to say as it was great to see and was a really good experience. our guide explained everything to know about the caves.

June 1, 2019

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