Elephanta Caves Full Day Tour
Scheduled For: Every Day
(08:30 AM - 02:30 AM )
Elephanta Caves are a network of sculpted caves located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri (literally 'the city of caves') in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The island, located on an arm of the Arabian Sea, consists of two groups of caves-the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves contain rock cut stone sculptures, representing the Shaiva Hindu sect, dedicated to the Lord Shiva.
The rock cut architecture of the caves has been dated to between the 5th and 8th centuries, although the identity of the original builders is still a subject of debate. The caves are hewn from solid basalt rock. All the caves were also originally painted in the past, but now only traces remain.
The main cave (Cave 1, or the Great Cave) was a Hindu place of worship until Portuguese rule began in 1534, after which the caves suffered severe damage. This cave was renovated in the 1970s after years of neglect, and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 to preserve the artwork. It is currently maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).
The cave, also called the Shiva cave, Cave 1, or the Great Cave, is 27 metres (89 ft) square in plan with a hall (mandapa). At the entrance are four doors, with three open porticoes and an aisle at the back. Pillars, six in each row, divide the hall into a series of smaller chambers. The roof of the hall has concealed beams supported by stone columns joined together by capitals. The cave entrance is aligned with the north-south axis, unusual for a Shiva shrine (normally east-west). The northern entrance to the cave, which has 1,000 steep steps, is flanked by two panels of Shiva dated to the Gupta period. The left panel depicts Yogishvara (The Lord of Yoga) and the right shows Nataraja (Shiva as the Lord of Dance). The central Shiva shrine (see 16 in plan below) is a free-standing square cell with four entrances, located in the right section of the main hall. Smaller shrines are located at the east and west ends of the caves. The eastern sanctuary serves as a ceremonial entrance.
The carving on the south wall to the east of the portico depicts Shiva and Parvati seated on their abode Mount Kailash. The four-armed Shiva is seen with a crown and a disc behind it (all damaged), the sacred thread across his chest, and a dressing gown covering up to the knee. Parvati, dressed in her finery with her hair falling to the front, looks away. Behind her at the right is a woman attendant holding the child, identified with her son Kartikeya, the war-god. Many male and female attendants are seen behind the main figures. Shiva's attendant, the skeleton-like Bhringi, is seated at his feet. Other figures, not distinct, depict, among others, a royal-looking tall person, ascetics, a fat figure, a dwarf, a bull (the mount of Shiva), features of a Garuda, and two monkeys. The scenic beauty of the mountain is sculpted with the sky background amidst heavenly beings showering flowers on Shiva-Parvati. This scene is interpreted as a gambling scene, where Parvati is angry as Shiva cheats in a game of dice.
Full Day Package:
08:45am: Arrive at Mumbai's iconic place Gateway of India.
09:00am: Depart from Gateway of India in a Ferry (boat).
10:00am: Arrive at Elephanta Island, alight and proceed for your breakfast.
11:00am: Proceed for the historic caves tour with our tour guide.
12:30pm: Free time for leisure. Spend your time collecting antiques, artifacts and souvenirs.
01:00pm: Board your Ferry (boat) for Gateway of India, Mumbai.
Return Ferry tickets Non Ac.
Return Mini Toy Train ride.
Entry ticket to Caves.
Breakfast at Elephanta Port Restaurant.
Anything other than not mentioned in the above inclusions .
1700/- Per Adult Person India Inational & 2200/- Per Adult Person Foreign National
Elephanta Boat: The first boat for Elephanta leaves Gateway of India ferry point at 9 am. The first return boat leaves from Elephanta island at 12 noon and the last return boat leaves at 5.30pm from Elephanta. See how to travel to Elephanta
Elephanta Cave Timing: Elephanta is open on 6 days a week. Closed on Mondays
Elephanta Entrance Fee: Rs10 (Indian, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives,Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand citizens), Rs250 (other foreign citizens). Village entry fee for all (Rs10).
Other Charges for Elephanta visit: Photography : Free. Videography: Rs 25. Toy Train in the Elephanta pier (optional) : Rs10.
Boat Ticket : Rs 130 to Rs 150 for two way, based on the type of boat. There is also a concessional child fare.
Season: Elephanta is open throughout the year. Winter months (November to February) are pleasant. Avoid peak monsoon season (June to August) as boat schedules
could get interrupted due to the rough seas and heavy rain.
Elephanta Festival : Two day dance and music festival in February every year.
Charges of child between 4 to 7 years would be 50% of the charges for an adult.
Child above 7 years is considered as an adult.
Starting Point: Gateway of India
End Point: Gateway of India
Covers: Elephanta Cave
Ask For: Himanshu Bajpai
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