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Elephanta Caves Tours

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Elephanta Caves
The Elephanta Caves are among the most beautiful, historically significant attractions in Mumbai. Situated on an island off the coast, this UNESCO World Heritage Site features multiple rock-hewn cave temples and statues dating back to around the 7th century AD, including a celebrated statue of Shiva in his three-faced form.

The Basics
There are two groups of caves at the site: one featuring five caves dedicated to Hindu deities, and a second group with two Buddhist shrines. While there's a lot of debate about the true origins of the caves, there are elements of South Indian Badami Chalukya architecture as well as architectural styles from the Gupta Empire. 

Many city tours come to the island, and going with a guide can help you make sense of the caves, as the signage here isn’t the greatest. 

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Elephanta Caves are a must-visit for those with an interest in history, art, or religion. 
  • Bring water, sun protection, and comfortable shoes.
  • Beware of naughty monkeys, particularly on the stairs leading up to the attraction.
  • This attraction is not suitable for those with compromised mobility, and accessing it requires climbing lots of steps.

How to Get There
Elephanta Island is located in the Mumbai Harbour, about 5.5 miles (9 kilometers) northeast of the Gateway of India monument, from which boats to the attraction depart. Once on the island, travelers can take a miniature train up to a tall, steep set of stairs that lead up to the monument.

When to Get There
The caves are open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:30am to 5:30pm. It's best to get there first thing in the morning to beat crowds and hot temperatures, but if you come in the evening, try to get on the last boat of the day, when things have quieted down. Note that visiting during monsoon season may make for a choppier boat ride to the island and back.

Monkey Business
You may see lots of monkeys while on the island (and all over India, in general, especially in rural areas). On Elephanta Island, you’re most likely to encounter them on the stairs leading up to the monument, and they can be aggressive and carry disease. Do not feed them, and keep an eye on any possessions you may have, from food to the eyeglasses on your head, as they are known to pickpocket the inattentive. 
Address: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

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Rewind to Mumbai’s pre-colonial days on a private half-day tour of the Elephanta Caves. With a private guide, ride a ferry to Elephanta Island in Mumbai Harbor, and explore its UNESCO-listed caves and rock art, believed to date from the 500s. Explore the main Shiva Cave with its huge sculptures of Shiva and Hindu mythologies, and admire the smaller Buddhist caves as your guide shares their history. Ferry and entrance tickets at own expense and option to include a family lunch.
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  • 4 hours
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Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion

Private Full-Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves Excursion

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Explore Mumbai and beyond on a private full-day tour that begins with an excursion to Elephanta Caves—a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After touring the rock-carved temple caves, return to Mumbai for a comprehensive city tour that includes the Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (Victoria Terminus), Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai (Crawford Market), Marine Drive, the Hanging Gardens on Malabar Hill, the Gandhi Museum, Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat, and the Prince of Wales Museum. Includes private guide and vehicle, and pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$172.00
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Elephanta Caves Mumbai Excursion

Elephanta Caves Mumbai Excursion

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Meet your fluent English speaking guide at your hotel lobby, then head on towards to Gateway of India, We will take a ferry boat to reach Elephanta island & start the guided tour there. You can customize this private tour according to your requirements.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$44.51
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Elephanta Caves with Village tour.

Elephanta Caves with Village tour.

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The Elephanta Caves are located on a small island an hour’s boat ride from Mumbai. Take a guided tour to learn about the history the history of the beautiful caves and how the colossal images were carved into the hard rock. A trip to the Elephanta Caves is a perfect way to escape the bustling city of Mumbai and discover a unique attraction on your trip to India.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$48.00
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Elephanta Caves Tour

Elephanta Caves Tour

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The Peripheral culture and heritage of Mumbai yet remain to be unaffected. Being just 34 km away from Gateway of Mumbai lays the hidden beauty of Elephanta Caves. These historic caves have attracted millions of tourist with its worthy while charming right from 7th Century AD. In order to reach here, it is required to take the help of ferry boats. Most fascinating spots that are worth exploring are enchanting caves of Lord Shiva and various sculpted forms of Natrajaya.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Delightful Elephanta Caves Excursion Mumbai (Guided Half Day Sightseeing Tour)

Delightful Elephanta Caves Excursion Mumbai (Guided Half Day Sightseeing Tour)

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1. Experience the Elephanta Caves located on Elephanta Island, seven major excavations in the area showcasing huge sculptures of Shiva, Hindu mythologies and Buddhist caves. 2. Take toy train ride and at the plateau admire the complex and astoundingly detailed reliefs and carvings depicting narratives of the goddess Shiva; unique experience for you to remember for life and share with your family and friends. 3. By the end of the tour, you will develop a great perspective of the city, its culture, the life of a local and you will also get some great insider tips and tricks to save money and to explore the best of the city."
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  • 4 hours
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Private Tour: Customizable Mumbai Sightseeing Including Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves

Private Tour: Customizable Mumbai Sightseeing Including Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves

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Sightseeing in Mumbai? Dodge the crowds and see the sights in style with a private guide and driver, and a personalised itinerary. This full-day tour is yours to customise as you want, so you can visit the landmark Gateway to India, drive down Marine Drive and admire the Mahalaxmi Temple, or venture off-the-beaten-track to Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. Add on a tour of either the Elephanta Caves or Kanheri Caves, or spend time browsing the capital’s leading art and history museum.
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  • 8 hours
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$216.00
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Mumbai Day Tour With Elephanta Caves

Mumbai Day Tour With Elephanta Caves

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Marvel at the labyrinth of ancient rock-carved cave temples when you visit the Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO world heritage site. Get there without the hassle when you book this package tour with a professional guide. Enjoy seamless transportation to and from Elephanta Island, then spend the afternoon touring Mumbai’s iconic landmarks. This tour Includes private guide and vehicle, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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$142.67
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Elephanta Caves Tour including Lunch and Transport

Elephanta Caves Tour including Lunch and Transport

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Elephanta caves are one of the most Enigmatic, fascinating and Extraordinary heritage sites in India as these caves are surrounded by water on all sides. The peaceful Elephanta island stands in stark contrast to the hectic and noisy Mumbai City. It is a 60 minutes enjoyable boat journey / Ferry ride from the Gateway of India.
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  • 6 hours
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Trip to Elephanta caves from Mumbai

Trip to Elephanta caves from Mumbai

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Get Ready to experience one of the amazing tours to Elephanta caves from Mumbai via a ferry ride. • Visit the Elephanta Caves; a UNESCO World Heritage site, accessible from the Gateway of India • Learn about the 7 cave excavations at Elephanta, all carved from solid basalt rock • Discover the temples which honor the Hindu God Shiva and contain many intricate sculptures • A fun journey to the caves, learning about each of their features and the story behind each one • An English speaking guide will be available to help you with your tour
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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$60.00
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Private Shore Excursion MUMBAI Elephanta Caves Tour with WiFi on board

Private Shore Excursion MUMBAI Elephanta Caves Tour with WiFi on board

Learn how over 1000 years ago Hindu craftsmen excavated the caves in the volcanic rock high up on the slopes Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. The Elephanta Caves contain rock cut stone sculptures that show syncretism of Hindu and Buddhist ideas and iconography. They were named Elefante – which morphed to Elephanta – by the colonial Portuguese when they found elephant statues on it. They established a base on the island, and its soldiers damaged the sculpture and caves. The island is 2.4 km (1.5 mi) in length with two hills that rise to a height of about 150 m (490 ft). A narrow deep ravine separates the two hills and runs from north to south. On the west, the hill rises gently from the sea and stretches east across the ravine and rises gradually to the extreme east to a height of 173 m (568 ft).
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  • 5 to 6 minutes
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Dabbawala Tour With Elephanta Caves Tour

Dabbawala Tour With Elephanta Caves Tour

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The UNESCO–listed Elephanta Caves are widely considered among Mumbai’s must-see attractions, but exploring independently means missing their 7th-century history. On this tour, begin with pickup at your Mumbai hotel and visit the Elephanta Caves with your guide. Learn of powerful deities like Lord Shiva, and decipher panels depicting stages of his life. Along the way, find out how Mumbai’s hard-working dabbawalas keep the city ticking.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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$96.00
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Mumbai One Day Sightseeing Tour with Elephanta Caves

Mumbai One Day Sightseeing Tour with Elephanta Caves

Morning 9.00 AM our guide will pick-up your from your hotel, and proceed for a guided tour of Mumbai ‘The City that Never Sleeps’. The first spot is at Mumbai harbor where you will take a ferry ride to Elephanta Island, explore the heritage site famous for the ancient caves - which were used during 5th century BC. Later in the afternoon, take a ferry back to the land. After lunch at any restaurant, you will be taken to Gateway of India for photoshoot and sightseeing. Later, you will be taken to Prince of Wales Museum. You can find interesting artifacts of Indus Valley civilization here. Later visit Mani Bhavan, a memorial for Mahatma Gandhi. Later our representative will transfer you back to your hotel in Mumbai.
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  • 8 hours
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One-Day Private Mumbai CityWalk: Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Dhobi Ghat

One-Day Private Mumbai CityWalk: Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Dhobi Ghat

A guided tour with private transportation is highly recommended when visiting Mumbai. This full-day city tour will take you to Mumbai's most recognized monument - The Gateway of India, a famous UNESCO World Heritage Site - Elephanta Caves, the world's largest outdoor laundry - Dhobi Ghat, Mumbai’s biggest and best museum - Prince Wales Museum and Gandhi's Former Residence. Discover incredible India in your way. • Private English-speaking tour guide service. • Comfortable vehicle with air-conditioning. • Visit the landmark of India and UNESCO World Heritage Site in one day. • Immerse yourslef in the colorful culture and history.
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  • 8 hours
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$185.60
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Excursion to Elephanta Caves

Excursion to Elephanta Caves

Dating back between the 5th and 8th centuries, the Elephanta Caves in Mumbai are the UNESCO World Heritage Sites that represents the diorama of the Hindu and Buddhist culture dilating from the rock cut sculptures. It is safely nestled in an island on the harbor channel of Mumbai. The tour include ferry transfer, English speaking guide service an entrances to monuments.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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$175.76
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Private Full Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves

Private Full Day Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves

This exclusive tour covers the beautiful bustling island city of Mumbai which is home to stunning architecture and some of the world’s busiest streets. This tour covers the beautiful Elephanta Caves and later other iconic landmarks of the city in South Bombay. The tour can be customized according to your preferences.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
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Mumbai Elephanta Caves and Heritage City Tour

Mumbai Elephanta Caves and Heritage City Tour

This tour include excursion visit to UNESCO World Heritage site of Elephanta Island with ferry transfer from Gateway of India and drive through Heritage city which include Chhatrapati Shivaji Train Station, Mumbai University, the Rajabai Clock Tower, the Oval Maidan, Mani Bhavan, Bombay High Court, Dhobi Ghat, the Jain temple, Banganga tank, Kamala Nehru Park and the Hanging Gardens near the Tower of Silence. Ride along Marine Drive, and see many British heritage buildings such as the Prince of Wales Museum, Maharashtra Police Headquarters, the Flora Fountain and Hutatma Chowk, the Telegraph Office, the India Post Office Building, the Kala Ghoda area, David Sasoon's Library and the National Gallery of Modern Art. Pick up and drop off from your hotel, entrances to monuments mentioned in the itinerary and English speaking guide service is well included.
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  • 9 hours
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$248.54
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Excursion to Elephanta Caves & City Tour of Mumbai

Excursion to Elephanta Caves & City Tour of Mumbai

Full day city tour include visit to Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Hanging Garden, Mani Bhawan & Prince of Wales Museum. Entrances to monuments mentioned in the itinerary and English speaking guide service is well included. We provide pick up and drop off from city hotel. We are further flexible to adjust the guest requirement during the tour if possible.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
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$254.80
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A Heritage Excursion to the UNESCO Listed Elephanta Caves

A Heritage Excursion to the UNESCO Listed Elephanta Caves

A ferry will take you from hectic Mumbai city to Elephanta Island.  On the island, we will visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Elephanta Caves.  They are a network of sculpted caves with rock art linked to the cult of Shiva, dating back to the 5th century.    Highlights    •     Ferry Ride from Gateway Of India •     Visit Elephanta Island •     UNESCO World Heritage Site - Elephanta Caves
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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$198.00
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Day trip in Mumbai with Elephanta Caves

Day trip in Mumbai with Elephanta Caves

Discover the wonders of Mumbai - some of the city's most popular destinations Including excursion to the intricate rock carved temples of Elephanta Caves and Mumbai city highlights like The Gateway of India, Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST) formerly Victoria Terminus, Mahatma Jyotiba Phule Mandai Market (Crawford Market) earlier named after Arthur Crawford, Marine Drive also known as Queens Necklace, The Hanging Gardens also known as Pherozeshah Mehta Gardens, Mani Bhawan Highlighting Gandhi's life, Dhobi Ghat is a well known open air laundromat in Mumbai and Prince of Wales Museum.
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  • 8 hours
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$138.99
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Private Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves

Private Mumbai City Tour with Elephanta Caves

Cover the best of Mumbai - The Maximum City and The Financial capital of India on this exclusive private tour that includes the Elephanta Caves and other popular attractions like the Gateway of India, Hanging Gardens and Prince of Wales Museum. This tour can be customized according to your preferences.
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  • 7 to 8 hours
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$274.50
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Elephanta Cave & Mumbai Chor Bazaar, the Thieves market tour

Elephanta Cave & Mumbai Chor Bazaar, the Thieves market tour

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Just a short boat ride away from Mumbai is the UNESCO-listed Elephant Island and its rock temples. Explore the caves that are dedicated to various Hindu gods and date as far back as the 5th century. After your ride back, take a tour of the Chor Bazaar, also known as the Thieves Market, and browse for items at rock bottom prices.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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3 Days Complete Mumbai Tour Inclusive of Bollywood Studio Experience

3 Days Complete Mumbai Tour Inclusive of Bollywood Studio Experience

This tour is perfect for those who have enough time to spend in Mumbai. Explore  Mumbai completely. We will take you to the sightseeing spots, Markets, Elephanta caves, Dharavi slum and of course Bollywood studio Tour.
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  • 3 days
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$246.16
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Elephanta Island Tour in Private Vehicle

Elephanta Island Tour in Private Vehicle

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Elephanta Caves are a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a collection of cave temples predominantly dedicated to the Hindu god Shiva. They are located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Mahārāshtra. Trimurti is the most renowned sculpture in mandapa of the Great Cave is Trimurti (Trimurthy) – sculpture with three faces of Shiva. It is located on the south wall of mandapa and is 6.1 m high. Trimurti resembles a Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh (Shiva) – royal insignia of Rashtrakutas.
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  • 6 to 8 minutes
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$69.68
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