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Swap the concrete jungle of Mumbai for an underground adventure on this private full-day tour, including hotel pick-up. Choose from three different itineraries, including the Kanheri Caves in the Sanjay Ghandi National Park or the Bhaja and Karla Caves, which date from as early as 200 BC. Alternatively, hop on a ferry to scenic Elephanta island to explore the UNESCO-listed Elephanta Caves, renowned for their beautiful carvings and reliefs.

Highlights

  • Full-day private tour to ancient Indian rock-cut caves from Mumbai
  • Escape the hustle and bustle of Mumbai and explore India's less-traveled wonders with your own private guide
  • Choose from three stunning cave complexes: Elephanta Caves, Kanheri Caves or both Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves
  • Learn about the history of Indian rock-cut architecture, one of the oldest styles of religious architecture
  • Delight in a traditional Indian lunch at a popular local restaurant (depending on tour selected)
  • Transport by private air-conditioned vehicle

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What You Can Expect

Private Tour: Kanheri Caves, Elephanta Caves or Karla and Bhaja Caves from Mumbai

Shiva Carving in the Elephanta Caves

Customer Reviews

Jack D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended December 2015

The driver was talkative and great! The guide was knowledgeable about the area, the history, and even current politics. It was an enjoyable tour that left nothing wanting, except maybe a friend. If I went to Mumbai again I would do this trip a second time, but I would definitely go with a friend.

Tan Yee Hwa Singapore

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2014

The tour guide is very knowledgeable about the place. He also recommended other places of interest in Mumbai. Transport is provided and he makes the trip a very pleasant one .

Gertrudy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

Kanheri Caves - Amazing!!! 109 caves - carvings all done by hand in BC times. My tour guide Tom B was very informative. He told me the meaning of several of the carvings and what certain caves would be used for. Very easy walk, not strenuous at all.

Judith B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2014

UNESCO World Heritage Site--these caves with their beautiful wall-relief carvings are beautiful and unique. Guide was very knowledgeable and that is crucial. Tour company was somewhat lackluster in their organization skills but that was more than made up by the guides who are eager to please. I recommend this tour.

Peter F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2013

The Kanheri Caves was one of the best things I saw on my trip! I had a very informative guide who showed me a lot of the 2nd century carvings. I think this is a way better experience than Elephanta Caves! Excellent way to end of my last day in Mumbai and India!

Phillip B

4 star rating: Recommended February 2017

We had the elephants caves tour with supersonic tours and with Nitin as a local guide. The tour was a bit strange as we had 3 different guides and there were loads of down times. We have been picked up at the hotel and dropped off by the gate off India where we were handed over to Nitin. The 1 hour boat ride was a bit awkward as we didn't have much communication at all while we saw other guides sharing information. But when we arrived Nitin switched on and we had the most amazing tour all around. You really can tell that he is local and passionate about this place. Nice touch for my wife was that Nitin made copious amount of pictures from us and the carvings. After the tour we had a drink and been dropped off by ourselves on the next boat. So once again a pretty boring 1 hour followed. We have been picked up by a young gentleman forgot his name but had the most amazing moustache who took us to a local restaurant and left us there. It was a bit awkward yet again as we didn't get the foggiest what are we eating and the serving staff wasn't very helpful either o lucky that we don't have any food allergies what could cause problems downside was also that the food was spectacular but as we didn't know what are we eating we couldn't re order it again somewhere else the driver picked us up 40 min later and dropped us by the hotel.

To be honest if Nitin wouldn't have been so fantastic on the tour I would've score a much lower rating but I cannot take away that we know now everything what worth to know about the caves and have some beautiful pictures to look back at

Marilyn

4 star rating: Recommended November 2015

We had a truly delightful and educational tour of the Bhaja Caves. Our guide was very professional and informative. We enjoyed his sense of humor making the tour comfortable and pleasant. We highly recommend this tour. Our driver was helpful and thoughtful. He was an excellent addition to our tour. A must go see!

Ryan

4 star rating: Recommended December 2014

We did the Karla and Bhaja Caves between Mumbai and Pune, amazing! Drive out there definitely takes a while but we had such a good driver (not crazy like most there) and a very knowledgeable guide with great communication skills. The history is amazing, the walk up and down to each one is half the battle for sure. Very enjoyable experience for the day!

David S

4 star rating: Recommended August 2014

This was a great day out for me - just what I wanted. There was only me, so it was essentially a private tour, but they can accommodate more people if needed. It was monsoon time, so it was raining for much of the day (I knew that before I went so it wasn't a surprise). My guide and driver were really great - very accommodating, enthusiastic, informative, patient and helpful. The journey there and back took much longer than expected 3 hours each way due to the rains and sheer volume of traffic on the roads, but, I really wanted a trip that would take me out of the city and into the countryside a little, which is what this did. The two sets of cave dwellings are relatively compact, no longer than 20 minutes needed at each to see them, but, they were both different and crowds of locals were excitedly enjoying festivals in the pouring rain which added to the spectacle (and the traffic chaos!) on the day of my visit. A big thanks to Viator for organising a perfect day out for me.

peter a

4 star rating: Recommended March 2014

Great organization. Wonderful driver(hotel was an hour away). Experienced guide.

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