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Enjoy the Buddhist and Hindu Caves of Elephanta, UNESCO World Heritage Site located about 10km by boat from the Gateway of India!
After meeting at the Gateway of India we will take you by boat to Elephanta Island, and after embarking there, you will spend a couple of hours looking and learning about the five caves dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva, and about the other two caves built in a Buddhist style.
It’s a nice escape out of the chaos of Mumbai for a few hours!
The caves are closed on Mondays
This three headed statue represents three essential aspects of Shiva – creation, protection and destruction – and is considered a masterpiece and the most important sculpture in the caves
Enjoy escaping from the chaos of Mumbai and on the way back enjoy the panoramic views of the city
This shows the river Ganga flowing onto Shiva’s head, and alongside is his wife Parvati
This four armed carving shows Shiva as half man and half woman as his wife Parvati. This represents the ancient Hindu concept of essential interdependence of the feminine and the masculine aspects in the universe
This sculpture shows Bhairava- a ferocious form of Shiva- killing the demon Andhaka
This is a sculpture of Shiva and Parvati on Mount Kailash in the Himalayas, with the demon king Ravana trying to lift the mountain
Boat Ticket office, Gateway of India (See “A” in Map below)