Friday, April 3, 2009

Around Mumbai In 48 Hours: Elephanta Caves

It was October & festivals of light "Deepawali" was about to hit Indian subcontinent in just few days.Eli's 48 hours time bound trip to Mumbai would have been incomplete without a visit to the Elephanta islands in the Arabian sea.In a way its a great escape from otherwise hot & humid mumbai in october. The cave complex covers an area of about 60,000 square feet & is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls & porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture.UNESCO listed it as the World Heritage Site in 1987.

From Gateway of India we took a ferry ride for 1.5 Hours to Elephanta.Pay the ferry guys on board a little bribe (as less as 10 Rs),you can actually go onto the top of ferry & experience cool sea breeze under clear blue sky.Water/food you must carry from Mumbai- else you may have to pay a hefty price for those niceties.

From the location where ferry docks,a serpentine road will lead you to the caves located uphill.You can also opt for toy train.We decided to walk - otherwise capturing the moments on camera was rather tough.10 minutes walk & we were at the gate of Eliphanta caves.

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