Elephanta Caves- an UNESCO World Heritage site.
Elephanta Island is an island off of Mumbai in southern India that is home to the Elephanta Caves, an UNESCO World Heritage site...
How to visit
To get to the Elephanta Caves, you should go to the Gateway of India in the city of Mumbai. From here you can buy the tickets for the dispatch (watercraft or ship) from the Maharastra the travel industry improvement corp (MTDC) at the passage of Gateway.
The voyage via ocean takes 1 hour to achieve the island. The dispatch goes at a speed of 14 Nautical miles for each hour. The Caves are not open to guests on Mondays despite the fact that the MTDC will in any case sell pontoon tickets with the ticket saying as much, so be careful. The dispatch (pontoon) leaves from door no.4 at the back of Gateway of India.
There are 2 kinds of dispatch: Economy and Deluxe. One is huge, the other is marginally littler in size. Going by either conveys its very own fun experience.
A ticket for the Deluxe watercraft is Rs.150 for Adult, Rs. 90 for Child (3 to 7 years) which incorporates an arrival venture. On the off chance that you need to see the view from the upper deck, you need to pay Rs.10/ - additional to the dispatch (pontoon) administrator. Economy pontoon charges are Rs. 20 less being Rs.130 for Adults.
The main vessel of the day is at 9AM; they may sit tight a tad for more travelers, yet they will practically leave the dock on time. A pontoon leaves for Elephanta Island at regular intervals. Week days are less swarmed than ends of the week.
On the off chance that you are an Indian male voyaging alone, the watercraft administrators won't let you purchase a ticket. Obviously there have been a few instances of suicides which has made them accept that call. You may need to demand different explorers to book for your sake or give an ID verification as an assurance.
From the Gateway of India to the world celebrated Elephanta Caves, and from the rushing about of the contemporary business of Mumbai, this excursion is a voyage back in time; to when confidence, magic and craftsmanship ruled, when the test of cutting out immense statues and caverns from stone monuments was acknowledged as a gift, when the tryst with stone brought forth enthusiastic models of Hindu confidence, a radiant declaration, even today, of the style and hard work of our precursors.
When you touch base at the Elephanta Island, there will be bunches of local people offering you the support of guide you around. Except if you are new to the Indian god Shiva and might want to know the subtleties of the end result for Shiva's reality, you don't generally require a visitor direct. Their charges are not so much sensible (Rs at least 2500). They will educate you regarding Indian Gods, yet in the event that you are new to them, you won't know whether they are disclosing to you the genuine stories or not, and you will most likely overlook a lot of what they let you know when you leave the island. In the event that you truly need to think about the Elephanta Caves and Shiva, you can purchase a decent book from any merchant as you stroll up the slope to the caverns - however recall, you ought to dependably trade.
There is a little train to take you from the dockside to the passage - Rs 10 for grown-ups [March 2012] - except if you need the activity, and furthermore lament, as you'll get an opportunity to truly practice by approaching the cavern - 120 soak steps.
The island, little and round, ascents like the back of a mammoth turtle from in the midst of the purplish blue profundities of the Arabian Sea. You will take a restricted street in the wake of landing from the train. This movements to the site of the rising, a lofty ascension broken by the powerful cries of the jamun wallahs selling the salted plum hued organic product in astutely planned pockets which hold not more than 7-8 jamuns in each. The caverns are situated on the highest point of a hillock formed island. This ascension is trailed by a long trip of sharp stone advances, where the old and those unfit used to be conveyed in palanquins by coolies. A few local people see the caverns as a religious spot devoted to Lord Shiva, which represents countless guests.
There is a visitor duty of Rs 10 for grown-ups and Rs 5 for youngsters. At the passage of the recreation center, one needs to pay an extra charge, Rs 40 for Indian natives and Rs 600 for remote nationals. Your ticket will be checked by a security monitor on passage to the site. In the event that the gatekeeper at the passage stall attempts to keep your ticket, demand having it back. Just the control coupon ought to be segregated and kept by the gatekeeper.
There are a few caverns you can visit. The gatekeeper may state there are just five gives in on Elephanta Island, yet a few maps show seven caverns. Aside from the initial two caverns at the passageway, different caverns are little and not all around created. You can likewise stroll up higher on the Island, on Cannon Hill. There are 2 old guns there and a view, yet nothing else to see.
In the event that you like to investigate landmarks at your very own pace without procuring a visit control, you would now be able to utilize the Official Audio Guide of the Ministry of Tourism (Incredible India) called AudioCompass, a GPS based cell phone application that highlights sound voyages through most vacationers attractions in India.
The primary pontoon leaving Elephanta Island for Mumbai is at 12:00 early afternoon and the last one is at 5:30PM. On the off chance that you are quick, you can take the principal vessel from Mumbai to Elephanta Island, visit all caverns, go up to Cannon Hill to see the old gun, return to the dockside, and return the primary pontoon to Mumbai.