Elephanta Caves & Island Guided Private Tour

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  • Max People : 15
  • Min Age : 5+
  • Pickup : Hotel pickup offered
  • Pickup: Airpot
  • Wifi Available

The Elephanta Caves are situated in Western India on Elephanta Island (also called the Island of Gharapuri), which highlights two hillocks isolated by a tight valley. The little island is dabbed with various old archeological remaining parts that are the sole declarations to its rich social past. These archeological remaining parts uncover proof of occupation from as soon as the second century BC. The stone cut Elephanta Caves were built about the mid-fifth to sixth hundreds of years AD. The most significant among the caverns is the incomparable Cave 1, which estimates 39 meters from the front access to the back. In plan, this cavern in the western slope intently looks like Dumar Lena cave at Ellora, in India. The principal body of the cavern, barring the porches on the three open sides and the back passageway, is 27 meters square and is upheld by lines of six sections each.

The 7-meter-high work of art “Sadashiva” rules the entry to Cave 1. The model addresses three parts of Shiva: the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer, distinguished, separately, with Aghora or Bhairava (left half), Taptapurusha or Mahadeva (focal full face), and Vamadeva or Uma (right half). Portrayals of Nataraja, Yogishvara, Andhakasuravadha, Ardhanarishwara, Kalyanasundaramurti, Gangadharamurti, and Ravanaanugrahamurti are additionally essential for their structures, aspects, topics, portrayals, content, arrangement and execution.

The format of the caverns, including the support point parts, the situation and division of the surrenders to various parts, and the arrangement of a sanctum or Garbhagriha of sarvatobhadra plan, are significant improvements in rock-cut engineering. The Elephanta Caves rose up out of a long imaginative practice, however show reviving development. The mix of tasteful excellence and sculptural workmanship, packed with respondent Rasas, arrived at an apogee at the Elephanta Caves. Hindu spiritualistic convictions and symbology are finely used in the general preparation of the caverns.

The fifteen enormous reliefs encompassing the lingam house of prayer in the principal Elephanta Cave not just comprise one of the best instances of Indian craftsmanship yet additionally one of the main assortments for the clique of Shiva. The caverns are the most superb accomplishment throughout the entire existence of rock-design in western India. The Trimurti and other enormous figures with their stylish setting are instances of exceptional imaginative creation.

Every one of the archeological parts in the Elephanta Caves are protected in their normal settings. There is further degree to uncover archeological material and improve data by uncovering the covered stupas. At the hour of the posting the need was noted to shield the delicate site from neighboring modern turn of events. As of now, saline movement and general disintegration of rock surface are influencing the caverns. The executives of the property would be improved through the reception of a Conservation Management Plan to direct rebuilding and protection works.

The legitimacy of the property has been all around kept up with since its engraving on the World Heritage List, regardless of specific fixes on the façade and support points that have been done to guarantee the underlying solidness of the landmark. Other than the caverns, Elephanta Island has archeological remaining parts from as soon as the second century BC and from the Portuguese time frame, as seen, separately, by stupas covered towards the eastern side of the hillock and a group situated at its top. Additionally, the caverns are protected as solid sanctuaries, sarvatobhadra garbhgriha (sanctum), mandapa (patio), rock-cut design, and figures. Since engraving, various mediations have been made to upgrade guests’ insight and to preserve the site. These incorporate the development of pathways, protection of fallen and broken support points, preservation of fallen and imploded veneers, development of trip of steps prompting the caverns from island’s pier, fix to the Custodian’s Quarters, and setting up of a Site Information Center.

Supporting the Outstanding Universal Value of the property over the long haul will require finishing, endorsing and carrying out a Conservation Management Plan to direct rebuilding and protection works; tending to saline movement and the overall decay of the caverns’ stone surfaces utilizing globally perceived logical guidelines and strategies; shielding the property from neighboring modern turn of events; and considering uncovering the covered stupas. The reclamation of a portion of the support points that was done in 1960s should be destroyed and revamped as breaks have created. Extra assets (specialized expert counsel) and subsidizing are expected to preserve this site and safeguard the antiquarianism.

Elephanta Caves are an UNESCO World Heritage Site and an assortment of cavern sanctuaries prevalently committed to the Hindu god Shiva. They are situated on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri (in a real sense “the city of caverns”) in Mumbai Harbor, 10 kilometers (6.2 mi) toward the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian province of Mahārāshtra. The island, found seaward around 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) west of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, comprises of five Hindu caverns and a couple of Buddhist stupa hills that date back to the second century BCE, as well as a little gathering of two Buddhist caverns with water tanks.

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Duration: 4-5 hours
Mobile tickets accepted
Instant confirmation
Available languages
Arabic, English, French, Spanish
Cancellation policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Important information

Professional English speaking guide
All places entry fees
Hotel/Port pick up and drop off
Bottled water
Air-conditioned vehicle
Private transportation
WiFi on board
Price Excludes
Food & Drinks
Departure details
Traveller pickup is offered.
Mumbai Airport, Maharashtra 400099, Mumbai India
Mumbai international cruise terminal ( Green Gate)
Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Infant seats available
Most travellers can participate
This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

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 (literally "the city of caves") in Mumbai Harbour, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Mahārāshtra. The island, located offshore about 2 kilometers (1.2 mi) west of the Jawaharlal Nehru Port, consists of five Hindu caves and a few Buddhist stupa mounds that date back to the 2nd century BCE, as well as a small group of two Buddhist caves with water tanks. Duration: 3 hours


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