Elephanta Caves are Rock-cut Caves and Temples, All dedicated to Hindu Gods, and Few are dedicated to Buddhist Stupas, These are just 10 km away from Mumbai and are located on a small island. You must hire a boat to visit this place.
There are beautiful Carvings of Gods on the walls of rock and also Shiva Lingas and Temples. This site is given UNESCO World Heritage Status in 1987, This place is maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.
TimeLine is quite unpredicted. But This place has been seeing habitats since 2nd Century BC, This Place is almost similar to Ajantha and Ellora Caves.
Buddhists settled first in Elephanta around 2nd Century BCE and had presence till 4 AD, Later Rashtrakutas Built Hindu Temples in 7th Century by inspiring from Ellora Caves, Many Sites in Elephanta are Hindu Sculptures and Temples related to Trimurthi’s. Few Buddist Stupas are still there but many are lost.
These are built on Basalt Rock Area, The Carvings on the basalt rock are simply superb, Trimuthi’s are carved on Rock which is really spectacular and also Pillars are cut from Huge rocks and The Craftsmanship Greatness will be witnessed when you see the interiors and exteriors of Caves.
Elephanta Caves are the Closest and Ancient Cultural Monument in Mumbai, It’s just 10kms away from Mumbai and it is located on an Island. Almost 2 Million Visitors visited this site back in 2019. There is a ferry ride to reach Elephanta Caves. The Main Advantage of this site is, It is UNESCO World Heritage Site and gets international funding.
UNESCO Granted World Heritage Site Status in 1987, The Main Criteria they granted this because of the Cultural and rich heritage it carries from almost 10 Centuries.
You need a Feery to reach this Place, The Ferry Ticket cost is 150 per person.
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Boat Ride Ticket Fare from Gateway Of India to Elephanta, Alibaug
- Gateway Of India Short Boat Ride Ticket Fare: Rs 70 is the cost of a short 30-minute boat trip that starts and ends at Gateway Of India (Mumbai).
- Gateway Of India to Elephanta Caves Ticket Fare: For a “Luxury” boat the cost of a return ticket is Rs 150 for adults and Rs 100 for Children (age 3 to 7). For an “Economy” boat the cost of a return ticket is Rs 120 for adults and Rs 85 for children. Elephanta Caves are closed on Monday; so there is NO BOAT SERVICE TO ELEPHANTA CAVES ON MONDAY.
- Gateway Of India to Alibaug (Mandwa) Ticket Fare: Single (one way) ticket fare for a boat trip from either Gateway Of India to Alibaug or Alibag to Gateway Of India is Rs 110 for the Main Deck of the boat/ferry, Rs 135 for the Upper Deck and Rs 150 for the Air-conditioned Section. The price of the ticket includes a boat ride from Gateway of India to Mandwa Jetty (or vice-versa) and a bus ride from Mandwa to Alibaug (or vice-versa).
Timings and Ticket Price
Elephanta Caves are Maintained by Archeological Survey Of India, They Open at 9:30 AM and will be Closed at 5:30 PM.