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Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

Activity provider: Amaze Tours

Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

Activity provider: Amaze Tours

From US$ 63.70 per person

Discover the ancient culture, architecture, and stories surrounding the unmissable UNESCO site, the Elephanta Caves, with a local guide.

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Duration 4.5 - 6 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Spanish
Pickup optional
Please wait in the hotel lobby 10-minutes before your scheduled pickup time
Private group

Experience

Highlights
  • Visit to the Elephanta Caves, a must-see UNESCO site
  • Learn about the 7 cave excavations at Elephanta, all carved from solid basalt rock
  • Discover the Buddhist and Hindu temples built into the caves
Full description
Start the day with an optional pickup from your hotel or meet your guide at the Gateway of India. First take the ferry to Elephanta Caves, which is a must-see destination for history buffs or archaeology aficionados. After an hour-long ferry ride, climb 120 steps to the plateau where these caves can be entered. Dive into the history behind the artifacts and structures found in seven major excavation sites. Enter the hall, a masterpiece of 6th-century architecture which is supported by huge pillars. Explore 3 caves and learn interesting facts about India's religious history. Each cave is has a unique feature: one is a large Hindu Cave, the other is a Buddhist cave, and the final cave is dedicated to the God Shiva, with an immense, three-headed Shiva sculpture. After the Elephanta Caves, you'll go back to Mumbai by ferry. If you've opted for the accommodation option, you will be dropped back off at your specified address.
Includes
  • Guide
  • Bottled water
  • Ferry tickets
  • Entrance fee and village taxes
  • Mini train at Elephanta Caves
  • Pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at the entrance of Pizza Express, right in front of the Gateway of India

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes

Not allowed

  • Luggage or large bags

Know before you go

  • This tour is not operational during Monsoon season on rainy days.
Customer reviews

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My guide, Daiwat, is from Elephanta Island and was very knowledgeable. He knew all the tricks to make the trip to the island as easy as possible. At the cave he gave very thorough and interesting explanations of all the statues, structures, and significance of each. Daiwat also showed me all the best angles for photos! Overall excellent!

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May 1, 2022

Product ID: 388226