ELEPHENTA CAVES - Mumbai


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May 7th 2009
Published: May 7th 2009
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Elephanta caves are about 30 minutes boat trip away from Gateway of India Mumbai. The boats leave every 30 minutes or so and the ticket include journey back as there are no hotels at Elephanta Caves. Actually there is a scope for one or two hotels but this site has been declared to the world heritage by UNO.
Boat leave you at the tip of caves about 1 Km away from the stairs that lead to actual caves. There is an option to take toy train up to the stairs but we preferred to walk and it was a bad decision in the scorching sun.

I was traveling with my neice, son and wife. My son is about 3 so climbing up the stairs with him was not easy but we made it after what seemed like eternity. There are temp shops on either sides of the stairs. There is also a ticket to enter the island and another ticket to enter the caves but amount is insignificant.

Caves are about 1500 years old and have statues of Hindu Gods carved out of stone on the walls. There are about 3 caves with about 50 statues. Visiting them is a good experience as it also gives us a hint into the lifestyle of people who lived here in old times.

We did not find good vegetarian food so make sure that you carry some with you as you may end up spending about 4 hours there.

Trip back is no happening as well. When sitting on the boat I noticed that the ocean water was dirty and what add to the problem is the fact that we keep littering the ocean with our dirt as well. I saw many water bottles, chips bags floating in the water and that made me very sad. We are not doing well of preserving our climate and natural resources and that will make the human race suffer.

From gateway of India we went to Girnar Chaupati and we were greeted by foul smell. Shiv Sena and MNS will do well to divert some attention to this problem if they have time to protest against North Indians and V'Day. On the beach all the food shacks offered good food but the specialty is "burf Ka Gola" ( ice with sugar in different flavors).

We were tired like hell when we got back. All in all a day well spent.



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