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Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide provided by Mystical Mumbai

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Overview
Located on an island off the coast of Mumbai, the Elephanta Caves are rock-cut temples, some dating back to the second century BC. Learn about the legendary Buddhist and Hindu UNESCO-World Heritage Site—known as the “City of Caves”—during this guided tour, which covers the main temples dedicated to Shiva as well as smaller, off-the-beaten-track shrines. And because it’s a private tour, enjoy plenty of personal attention. The ferry and admission to the caves are at own expense and there is an option to include a family lunch.
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You'll start at
Regal Cinema
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    Elephanta Caves
    Stop: 2 hours - Admission excluded
    Disemark with your Tour Guide After an hour long boat ride to Elephanta Island from the Gateway of India, explore the magnificent caves. The outer caves were used as a place of Hindu worship until Portuguese rule was established. The caves further in are smaller and are Buddhist caves. The main cave, otherwise known as the Shiva Cave, contains numerous carvings throughout depicting various aspects of Lord Shiva including his wedding, his slaying of Andhaka and more. There will also be a sculpture of the Trimurti in the main cave that is approximately 20 feet tall. Other wings of the caves have shrines dedicated to Shiva’s sons, Kartikeya and Ganesh. Book and explore this UNESCO World Heritage site with a guide from Gharapuri, which is a small village on the south side of the island.
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You'll end at
Regal Cinema
Colaba Causeway, opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
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Highlights
  • Informative guided tour of Elephanta Caves
  • Enrich your visit with detailed commentary on the UNESCO-World Heritage Site
  • Travel with your guide from Mumbai port for added convenience (tickets own expense)
  • Explore smaller, more remote caves as well as the main attractions
What to Expect
Disembark with your guide on Elephanta Island after a short ferry ride from the Mumbai port. At this bonafide open-air museum, Hindu and Buddhist sculptures are displayed within cavernous shrines, well-preserved despite centuries of worship. Learn about the long tradition of Hindu worship that ended with the beginnings of Portuguese colonial rule, and explore smaller, off-the-beaten-track Buddhist caves away from the main sights. Wander at your own pace through the spectacular rock-cut architecture and come face-to-face with timeless icons, like a 20-foot sculpture of Trimurti, or the three forms of the Hindu cosmos. Listen to detailed commentary on the Hindu pantheon of gods, including Shiva, who occupies a place of honor in the largest cave. At the end of the tour, return to Mumbai or, if you've selected the option, head to a family lunch for a delicious meal.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Regal Cinema, Colaba Causeway, opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India
Duration
4h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Expert Guide (English, Spanish or German speaking depending on option selected)
  • Family Lunch (Only if Lunch Inclusive Option Selected)
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup & dropoff by airconditioned vehicle (available for extra charge of USD 24 for 1-4 pax)
  • Entrance fee: USD 8 per person
  • Return ferry ticket: USD 3 per person
  • Gratuities
  • Any other meals or drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Elephanta Caves
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • Minimum age is 10 years
  • No strict dress code is enforced at tour sites. However, please be advised to dress accordingly for places of worship; spaghetti straps and short shorts are not recommended
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved; comfortable walking shoes, and sunglasses/sunscreen are highly recommended, as well as a hat or scarf for ladies
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • prices for English,Spanish and German are different
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Gorm S. wrote a review May 2020
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Honestly one of the best guided tours we did during our stay in Mumbai. Highly recommended. Beautiful site and excellent tour guide!!
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from MysticalMumbaiTours, Owner at Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
Responded 18 May 2020
Thank you so much for review. its mean a lot for us.
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jimz1000 wrote a review Mar 2020
Clearwater, Florida10 contributions
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I was only in Mumbai for a day. This was a great way to experience it. A mix of seeing the city, gateway to India and then finally the Elephanta Caves! Our guide Suraj was great. Really knowledgable and fun. Very good english, easy to understand. The tour of the caves was
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from MysticalMumbaiTours, Owner at Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
Responded 11 Apr 2020
First of all ,Thanks for taking the time to write a review and sharing your experience to other.We appreciated it.Hope see you again.Thanks again
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Vj26 wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a fantastic visit to the caves from the moment we were picked up at hotel we were well looked after. At the caves we were met by our guidefor the day Shameer. I would highly recommend him. He was a great guide brilliantly spoken and very informative of the history on the
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from MysticalMumbaiTours, Owner at Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide
Responded 12 Mar 2020
Hi.... Thanks for the review. Also thanks for the great day, we enjoyed doing the tour for you. see you soon mumbai...
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jude0705 wrote a review Mar 2020
Stevenage, United Kingdom12 contributions1 helpful vote
A great trip, really well organised, very experienced guides. Better than visiting alone as we seemed to take priority over casual travellers when it came to the ferry, toy train etc. Wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this tour and this company.
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thank you for your detailed description and feedback of our tours. We really appreciate these reviews
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Navigator295881 wrote a review Mar 2020
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This is a pleasant 45 to 50 minute boat ride of Elephant Island. Once you reach Elephant island you are greeted by your tour host who was born and raised on the island. There are only 1200 inhabitants on the island. His knowledge was fantastic. Spoke perfect English and he
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We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for taking the time to write a review on Trip Advisor on your experience. We greatly value your patronage and look forward to welcoming you back to Mumbai .
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  • Languages Offered: English, German, Spanish
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