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Elephanta Caves: Private Half-Day Tour from Mumbai

Product ID: 388226
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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 hours
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  • 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
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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.
  • Guide
  • Bottled water
  • Ferry tickets
  • Entrance fee and village taxes
  • Mini train at Elephanta Caves
  • Pickup and drop-off (if option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips (optional)
Not suitable for
  • People with mobility impairments

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Meeting point

The guide will wait for you at the entrance of Pizza Express, right in front of the Gateway of India with a GetYourGuide sign.

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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.

From £42.10 per person

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Amaze Tours

Product ID: 388226