Mumbai Elephanta Caves Private Half-Day Tour including Guide

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Visit the Elephanta Caves on this 4-hour tour. Explore the more enormous Hindu caves, the smaller Buddhist caves as well as the main cave, also known as the Shiva Cave. See the numerous sculptures depicting various aspects of Shiva’s life.
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Stop At: Elephanta Caves, Mumbai India

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...
Itinerary
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Elephanta Caves, Mumbai India

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.

Duration: 2 hours

Pass By: Gateway Of India Mumbai, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400001, India

The Gateway of India is an arch monument built during the 20th century in Mumbai. The monument was erected to commemorate the landing of King-Emperor George V and Queen-Empress Mary at Apollo Bunder on their visit to India in 1911.

Important Details

Included
  • Expert Guide (English, Spanish or German speaking depending on option selected)
  • Family Lunch (Only if Lunch Inclusive Option Selected)
Not Included
  • Entrance fee: USD 8 per person
  • Hotel pickup & dropoff by airconditioned vehicle (available for extra charge of USD 24 for 1-4 pax)
  • Return ferry ticket: USD 3 per person
  • Any other meals or drinks
  • Entry/Admission - Elephanta Caves
  • Gratuities
Departure Point
Regal Cinema, Colaba Causeway, opposite Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra 400005, India

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from your accommodation

Airports

  • Mumbai Airport, Maharashtra 400099, Mumbai India


Ports

  • Alexander Dock(Green Gate)


Return Details
Returns to original departure point
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
Voucher Requirements

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 48 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

Customer Reviews

4.6
/5
Based on 12 reviews

Reviewed: February 24, 2020

Teri Fahlgren

Tour was very informative, the ferry ride was very calming and a different view of Mumbai from the water and the price was right. The guide on Elephanta was very professional and personal, taking pictures for us and showing us the best place to shop.


Reviewed: February 17, 2020

Peter T

The caves are definitely worth a visit. The caves are beautiful and the guide was knowledgeable. Speaking of guides, I was expecting one guide to accompany my group, but instead you get passed between guides (one to get you on the ferry and the other on the island). Having a guide on the ferry (70 minute ride each way) to point out landmarks and tell you about the history of Mumbai would have made this a 5 star experience.


Reviewed: February 13, 2020

Pema C

COMPLETE RIPOFF! DO NOT BUY FROM THIS! YOU DON'T NEED A GUIDE UNLESS YOU ARE DISABLED OR SOMEHOW INCAPABLE OF HAVING ANY KIND OF COGNITION OF THE THINGS AROUND YOU. I am a travel agent (Bhutan Yodsel Tours and Treks) and wanted to check out few touristic sites in Bombay. I ended up paying 7000 for a guide (3000 per person) for a 5 minute explanation of the Elephante Site. AND this is just for the guide!! You will haev to pay ferry :

220 (ferry fees)
60 + 10 (entrance fees if you are regional)
400 (for foreigner)

What I recommend is to read up on the site before you leave! The statues itself was pretty incredible, but not worth 7000++


Reviewed: February 6, 2020

Steve R

It was wonderful hearing about the history and stories of the caves, statues. Even better was the lunch with a village family. A truly authentic experience. Absolute highlight


Reviewed: January 28, 2020

Laura W

Really interesting place to visit and had a great guided tour of the caves.
The boat trip over was really lovely too; I really enjoyed the experience.
The tour guides met us at each point so although there were different people to get you to and from each point, the process was smoothly done - I’d definitely recommend this tour.