Elephanta Caves


I have been to Elephanta Caves 3 times. The first time I went to Elephanta Caves in 1982. My father got transferred from Bangalore to Jodhpur. We had to travel by train via Bombay (now Mumbai). We started from Bangalore in Meter Gauge Train in the evening to reach Guntakal in the next morning. Then we boarded a Madras-Bombay Express from Guntakal to Bombay Central to reach in the next morning. We stayed the whole day in Bombay. In the night, we boarded Gujarat Express to reach Ahmadabad the next morning. Then we boarded Mewar Express during the day (meter gauge train) to reach Jodhpur the next afternoon.

So, we had the whole day in Bombay. My father put all our luggage in the Cloak Room and took us by local train to Churchgate. From there, we went to Gateway of India. From Gateway of India, we took a ferry to Elephanta Caves.

The next time, Deepshree and I went to Bombay for some work. We had one day free and so I decided to take Deepshree to Elephanta Caves. This time we had a car which took us to Gateway of India and from there we took the ferry.

The third time we went to Elephanta Caves was when Ranoo, Deepshree and I visited my sister in 2014 who was staying in Bombay as my brother-in-law was posted there. We hired a Innova and went to Gateway of India and then took the ferry.

Between these 3 visits, nothing much has changed in Elephanta Caves. The ferry still takes around 90 minutes from Gateway of India to the Island. The only significant change is that now they have made a train line to take visitors from the ferry ghat at the island till the steps of the Caves. After alighting from the train, one still needs to climb about 100 steps to reach the caves.

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Elephanta Caves is now UNESCO Heritage site. The carvings in the caves are huge. They are sculptures of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

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There is one huge cave and there are some 2 or 3 more small caves.

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Around the caves, on the island, it is uninhabited and filled with jungle.

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There is a Shiva Linga deep inside one of the caves.

Our photos around the caves.

 

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