Elephanta Tour

Royal Bombay Tour offers Elephanta Tour package, where you will be taken on a 10 km ferry ride to Elephanta Island. It is situated in the Mumbai Harbour, about 10kms away from city of Mumbai.

Elephanta Caves are located on the Elephanta Island date back to 5th to 8th century BC. The caves are hewn from solid basalt rock. It was earlier called Gharapuri which literally means "the city of caves". Under the Portuguese rule in 1534, Gharapuri was later called as Elephanta; because of a gigantic statue of an Elephant at the entrance.

The caves contain beautifully carved Hindu sculptures and Buddhist monument.

Elephanta Caves are designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site

Duration of tour: 3 - 4 hours
Price: 8200 INR

Shiva Caves

On Elephanta island there are two groups of caves the first is a large group of five Hindu caves, the second, a smaller group of two Buddhist caves. The main Shiva cave (Cave 1) is a regular Hindu place of worship, during Mahashivratri, the festival of Shiva. Inside the caves there are beautifully carved sculptures which depicting different forms and pose of god shiva for eg. Nataraja (Shiva as the Lord of Dance), Ardhanarisvara (a half-man, half-woman representation of Shiva), Gangadhara (which denotes river Ganges's descent from Shiva's matted locks) etc.

Elephanta Village

The Elephanta island is about 5km2. Gharapuri is small village on the south side of the island. It has a population of about 1,200. The inhabitants are mainly involved in growing rice, fishing and repairing boats. Other villages include Shentbandar, Morabandar, and Rajbandar, of which Rajbandar is the capital. Caves and stalls can be seen in Shentbandar. Morabandar has a thick forest.