Elephanta Caves - AHM : 1220
Arrive at the Indira docks / Green Gate, complete the immigration formalities and meet our representative and guide at the exit gate of the arrival hall and proceed to the Gateway of India to take the catamaran for Elephanta.
No visit to Mumbai is complete without visiting the Elephanta Caves. This is a must see for all history lovers. This place you would explore the true excavations pertaining to the rich ancient history of India.
We take the first boat at 0900 hrs from the jetty at the famous Gateway of India. The boat takes an hour to reach the Elephanta Island. There area total of seven major excavations and you'll be able to explore the history behind the artefacts and structures found therein. There exist a spacious hall supported by huge pillars, which are characteristic of architecture as old as 6th and 7th centuries. A massive three-headed Shiva sculpture stands therein, which is one of the major attractions in the caves. The Guide will take you through 3 caves. He would explain you the unique feature of each of these caves in detail. These 3 caves are all distinct from each with a unique feature: one is a large Hindu Cave, the other is a Buddhist cave, and the final one is a cave dedicated to the God Shiva. The central sculpture represents Shiva's three aspects as creator, preserver and destroyer. Return back to the pier at 1330 hrs.
Shopping Tour in Mumbai
It is said for the Mumbai Markets; that even a week’s stay in Mumbai is less to cover all its Markets. The tour covers different Markets in Mumbai or Bazaars as we say in Hindi.Highlights:
Mumbai's wide streets and narrow lanes are alive with activity. In front of colonial buildings, alongside temples, and everywhere in between, vendors shout from carts selling everything from colourful birds and flowers to traditional Indian clothes and food. We'll guide you through the chaos and introduce you to Mumbai's must-see markets such as Crawford Market and Mangaldas Market as well as some lesser known ones such as Flower Alley. Alongthe way we’ll also visit some of the oldest lanes in Mumbai and their most famous temples.Linking Road :
Linking Road was one of the first arterial roads "linking" the far-flung suburbs of Bandra and Juhu during the 1940s. The oldest name of the road was DadabhaiNavroji Road. Linking Road and Hill Road were two of the main shopping hubs in the suburbs of Mumbai. Over the years this shopping hub has stretched beyond its original length.Colaba Causeway :
Shopping at Colaba Causeway is like visiting a carnival. There is not one thing that a person will not find here. Handicrafts, books, clothes, shoes, jewellery; you name it and Colaba Causeway has it.Chor Bazaar :
Chor Bazaar, located near Bhendi Bazaar in South Mumbai, is one of the largest flea markets in India. Chor Bazaar is said to sell mostly second-hand goods rather than stolen goods. The market is now famous for antique and vintage items.A store called Mini Market offers old Bollywood posters forsale. Others offer authentic Victorian furniture, replacement parts for automobiles, etc. Although bargains are sometimes staggering, haggling is considered mandatory. This is basically an "organized" flea market, where one has to rummage through junk to find what one wants.Mangaldas Cloth Market :
Mangaldas Market, traditionally home to traders from Gujarat, is a mini-town, complete with lanes of fabrics. Even if you’re not the type to have your clothes tailored, drop by DD Dupattawala for pretty scarves and dupattas at fixed prices. Zaveri Bazaar for jewellery and Bhuleshwar Market for fruit and veg are just north of here. Just a few metres further along Sheikh Menon Rd from Bhuleshwar is a Jain pigeon feeding station, flower market and a religious market.Zaveri Bazaar :
The market houses the headquarters of many jewelry institutions of India including Jagawat Sons(of MankhushJagawat) and TribhovandasBhimjiZaveri, one of the biggest jewelry retailers of India, established in 1864. All kinds of gems and precious stones are available in the market as well as ornaments of traditional Indian designs to modern designs made of every possible gem and precious metal. Zaveri bazaar is regarded as being secured because it has CCTVs installed in order to avoid almost any crime, private protection involved for every shop, industry is under 24 hr vigilance because it does a huge trade in diamond and also other mettle jewelry. Zaveri Bazaar is also famous for photo frames, clips, tea-sets, dinnerware, toys and other luxury lifestyle articles crafted out of expensive metals. Zaveri Bazaar gets the maximum credit of jewelry and gems export from the country.As we complete the market visits with buying enough stuff the tour ends with our memorable shopping spree at 18:00 hrs and then we proceed back to hotel