Elephanta Caves - AHM : 1217
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 are a 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.
City Tour of Mumbai
Mumbai is the commercial capital of India, and a fast paced, cosmopolitan city. Visit the Gateway of India, situated at Apollo Bunder. It was built as a triumphal arch to commemorate the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to India in 1911, replete with four turrets and intricate latticework carved into the yellow basalt stone.
Next, visit the Prince of Wales Museum. This Gothic and Moorish style building is crowned by a sparkling white dome, and houses a priceless collection of art, sculpture, china and other antiques. Drive past the old colonial buildings like Victoria Terminus (undoubtedly the British Raj's piece deresistance, featuring carved stone friezes, stained glass windows and flying buttresses), Mumbai University and Rajabai Clock Tower. Make a photo stop at Dhobi Ghat, the open-air laundry of the city. Proceed down Marine Drive, South Mumbai’s windswept promenade, flanked by the sea and a row of art deco buildings. Drive past Chowpaty Beach, the Parsi Towers of Silence and Malabar Hill. Visit Mani Bhavan, the old Mumbai residence of Mahatma Gandhi. It's a pretty, two-storied structure that now houses a reference library with over 2000 books, a photo exhibition of the Mahatma's life, and well-preserved memorabilia, including an old charkha or spinning wheel that Gandhiji used to use.