Elephanta caves which is located in mumbai. mumbai the financial and entertainment capital of india. this city is next to arabian sea that will show you some beautiful sun set that you have ever seen, give you some of the most delicious food that you have ever eaten and just surprise by what you can see in every single day in the city.
From tourist prospective this city is divided into two main parts south where you can find marine drive and the north you can find bandra juhu and andehri.
Elephanta caves overview
Elephanta caves which is listed as world heritage site dedicated to Lord Shiva which were built in 5th century is located on Elephanta Island, or Gharapuri in Mumbai Harbour, about ten kilometres to the east of the city of Mumbai in the Indian state of Maharashtra.
it consists of five Hindu caves and a few Buddhist stupa mounds that date back to the 2nd century as well as a small group of two Buddhist caves with water tanks.Cave temple Island represent the perfect expression of Indian art.
There are two category of alcoves in the site of the Elephanta Caves, the first is a large category of five Hindu caves and the second one is a smaller category of two Buddhist caves. The Hindu caves contain the stone sculptures representing the Shiva Hindu sect.
The Elephanta caves are an unique expression of art which include ‘Trimurti’ (three-headed) Shiva, ‘Gangadhar’ which is a manifestation of the river Ganga as she descends to the earth and ‘Ardhnareshwar’, which is a representation of Shiva and Parvati in the same body
. Elephanta caves can be also callled as trekking destination and Elephanta caves is one of the main tourist attraction of Elephanta caves.
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tourist places near elephanta caves:
There are many more tourist destination near Elephanta caves. there are many temple near the elephanta caves like mahadev temple,sai baba temple etc. Mumbai main attraction Gateway of India is also near the Elephanta caves.
How to reach: you can easily reach Elephanta Cave Temple by taking Motorboats from Apollo Bunder near the Gateway of India in Mumbai.