Morning visit to Elephanta caves : Across the Mumbai harbor is 1200-year old Elephanta Caves housing some of the most beautiful rock-cuts of the period. The famous Trimurti sculpture of three-faced Shiva depicting his three aspects as Creator, Preserver and Destroyer is powerfully portrayed in the massive sculpture.
The Elephanta island was so named by the Portuguese, after the statue of an elephant near the landing area of the island. These rock cut temples dedicated to Lord Shiva are rich in sculptural content. Motorboats take passengers from Appollo Bunder near the Gateway of India.
Upon return from Elephanta, start the City tour from the Gateway of India, Mumbais principle landmark. This arch of yellow basalt was erected on the waterfront in 1924 to commemorate King George Vs visit to this colony in 1911. Drive past the Afghan Church. Secretariat of Maharashtra Government and along the Marine Drive which is fondly known as the Queens Necklace. Visit Jain temple and Hanging Gardens which offer a splendid view of the city, Chowpatty, Kamala Nehru Park, Prince of Whales Museum and also Mani Bhavan where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his visits to Mumbai. Drive past Haji Ali Mosque, a shrine in honour of a Muslim Saint on an island 500 m. out at sea and is linked by a causeway to the mainland. Stop at the Dhobi Ghat where Mumbais dirties are scrubbed, bashed, dyed and hung out to dry. Watch the local train passing close by on which the city commuters hang out like laundry – a nice photography stop. Continue to the colorful Crawford market and to the Flora fountain in the large bustling square, in the heart of the city.
- Air-conditioned chauffeur driven vehicle
- English speaking local guide for the sightseeing tour
- All currency applicable taxes
- Any new tax levied by the Government at a later stage will be charged extra over the above tour cost
- Prince of whales museum closed on Mondays
- Elephanta Caves closed on Mondays and during the monsoon.
- Tour price excludes entrance fee of US$15.00 per person which to be paid directly to the local guide.