Luckily, our first full day in Mubai was a “free-day” and a great opportunity to explore the city. After some extensive internet research for the “best tourist attraction in Mubai,” we decided to visit the Elephanta Caves, a world heritage monument. Interestingly enough, very little is known about the history of the caves and precise dating is controversial. Most people seem to agree that the magnificent sculptures inside the caves were probably finished some time between 450 and 750 AD (!!).
The caves are located on an island on the southeast side of Mumbai and can be reached by a ferry from the Gateway of India. It is about an hour’s boat ride and the site is simply amazing. The caves are home to intact monuments celebrating Shiva, spectacular columns, and shrines still used by locals living on the island.
I hope you enjoy the photos as much as we enjoyed exploring the area!