In Bombay, I have always wanted to take the 1 hr ferry trip to the Elephanta Caves. On this day we were lucky to have enough time to go there.
From the Gateway to India we took a little ferry to the island, one of the ones below.
I was surprised to see they were cooking on the boat, in that little cupboard in the back.
As we sailed through the harbour, it became clear that a lot of people were only onboard to hop onto a different boat. We spent 15 minutes it seemed ferrying people to their different destinations in the harbour.
An hour later, we arrived on the island.
Ladies were selling corn and cucumber. I bought a nice cool cucumber for my breakfast.
If you are feeling lazy you can be carried up the staircase in one of these chairs.
A monkey nearly attacked me and made threatening gestures for my cucumber, which I promptly dropped on the ground in fright. I didn’t know monkeys liked cucumbers.
Here are the different caves, however there is one main cave with the religious sculptures.
These were declared a UNESCO world heritage site in the 80’s.
The entire cave was hewn out of the rock.
If you notice, each column has an elephant (Ganesh) on it.
This temple is dedicated to the god Shiva. It is very hard to get pictures of the wonderful sculpture inside.
There were some little rooms inside the caves that seemed to be shrines, and were adorned with fresh flowers.
The monkeys literally ran wild outside.