On this experience, led by a Swadesee local expert who lives on the island itself, we will visit the Elephanta caves which are a world heritage site in themselves, and also the rest of the island, which is still covered in dense native forests.
There are few inhabited islands along Indias coasts, and this is a very unique one. It has the Elephanta caves, Buddhist stupas, a lake, giant cannons and entire villages with no traffic whatsoever!
After an hour long boat ride from Mumbai, we will visit the historic and ancient caves and understand their relevance and significance today. From the caves we will walk through dense jungle to arrive at our local experts village which was just recently electrified and understand the culture of the Agri and Koli communities that call the island their home. In the village, we will try and experience the daily life of the citizens of this unique island village, surrounded by stunning views of the Arabian Sea and greenery all around.
The peace and quiet of this surreal village will certainly surprise you, given its proximity to the megapolis of Mumbai.
We will end with a fresh, homemade lunch at our local experts place!
Experience start point: Gateway of India, Mumbai
Start time: 8:45 am
Return to Gateway of India: 3 pm
Interactive, guided visit of Gharapuri (Elephanta) island
Return ferry tickets from Gateway of India
Entry fees for the island and the caves
Return train ride from Elephanta jetty to the base of the caves
Breakfast upon arrival and a local, home made lunch (Vegetarian or Non Vegetarian)
Transport to and from the Gateway of India
Additional entry fees for foreigners as charged by the authorities