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Duration: 2 Days/2 Nights
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Nine kilometers by sea from the Gateway of India, is situated the Elephanta Island famous for its scenic beauty. A holiday in Mumbai is never complete without a visit to this incredible place. Also known as Gharapuri, the island is home to the mystifying rock-cut temples, which date back to the 7th century. The chief attraction is the three-busted head of Lord Shiva, providing an excellent example of the craftsmanship in rock-cut structures. The Elephanta caves are an example of Hindu architecture at its best. Regular ferry tours to the Elephanta Caves are available from th Gateway of India.

Day 1: Mumbai Sightseeing
Arrive Mumbai in the morning. Meeting with our representative and transfer to the hotel. After lunch sightseeing of the city (Sightseeing tour of Bombay includes a visit to Prince of Wales museum (Monday closed). Set among verdant gardens, it is a huge complex with a bronze statue of George – V standing outside. The monument designed in 1905- dominated by a huge tilted concrete dome, comprises of three main sections, Art, Archaeology and Natural history. The museum contains an excellent collection of arms, works of Lawrence, Gainsborough, Poussin and Titan and fine examples of Indian silver and brass, jade and tapestries. Also housed in this collection is a superb 8th century ivory from Kashmir and finely modelled figures of the infant Jesus. One can witness the local washermen in action at the

Day 2: Elephanta Excursion
After breakfast visit the Gateway of India overlooking the harbour. This symbolic national landmark, the Marble arch of India, designed by George Wittet to commemorate the visit of George V and Queen Mary in 1911. It was also the point of exit for the last British regiment to leave India. Visit elephanta caves by motor launch (Deriving its name from a stone elephant discovered by the Portuguese, this beautiful green island is about one hour’s boat ride from Bombay harbour. The celebrated Hindu cave temple on the island is excavated from a cliff high above the water and is approached by long flight of steps. These temples carved during the Golden age of the Guptas have been inspired by the worship of Shiva. The sculptures are beautifully executed and the most outstanding of these is the Maheshmurthy or Trimurthy, a 5m (18 ft ) high, three headed bust hewn from a single rock representing the three aspects of Shiva viz. The Creator, The Preserver and The Destroyer). Evening back to the city and transfer to the airport to connect onward flight.

 
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