Explore the Elephant Island in Mumbai
Mumbai is treated as one of the metro cities of India which is located on the coastline of the country. The place had got various islands. The Gateway of India is one of the popular tourist spots which is located at Mumbai Harbor. The island at the northeastern side of this tourist spot is covered with temples that are made up of cut rocks. These are temples of Gharapuri, hence the island is named Gharapuri Island. On the other hand, it is also known as a place of caves or Pory Island. However, this island is popular by the name of Elephant Island which is treated as one of the heritage sites across the world as certified by UNESCO.
The Bygones times of Elephanta Island
During the ancient times, the island was known as Gharapuri Island, however, during the sixteenth century, the Explorers from Portugal were surprised to see the gigantic and massive sculpture made up of dark grained volcanic rocks which resemble the structure of an elephant which was found near the entrance and hence, they had named this island as Elephanta Island. The Portuguese explorer had tried to take the sculpture back to their home, however, had failed to carry it because of their weaker chains and had to drop the sculpture in the mid of the sea. Later the British had shifted the sculpture to the Victoria and Albert museum which is formerly known as Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum which is located in Mumbai.
The Book is the best guide ever
Once you land on this Island, you would meet with various Guides, however, personally, I feel they as pushy and too much expensive. Sometimes their stories might also affect real history as well. However, if you wish to explore and know the truth then you may refer to the book named “A guide to the Elephanta Caves” which is written and narrated by Pramod Chandra which is available for sale now. Hope that would suffice your requirements and can gather sufficient knowledge about the place.
Reach the Island
- There are Launches available that start from the Gateway of India and head towards Gharapuri at an interval of half an hour. This transportation is available on and from 9:00 am in the morning to 3:30 pm in the evening. Visit the Booths which are lined at Apollo Bunder to buy tickets. The total time, the voyage takes to reach the island is almost an hour.
- The Ferries are moored ultimately at the corners of a solid jetty. Once you board down from the launch you need to walk down to the stairway which would lead you to reach the caves with an admission fee of Rs10 approximately. However, there are miniature trains available with a ticket fare of approx. Rs 10 would also help you to reach if you deny walking.
- While you are walking towards the temple you would get to see various stalls that are lined up along the sides of the road to sell various trivial items and you would be escorted by the annoying monkeys.
- Explore Elephanta Island for its beautiful sculpture and while you go, remember to wear good shoes as you might come up with adventurous trekking routes