It was at the Gateway of India from where the journey to Elephanta Island, Mumbai started. At the entrance of the Gateway we collected the tickets to the Island and it took around one hour to reach the destination of the island. The rhythm of the waves could be easily heard, and the cool breeze was blowing and surpassing out body with a feeling of peace and illumination. It was a complete blissful voyage of one hour with the college friends. It was real time to create wonderful memories, which would be relished till the last breath. As we were sailing in a deluxe launch with the tickets of the upper deck, the infinite Arabian Sea could be thoroughly seen.
There was a pause for the contemporary commercial part of Mumbai and a start to an era when art and carving out expansive statues is believed as a fine blessing. The best way to explore and know everything about Elephanta caves is through a guide book, which could be easily purchased from the vendors outside the caves and I did the same instead of hiring an expensive human guide. We caught the small train that took us to the entrance from the dockside. It was astounding to climb steep 120 steps towards the caves, but we easily managed to do so. As the caves are regarded as Lord Shiva’s religious place, many aged tourists could be seen. The caves are highly rich in the fine carvings of the ancestors of the early era. The historical sculptures and art are really outstanding. We got up to the Cannon Hill to visit the old cannons situated on the top of the hillock.
After covering the major parts, we came out to have some resting hour and ate wild berries, which were the specialties of that place. We sipped tea and coffee with some light snacks and glimpses of the picturesque and endless sea. It was finally a true historic expedition to Elephanta Island, Mumbai, which was accomplished with a deep breath and excellent reminiscence. We took our steps back to Mumbai to visit one of the oldest churches located in Kurla, so we caught a local train, which is the fastest mode of transport to reach the church.
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Hello, I am Ayushi Manroa. I love travelling and have also dabbled in photography. Being a student, I mostly end up back-packing! I started this blog to record my travelogues about the amazing places that I have been to. Be it frolicking in Goa, taking a dip in the Ganges, trekking in Coorg or hitching a ride up the Western Ghats, it is all listed here along with some of my best shots. Hope you like it. Happy reading!