You take the launch from the Gateway of India to the caves on Elephanta Island, which date from around the 7th century. During the previous few centuries the Gupta Empire had been at its height, literature and the arts had flourished and it is thought that the initial impetus for the creation of the caves was derived from this.
The cave has a large sculptured veranda and the inner part contains a huge 18 foot statue of Lord Shiva. The Portuguese named the island Elephanta because of a large stone elephant near the shore It has since collapsed and been removed.
An orientation tour around the majestic sites of Bombay may include: Victoria Terminus, Horniman Circle, Flora Fountain, the High Court, Bombay University, Gateway of India. Continuing along Marine Drive, you can stop to visit the Hanging Gardens and Jain Temple.
On your return toward Colaba and the Fort Area, you can stop at Chowpatty Beach.
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