Private Elephanta Caves Tour Including Classical Dance Performance In Mumbai

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Tour Information

Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Duration: 7 Hrs
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    9:30am Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions.Valid from the time you exchange your voucher, for the duration selected.
  • Departure Details :
    Gateway of India or The Taj Mahal Palace in Mumbai
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    Cancel up to 2 days in advance for a full refund

Overview

Take a glimpse into the culture and legacy of Mumbai with this 6-hour private tour. Visit the Elephanta caves located on Elephanta island in Mumbai Harbour. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is a network of rock-cut temples dedicated to Shiva the Dancing God. Follow the fascinating mythology explained by your friendly and professional guide that links Shiva to the origin of classical dance in India. Post lunch, watch a scintillating Bharatanatyam dance performance by the renowned Sankhya Dance Group. The idea behind this tour is that tourists get an unforgettable experience of the rich Indian mythology and culture and understand how the two are irrevocably connected. The tour includes a traditional Indian lunch (if option is selected).

Highlights

  • Instant Confirmation
  • All entrance fees included
  • Led by an art historian
  • Lunch included

Know More about this tour

From the Gateway of India, board a ferry for Elephanta. Enjoy panoramic views from the ferry. The journey to Elephanta island takes approximately 1 hour. From the jetty you can either walk to the caves or take a toy train. The distance is less than a mile. A small museum housing a series of narrations of the attractions in Elephanta stands as a precursor to the caves. It also houses a large number of black and white photographs of other cave temples and rock cut architectures in India ( The museum is currently closed for renovation)

The main cave at Elephanta is called the Shiva cave. It houses relics depicting the Lords famous stances and recreates important events in the life of Lord Shiva. It also houses the famous statue of Shiva as Nataraja - the Lord of Dance. The main cave blends features such as massive figures of divinities and square pillars with artistic characteristics like the depiction of mountains and clouds and female hairstyles. Board the boat at 12:30pm for an hour-long journey back to the gateway of India.

After a traditional Indian thali lunch (if option is selected), proceed to watch a Bharatanatyam dance performance by the dynamic Sankhya group, among the top classical dance troupes in Mumbai. The presentation blends music, rhythm, poetry, expressions and bodily movements to perfection. More importantly, watch the dancers bring to life the Shiva images you witnessed in the Elephanta caves.

Inclusions

  • Professional art historian guide
  • Lunch (if option is selected)
  • Live entertainment
  • Local transport by private vehicle (from gateway to studio and back)
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Entrance fees

Exclusions

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Infant rates apply provided they do not occupy a seat

Infant meals not included

Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required

A moderate amount of walking is involved

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

A maximum of 10 people per booking