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Ajanta , Ellora & Elphanta Caves en-route to Mumbai – Elphanta & Mumbai

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From Aurangabad I boarded an early morning Jana Shatabdi Express to Mumbai. I reached my hotel near marine driveย early afternoon. I had two days in Mumbai before I catch my flight to London. There wasย nostalgia associated with this city, my first job was here , I lived here almost 4 years before I moved to Bangalore.


First day I roamed around city , went to Haji Ali shrine, enjoyed vada-pao and took some much needed rest.

Day 2, I started early from my hotel to catch ferry to Elephanta islands. The ferry to the island departs from Gateway of India . I took the first ferry at 9 AM. It is almost 1hr ferry


ride to the island and then another 30 min walk to reach to the caves.ย The rock-cut Elephanta Caves were constructed about the mid-5th to 6th centuries AD. The most important among the caves is the great Cave 1, which measures 39 metres from the front entrance to the back.ย The 7-metre-high masterpiece โ€œSadashivaโ€ dominates the entrance to Cave 1. The sculpture represents three aspects of Shiva: the Creator, the Preserver, and the Destroyer.

After visiting caves I took the trail to canon hill . This was anย an old military post overlooking the harbor. Two cannons were placed here to protect the harbour from pirates. I took the 12.30 PM boat back to India gate.