Elephanta Caves, Maharashtra

Elephanta Caves

Location: Elephanta Caves are situated on the Elephanta Island and are a network of beautifully sculpted caves. Lying at a distance of 10 km from the city, tourists can easily reach these caves with the help of ferries.

Description: Elephanta Caves have been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO and these caves are frequented by foreign and domestic tourists alike. These caves are believed to be built during the time period that falls between the 9th and 13th centuries AD. These caves are famous for their ancient sculptures. A beautifully carved temple, whose main deity is Ardhanarishwara, is also present in the premises of the caves. However this temple is dedicated to goddess Parvati and lord Shiva. This rock cut temple is designed according to the concepts of astrology. The architecture of the main cave is very attractive. Pillars divide the large hall into smaller sections and the roof is supported with the help of stone columns.

Activities: At the caves, tourists can take beautiful photographs that can serve as a memory of the trip. Tourists can also buy beautiful paintings and other goods that are readily available here. A not to be missed thing at the cave remains the wild berries, which are sold by the locals and are very delicious in taste.

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