Once known as Puri or Gharapuri, Elephanta island was the proud capital of a powerful coastal kingdom. It was named Elephanta by the Portuguese, who took possession of it several centuries later, and found a monolithic stone elephant at the place they first landed. Today Elephanta is a World Heritage Site, showcasing legends of Lord Shiva carved in rock cave temples. The cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, inner cells, grand halls and porticos arranged in the splendid symmetry of Indian rock-cut architecture, and filled with exquisite stone sculptures of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The island is about an hour's boat ride from the Gateway Of India. Every year, in February, the Elephanta Dance Festival is held. Renowned dancers and musicians perform outside the caves, beneath a star-studded sky, to an appreciative audience. Special launch services and catering arrangements are provided for visitors. Either at 9:00 a. m. Please note Elephanta cave is closed on Monday We start from the Gateway of India. Board the ferry boat to the Elephanta Island, it's a One hour ride. After visiting Elephanta caves We will begin our sightseeing The Gateway of India, Taj Palace Hotel. We will drive to the Fort Heritage area and the Kala Ghoda Art District. Tour will also take you through VT Station, Marine Drive Chowpatty, High Court, Bombay University, Flora Fountain, Old Banking District, Horniman Circle, Asiatic Library, Regal Circle, etc. Our day and the time we start the tour is flexible and is meant to accommodate your schedule and interests.