The epitome of rock-cut architecture of Maharashtra is represented by the caves of Ellora and Ajanta, of course, but I haven’t been fortunate to visit these places yet. However, I’ve been lucky enough to explore some other caves around Maharashtra – Elephanta, Karla and Pala just to name a few.
The Caves of Elephanta
I’ve been to the Elephanta Island countless times. I wouldn’t say it’s one of those places I feel like going back to again and again, but… Firstly, I like the ferry ride, with bright sunlight sparkling in the sea waves, squawking seagulls and happy faces of people anticipating an adventure. Secondly, it’s a pleasant journey for the kids – they love the ferry too, and the toytrain, and the monkeys, and the mystery of the caves. And thirdly, it’s a nice place to take your guests to – whenever anyone visits us in Mumbai, we take them to the Elephanta Island. This way our visitors are kept entertained the whole day 🙂 Usually they like this experience a lot. So here is my Elephanta in photos.
We selected this place when I decided my mom a bit of India outside Mumbai. To say she was impressed would be an understatement – the whole trip was a big success 🙂 It took me time to enter the caves – I was completely captivated by the outside facade with its interesting stonework, but when I finally made my way into the prayer hall, it was nothing like what I’d expect. As I’ve already mentioned before, I’m not religious, but if I were, this would be the place I would come with my prayers to.
We discovered this place by chance when coming back from Mahabaleshwar, and of course my wanderlust wouldn’t let me leave it unexplored. The grand stairway was extremely inviting, the views – breathtaking, the rain – almost stopped, so why not? 🙂 The place was tranquil and beautiful – no wonder the ancient Buddhists chose it for living their simple lives, meditating and sending us their messages carved in stone through the centuries. Who knows, perhaps they even enjoyed the very same views I’m so grateful to the monsoons for.