I want to see it all, but I can’t. In planning this trip, I feel tinier than an ant. And, I realize that I’m not going to be happy if I’m in a cab the whole time. So the things that I’ll see, I’ll have to see in area chunks. Also, I may get tired, hot, hungry, and thirsty, and then cranky. I will have some time to myself in Mumbai and then I’m off to Aurangabad. The following is what I’ve got planned thus far.
I love archaeology and the moment I learned about the Elephanta Caves (a World Heritage Site), I knew they were first on my list. The Elephanta Caves on are Elephanta Island, which is east of (old) Mumbai and west of (new) Navi Mumbai. The journey to the island by ferry will take about an hour.
Elephanta Cave Day(s):
- Gateway of India (open 24 hours; no charge)
- Elephanta Caves (A World Heritage Site) and ferry to Elephanta; Map of Island
|Place/Activity||Times||Cost||When Closed||Interesting Details|
|Elephanta Ferry||9 a.m. — First boat leaves Apollo Bandar.
2 p.m. — Last boat leaves Apollar Bandar.
12 Noon — First boat departs island.
5:30 p.m. — Last boat departs island.
|₹150||Mondays||It takes one hour to get to the caves.
Boats leave every 30 minutes.
Elephanta Island and Caves
- Historical Shiv Mandir (Northeast on Island)
- Historical Shivja Temple (Northwest on Island)
- Elephanta Caves (Central)
- Elephanta Lake Garden (South Central)
- Cannon Point (West)
- Shree Datta Mandir, Gharapuri (South)
- Gaondevi Temple (South)
- Someshwar Mandir (South)
Mumbai Art Day (Day 1 of More Such Days Hopefully, But No Promises)
|Place||Admission Times||Price||When Closed||Address/Photo OK?/Interesting Details|
|Jehangir Art Gallery||11 a.m to 7 p.m.||?||?||161 KALAGHODA|
|Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu
Sangrahalaya (Prince of Wales Museum)
|10:15 a.m. to 6 p.m.|| Museum Entry for Foreign Adult: ₹500 (? $)
Mumbai Experience Documentary Foreign Adult: ₹50
Mobile Phone Photography Pass: ₹100
Audio Guide: Complimentary
|Only Closed on Certain Holidays||159-161 Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai|
|National Gallery of Modern Art||11 a.m. to 6 p.m.||Foreign Visitor: ₹500 (? $)||Mondays||Sir Cowasji Jahangir Public HallM G Road, Fort Mumba|
|Leopold Cafe||7:30 a.m. to Midnight||Menu|| S.B. Singh Road,
*Current exchange rate: $1 = ₹67.8209 (Rupees)
Afghan Church: open Sunday 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
All this other stuff will have to wait:
- Shree Siddhivinajak Temple
- Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus
- Kanheri Caves
- Haji Ali Dargah
- Mahalaksmi Temple
- Babulnath Temple
- Global Vipassana Pagoda (you have to take your passport)
- Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum
- Walkeshwar Temple
- Chanderi Caves
- Nehru Science Center
- Mahakali Caves
- Mani Bharan (National Gandhi Museum)
- Mumba Devi Temple
- Sanjay Gandhi National Park
- National Center of Performing Arts