Maharashtra’s Impressive Elephanta Caves

My search for an attractive tourist destination in Mumbai ended when a friend of mine suggested me to visit Maharashtra’s famous Elephanta Caves – a UNESCO World Heritage site, which draws thousands of tourists everyday.

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Surrounded by thick forest and Arabian Sea, the caves are divided in two parts – an array five caves and two Buddhist caves.

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Perched on Elephanta Island, the collection of rock art is believed to be built during the mid-fifth to sixth centuries AD. According to Archaeological Survey Of India, a number of dynasties, including Chalukyas of Badami and Yadavas of Deogiri had their control over this majestic place.

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Among all the caves, Cave 1 turned out to be impressive. The main cave includes Andhakasuravada murti, Nataraja; Kalyanasundara murti and Gangadhara murti.
In my opinion, the Elephanta Caves is a must place to visit for those who admire ancient art and architectures.

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Exploring the entire place takes almost 1 and ½ hours. Elephanta Caves is just 10 kilometer away from the famous Gateway of India. The boat services for this place start at around 9am.

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Few Hours At Amer Fort

A trip to Jaipur is incomplete without a visit to Amer Fort. Situated on a hill, this spectacular fort is known as for its intricate Hindu style design and marvellous architecture. According to historians, Amer Fort, which is also known as Amer Palace, was the residence of the Rajput Maharajas and their families.

Along with Jaigarh Fort, this grand palace is situated above on the Cheel ka Teela (Hill of Eagles) of the same Aravalli range of hills.

Amer Fort and Jaigarh Fort, the two places are considered one complex, as both are linked with a subterranean passage.

I really liked both the places and clicked a lot of images. In 2013, Amer Fort was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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