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Elephanta Caves, Mumbai

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The continuous tradition of Buddhist rock-cut dwellings and 'Chaityas' find their prime example in the magnificient rock cut caves of Elephanta. It was between 533-566 AD that these splendid caves were carved from the rock face. These temples lie nine kilometers north-east from Apollo Bunder. They are one of Mumbai's most famous tourist attractions. Elephanta Islands, in earlier days was called Gharapuri-the fortress city. It was named as Elephanta by the Portugese, after they saw a large stone elephant on its shore. The best time to visit is the weekdays, since the weekends are usually jam-packed.