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St. Helena

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-Abu Dhabi



Mumbai (Bombay), India-port

Mumbai, formerly known as Bombay, is the capital of the Indian state of Maharashtra and the most populous city in the world. This bustling city offers a seemingly endless array of sights and cultural activities, and is the commercial and entertainment capital of India. Mumbai is home to India’s Hindi film and television industry, known as “Bollywood.” Mumbai is also one of the few cities that accommodates a national park, the Sanjay Gandhi National Park, within its city limits.

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Below is a list of those shore excursions previously offered in this port. For information on which shore excursions will be offered on a particular cruise, please reference the specific itinerary of that cruise.

Free Excursions

Regent Choice Excursions

  • Light Activity /Walking Light Activity /Walking
  • Seated Tour Seated Tour
  • Moderate Activity/Walking Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Most Active or Strenuous Most Active or Strenuous
  • Minimal Activity Required Minimal Activity Required
  • Regent Choice Regent Choice
  • Gourmet Explorer Gourmet Explorer
  • Meal Meal
  • Evening Tour Evening Tour
  • Elephanta Caves
    Most Active or Strenuous
  • Executive Collection Full Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Full Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Car
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Minibus
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Executive Collection Half Day Van
    Seated TourRegent Choice
  • Highlights of Mumbai
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Jewish Chronicles of India
    Moderate Activity/Walking
  • Mumbai By Lights
    Light Activity /WalkingEvening Tour
  • Mumbai By Lights With Dinner
    Light Activity /WalkingRegent ChoiceMealEvening Tour
  • Old Mumbai
    Moderate Activity/WalkingRegent ChoiceMeal
  • Religious Beats
    Moderate Activity/WalkingMeal

Elephanta Caves

Most Active or Strenuous

Duration: 5 hours

Tour Code: MUM-002

Departing from the Gateway of India, travel by motor launch nine nautical miles across Mumbai Harbour to the lush green Gharapuri Island. The island resembles twin hillocks rising from the sea, with the caves located halfway up the higher of the two. Carved out of solid basalt rock, the caves represent Mount Kailash, the heavenly mountain residence of Lord Shiva. Enjoy a transfer to the base of the Elephanta Hill, and then climb the stepped path to the caves. Explore the exceptional 7th-century rock-cut temples of Elephanta Caves. This splendid cave complex is a collection of shrines, courtyards, grand halls and porticos, filled with exquisite stone sculptures and reliefs of Hindu Gods and Goddesses. Once known as Gharapuri, or the Fortress City, the Portuguese renamed the island Elephanta after discovering a large stone elephant statue near the shore. At the entrance to the caves is the famous Trimurti, or the celebrated trinity of Elephanta: Lord Brahma, the Creator; Lord Vishnu, the preserver; and Lord Shiva, the Destroyer. Unfortunately, many of the sculptures inside were damaged by the Portuguese who took potshots at the Hindu Gods with their rifles, but the sublime beauty of the caves remains. The site resonates with the spiritual energy of India, and was designated a World Heritage Site in 1987. Following your visit, proceed downhill to the tram. Your boat will be waiting for your trip back to Mumbai.

Please note: This tour entails a short walk up numerous steps. A limited number of palanquins or sedan chairs are available at Elephanta Island, but their use is in no way encouraged or sanctioned by RSSC. Rubber-soled shoes are recommended.