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Elephanta Festival is a unique blend of classical and contemporary dance & music performances. This event is organised at Elephanta Caves in Navi Mumbai by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC).

Celebrated in the month of February every year the main aim of this event is to promote Maharashtra Tourism, honour the Indian culture and revive its significance. The Elephanta Island, where this event is held is a small island known for its unique heritage. Initially, this place was known as Gharapuri. The word Gharapuri in its essence means 'peaceful living space for Lord Shiva'. 

Elephanta Caves - Where this Event is Held

This event is held at Elephanta Caves. These caves are also a UNESCO World Heritage Site containing a collection of various Monolithic Temples. It is believed that the name 'Elephanta Caves' was given by the Portuguese as they had found a carved elephant on a rock here. The first Elephanta Festival was started in the year 1989.

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Major Attractions of Elephanta Festival

1. Folk Dance. The festival starts with a folk dance performance. It is performed by a group of fishermen while they sing their folk songs. 

2. Classical Music & Dance. The stage is also graced by talented artists who have achieved mastery in Indian classical dance and music including various classical dance forms such as Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and many more.

3. Bollywood. Several singers from Bollywood can be seen at the festival performing their chartbuster songs to entertain the audience. Many artists like Rahul Despande, Kailash Kher have performed at the Elephanta Festival over time.

4. Illuminated Maheshmurti. There is a huge temple of Lord Shiva showcasing its incredible architecture. During the onset of this event, the idol of Maheshmurti is illuminated in the cave. Witnessing this idol is an experience worth remembering.

5. Local Market. Once you are done exploring the festival, you can head towards the local market for shopping. The market consists of several shops containing handicrafts, gift items and so much more.

How to Reach

Mumbai is an interesting urban travel getaway where one can hope to witness a wide variety of festivals, events along with travel getaways. From Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bengaluru you will need to cover a total distance of 1,416 km, 710 km, 2,219 km, and 984 km respectively. Let’s see how you can reach Mumbai by the following routes. 

By Air. The Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport (BOM) formerly known as the Sahara International Airport is the major airport serving Mumbai and nearby areas. After Delhi, this airport is known to be the 2nd busiest airport and handles domestic as well as international traffic. 

If we consider the statistics of 2017, then Mumbai Airport was considered as the 28th busiest airport in terms of overall traffic. 

Various airlines like Spicejet, Air Asia, IndiGo and Go Air operate to and fro Mumbai with good connectivity. While deboarding at the airport, it is important to know that it has two terminals. 

Yes, Terminal 1 stands for the domestic terminal. This terminal is alternatively known as the Santa Cruz Airport. 

The second terminal is called the terminal 2 is majorly known for handling the international flights to and fro Mumbai Airport. 

On a yearly basis, this terminal is known for handling 40 million passengers (approx figure). Here is how you can reach Mumbai by air.

  1. Delhi - Board AirAsia, IndiGo, Spicejet, Go Air from Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,000
  2. Indore - Board Air India, IndiGo, Air Asia, Go Air, Vistara from Indore Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,000.
  3. Lucknow - Board Go Air, Air India, IndiGo from Lucknow Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.4,000
  4. Surat - Board Spicejet, IndiGo, Air India from Surat Airport. The airfares are starting from Rs.3,000

After you deboard at the airport, you will need to take a cab or some other means of transportation to reach Gateway of India, Navi Mumbai. From here you will need to buy ferry tickets to reach the island. The tickets are available in Economy and Deluxe. The journey via sea can take you about an hour to reach here.

By Road. If you want you can also give travelling via road a shot. Yes, as the road networks connecting Mumbai are mostly well-maintained, thus, depending upon your location you can easily visit here. 

  1. Pune - 150 km via Mumbai-Pune Highway
  2. Nashik - 165 km via NH160 
  3. Ratnagiri - 454 km via NH66 or Nh48
  4. Goa - 582 km via NH48 

You can also consider travelling via interstate buses to reach Mumbai. Yes, the Mumbai Central Bus Station is the primary bus terminus situated in the centre of Mumbai. From this terminus, buses (luxury, semi-luxury, passenger or express) of MSRTC (Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation) operate to and fro at a fairly regular basis.    

After entering Mumbai, you will need to buy ferry tickets (Economy and Deluxe) from Gateway of India, Navi Mumbai. The journey via sea can take you about an hour to reach here.

By Train. The city of Mumbai is well-linked by a very prominent network of railway lines. If you are someone coming from Central, Western or Eastern parts of Mumbai, then you should deboard at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus. 

However, if you are coming from the northern side then you must consider deboarding at the Mumbai Central Station. After deboarding, you will need to cover the remaining distance via some means of public transportation like a cab, bus, auto or metro to reach Gateway of India. From there, you will need to purchase ferry tickets for the island.

  1. Delhi -  Take Mumbai Rajdhani and deboard at the Mumbai Central 
  2. Hyderabad - Board Rajkot Express or Konark Express via Secunderabad Junction 
  3. Visakhapatnam - Board Konark Express via Visakhapatnam railway station

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  • Maharashtra
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    13 February 2020 - 15 February 2020

  • Venue

    Elephanta Caves

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