Elephanta Island, Mumbai, India

I have time to kill today. I am catching the night train to Goa, and my bag is stored at the hotel. I catch the ferry from the Gateway of India to Elephanta Island.

Information: Elephant Island is a 1 hour ferry ride from Mumbai. The island is home to magnificent rock-cut temples depicting many Hindu gods. Little is known about their origins, but they are thought to have been created between AD450 and 750.

The ferry ride is relaxing and passes quickly. We dock at the island and I walk through to the temples. I didn’t really know what to expect, but am amazed at what I find. The temples are huge and must have required a significant amount of work. I wander around and they heat is exhausting.

I pass a couple of young British lads, and one asks if I am famous!

On my return to the boat I stop for a lassi and Masala Dosa, both of which are great and very cheap. The British lads also stop at the same place and we chat for a bit. They are worried about finding somewhere to stay in Goa. I am not as I won’t be going to the busy party places.

On the ferry ride back to the Gateway of India a Indian man comes over and asks I am from the US. We chat for a long while about many things. He is a doctor from the US, having moved there from India when he was in his early twenties. He and his wife, also from India, come back every year. It was really nice talking to him.

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