HeritageWalks

A Trip To Elephanta: UNESCO World Heritage Site (Heritage Walk)
Witness the Grandeur of Three-headed Shiva amidst Rock-cut Caves 
Walking Tour of Elephanta Island + Tour of Elephanta Caves + Centuries-old History of the Island and Caves + Island Village Visit + Community Interaction + Snacks + Tea/Coffee + Gateway of India Visit + Expert Talk


A trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a visit to the most interesting Elephanta Island, located 10 kms from mainland Mumbai. The island harbours the world-famous Elephanta Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves have sculptures of Lord Shiva cut from solid rock. What many people don't know is that the island is home to three villages at its base with a rich cultural past. Archaeological evidence suggest human settlement as old as 2nd century BC!

The Portuguese invaders named the island 'Elephanta' because of a large stone elephant they found at the base of the island. Locally and historically known as Gharapuri or 'city of caves', Elephanta is a treasure of centuries-old ancient archaeological remains, most of which were destroyed by the Portuguese who damaged or destroyed most of the Hindu gods carved structure by using them for target practice. The main highlight of the caves being the seven-metre-high statue of Lord Shiva 'Sadashiva' dominating the space. Most caves house statues of Hindu gods. The labyrinth of rock-cut cave temples with the carvings are some of the finest and most impressive in the country.

WHAT YOU WILL DO:
- Enjoy the ferry ride in Arabian Sea from Mumbai harbour to Elephanta Island
- Explore the 6th century Elephanta Caves and rock-cut sculptures
- Learn about the history of the caves and the island, a UNESCO World  Heritage Site
- Learn what the Portuguese did to the island's iconic 'elephant' stone statue
- Get a chance to visit the village at the base of the island
- Experience the culture and lives of the inhabitants
- Learn about the villagers' issues
- See Gateway of India and its Indo-saracenic style of architecture
- Meet and Network with like-minded individuals
- Take Photographs and Selfies at the centuries-old ancient site and Capture Heritage Digitally
- Make memories of a lifetime

WHEN: EVERY SUNDAY (12 pm - 5 pm) till 30 June 2018

COST: Rs 2,450/- per person (both Indian and Foreign Nationals) - Introductory Offer

COST INCLUDES: Walking Tour of Elephanta Island + Tour of Elephanta Caves + Centuries-old History of the Island and Caves + Island Village Visit + Community Interaction + Snacks + Tea/Coffee + Gateway of India Visit + Expert Talk + Round-trip Ferry Ticket from Mumbai to Elephanta Island + Elephanta Island Entry Fee + Toy Train Fee

HIGHLIGHTS:
- The Tour can be customised as per personal requirements for e.g. We could conduct a tour exclusively for a couple or a small group of friends or family on ANOTHER day/date

ITINERARY:
11:45 am - Meet at Gateway of India, Mumbai
12:00 pm - Board a Ferry to Elephanta Island
01:00 pm - Tour of Elephanta Island begins (Toy Train from Jetty to ticket counter)
01:15 pm - Group starts walking up to the caves
01:30 pm - Tour of the caves begins
02:00 pm - Cave tour ends
02:15 pm - Group walks down from the caves and rests for 15 minutes
02:30 pm - Tour of the village begins
03:30 pm - Village tour ends. Snacks and Tea/Coffee
04:00 pm - Group boards a ferry from Elephanta Island to mainland Mumbai (Gateway of India)
05:00 pm - Arrival at Gateway of India. End of Tour.

MEETING POINT: Outside Police Chowky at Gateway of India, Mumbai

IMPORTANT INSTRUCTIONS:
- Participants must REGISTER IN ADVANCE, to reserve a spot on the Tour
- Spots will be given on a 'First Come First Serve' basis
- All Registrations close by 6 pm Friday for the subsequent Sunday Tour
- Payments have to be made IN FULL IN ADVANCE, at the time of registration
- Carry an Official Photo ID (Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Driving Licence or Passport)
- Photo ID will be checked before the start of the Tour
- Wear comfortable Clothing and Cap or Sunshades, if you need
- Wear Sports Shoes as the tour will involve substantial walking
- Bring a Camera if you want to shoot
- Carry your own Water (you will be able to buy water at the site)
- If you have a medical condition, please carry the necessary Medicines

TO REGISTER:
Email events@draftcraft.in or Call/WhatsApp at 8080441593, after which availability and payment information will be provided.

PAYMENT MODES:
1) Cash - You could make a cash payment, in full and in advance, at DraftCraft - The Mumbai Studio located in Colaba (See Map).

2) Paytm or FreeCharge - You could make the payment through Paytm or FreeCharge, in full and in advance, by transferring the amount to the number - 8080441593 (DraftCraft International)

3) Online Funds Transfer - You could process the payment, in full and in advance, by making a Fund Transfer through NetBanking or adding DraftCraft HDFC Bank Current Account as a beneficiary. Details are given below:

Name of Bank - HDFC Bank Ltd
Current Account No - 00852560000890
Name of Account Holder - DraftCraft
IFSC Code: HDFC0000085

IMPORTANT - After making payment by Paytm OR FreeCharge OR Online Funds Transfer, confirm payment by sending (through WhatsApp) a snapshot of the transaction to 8080441593. Following this, DraftCraft will confirm receipt of payment by way of SMS or WhatsApp message.

- Like Elephanta Island Facebook Page to get regular updates on activities and events at Elephanta Island

HEAD OFFICE ADDRESS:
DraftCraft - The Mumbai Studio
7/A Sukh Niwas, Ground Floor,
Third Pasta Lane, Colaba (Landmark Colaba Market),
Mumbai - 400005
Phone: 8080441593 / 022-22841593
Email: contact@draftcraft.in
Click here to see DraftCraft on Google Maps

WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?
DraftCraft is an international think tank that works primarily in the area of social justice. DraftCraft is not an NGO and all income is taxed in full. Funds generated from the event are directed towards pro bono activities in the respective site such as legal aid camps, workshops for awareness and education, community welfare and women empowerment initiatives, films produced to spread knowledge, document culture and practices, etc.

DraftCraft organises Walking Tours, Heritage Walks, Photo-Walks, Film Screenings and Expert Talks on heritage sites across India under the DraftCraft Heritage Project. You may visit www.draftcraft.in for an insight into DraftCraft's wide range of activities and works.

DraftCraft works on a wide range of issues of social justice across borders, communities and tribes. If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING, you may contact us on 8080441593 or email at contact@draftcraft.in and we would love to meet you.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:
- All payments are to be made in Indian Rupees (INR).
- Payments need to be made in advance, after confirmation of availability.
- Any Change or Cancellation will be accommodated ONLY in advance.
- For Change of Date, there will be no refund and the next available slot will be allotted if the request is made 24 hours before the start of the event.
- Any Cancellation till 48 hours before the start of the event may be accommodated and a 75 per cent refund of the registration fee will be made. Cancellation requests after this time will not be adjusted
- Participants are advised to stay with the group and follow instructions provided during the tour or event to avoid any mishap or loss.
- Concurrently, should any damage to property occur, the loss will have to be compensated for by the participant(s) responsible.
- Neither is DraftCraft or any of DraftCraft's management or volunteers responsible for any unforeseen loss or injury or damage brought to a participant's personal belongings or personal vehicle during the tour.
- All disputes are subject to Mumbai jurisdiction only and will be dealt with through Arbitration, Conciliation and Mediation only.
- DraftCraft reserves the right to admission and expulsion of participant(s) for benefit of group members, law and order or for any reason following failure to resolve an issue. In such situation, no refund shall be provided.
- It is mandatory to disclose any personal medical conditions so that prior arrangements can be made.
- Smoking or consuming alcohol (without requisite permit and permission) is strictly prohibited during field trips or tours, particularly in public places.
- By registering for the event, you undertake that you accept all conditions and pre-requisites unless refuted and communicated in writing.
- If any participant is found violating the rules, DraftCraft reserves all rights to remove the participant from the group. In such a situation, no refund shall be provided.

NOTE: All visuals are indicative and used for representational purpose only.