Elephanta Caves or the caves on the Elephanta Island however be the way you want to put it, it undoubtedly deserves to be named as the most significant place in Mumbai to demand attention equally from tourists, heritage lovers, students, artists and researchers. These great stone curved sculptures that date back more than 5000 years BC already made the island a world heritage site recognized by the UNESCO. It would not be just a flattery if we tell that here time stopped for thousands of years and to be lost in the great aura of primitive expression of art there is no better place than this. There are in total 7 caves among which 5 are dedicated to Shiva and the sculptures and stone carvings are of Hindu religious tradition, while other two consists of Buddhist mythical depictions and great statues of Lord Buddha. The sculptures and craved stone works would make you stupefied with sublime feeling of great time that elapsed in human history. Elephanta just is not one of the most popular tourist places in Mumbai but being located a mere 10 kilometers away from the main city it is undoubtedly the jewel of Mumbai, only a little sidestepped.