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Tours Of Cause: If you are looking for a personalized walking tour experience with a small group of like-minded individuals, then Tours Of Cause is just the right thing for you. These aren't your usual run-of-the-mill sightseeing tours or heritage walks for the time-starved tourist but are lengthier in format and substance. These tours are specially designed for sensitive, aware and responsible individuals who wish to know 'more'.
Tours Of Cause guarantees finer details that include social issues affecting locals of the particular zone in addition to the history and heritage of the zone. DraftCraft International is committed to working with local communities on issues of social and legal reach and funds generated from Tours Of Cause are directed towards legal aid and social welfare of these communities. Some of DraftCraft's popular tours in Mumbai include a flagship 'The Terror Trail' and unique tours of Sassoon Docks, Banganga, Worli Koliwada, Elephanta Island, Sewri, Salt Pans, Gateway of India, etc.
A Trip To Elephanta Island: A trip to Mumbai is incomplete without a visit to the most interesting Elephanta Island, located 10 km from mainland Mumbai. The ferry ride from Gateway of India, the icon of Indo-Saracenic style of architecture, to the island is an adventure in itself. The island harbors 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 suggests 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-meter-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.
- Visit to Gateway of India - Ferry Ride to Elephanta Island - Walking Tour of Elephanta Island - Tour of 6th Century Elephanta Caves - Centuries-old History of the Island and Caves - Portuguese History - Visit to the Village on Elephanta Island - Community Interaction - Expert Talk - Snacks, Beverage and Lunch
Cost Includes: Round-trip Ferry Ride Fee from Gateway of India + Train Ride Fee + Island Entry Fee+ Cave Entry Fee
Duration: Approximately 4 hours, preferably morning Meeting Point: Outside Police Chowky at Gateway of India, Mumbai Tours Of Cause are curated for smaller groups for personalized attention and better interaction. These tours can be entirely customized. We could conduct a tour exclusively for a couple or a small group of friends or family on a desirable day/date (separate charges will apply)
Where Does The Money Go? DraftCraft International is a global policy research and analysis legal think tank that works primarily in the area of social justice across borders, communities, and tribes. DraftCraft is not an NGO, funds are self-generated and all income is taxed in full. Funds generated from the event are directed towards pro bono activities in the respective area - legal aid camps, educational workshops, community welfare initiatives, women empowerment programmes, films to spread knowledge, documentation of cultures and practices, etc. If you are interested in VOLUNTEERING, you may contact us and we would love to meet you.
Terms and Conditions: - All payments are to be made in Indian Rupees (INR) and in advance. - Charges for the event are non-refundable and non-transferable. - Charges for the event are indicative and likely to change depending on the customizations involved. - Bookings for an event have to be made at least 12 hours before the start of the event. - It is mandatory to carry an official Photo ID on the person and in original (Aadhar Card, PAN Card, Passport). - DraftCraft will take a copy of the Photo ID at the start of the event for police verification purposes. - DraftCraft reserves the Right To Admission and Expulsion of the participant(s) to maintain law and order. - A loss by any damage to property will have to be compensated for by the participant(s) responsible. - DraftCraft is not responsible for any unforeseen loss or injury or damage brought to a participant or his belongings. - Smoking or consuming alcohol (without requisite permit and permission) is strictly prohibited during the event. - The organizer retains the rights to photograph participants during the event and use them in media/social media. - By registering for the event, you undertake that you accept all conditions. - All visuals are indicative and used for representational purpose only.