Mumbai, famously known as the ‘City of Dreams’, is also a city of ‘firsts’. Having gained its fair share of fame by being the first city in the country to have a railway line, the first 5-star hotel, the first civil airport and the first monorail, Mumbai is all set to astound locals and visitors with a newly opened, first-of-its-kind 8 kilometer long ropeway which will also be the longest in the country. It will connect the heart of Mumbai city with the picturesque Elephanta Island which lies in the Arabian Sea.
Up until now, the only way to reach Elephanta Island (which got its name from Portuguese explorers) was through an hour-long ferry ride starting at the Gateway of India. The Mumbai Port Trust looks to bring about a change to this routine by choosing to go ‘aerial’. With cable-cars that can accommodate up to 20 persons, supplemented by a transit station en route, the ropeway is sure to end up a breathtaking experience for tourists. Boasting mesmerizing views (of the Mumbai Trans Harbour Link, the mangrove communities, and the mudflats on the east coast), this activity is expected to become a huge draw amongst photography enthusiasts. Adding to that, the transit station will be equipped with an observation deck, hanging restaurants with glass floors, and even an entertainment arena.
Commencing at the Sewri Fort that overlooks the Mumbai Harbour, the cable-car ride is said to last about 40 minutes, culminating at the Raigad district on Elephanta Island.
Now deemed a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Elephanta Island is well-known for its exquisite collection of cave temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, called the Elephanta Caves, which feature sculptures cut out of basalt rock. The caves clearly indicate a harmonious amalgamation of Hindu and Buddhist religious ideals, and continue to attract visitors all year round.
All we’ve got to say is if you haven’t planned a trip to Mumbai yet, here’s one more solid reason to!