Journey into history in this fascinating excursion to one of the most remarkable spots in the world--the Elephanta caves off the shores of Mumbai, India, with exotic rock carvings dating to the 7th century.
The film begins in the city of Mumbai, India, near the Gateway of India, a monument to the visit, in 1911, of the monarchs of the British Empire. After dwelling on some of the intriguing sights at the harbor, we board a ferry headed for the Elephanta Island, about a couple of hours journey from the shore. We arrive at the island and make a steep trek up the hillside to the Elephanta caves - a series of pillared hallways carved out of mountain caves with breathtaking sculptures dating back to the 7th century A.D. The caves also contain shrines dedicated to the Hindu deity Shiva and are remarkable for their ethereal, atmospheric beauty. We dwell on the sculptures and carvings and on the natural beauty of the surroundings. We check out the antics of monkeys outside the caves, who prove to be one of many tourist attractions at the caves. We reflect on the fleeting accomplishments of a lost civilization and the inexorable passage of time, all to the accompaniment of some moody, atmospheric... Written by