Mumbai, India Part II

Apr 13, 2013

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One of my favorite parts of Mumbai was when we hopped onto a ferry and went to Elephanta Island- an island that held thousand year old caves like a well kept secret until the sea levels went down and unearthed them.  The amazing thing about these caves is that back in the 5th century they were carved out into temples and shrines for Shiva, and have statues of deities that are bigger than houses. It was so surreal staring up into their faces and knowing that countless of people before me had stood in that same spot and done that same thing for hundreds and hundreds of years.  It was a beautiful feeling.
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There were so many monkeys there that tried to steal bottles of water right out of your hand!
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Locals
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Shiva, the god of destruction
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Here you can see how the cave was carved out. That greenery at the top is grass, so they dug down into the ground to create this!
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Being nosy
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Aaaand back to the train station! (Yes, this is a train station- crayzay).  After three days of exploring Mumbai and all of its treasures, we're next off to Aurangabad to poke around more ancient temples and caves! Stay tuned.
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To read about my adventures there, check out my posts HEREHERE, and HERE!

Also, I added a bunch of summer dresses to my vintage shop, Bear and Twine! Check them out HERE.


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34 comments :

  1. Oh snap, you got to go in a chaitya! That's awesome. We learned about those in one of my Art History classes, and I loved everything about India. Too neat!

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  2. awesome pictures...looks like an incredible experience!!!

    -Chymere
    Anais

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  3. What an interesting post- especially for me as I've never been! Great shit if the locals! I'm your new follower

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  4. Um...I want to go there. Now.
    SUCH beautiful pictures! And what a cool adventure.
    Isn’t That Charming.

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  5. Keep these India posts coming Marlen! I've gotten lost scrolling through each one, just imagining I'm in India. Ah, its so amazing :) I love that photo of the local women!

    Trendy Teal

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  6. Blimey!

    How freaking amazing is that?! Visiting ancient caves! It looks absolutely incredible.

    I need to visit Mumbai, I usually stay in the north when I visit. But mainly because my family are nearby.

    The last picture of the train bought the memories back. Sleeper trains are awful! Ha! TI'd always find cockroaches walking all over the walls, I'd actually hid my face under a scarf, LOL!

    Halima

    xx

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  7. I would love to visit mumbai some day. your photos are beautiful.

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  8. Many thanks for this great impressions again! The carvings are unbelievable ...

    xx from Bavaria, Rena

    www.dressedwithsoul.blogspot.de

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  9. Marlen, such great photos of India! I loved this part 2. That photo of the monkey's trying to steal water bottles hehe too cute. So cool that place has a lot of caves. I want to go to India one day! Thanks for sharing and have a good weekend xo

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  10. wow girl this place is amazing & you got some incredible shots of it!! so crazy they dug way into the ground. I just asked on your written post if you'd share pics, so glad I didn't have too wait long : ) the pic of the locals is so cool too.
    http://dusanabotswana.com/

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  11. Oh wow! Those cave/temples are absolutely amazing!

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  12. oh my!! gorgeous pics!! im sure its so nice to see this place in real life.

    tnx so much for stoppin by at my spot, wanna follow? let me know, will follow back! =)

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  13. Beautiful photos! I want to visit India someday :)

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  14. Your wonderful images of Mumbai bring back such great memories, what a fascinating city and culture!

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  15. i am dying to go to india!!!

    xx.M
    www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

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  16. Thanks for your lovely comment! These pictures are gorgeous... I would love to visit India one day!

    xo, alison*elle

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  17. super great shots!

    claireteressa.blogspot.com

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  18. Wow! What an amazing travel! I have always wanted to visit India! It's so misteryous and fascinatig :) I follow your blog immediately via GFC and bloglovin(because GFC will be switched off on july 1st)! Hope you'll do the same!

    xoxo

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  19. Amazing photos!

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  20. Those caves are so fascinating! I love stuff like that. And it must've been so amazing to stand and be somewhere that has so much history to it. It's like being able to walk into the past, if only for a moment.

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  21. great place !! nice shoot and visiting

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  22. Thank you for your good luck wishes.
    These Indian women are dressed so colourfully!
    Enjoy rhe rest of your trip!

    xx
    me-travelleroftheworld.blogspot.com

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  23. Such a lovely post, I like these pictures so much! :)

    Visit my blog? xx Miss Beatrix (http://missbeatrix.blogspot.com)

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  24. such a different culture, a different history! lovely photos!

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  25. OH my goodness - these photos are amazing and I'm so excited that you got to check out Elephanta Island :) Truly mysterious and beautiful!!!

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  26. This is SO incredible and makes me want to travel to Mumbai as well. I've never thought of it as a vacation destination, but it is just absolutely beautiful. Culturally as well as aesthetically.

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  27. Looks like you had an amazing time, I would love to go to India! Lucky lady...thanks for the comment on my blog xx

    UnderneathTheLights

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  28. Mumbai looks so amazing and so different. I would love to visit there some day. Love your photos!

    Rebecca
    www.winnipegstyle.ca

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  29. What awesome pictures. India is number one on my "must travel to" list so I'm loving this inside look!

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  30. you visited great places, loved these pictures!

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  31. Mumbai looks incredible!! So jealous you've been!
    Following you now on bloglovin', would love a follow back ;)
    x
    www.kateyesstyle.com

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  32. Great pics! Thanks for sharing those amazing impressions!

    xoxo, Nina
    www.my-style-diary.com

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