This appeared in the July/August 2017 issue.
The rock-cut temples of Elephanta Island, located 10 kilometers (six miles) east of Mumbai, are a marvel. Constructed around the 8th to 9th century C.E., this UNESCO World Heritage Site consists of a labyrinth of huge chambers sculpted out of solid rock. Inside are magnificent stone carvings, including a six-meter-high (20-foot-high) statue of Trimurti, a three-headed image of the Hindu god Shiva. Catch a morning ferry from the Gateway of India—it takes about an hour—and wear comfortable shoes.