Elephanta Island is located 10 km east of the city of Mumbai. Ferries to the island are available from Gateway of India starting from 9 am until 5pm. The journey from Gateway to the Island takes about an hour. To reach the mainland, you can either walk or take the toy train operated by Maharashtra Tourism. If you walk from the dockyard towards the village you can see various food stalls. There is an ascent of around 100 stairs from the village, which you can cover by walking or riding in a Palki (palanquine) - an ancient Indian way of carrying people. The stairway to the caves is lined with stalls selling different types of kitsch.