Travel through the sands of time on this exclusive cruise with world renowned Egyptologist, Dr. Hawas.
Considered one of the top 10 sacred caves in the world by National Geographic, India's Elephanta Caves are truly a mesmerizing site. Chiseled by hundreds of people during the sixth century, this awe-inspiring Hindu temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. The Elephanta Caves were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987 and have since attracted tens of thousands of visitors, many of whom are taking a tour of India.
As the most popular attraction on Gharapuri Island, the Elephanta Caves are spread out over roughly 60,000 square feet. After years of dedicated work, sculptors managed to carve out numerous figures representing Lord Shiva in his three forms - creator, protector and destroyer.
In the main cave, 26 pillars representing varying forms of Lord Shiva support the entire compound while hundreds of other Hindu engravings line the wall. Throughout the compound, visitors on India tours will have the opportunity to take photos of countless reliefs and statues, but should be respectful of the spiritual nature of the area and refrain from using flash photography.
Perhaps the most impressive of all the sculptures is the Trimurti - a three-headed idol of the Hindu deities Brahma, Vishnu and Ganesha. Towering more than 20 feet high, this elaborate relief is of jaw-dropping beauty and has managed to withstand the test of time for more than a millennium. Although the caves were once painted brilliant hues, only traces of their former color remains. The elements and wartime have done little to no damage to these ancient ruins.
(Jerusalem, Tel Aviv)
Premium tour with five star luxury. Explore Jerusalem's Old City, New City, Dead Sea and Masada, Nazareth, Tel Aviv, Haifa and the coastline with your own private vehicle driver and guide.
(Jerusalem, Dead Sea, Tiberias, Tel Aviv)
Israel is an exceptional country, known by millions around the world as ‘the Holy Land’. Walk in the footsteps of Jesus in this Christian focused tour. Includes private transfers to/from Tel Aviv international airport. Relax with the comfort of 24/7 local support.
The mystique of Cairo’s Pyramids and Egyptian National Museum all revealed by private guide. Cruise down the Nile on an exploration of Aswan, Edfu and Luxor. Book this Kensington classic itinerary as is by December 15th, for travel anytime before the end of May 2015, and save $1000 per couple!
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