Mumbai: Elephanta festival to shift to island from Gateway of India

Mumbai: The Elephanta Festival, which was shifted to Gateway of India after 2008 terror attacks, will be shifted to the island from this year. Tourism Minister of state Jaykumar Rawal said the 29th two-day Elephanta Festival, beginning January 27, will be held on the island again.

The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) is also working on a tie-up between hospitality provider Airbnb and locals for offering home-stay to tourists visiting the Elephanta Caves island located in Mumbai Harbour. The Caves are declared a heritage site by the UNESCO and protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Mumbaikars have a bittersweet feeling about the festival having moved back to the island.

“Many people could not travel by ferry for over an hour to reach the destination. It was endearing to see all the talent at a place which was manageable by senior citizens as well,” said Kunjbihari Lalwani, a 66-year-old Girgaon resident who attended the festival last year. Elephanta festival is organized by MTDC to promote Mumbai tourism and culture. The festival encompasses classical dances, plays, skits and instrumental and vocal recitals. The Elephanta fest will comprise activities like treasure hunt, contests, art, dance and music performances.

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