What is The Best/Fastest Way to Reach Mandapeshwar Caves from Andheri (West)?

I started my journey to Mandapeshwar Caves from Lower Oshiwara Metro Station (near Infiniti Mall, Andheri West).

Purchased to and fro tickets to Mandapeshwar Metro Station.

Ticket Price – Rs. 60. One-way ticket is Rs. 30.

The journey time from Lower Oshiwara Metro Station to Mandapeshwar Metro Station was of 30 minutes.

It was a working day still the metro was not crowded. It was a comfortable journey having a seat till the destination was reached.

From Mandapeshwar Metro Station I walked, followed Google Maps and within 20 minutes I was at the caves.

If you wish to reach via bicycle then at the entrance of Mandapeshwar Metro Station you will find MYBYK.

Mandapeshwar Caves is situated at the back side of Our Lady Of Immaculate Conception Church.

Another landmark is St. Francis D’Assisi High School.

Conclusion: Metro I found the Best/Fastest Way to Reach Mandapeshwar Caves from Andheri (West).

Auto Fare: Ambernath Railway Station to 11th-Century Shiv Mandir (to-and-fro)

Auto fare (solo) from Ambernath Railway Station to 11th-Century Shiv Mandir I paid Rs. 40.

And while returning I paid Rs. 20 only as an auto fare (sharing) till Ambernath Railway Station.

The distance between Ambernath Railway Station till 11th-Century Shiv Mandir is approx. 2+ km.

FYI: 11th-Century Shiv Mandir is on the eastern side of the Ambernath Railway Station.

At Shivaji Chowk (near Ambernath Railway Station) I visited Mahima Dosa Plaza (a kiosk) and had delicious Medu Vada. Rs. 30 – The cost.

How much Time MSRTC Bus take to Reach Andheri East (Mumbai Suburbs) from Alibag?

I book MSRTC Ordinary Non AC Seater Bus tickets (Alibag to Andheri East) via redBus.

  • I board the bus from Alibag Bus Stand at 9:10 am.
  • At 10:10 am we reached Vadkhal S. T. Depot. The bus stopped for 2 minutes.
  • Reached Pen at 10:25 am. The bus stoppage was of 5 minutes.
  • At 11:15 am we reached Panvel.
  • Reached Godrej RKS (RK Studios), Chembur at 12:25 noon.
  • Finally, at 13:10 pm we reached Gundavali, Andheri East.

Approximately the bus from Alibag to Gundavali, Andheri East took 4 hours.

The road condition is OK except for road repair work going on at Vadkhal.

The bus condition and the bus driver were excellent with his driving skills.

Thoroughly enjoyed the bus journey.

How much Time MSRTC Bus take to Reach Alibag from Mumbai Suburbs?

I book MSRTC Ordinary Non AC Seater Bus tickets (Mumbai to Alibag) via redBus.

  • I board the bus from Nanavati Max Super Speciality Hospital (Vile Parle West, Mumbai Suburbs) at 6 am.
  • Kurla Nehru Nagar S.T. Depot was the first bus stop at 6:30 am. It was 5 minutes stop.
  • At 7:30 am we reached Panvel S.T. Depot. 5 minutes was the bus stoppage.
  • Reached Pen at 8:15 am. The stoppage was of 5 minutes.
  • At 8:30 am we reached Vadkhal S.T. Depot. The bus stopped for 2 minutes.
  • Finally, at 9:20 am we reached Alibaug Bus Stand.

Approximately the bus from Mumbai Suburbs to Alibag took 3 hours and 20 minutes.

The road condition is OK except for road repair work going on at Vadkhal.

Except for the sound of doors and windows, the bus condition was excellent.

The bus driver was excellent with his driving skills. Thoroughly enjoyed the bus journey.

I Had Lunch/Dinner At These Recommended Places to Eat in Trimbakeshwar

I question the reception guy at Hotel Tulsi InnWhich are the best places to eat in Trimbakeshwar?

He replied: If you are looking for a good unlimited homemade Gujarati Thali for lunch/dinner, do visit Ambika Bhojnalaya located nearby Uttar Maha Dwar, Trimbakeshwar Temple. They are economical and worth the money. Only Rs. 100 per thali. One of the most recommended restaurants in Trimbakeshwar.

Or,

You may visit Pangat Bhojanalaya – one of the oldest located in Teli Gali, Trimbakeshwar.

I went to Ambika Bhojnalaya for dinner. 44 years (since 1978) and continuing. The service was good. The food was hot and tasted good. Pure Gujarati Style Unlimited Thali. One of the best places in Trimbakeshwar to have food without onion and garlic. And it was of medium spice. Must visit at least once if you are in Trimbakeshwar. Ambika Bhojnalaya is a good restaurant in a prime location.

Timings: 11:30 am – 3:30 pm (Lunch) and 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm (Dinner).

On another day, for dinner, I planned to go to Pangat Bhojanalaya located at Teli Gali in Trimbakeshwar.

Again one of the rarest places in Trimbakeshwar where one can have sattvic home-cooked food without onion and garlic. They serve the most delicious unlimited authentic Maharashtrian vegetarian food at a rate of Rs. 80 per thali. One has to sit on the ground to have food. The owner of the restaurant is quite polite and was checking each and every person. They will serve food like a family get-together. My personal experience has been very good. It is run by an elderly couple, with mostly women working as support. I highly recommend Pangat Bhojanalaya. A must-visit place to know the traditional way of Maharashtrian Thali.

Timings: 7:00 pm onwards.

Apart from the above two places, I also went to Akhil Bhartiya Shri Swami Samarth Gurupeeth to receive Maha Prasad in the afternoon hours. Anyone may come and have Maha Prasad.

Cost: Rs. 30 per Coupon for Unlimited Maha Prasad.

Akhil Bhartiya Shri Swami Samarth Gurupeeth is a little far from Trimbakeshwar town. You will have to hire an auto.

Timings: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm / 7:00 pm – 9:30 pm

Thus, these are the recommended places to eat in Trimbakeshwar where I had lunch/dinner. I am happy with the recommendation. And not to forget the best breakfast in Trimbakeshwar – Suresh below Lokhandwala Dharamshala nearby Uttar Maha Dwar, Trimbakeshwar Temple.

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