Day 1: My Motorbike Journey from Andheri East to Tungareshwar Temple via Western Express Highway

Tungareshwar temple at Vasai East – visit was pending since few years.

Finally, it was Maha Shivratri festival day and I decided to visit.

Though there is Mumbai’s local train from Andheri station till Vasai Road station but currently due to COVID-19, for general public local trains are available in three-time slots only:

  1. from the start of the days services till 7 am
  2. 12:00 Noon till 4:00 pm
  3. 9:00 pm till the end of the day’s services

I decided to visit Tungareshwar temple at Vasai East via my Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark 350.

I started my journey from Andheri East (via Western Express Highway) at 9:15 am

By 9:40 am I reach Dahisar Toll Plaza covering 17 kms in 25 minutes.

Yes, I drive slow. Mostly 40 km per hour.

Journey from Andheri East, Western Express Highway till Dahisar Toll Plaza was good because of brilliant road condition and not much traffic on road but once I crossed Dahisar Toll Plaza, the journey was different – heavytraffic.

10 am I was at Vasai Creek Bridge.

Though the distance from Dahisar Toll Plaza till Vasai Creek Bridge is only 6 km but due to heavy traffic on road, it took 20 minutes to cover 6 km. And too much dirt too in the air because of heavy vehicles.

After crossing Vasai Creek Bridge, after few kms I saw McDonald’s outlet on the left-hand side.

I was hungry because yet to have breakfast but I continue my journey.

Will have breakfast while returning – I said to myself.

At 10:40 am after covering 16 km journey in 40 minutes from Vasai Creek Bridge, I reached Tungar Phata (below highway bridge) that connects to Tungareshwar road to reach Tungareshwar temple.

But I was disappointed.

There was police deployment at the Tungareshwar temple gate and a notice displayed.

I asked one policeman – is the temple closed?

He said – Yes, today only.

Anyway, what to do? – I have to return. Maybe another day will visit for sure but not via my motorbike.

The motorbike journey from Andheri East till Tungar Phata (Vasai East) was 39 kms only but it took 1 hour 25 minutes.

U-turn and I towards McDonald’s outlet.

After covering 12 km on highway again, I reached McDonald’s outlet (right-side) at 11:10 am

Had breakfast with Cappuccino Coffee – Rs. 99/- only (combo offer).

Though the journey was not completed but a wish exist to visit Tungareshwar temple again – The journey continues..

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