Day 2: My Train Journey from Andheri for Tungareshwar Trek

On day 2, it was Sunday (less crowded train expected), I with a friend was visiting Tungareshwar Temple at Vasai East but this time not via my Royal Enfield Thunderbird Twinspark 350 motorbike but via Mumbai’s local train.

As said earlier, due to COVID-19, for the general public local trains are available in three time slots only:

  1. From the start of the day’s 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 was at Andheri Railway Station a little before 12 noon (for the general public ticket counter opens 15 minutes before 12 noon).

IInd ordinary ticket purchased from Andheri till Vasai Road (to and fro) for Rs. 20 only/per person.

The local train (Slow) was on time and less crowded (You may take Fast also).

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Andheri Railway Station till Vasai Road local train journey time approx. 45 minutes.

We walk towards the East side.

There were autos lined up outside Vasai Road (East).

I enquire with an auto – How much for Tungareshwar?

Rs. 150 – He said.

I walk further and ask another auto.

Rs. 50 per person – He said.

Finally, I found an auto for a lesser amount.

Vasai Road till Tungar Phata (Tungareshwar temple gate) – Rs. 40 per person.

15 minutes/8 km journey approx., we reach Tungar Phata (below National Highway bridge).

Rs. 80 paid. Road-condition from Vasai Road to Tungar Phata was excellent.

Tungar Phata (Tungareshwar temple gate – below National Highway) till Tungareshwar temple is a 3.5 km journey.

Autos coming from Vasai Road are allowed only till Tungar Phata (Tungareshwar temple gate).

Tungareshwar temple gate, to reach little before Tungareshwar forest gate, you may hire another auto for Rs. 10 per person.

We decided to walk 3.5 km.

Tungareshwar forest gate, you may hire another auto till Tungareshwar temple for Rs. 50 per person.

Again we decided to trek 2 km from Tungareshwar forest gate till Tungareshwar temple.

What I like the most about Tungareshwar temple trek is the untouched natural surroundings.

I like the dusty road and the jungle all around. Reminds of Ranthambore National Park (Rajasthan).

The entry Fee counter was closed. I was told – Sunday, Monday and National Holidays such as 26 January, and 15 August – entry to the park is free.

As I walk further I saw Udasin Math on the left-hand side. Will visit for blessings while returning – I said to my friend.

Tungareshwar temple trek is an easy trek but as I gained weight during lockdown I was tired of walking.

Though the distance was approx. 500 meters left, I thought of a lift.

A scooty was coming – I requested for lift.

I was riding as a pillion at Pawan’s scooty. Thanks – said I.

Soon I was at temple-area parking.

Sorry to my friend, who was trekking to reach the temple.

Total trekking time from Tungar Phata (Tungareshwar temple gate) till Tungareshwar temple is approx. 1 hour (3.5 km) but if you are super fit, I guess maximum you will take 40 minutes.

At temple-area parking, I saw two paths.

One downwards towards Tungareshwar temple and another towards Balyogi Sadanand Maharaj Ashram – 6.2 km further.

Today, I decided to visit Tungareshwar temple only and maybe some other day 6.2 kms trek.

I was told by locals that motorcycles and autos can go up to Balyogi Sadanand Maharaj Ashram but at the rider’s risk as the road condition is not good.

I enquired with an auto present – How much fare till Balyogi Sadanand Maharaj Ashram (to and fro)?

Rs. 700 – He said from Tungareshwar temple till Balyogi Sadanand Maharaj Ashram (to and fro).

Too costly. Anyway, I walk towards Tungareshwar temple.

Had blessings from Lord Shiva and visit few more temples around.

After spending approx. one hour at temple area, I walk towards the makeshift shop to have snacks.

Mineral Water (Rs. 20), Limca 1/2 liter (Rs. 50), 3 Tea (Rs. 30), 4 Bread Pakoda (Rs. 60) – We had at Hari Om Sena Hotel.

Tungareshwar temple visit/trek finally was successful. I was happy.

I enquired with Hari Om Sena Hotel about Tungareshwar temple timings.

6 am till 6 pm (7 days open) – He said.

9:00 am and 6:00 pm is the Aarti time.

Maha Shivratri and the holy month of Sawan – the temple is crowded with devotees visit.

Thank you – said I.

The best Time for Tungareshwar trek I believe would be – October month after the rainy season.

Near parking-area I saw Mahant Bajrang Das Udasin Ashram. I paid a visit to have blessings.

Donated a few rupees and finally with a smile downwards trek to reach home.

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