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Old 28th December 2009, 14:26   #61
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Hi all,
Finally completed my Ashtavinayak tour
started on the 25th (fri) at 7am from thane, mumbai and finished it on the 27th (sun) at 2pm
Halted at kamats restaurant before the karnala sanctuary.

Day 1 Pali-Mahad & Ranjangaon came back to pune halted at a small hotel on the pune-solapur highway

Day 2 Theur-siddhatek-Moregaon saw the crowd at moregaon and decided to head as near as lenyadri so drove till narayangaon and stayed there for the night.

Did siddhatek after Theur instead of Moregaon as we got to know that most of the tour-walas do moregaon first. so as to avoid the crowd we did siddhatek first and completed the darshan the fastest in our whole trip in 1 hr flat.
at moregaon we were a bit unlucky and were caught up in the crowd that consumed close to 3 hrs of our time.

Day 3 Lenyadri @ 6am and then Ozar from there back to mumbai via malshej ghat-kalyan-thane.
(Though Ozar was nearer went ahead for lenyadri as there are around 300 odd steps to be climbed and i thought it was best to do it as early as possible before the sun started heating the place)

A note of caution : Please avoid the dates I mentioned above and this season in particular if you can.
There were atleast 2000-3000 people at each temple we visited and it took an average of 2hrs at each temple for the darshan.
When enquired about the crowd the locals said that this holiday season is one of the very busy times other than festivals.
Otherwise in normal times it does not take more than 5 minutes for darshan at all temples
The car (vista Quadrajet) performed flawlessly over the 875kms of journey.

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Default Alternative Routes to Theur, Shree Chintamani Temple (Ashtavinayak Temple)

This post is not regarding Ashtavinayak trip. There are lot many posts on the same. One of the recent ones being
http://www.team-bhp.com/forum/travel...yak-yatra.html (My Ashtavinayak Yatra)

This post is regarding alternative routes to Theur, Ashtavinayak temple, for people residing in east of Pune, around Kalyani Nagar, Viman Nagar, Vishrantwadi etc.

I always used to take the following route
Nagar Road - Kharadi Mundwa Bypass - Hadapsar - Solapur Highway - Theur

The benefit was that road was good for most part of it. But it was long approximately 27kms and the whole route is crowded.

Ashtavinayak Route from Vashi & Pune-theur-route3.png

When I decided to visit it again today, I thought of trying out the alternate routes suggested by Google maps.

So for the onward journey, we took the following route
Nagar Road - Wagholi - Kesnand - Theur Kesnand road - Theur

Total distance is around 19 kms - a saving of 8 kms approximately.
Road till Kesnand is good. However, the Theur-Kesnand road is in motorable condition. However, the roads are not wide enough. If a lorry/truck comes from opposite direction, you will need to get down from the tar road.
The other benefit of this road is traffic is not much. I took 45 mts from Nagar road to Theur.

Ashtavinayak Route from Vashi & Pune-theur-route1.png

In return journey, we decided to take the Manjri route.
Theur - Manjri Khurd - Manjri Budruk - Khardi Bypass - Nagar Road

Total distance of 18.6 kms - a saving of 8 kms.
Road from Theur to Manjri Khurd is not in good condition and we had to maintain 30 to 40 kmph. Not much traffic though. However, road beyond Manjri khurd till Khardi bypass is good. The return journey took us around 40 minutes.

Ashtavinayak Route from Vashi & Pune-theur-route2.png

Overall, I found the Manjri route better than Kesnand route, except for a small stretch. Anyways, going forward I have decided to avoid taking the Hadapsar - Solapur highway route for visiting Ganesh temple at Theur.
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Back from Ashtavinayak on Friday.
We went in the proper sequence which we verified even in some of the temples. The correct sequence is as follows:
1. Morgaon
2. Siddhatek
3. Pali
4. Mahad
5. Theur
6. Lenyadri
7. Ozar
8. Ranjangaon
9. Again Morgaon

Total trip distance from Yerwada, Pune was around 920 KM.
We split the journey across three days:
Day 1:
1. Morgaon - Pune to Morgaon roads are average
2. Siddhatek - roads are good
3. Pali - Khopoli to Pali roads are bad
4. Mahad - Pali to Mahad roads are average to bad
We stayed overnight at a lodge right behind the temple (less than 20 meters from the temple. The rate was Rs. 700 and room was clean.

Next day we started at 7:30 and moved to
5. Theur - made a mistake to turn off Nagar road towards Kesnand from the incorrect lane. There was virtually no road there. We should have taken the next turn which has far better roads. Realizied that after sevearal KM's.
6. Lenyadri - Took shortcut at Lohegaon and discovered some new upcoming roads. Of course, driving in first gear was a pain. with further more Nashik highway is narrow and crowded as always.
7. Ozar - only 16 KM from Lenyadri - good roads (mostly) and a nice temple in front of the river.
Halted at Bhakt Niwas number 4 (around Rs. 600 per night)

Third day, we started again at 7:30 and moved on to
8. Ranjangaon - mostly good roads. The section near Khed is awesome
9. Again Morgaon - some roads are really bad, and some sections are good.

Reached home around 6:30 PM
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If one wants to follow the right sequence, three days is the right time to allocate to the journey. Or else one could make Pune as the starting point and maybe complete it in two days.

I did it in two days, but the folly of taking internal roads cost us dear in terms of time wasted. I didn't follow the right sequence. I intend to do another trip which should be comfortably done over two days. Picking a wekend during the exam seasons would help avoid crowds.
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Default Re: Ashtavinayak Route from Vashi & Pune

Any update on latest road conditions?

I am doing this circuit starting tomorrow from Bangalore.

Thursday afternoon starting from Bangalore. Halt at Kolhapur/ Satara based on how much I can cover.
Friday - Moregaon- Sidhtek - Theur
Saturday - Ranjangaon - Ozar - Lenyadri - Pali - Mahad.

Omar and Lenyadri being closer, sequence can be changed to suit the route. Same for Pali and Mahad.

Thanks in advance.
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