Directions to Dhamma Sindhu
(last updated: Feb. 2014)
Dhamma Sindhu is situated near small village Bada, 22 km west of the port city of Mandvi, in Kutch district of Gujarat state. The city of Bhuj is the closest major city to Dhamma Sindhu, and has trains and flights coming in from Delhi and Mumbai.
Center Contact Ph: + 91-2834-273303 / Mobile: 7874623305
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Location of dhamma centers: Center Map
From Mumbai (Bombay)
By Air to Bhuj : Jet Airways has 2 daily flights to Bhuj. For latest information about correct timings please visit :
http://www.jetairways.com no. 9W2535 & 9W 327
From Bhuj Airport to Bada, Dhamma Sindhu, is a 85 km
By Train to Bhuj : The western railway runs four trains from Mumbai to Bhuj.
No. 19131 Kutch Exp. runs Daily takes about 16 hrs
No. 19115 BDTS - Bhuj Exp. Daily takes abt. 17 hrs
No. 22903 Bhuj AC SF Exp. Thrice a week takes abt. 14 hrs
No. 12959 Dadar Bhuj Exp Twice a week takes 18 hrs
Please visit http://erail.in for detailed info & booking etc.
During the summer and Diwali holidays special trains are also available.
From Gandhidham railway station
Dhamma Sindhu is 125km from here. You can hire a private taxi (Rs.1700/-approx. as of Dec 2013, increases overtime) straight to the meditation center, or opt for share-taxis ( Rs 100/- per head *) or ST buses. These will take you to Mandvi. (For Mandvi - Bada journey, pl. see: when in Mandvi.)
Ranawala family at Gandhidham helps meditators reach DhammaSindhu comfortably. Prior intimation to them is advisable.
Hitesh Ranawala mobile :094262 14531.
E-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org Ph :(02836)220141 office / 223654 resi.
From Bhuj railway station
One may hire a private taxi straight to center (Rs.1500/-*) or may opt for shareed-taxis to Mandvi. (Called Toofan, Rs.60/-per head as of Dec 2013, increases overtime). Alternatively, from the cities Bhuj S.T. station it is five minute ride from the train station; hire a rickshaw.
If one prefers traveling by bus, it is advisable to take bus to Mandvi, and not to Bada. (There is one Bhuj to Bada bus and it takes 5 hours to reach!!). The route from Bhuj to Mandvi is 58 km, and from Mandvi to Bada is 22km. You will have to change buses at Mandvi for Bada.
Share-Taxis (called Toofan locally ) operate very frequently on Bhuj-Mandvi route.
When in Bhuj : If needed contact:
Arun Dholakia mobile:098253 20551 e-mail : email@example.com
Or Dr. Prabhudas Patel : 094274 33534 & (02832) 255218.
When in Mandvi
: contact Ishwarlal Shah, at his cloth shop on K.T. Shah Road
Mob. 09909170200 & ph :( 02834) 223076.shop.
Paresh Thakkar mo.08238795675
For Mandvi to Bada journey
Special share rickshaw service is arranged on the opening day of each course : starting near Mandvi S.T. (bus) depot it goes directly to DhammaSindhu: contact Mr. Viram (rickshaw wala) Mob. 09879356338.
Taxis are also available near Mandvi ST depot and share rickshaws to Bada operate from Azad chowk of Mandvi. Share rickshaws to Layja are more frequent and then one can get rickshaws from Layja to Bada( just 7 kms ).
It is a five minute walk to the center from the Bada village's bus stop.
From Delhi to Bhuj
By Train : Train no. 14321 BE Bhuj Exp. runs 4 days a week with a travel time of 23 hrs.
Train no. 14311 Ala Hazrat Exp. runs 3 days a week with a travel time of about 27 hrs.
For more info please visit http://erail.in
From Ahmedabad, Gujarat to Bhumj
By Bus to Bhuj: Over night sleeper buses are more preferable than trains,
These sleeper buses start around 9 pm onwards and bring you to Bhuj next day around 6 am.
While the trains are available around 1 to 2 am in the night and bring you to Bhuj next day around 8 to 9 am.
These private luxury buses start from Paldi area of Ahmedabad
The preferred private luxury bus operators for Ahmedabad Bhuj/Mandvi route are :
Patel travels (http://www.pateltoursandtravels.com)
Patel Tours & Travels = M.09925244285,Ph. 079-26576492
Royal Express (www.royalexpress.in)
Sahajanand travels Mobile :09825801354
Swaminarayan travels ph: 079-26576508
Some Luxury buses, coming from Ahmedabad to Bhuj are extended up to Mandvi which would be perferred since closer to the center.
May you reach Dhamma Sindhu comfortably and have the best fruits of Dhamma!