Mangi Tungi Trek/Hiking in Maharashtra

By Rahul Bajaj

Tips for planning Mangi Tungi, Jain Tirth visit

Mangi Tungi (MT) is one of the best place to visit and get blessed especially those who follow Jainism or hiking. This place is located in Tahrabad which is about 125 km from Nashik City in Maharashtra.

Let me share my personal visit experience with you. I went with my family and started my journey from Talegaon Dabhade (Pune district) in my car in the morning at 11:30 am and reached Mangi Tungi at 7 pm in the evening. I recommend you if you are travelling from Pune start a little early like 8-9 am as you get enough time for roaming around and take rest post dinner. You will get four tolls in between Pune and Mangi Tungi. Try to reach Mangi Tungi by 6-7 pm. Check your estimated time on Google Maps for Mangi Tungi. If you are travelling with other mode of transport like train or bus then arrive at Nashik city and from there you have an option to hire a cab or a Local bus (bus takes around 3 hours to reach Mangi Tungi)

  1. Important tips on travel by Car – Get enough petrol and have some cash in hand. You will come across three small villages from Nashik like Malsane, Deola and Satana. The road is little rough after Deola village. You need to take a left turn from Satana road (the welcome board of Mangi Tungi is displayed beside the road. Calculate your fuel consumption with an easy formula (total km / mileage of your vehicle) = no of liters of fuel required. Multiply it with per liter rate and you will have total amount of fuel spend.
  2. Stay at Dharmashala – There are two dharmashalas at Mangi Tungi. One is when you take left from the Satana road named Shree Gyan Mata Mandir. Room charges AC = INR 500 /-, Non AC = INR 400 /-. You can book it through Mangi Tungi website or call the guy for pre-booking questions.

    There are rooms available in Mangi Tungi itself. Hot water (through common boiler) is available at Dharmashala. Mattress, two bed cots with pillows and four blankets are available. Per room capacity is 5 people. Each room is attached with a toilet and bathroom inside separately (beware of mosquitoes). I recommend you stay back near Mangi Tungi Dharmashala as it is convenient to reach the mountain as Shree Gyan Mata Dharmashala is only 6 km away from Mangi Tungi.

  3. Glimpse and timings for overall trek – Basically you should start as early as possible so you will have lesser exposure to sunny weather post 8:30 am. I recommend to start at 5 am. The mountains are 2 km away from main the dharmashala. You will get a shuttle service every 10 minutes from Dharmashala (Rs 20 per person, to and fro). You can get the coupons from Dharmashala itself.
    • Start at 5 am
    • Climb till Mangigiri around 800 steps (approx. timings 1.5 hours)
    • And then start climbing Tungigiri which will take additional one hour to go and come back to Rishabhgiri.
    • Rishabhgiri is having 108 foot tall Lord Rishabh bhagwanji. There is lift which will take you to Rishabhgiri after you walk for a 800 steps (approx.)
    • You will complete the entire route of Mangi Tungi trek in 5 to 6 hours.
    • Come down at Rishabhgiri and get a coupons for cabs (Rs 50 per person) which goes to a point where your first coupons (Rs 20 per person ) will take you back to Dharmshala. At this location only 4 wheel drives are allowed or you have another option to get down through steps. I recommend you get down via vehicle as it will save time.
    • Dollys are available for the entire trek for Rs 3,800 per person and baby carriers person are also available for Rs 700 per head.

Arrive at the cab point A. Start climbing from here. Reach D (Junction). Start climbing Mangi and reach B. Climb Down to D and climb to Tungi C. Go back to D and arrive at E which is Rishabhgiri. Go back to Dharmashal via Cab which is available at Rishabhgiri.

Monkeys are your friends – Beware of monkeys! This warning is applicable only if you start teasing them. You can carry shoulder bags and keep your valuables inside (*Mobile phone if really required is to be kept inside the pocket). No small hanging bags are recommended as these monkeys try to draw the bags and take away with them. Do not carry mobile phone, money, or other valuables in these bags. Keep some cash in your own pockets.

If you are traveling to India

Be ready to be honked at. 

Get stuck in congested traffic where no one can move. Keep loads of buffer time. 

Triple check 360 degrees around you before crossing a road even if you have the right of way. 

If you are traveling in an auto-rickshaw or bus hold tight. They, especially, drive crazy. Even locals are pissed. 

Book a hotel on a well known site and read reviews before booking. If a hotel is cheaper then there is a reason…think. Either the location is down market or service or quality of the hotel is not good. 

If you are in an area where there’s not much happening around or internationals around, avoid wandering alone or late nights. 

Prostitution is legal that is why, I think, that there are so many rape cases in India. So, be careful. 

What you won’t find easily in India:

Cleanliness,

Tofu,

Beef,

Creeps; because people are friendly but still be careful. 

San Francisco Visit

San Francisco is a beautiful city with lots of things to see and enjoy. If you just want to know about the city briefly and quickly, doing a city tour is a right option for you. Within 3-3.5 hours, you get to know a lot.



With professional tours for a limited time, it works better for me that we do spend a lot of time at one spot. After knowing what all things are available and where to go, you can make a plan for next day if you have time to visit that specific place to explore more or spend more time at interesting places.

Golden Gate Bridge, Twin Peaks, Victorian houses, Alcatraz, cable cars are few of some major attractions in San Francisco. 

If you are in downtown SFO, do visit Homeskillets American eatery joint on 6th and Mission in downtown San Francisco. 

The guide in he paid city tours give you lots of information about the houses, the fire that burned down major part of the city years ago, civic center, cable cars, happening markets, food joints, etc. which is good to know. Although I am not sure how much I remember now.

An interesting fact about cable cars I learned is that there’s a moving cable in the middle track of the three tracks laid for cable cars on the streets of San Francisco, that continuously moves and the cable cars just hook it up to get into motion. This is why cable cars, do not have engines nor do they need fuel. Also, they move at a constant speed since it is dependent on the speed of the cable that is constantly moving. 

My UK Visa Application Experience

Let me start with the bottom line of this article: the experience with UK visa consulate was very frustrating and annoying. If you are planning to go to UK, have a few months in hand so you can at least hope that something will happen.

The UK visa site is misleading. It mentions 5 business days processing time for 100% completion, forums mention 13 business days and yet one can only hope of getting the visa in time especially if the travel date is within a week despite submitting the documents over a month ago.

My connecting flight is via London so I thought of taking a longer layover to enjoy the city of London for a day. And now when I am a week away from my travel, I will have to be cooked at the airport for 22 hours! A simple visitor in transit visa is taking so long.

I patiently waited for about 25 days but now when my travel date is coming closer, I was getting nervous and anxious that I might have to change my travel plan altogether since I don’t have my passport with me. I called up the customer care at UK and he confirmed that my visa isn’t ready so I decided to withdraw my application. The customer care executive was pretty nicely talking to me. I read on forums that others users had a bad experience and I believe that is because they were asking questions which were beyond the scope of the executive.

To withdraw, you need to call the customer care or if you have time you can probably email them and wait for the instructions. I was getting impatient so I called up the customer care on their UK number from Seattle, WA, USA. Waited for about 15 mins on an international call and finally was connected to the executive. I received the instructions to cancel in about 5 mins after the call. Now, eagerly waiting to hear from them and for my passport.

Lake Chelan in Washington

I have never enjoyed sun as much as I did during my lake Chelan visit. When you have a cool bunch of friends, everything is just awesome. Despite that lake Chelan is awesome! It’s good for all the ages and all groups of people – may it be family with kids, newly wed couple, friends, grandparents company or whatever. I think lake Chelan is for everybody.

Our visit to lake Chelan was pretty much spontaneous. We were thinking of where to go because my sun obsessed friends wanted to avoid the cloudy weather of Seattle during the long labor weekend holiday.

We booked a motel room 12 hours before starting for the place. You don’t need to book the hotel for the whole day as you will be spending time out on the beach, parks, etc. and you can keep the stuff in your car. There are options to stay in your own tent in parks and I would have done that if we had a tent.

It took us about 3 hours to drive the beautiful road towards the eastern Washington from Seattle. The drive is equally a pleasant journey. Carry water, fruits, and other snacks that you like to eat during the journey.

The weather was amazing. With a nutrogena sunscreen of 70 SPF, we were all protected from the sun. We straight away headed to a park which was accompanied by a beach where a friend paddle boarded, we rafted using our own raft tube and swam in the lake. One positive trait about one of my friends is that he is very outgoing he managed to inflate the raft tube almost everywhere we needed. It’s a family beach but you can still have your own good time.

Jet ski was another main fun stuff we did. The jet ski rent on weekdays are cheaper than weekends, obviously. You must book jet ski as soon as you arrive if you plan to do it during your vacation because the jet skis get booked pretty fast.