Directions by Car
From Karjat, we recommend that you cross the bridge over Ulhas river and take the Karjat Murbad Road. at Kashele, turn left towards village Vare/ Ware. After driving 7-8 km, you will pass a multicoloured temple on your right. Then just before Vare village, you will see a hand-pump on your left, and a kutcha road just beside it. Turn left here, and drive about 1.5 km till you see a small sign that says (in Hindi) ‘Vruksha Mandir, Vanvadi’. Drive a little beyond till you cross a culvert, immediately after passing the ‘Whispering Woods’ clearance with a few houses with a Ganpati statue. Here, on your right, you would see our Vanvadi sign painted on a large, wheel-shaped rock embedded in the ground (similar to our logo); also another smaller sign. Enter and carefully drive a few hundred metres down this earthen track till you see a small gate and spot our stream-side community house across the large rock pool.
(If you like a breakfast and/or clean toilet break on your journey, you could try out ‘Shri Baba Dairy & Saatvik Restaurant’, about 4-5 kms after turning left at Chowk, and 3 kms before reaching Karjat.)
Directions by Train
The nearest railway station is Neral (of Matheran fame) on the Central Railway, and all the
Karjat/ Khopoli bound local trains from Mumbai stop here. At Neral station, exit from the extreme rear end of the platform (closer to Mumbai), and walk 5 minutes towards the Neral bus stand. Just before the bus stand, you will find the parking lot for the auto-drivers from Devpada village, who all know Vanvadi well, and would charge Rs 250-300 to bring you (maximum 4 people) right into our Vanvadi forest, close to our community house.