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Introduction

The Vasind town is situated on the bank of “Bhatsa River” which is flowing round the year. It is around 75kms away from Mumbai at north-east on Mumbai-Agra Highway (NH3) and spanned over an area of 981 acres area approximately.

It has ancient “Mahuli” Fort on its north-east. Major local residents are Maharashtrians and Marathi is the most commonly spoken language in the town.

It’s a station on railway line from Mumbai to North, specifically on Mumbai (CST) – Kasara (N) local suburban railway line (Central Railway).

The taluka place “Shahapur” is 8kms away to its south. “Thal” pass 78ft (23.47m) above sea level starts from here

Vasind Railway Station (left)

 

How to reach?

One can take Asangaon (AN) or Kasara (N) local train from any Central Rly station., or can take a Mumbai-Nasik highway and take a right turn after JSW Steel Ltd Company.

 

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General Information :

Alternative Name: Vashind
Area / State: Maharashtra
Latitude: 19.41667
Longitude: 73.26667
(Decimal degrees)
Latitude (DMS): 19° 25' 0 N
Longitude (DMS): 73° 16' 0 E
(Degrees, minutes and seconds)
Telephone Code: 02527
Postal Code: 421604

 

VASIND Railway History :

Year 1853
On April 16th, at 3:35pm, the first train in India left Bombay for Thane. Then around a year later It was extended to Kalyan on 01.05.1854.

Year 1855 (1stOctober 1855)

Thane-Kalyan line extended to Vasind.

Year 1856
GIPR line extended to Khopoli via Palasdhari on the south-east. Regular services are now run from Mumbai to Vasind and from Mumbai to Khopoli. Stations opened at Dadar, Kurla, Titwala, Badlapur, and Neral.

Year 1860 (6th February 1860)

Vasind - Asangaon line opened.

The Old Railway Timetable (Right)

 

Key points in the Vasind History:

  • Marathi School established in 1871

  • Water from Bhatsa Dam stored in two big tanks used to fill steam engines of passenger trains. In 1936, 8-10 connections from those tanks were given for local residents.

  • A thunderstorm stroked Vasind in November 1947-48, Railway traffic came to a dead stop due to excessive rains. One passenger train got stuck in Vasind station for whole night. Yashodabai Joshi made enough “Bhakri-Pithala” for 300-400 people.

  • Grampanchayat established in -----,new building under the chairmanship of Chief Minister Balasaheb Kher.

  • It's believed that Babasaheb Ambedkar & Freedom Fighter Savarkar visited in the year 1950

  • Government Hospital in the year 1953

  • Electric Bulbs in the year 1955

  • 100 Connections from Railway Tanks in 1956

  • Saraswati Vidyalaya, Vasind established by Vidya Vikas Mandal in the year 1961

  • Balak Mandir in the year 1974

  • Ms Tarabai Vartak inaugarated Water Supply Project with 10% contribution from local residents in 1978.

  • Historial "Rail Roko" movement for 8 Hrs at Vasind Station under the leadership of Mr Bapurao Joshi on 16.03.1982. Repercussions of this Rail Roko was even felt in Loksabha.

  • Vyapari Mandal in 1984-85

  • Few wagons of a Goods trains separated & slipped in the opposite direction. They derailed at Vasind Station and crushed 7 people in its way on 04.01.1995

  • Telephones in the year -----

  • Water filtration plant inaugurated in the year 2006


What to see ?

~ VASIND EAST ~

BhatsaRiver : Take a stroll by the riverside, fresh air and nature will certainly make you happy. Stand on the old stone bridge constructed in British Era and feel the cool breeze in the evening. (The stone bridge..left)

Gadgebaba Ashram, Bhatsai : A raw road will take you to this place which is just 15 min away from station. This place has a School & Ashram for rural kids. They stay and study at the same place.

Ganpati Mandir (Below) & School kids at Ashram (Right)

GanpatiTemple : This one was a very small temple which has been renovated recently with the help of local residents who voluntarily came up for this good cause and no help from “Grampanchayat” was taken by any means. It is around 15min away from station and river is just few steps away. It has open ground in front and hence wind is amazing. Ideal time to visit is after 4pm.

Payrya (Steps) : This place is fully crowded during “Ganesh visarjan.” These are nothing but concrete steps going down to the River. Wonderful place to sit n discuss in the evening. Offers a very nice view of river and needless to say… wind is awesome. The flow is silent at this place and has a shallow depth as you step down into the river but goes deeper as you go far from the bank.

Ganesh Visarjan Ghat aka "Payrya" (right)


Swami Samarth Math, Shera :Tum Tum/jeep from station should take around 20min to reach this place. The place is absolutely isolated and offers a nice view of sunset and sunrise as the place is open. It also has a meditation room.


Vasind - Gerase Road - This particular road, though not in very good condition is nice for a morning walk as it exposes a wild nature.

It is awesome in winter or just after rains. Coz then there are different kind of wild flowers , green rice farms with flashing morning dew and lot of fog.

Lotus flowers by the roadside(L) wild flowers (top)

~ VASIND WEST ~

Canal, Khativali It might seem to be just a flow of water. However it is surrounded by several hills which offers a magnificent view of the village.

During monsoon, Several waterfalls attract people. Though very few people know about it as it involves canal crossing and bit of trekking.

During other seasons, this place is nice for a small nature trail. Different trees, flowers, butterflies and bird watching will definitely give you peace of mind.

LEFT: Trees atop Canal Hills (top) Canal Water (down), RIGHT: Pond (top) Yellow flowers (down)

Sarmal Bridge : This is a small bridge over the “sarmal” river which has good amount of water only during rains. This is just another place where you would like to sit and have a glimpse of nature. The walk to this place from highway is also pleasant. Jindal’s Recreation Complex is also on the same way. It has swimming pool, squash and tennis court for jindal employees.

A view of sarmal river (left)

 

Manas Mandir - Shri Bhuvan Bhanu Jain Manas Mandir Tirtha, which is Asia ’s 2nd largest JainTemple is situated at post village Savroli, in Shahapur Taluka and It is around 85 kms from Mumbai and takes around 20-30 minutes by vehicle. It is the place where there is a large temple complex atop a small hill near the river running through Savroli village just near the Railway line between stations Vasind and Asangaon.

 

Mukta Jeevan : Mukta Jeevan Hospital and Rehabilitation centre is situated in VehloliVillage around 10-15 mins by Auto/Tumtum from Vasind. Mukta Jeevan was established in 1987 to offer a second chance to live for those who suffered from Hansen's disease Thanks to late Fr. Anotnio Alessy an Italian missionary. Mukta Jeevan has a well equipped hospital, a clinical laboratory, Operation theatre, X-ray facilities, Physiotherapy, Occupational therapy and, Counseling centre exclusively for the people suffering from Hansen’s disease. Once they are cured they are trained in income generation programme and rehabilitated effectively.

Hospice for HIV/AIDS children - Children who are brought here at tender age are repeated with HIV testing at 18 months for confirmation. Children during their transit life have a schooling facility up to Std 6th within the complex.

AIDS Women’s Hospice - Women suffering from full-blown AIDS are offered care and shelter to their fading lives. Through the special care, medicine and good nutrition some are bounced back to life only to return later. Those who recover temporarily are given occupational therapy like candle making, needlework, poultry and gardening besides adult literacy programmes and tailoring classes to productive people.

Social: A home for senior citizens. Contact Details: Telephone No. 0091(0)2527 220051/220346 Website:http://www.helpersofmary.org/


Gajanan Maharaj Ashram, Dahagaon

One can get hold of an auto from "Naka" and reach this place in 10-15 minutes. It might take 30-45 to walk down. Every thursday people from far off places come to attend the pooja. "Auspicious Paduka" is the main attraction.

Gajanan Maharaj Ashram (Right)

 

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