Mar 7, 2013

How to Reach Global Vipassana Pagoda




All are most welcome to visit the Global Vipassana Pagoda, to benefit immensely and infinitely from practicing Vipassana Meditation - and realize the true work and purpose of human life.

Vipassana is for all. Gotama the Buddha, who re-discovered Vipassana, was not founder of any religion (*1).

Visiting the Global Pagoda is free of charge. No entry fee. No charges for the tour guide.
Timings: 9.00 am to 7.00 pm.
Open all days, including Sunday.
(Ferry Timings: Every 15 minutes from Gorai Jetty. Last ferry to Global Pagoda leaves at 5.25 pm)

* Drinking water and clean wash-room facilities available.
* The Food Plaza in the Global Pagoda premises serves quality vegetarian food at economical prices.
* Non-commercial photography is permitted - with the understanding that there can be no copyright to any image of the Global Vipassana Pagoda. Visuals are to be made freely available to all for non-commercial use. (* For any clarification, please contact Global Vipassana Foundation, Mumbai, India, Telephone: 91 - 22 - 33747501; Email: pr@globalpagoda.org)

Global Vipassana Pagoda
The Global Pagoda can be reached by car or ferry. Pre-paid taxi services are available at the Mumbai domestic and international airports. Ask for "Esselworld" or"Global Vipassana Pagoda". The Global Pagoda is adjacent to Esselworld Park.

Inside the Global Pagoda dome. An architectural wonder as the world's largest stone structure without supporting pillars. This unique Dhamma hall can seat over 8,000 Vipassana students, in group meditation sittings and one-day refresher courses.
* Vipassana students - those having completed a 10-day Vipassana course in the tradition of Sayagyi U Ba Khin - are welcome to meditate in the Dhamma Hall of the Global Pagoda.

Reaching Global Vipassana Pagoda by Road from Mumbai City / Domestic Airport / International Airport / Railway Stations in Mumbai
  1. Reach Western Express Highway and go North towards Dahisar/Borivali/Ahmedabad.
  2. Cross the Dahisar Toll Booth and keep going straight.
  3. When you reach the Mira-Bhayandar crossing, turn Left towards Mira-Bhayandar. The crossing has a Shivaji statue positioned at the centre.
  4. Keep going straight till you reach Golden Nest Circle. At the Golden Nest Circle, take a left turn and stay on the main road.
  5. Keep going straight till you take a hard right turn at the end of the road. This point will come after Maxus Mall, which comes on your right. After the hard right turn, take a left at the T point junction.
  6. Keep following directions to Esselworld or Global Vipassana Pagoda from this point forward.
  7. When you reach the Esselworld Parking Lot, go ahead a few metres and take a right turn towards Esselworld. Tell the guard at the security post that you want to go to the Pagoda.
  8. Keep going straight till you reach the Helipad. At the Helipad, take a right turn to the Global Pagoda Road through the Sanchi Arch.
The Pagoda is about 42 km from the Domestic Airport Terminal.

* Google Map Road directions to Global Vipassana Pagoda, from your location in Mumbai 

Hiring a car for airport pick-up to Global Vipassana Pagoda:
Private taxis and vehicles can also be hired from many car rentals in Mumbai, besides the airport pre-paid taxi service. Rates may vary. Many Vipassana students use the services of private taxi operator Mr Jagdish Maniyar. Contact : Tel (Res): 91-22-26391010 / cell phone 09869255079. Mr Maniyar charges Rs 1,550 (US$ 28, 22 Euros) for airport pickup to Global Pagoda (road taxes and parking charges extra). From Mumbai to Dhamma Giri Vipassana centre, Igatpuri, he charges Rs 2,550 (approx US$ 47, € 36).

From Borivali Railway station:
From Borivali Station (Western Railway, Mumbai) please exit from the western side of the station (from Churchgate, the exit is on the left). Take Bus number 294 or an auto rickshaw (tuk-tuk) to Gorai Creek. The shared auto-rickshaw fare is Rs 10 (with three other passengers), and can be about three times that amount for single hire.
 Take auto-rickshaws heading to your right, after crossing the road from the western exit of the railway station. The Gorai jetty for ferry to Global Pagoda is about five-ten minutes ride from Borivili station.
The return fare for the Esselworld ferry is Rs. 50/- per person.
Using public transport from Churchgate (South Mumbai), the total return fare cost for train, shared auto-rickshaw / bus and ferry would be around Rs 100 (less than US$ 1.85).

Other Bus Numbers to Gorai: From Kurla railway station (West) - 309 L; From Mulund station (West) - 460 L;From Ghatkopar Bus Depot - 488 L (please re-confirm before boarding bus)

Have a happy, most beneficial visit to the Global Pagoda.

For more details, assistance:
Global Vipassana Pagoda
Telephone: 91 22 33747501 (30 lines)
Email: pr@globalpagoda.org

Pagoda Address:
Global Vipassana Pagoda
Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village,
Borivali (West), Mumbai 400091

Postal address:
Head Office Global Vipassana Foundation
2nd Floor, Green House, Green Street, Fort
Mumbai – 400 023
Telephone: +91 22 22665926 / 22664039; Fax: +91 22 22664607
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Dhamma Pattana Vipassana Centre
Inside Global Vipassana Pagoda Campus
Next to Esselworld, Gorai Village,
Borivali (West), Mumbai 400091
Tel: [91] (22) 3374 7519; Fax: [91] (22) 3374 7518
Email: info@pattana.dhamma.org
* Online application for 10-day Vipassana courses
* Dhamma reasons why no fees are charged for Vipassana courses - including for boarding and lodging
 * Rare opportunities to earn and share merits participating in Global Vipassana Pagoda projects

*(1) Buddha: Super Scientist of Peace. Part-1 of Sayagyi U Goenka's address to the United Nations in New York in 2002.