Shri Samved Shikharji is the most sacred place for Jains

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It is said that one should travel to Samet-Shikhar pilgrimage atleast once in his/her life as it is the penultimate pilgrimage of Jain religion before man’s journey to mortality.

Samet Shikhar

After thinking for about few months or so we decided to go to Samet-Shikhar. We inquired with several tour operators and other relatives as “How to reach Samet-Shikhar”. We heard lot of experience good as well as bad from several people. Many tours and travels operators have special Samet-Shikhar trips / Jatra package available as of now. We decided to plan trip to Samet-Shikhar on our own rather than getting it through any tours or travel agents. It seemed difficult to plan a trip to Samet-Shikhar directly from Mumbai without any idea about the place.

Following set of questions came to our mind while planning :

  • Mode of travel to Samet-Shikhar, either by train or by flight?
  • If by flight, then should we go to Kolkata or Ranchi or Patna?
  • If travel by train, then which are the connecting trains from Kolkata or Ranchi to Parasnath? What are the timings for the same?
  • Incase of train travel, how to reach Madhuban from Parasnath?
  • How many hours will it take to reach Madhuban from either Kolkata or Ranchi?
  • Is road travel safe in that region? By what time should we target to reach Madhuban? Is it safe to travel after sunset or before sunrise to/from Madhuban?
  • Where should we stay in Madhuban? Are there any hotels in that region? Is pre-booking required in any of the Dharamsalas?
  • What all things are required to carry alongwith?

Several other questions also came to our mind.

One can reach Samet-Shikhar via Kolkata, Patna and Ranchi incase one is travelling by air. If one is travelling by trains, then the nearest station is Parasnath. Please checkHow to Reach section for more details.

 

How To Reach

Location

Samet-Shikhar is located at a distance of nearly 350 kms from Kolkata. It can be also reached from Ranchi and Patna which are situated at a distance of 190 and 210 kms respectively.

The nearest railway station of Parasnath is at a distance of nearly 25 kms from the tirth of Madhuban. It is also accessible from nearby towns and cities through arterial roads. Motor cars or passenger buses travel along the route from Dumri to Giridih and stop at Madhuban village. Bus service and private vehicles are available.

Reaching Samet-Shikhar
By Train Nearest Railway Station is Parasnath { PNME } 25 Kms away from Samet-Shikhar. Approx. travel time from Parasnath to Samet-Shikhar is 45 Minutes.
Other nearby Railway Station with Distance
Giridih

32 kms. Approx 45 Minutes.

Dhanbad 85 Kms. Approx 1.30 Hrs.
Gomoh 40 Kms. Approx 1 Hrs.
Special Note : Night travelling by Road in these areas is strictly not advisable due to security reasons.
By Air 

Nearest Airport To Reach Are :

Ranchi

190 Kms. Approx. 4.5 hrs

Patna 210 Kms. Approx. 5.0 hrs
Kolkata 350 Kms. Approx. 6.0 hrs

Via Kolkata

By Road

Route map for Kolkata to Samet-Shikhar on NH-2

Kolkata2SametShikhar route map

1. Kolkata 2. Bardhaman
3. Durgapur 4. Asansol
5. Dhanbad 6. Dhumri


Directions :

  • After coming out of Kolkata International Airport, move towards NH-2
  • Once on NH-2, dont leave the main road for nearly 300 kms
  • You will come across places like Bardhaman, Durgapur, Asansol, Dhanbad and Dhumri
  • As soon as you reach Dhumri, you need to get off the NH-2 and move towards your right hand side and get on to the road leading to Parasnath
By Train
Trains To Parasnath Train No Train Name
Kolkata 12175
12301
12307
12321
12311
12381
13009
13151
19306
03061
Chambal Express
Kolkata Rajdhani
Howrah-Jodhpur SF Express
Howrah Mumbai Mail
Howrah- Kalka Mail
Poorva Express
Doon Express
Kolkata Chitpur-JammuTawi Express
Shipra Express
Howrah CST Special

Via Patna

By Road

Route map for Patna to Samet-Shikhar on NH-22

Patna2SametShikhar route map

1. Patna 2. Gaya
3. Get on Grant Trunk Road (National Highway 2) 4. Chauparan
5. Bagodar 6. Dhumri


Directions :

  • After coming out of Patna Airport, move towards NH-22
  • You will come across Gaya on NH-22
  • Stay on NH-22 for nearly 130 kms.
  • After that, drive along NH-2 (Grant Trunk Road) to reach Dumri
  • You will come across places like Chauparan, Barhi, Bagodar on NH-2
  • As soon as you reach Dhumri, you need to get off the NH-2 and move towards your left hand side and get on to the road leading to Parasnath
By Train
Trains To Parasnath Train No Train Name
Patna

13330
18623
18625

Ganga Damodar Express
Rjpb Hatia Express
Patna (Pnbe) Hatia (Hte) Express

Via Ranchi

By Road

Route map for Patna to Samet-Shikhar on NH-23

Ranchi2SametShikhar route map

1. Ranchi 2. Ormanjhi
3. Gola 4. Peterbar
5. Kurpania 6. Phusro
7. Dhumri


Directions :

  • After coming out of Ranchi Airport, pass through Ranchi city and move towards NH-23
  • You will come across places like Ormanjhi, Gola, Peterbar, Kurpania, Phusro and Dhumri
  • As soon as you reach Dhumri get on to the road leading to Parasnath and move towards Samet-Shikhar
By Train
Trains To Parasnath Train No Train Name
Ranchi

18624
18626

Hte Rjpb Express
Hte Rjpb Express

Direct Trains to Parasnath from major Indian Cities
Trains To Parasnath Train No Train Name
Mumbai 12322 Kolkata Mail
Delhi

12302
12312
12382
12802
12816
12876

Kolkata Rajdhani
Kalka Mail
Poorva Express
Purusottam Express
Puri Express
Neelachal Express

Indore/Bhopal 19305 Shipra Express
Jaipur 12308 Ju Hwh Sup Fast
Agra

12308
12178
12941

Ju Hwh Sup Fast
Chambal Express
Adi Asansol Express

Ahmedabad 12941 Adi Asansol Express
NOTE – Kindly check the detailed timetable for each train on http://www.indianrail.gov.in or http://www.irctc.co.in. Also, some of the above trains run on selected days hence check Railway Time Table

 

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