New Jersey has plenty of Hindu temples one of which is The Bridgewater Balaji Temple. It’s about an hour drive from NYC. We could see great foliage across our journey to the temple as we made our trip around mid October. The facility is huge and has lot of parking place even on weekends. This temple and surroundings are still under construction.
Temple facility has a cafeteria and proper arrangement of lavatories. Temple management has placed all the correct signs to guide religious devotees toward the main chamber or main hall. They also have a small store where people can buy God idols and other electronic decorative appliances.
Check few pictures that I managed to take. No photography is allowed inside the temple.
From New York City: Take George Washington Bridge, Lincoln/Holland Tunnel to NJ Turnpike South. Take Exit 14 to 78 West. Take Exit 29 to 287 North. Take 287 North to Exit 22A (202/206 S). Pass through 5 lights (approx 3 miles) and pass Old Farm Road. Turn right at the Brown Road light (6th light) in to the Temple grounds.
From Route 80: Take 287 South to Exit 22 (Pluckemin). After the exit, keep right and immediately follow the jug handle U Turn to 202/206 South. Pass 6 lights and pass Old Farm road. Turn right at the Brown Road light (7th light) in to the Temple grounds.
From PA and South Jersey: Take US Route 1 North or NJ Turnpike North to exit 10 to 287 North. On 287, take exit 14B (Left Exit) to Route 22 West. After 3 miles, take 202/206 North. (towards Morristown). Continue on and take 202/206 N towards Pluckemin. Pass Sanofi Aventis Pharmaceuticals (approx 3 miles) on left and turn left at Brown Road light in to the Temple grounds.
#114 Bridgewater – New York City, (Taxi from Bridgewater Mall)
#117 Somerville – New York City (Weekdays only)
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Raritan Valley line: Somerville – Newark – New York city
Connects to Path Train to Jersey city, Hoboken, NYC. (Taxi from Somerville Station)