Viewing the map you can see that Conway, Ashfield, Buckland, and Shelburne Falls form a ring of roads in the area where our retreats will be. These hilltowns are rural. There is no public transportation. GPS will not always direct your automobile correctly. You may not have cell phone coverage or internet access in some areas. (Shelburne Falls is a larger town, however, with amenities and excellent internet and cell access.) We will carpool to Khandroling, because parking there is limited, and the road is rough.
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Travel by Car to Tsegyalgar
From the South: In Massachusetts take I-91 north to exit #24 for Deerfield/Conway. Turn right off the exit ramp on to Rts. 5 & 10. At the 3rd set of lights take a left on to Rte 116 north. Follow Rt 116 ten miles uphill into the center of Conway. Continue on Rt. 166 through the center of the village and past Bakers' convenience store on the left. Continue up the hill a short way. Where Rt 116 curves right, take a left onto Maple Street and another immediate left onto the very steep Schoolhouse Road, where you will see Dzogchen Community welcome sign. At the top of the hill you will see the Yellow Schoolhouse.
From the North: In Massachusetts take I-91 south to exit #25 for Deerfield/Conway. Take a right off the exit onto Rt. 116 north. Follow Rt 116 ten miles uphill into the center of Conway. Continue on Rt. 166 through the center of the village and past Bakers' convenience store on the left. Continue up the hill a short way. Where Rt 116 curves right, take a left onto Maple Street and another immediate left onto the very steep Schoolhouse Road, where you will see Dzogchen Community welcome sign. At the top of the hill you will see the Yellow Schoolhouse.
Travel by Bus
MegaBus from New York City to Hampshire Mall/Hadley, MA us.megabus.com
The Peter Pan Bus brings passengers from New York (via Hartford, Springfield, Northampton and Deerfield) to Greenfield; also from Boston to Greenfield. Schedules here: www.peterpanbus.com
There is local bus service from Greenfield to Shelburne Falls on the Franklin Regional Transit Authority (FRTA) Route 41 (Charlemont/Greenfield) Fare is $1.50. Find schedules here: www.frta.com
Travel by Train
IMPROVED TRAIN CONNECTION FOR 2015!
AMTRAK has a new train stop in Greenfield! The train is called the Vermonter. It is a direct train to and from New York City, once a day.
The Vermonter leaves NYC daily at 11:33 am and arrives in Greenfield at 4:27pm. The Vermonter leaves Greenfield daily at 1:07 pm and arrives in NYC at 6:24pm. Confirm this information at www.amtrak.com.
We will have a Ride Service to meet the Vermonter in Greenfield. Check back for details.
In addition, the Amtrak runs to and from Springfield many times a day. Amtrak schedules and fares here: www.amtrak.com.
Caution: arrange your travel connections ahead of time. More buses from NYC terminate in Amherst or Hadley than come all the way to Greenfield. You can reserve a ride to your destination from our Ride Service -- check back later for details.
Travel by Air
The nearest airport to Tsegyalgar East is Bradley International Airport (BDL) in Hartford, Connecticut. www.bradleyairport.com From the airport, it is a one hour, 50 mile ride up the Connecticut River valley to Tsegyalgar. Logan Airport (BOS) in Boston is a two hour drive from Tsegyalgar. John F. Kennedy (JFK) or LaGuardia (LGA) International airports in New York City are a four hour drive.
From the Airport to Tsegyalgar:
By Taxi - A taxi from the Bradley airport to Tsegyalgar (or another destination nearby) will cost about $150. This is a good price for four people traveling together, not so good for one person!
By Shuttle - The Valley Transporter shuttle service can bring you in a van from the airport to any destination in our area. Prices vary according to distance (about $75. one way). You must call ahead and make a reservation. Tel. 800-872-8752 www.valleytransporter.com
By Bus - The Peter Pan Bus Company can bring you as far as Greenfield. Schedules can be found here www.peterpanbus.com. Air travelers need to connect from the airport to the bus/train station in Hartford via a local bus ($1.30) or via taxi ($45). For local bus connections from Greenfield to Shelburne Falls, see Travel by Bus
Enterprise Rental is located at 136 River Street in Greenfield. The local telephone number for Enterprise Rental is 413-774-5092.
To get to the Greenfield Enterprise location from the airport, train or bus station, you can travel on the Valley Transporter (reservations required; $69. one way from the airport). A local car rental may be less expensive than an airport rental. Check back here for updates.
Getting around the hilltowns
The main roads of our hilltowns form a circle around Khandroling, where our beautiful new Vajra hall is on the summit of a mountain in the forest. The towns of Conway, Ashfield, and Shelburne Falls are each about 10 miles from the other: from Conway you can drive west to Ashfield on Rt 116, then north to Shelburne Falls on Rt 112, and then south to Conway again on the Conway/Shelburne Falls Road. THESE HILLTOWNS ARE NOT CONNECTED BY PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION.
If you are lodging in the hilltowns you will certainly need access to a car (unless you are walking distance to Tsegyalgar). As usual, the optimal arrangement will be for small groups of travelers to lodge in one place and rent a car together or share rides. See Accommodations near Tsegyalgar.
With a car, you can drive to Shelburne Falls for lunch, and find excellent restaurants and college town ambience in the evenings in Northampton (20 miles) or Amherst (20 miles).