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Maharashtra Sightseeing - Pune
Aga Khan Palace Accommodation

Aga Khan PalaceThis palace was built in 1892 by the renowned Iman Sultan Muhammad Shah Aga Khan III and was later donated to India as a mark of respect to Gandhji. The Aga Khan Palace is a national monument of India’s freedom movement. Mahadevbhai and Kasturba passed away while in captivity at the Aga Khan palace and their memorials are located in the campus. The palace has become a national and one lakh visitors every year. They come to pay homage to the memorials here.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune. By Rail: Trains are available daily from Mumbai to pune.
By Road: Taxis and State transport buses are easily available.

Akluj Fort Accommodation

Akluj FortThe Akluj Fort has witnessed some major historical events. Being centre point between Bijapur and Pune, Akluj was an important trade route. Many Legendary tales resound from the walls of this historic monuments. The proudest moments of Maratha glory are now recaptured through life size murals and commissioned sculptres displayed here along with a sound and light show.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune. By Rail: the nearest railway station is Bhigwan, 50 kms.
By Road: State transport buses ply from Pune and Mumbai.

Bhimashankar Accommodation

BhimashankarNana Fadnis constructed the beautiful Shiva Temple at Bhimashankar- one of the Jyotirlings. This ancient temple has awooden entrance which is beautifully carved. On Mahashivratri day, over 20,000 devtees attend a special religious fair. Bhimashankar has beautiful sceery and an all- around vibrant atmosphere. Besides the Shiva Temple and the dense forest surrounding it, you can also visit Bombay Point, Gupta Bhimashankar- the origin of the Bhima River, Hanuman Tank and Nagphani Point.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune, 95 kms. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Pune. By Road: Mumbai-Bhimashankar, 265 kms via Pune.

Dajipur Accommodation
DajipurThe jungle resort of Dajipur is situsted on the border of Kolhapur and Sindhudurg districts. Home to the bison, wild deer chital and many more spectacular wild animals and birds, Dajipur is an exciting holiday’s getway. An excursion to the Gagangiri Maharaj Math makes for a pleasant outing.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airports are Belgaum and Kolhapur. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Kolhapur on South Central Railway. By Road: The route from Mumbai is, Mumbai-Dajipur, 490 kms. Kolhapur-Dajipur 80 kms. Radhanagari-Dajipur, 30 kms. Phonda-Dajipur, 20 kms.

Jyotiba Accommodation

Shree Jyotirling TempleJyotiba an incarnation of Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh and the seer Jamadagni, resides here. Situated at aheight of 3100 feet, this holy site nestle in the hills near Wadi Ratnagiri. The four-handed idol is housed in the ancient interiors of the temple. There are other temple and light-towers here. On Chaitra Pournima (March-April) a big fair is held here.

Getting there:
By Air: The nearest Airport is Kolhapur. By Rail: The nearest railway station is Kolhapur.
By Road: Jyotiba lies 17 kms northwest of Kolhapur.

Khandla, Lonavala and Karla Accommodation
Khandla, Lonavala and KarlaKhandala and Lonavala are two charming hill stations on the western slopes of the Sahyadris. Very popular with Mumbaities, they also alternate as getways and health resorts. Karla about 12 kms from Lonavala, is the site of the largest chaitya caves (shrines) in India, built in 80 BC. Amongst the best-preserved Buddhist temples in India, they represent the zenith. In trems of design purity, of this style of temple architecture, About 3 kms from the main road is the more peaceful setting of the Bhaia Caves.
Getting there:
By Air: Pune 66kms away, is the nearest airport. By Rail: All trains from Mumbai to Pune and the South stop at Lonavala. By Road: Mumbai is 104 kms away by road, with a world –class Expressway cutting the distance to less than two hours. Taxis and auto-rickshaws easily available in Lonavala and Khandala, are the best way of getting to and from karla.

Konya Nagar Accommodation

Konya NagarNestled in the valleys of the Sahyadris, the hill station of Koyna Nagar is a famous tourist spot in Maharashtra. Declared by the UN as asite for bio-deversity due to its rich flora and fauna, KOyna Nagar is an unspoilt parasdise for trekkers during the monsoons. The Koyna Nagar wildlife sanctuary is worth seeing. The hill station also has industrial importance since it houses one of Asia’s largest windmill parks and the Koyna dam which supplies water to cities and towns across the region.

Getting there:
By Air: The nearest Airport is Kolhapur, 151 kms. By Rail: The nearest railway stations are Chiplun (46 kms) and Karad. By Road: Mumbai-Karad-Koyna Nagar. State Transport buses ply from Karad to Chiplun and halt at Koyna Nagar.

Mahabaleshwar Accommodation

MahabaleshwarMahabaleshwar is the Sanskrit term for the ‘God of Great Power’. Under British rule, roads, resorts, cottages and bunglows were built, following which the Mahabaleshwar Club came up. Later on, the polo ground and race course were also added. The place is very popular with tourist, especially during the summer vacations and Christmas and Diwali.

Getting there:
By Air: The nearest Airport is Pune, 120 kms By Rail: The nearest railhead is Warhar, but Pune is more convenient. By Road: Mumbai- Mahabaleshwar via Mahad – 247 kms. State transport buses ply regularly between Pune and Mahabaleshwar and Mumbai – Mahabaleshwar.

Mahalaxmi Temple, Kolhapur Accommodation

Shree Mahalaxmi Temple, KolhapurThis exquisitely carved temple of the 7th century draws millions of pilgrims and is an important spiritual centre, bestowing blessings of the goddess – Mahalaxmi or Amba Bai, whose idol exists in its natural form. Besides the ‘Palkhi’ ritual, celebrations on the hindu festivals of Chaitra Pournima and Navratri are performed here. Timings: Thetemple is open from 4 a.m to 11 p.m.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Kolhapur. By Rail: The nearset railhead is Kolhapur. By Road: Taxis and ST buses take you From Kolhapur city to the temple.

Panchgani Accommodation
PanchganiPanchgani derives its name from the five or ‘panch’ hills around it. It offers a soul-stopping view og the Krishna river on one side and the coastal plains on the other. Panchgani is a quintessential residential hill station with an old-world charm. This can be seen in the architecture of the British buildings, the Parsi houses and the boarding houses. Table Land-a flat mountain peak, one of the largest in Asia majestically overlooks the coastal plains.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune, 89 kms. By Rail: Nearset railhead is Wathar, 45 kms on Miraj-Kolhapur section of South Central Railway. However, the convenient railhead is Pune. By Road: Mumbai-Panchgani via Pune, 270 kms. Mumbai Panchgani via Mahad, 266 kms. State Transport buses ply from Satara, Pune, Wai, Mahabaleshwar and Mahad to Panchgani.
Panhala Fort Accommodation

Panhala FortThe Panhala fort is located at a height of 3127 feet. It was from here that Shivaji beleaguered for over four months, escaped one rainy night to Vishalgad, while his faithful General Baji Prabhu Deshpande laid down his life holding down the forces of Siddi Johar at a narrow pass. The Teen Darwaza in the fort is an imposing and powerful structure. In the north-east corner there is a double storey building called Sajja Kothi, where Shivaji had imprisoned his errant son, Sambhaji.

Getting there:
BY Air: Nearest airport is Kolhapur. By Rail: The nearest railhead Kolhapur is 18 kms away.
By Road: From Mumbai, the journey by road is 428 kms. There are regular State Transport buses and taxis to you to Panhala from Kolhapur.

Pratapgad Fort Accommodation

Pratapgad FortIf walls could speaks, the Pratapgad fort would tell you about the glores of Chhatrapati Shivaji and the Maratha dynasty. Constructed more than 3 centuries ago, this fort was a proud witness to the battle between Chhatrapati Shivaji –the Martha warrior king and his mighty rival Afzal Khan of the Mughal Empire. Ti was here that Shivaji took on Afzal Khan with Tiger’s claws diuring the battle. One can scale up into the Sahyadris to get a glimpse of Maharashtra’s glorious past. Make sure you don’t miss the Bhavani Temple nestling in the fort and built by Shivaji Maharaj himself

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Wathar, but Pune is more convenient. By Road: State Transport buses ply regularly between Pune and Mahabaleshwar and Mumbai and Mahabaleshwar. From Mahabaleshwar one can hire private transport to Pratapgad.

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, Pune Accommodation

Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, PuneThe Kelkar Museum comprises a re-creation of the Mastani Mahal, research and storage facilities and the Institute of Musicology and Fine Arts along with rare exhibits and artifacts from all over the country. Paintings, nut crackers, carved palace doors, pottery and a number of musical instruments are found here. Household vessels (of 18th and 19th century) made of terracotta, copper and brass are displayed. One can see primeval vessels like Dabado, a box in which dowary used to be given in Gujarat. Statues of Shri Ganesha, Shiva and Parvati longwith paintings depicting scenes from Ramayana and paintings in manuscript are on display. Timings: 9am to 6pm (open all days).

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune. By Rail: Trains are available daily from Mumbai to Pune.
By Road: Taxis and State Transport buses are easily available.

Shaniwarwada, Pune Accommodation
Shaniwarwada, PuneShaniwarwada in Pune was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas (the prime ministers of the Maratha pire). The principal gate is called Dilli Darwaja (Delhi Gate); the other gates are called Mastani or Alibahadur Darwaja, Khidki Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. The walls in the palace are painted with scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata. A sixteen petal lotus-shaped fountain is reminiscent of the exquisite work of those times. The sound and light show makes the visit worthwhile.
Getting there:
By Air: The nearest airport is Pune. By Rail: Trains are available daily from Mumbai to Pune.
By Road: Shaniwarwada is located in the city of Pune. Taxis and State Transort buses are easily available to reach there.

Shri Chintamani Temple – Theur Accommodation

Shri Chintamani Temple – TheurGanesha is believed to have got back the precious Chintamani jewel from the greedy Guna for sage Kapila at this spot. However, after bringing back the jewel, sage Kapila put it in Vinayaka’s (Ganesha’s) neck. Thus the name Chintamani. This happened under the Kadamb tree, therefore Theur was known as Kadambanagar in the old days. Chintamani also denotes ‘the one who fufils wishes of his devotees’, hence devotees throng this temple in large numbers. The lake behind the templeis called Kadambtreertha.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest Airport is Pune. By Rail: 5 kms from Loni Railway station on the Pune-Solapur section. By Road: 22 kms from Pune off the Pune-Solapur highway

Shri Girijatmaj – Lenyadri Accommodation

Shri Girijatmaj – LenyadriThis temple is situated on the beautiful Lekhan Hills, located along the Kukdi River. These hills are situated on the Pune-Nasik highway about 94 kms from Pune. In Ganesh Puran this place was called as Jirnapur or Lekhan Parbat. Yhe Girijatmaj Vinayak is one of the Ashtavinayak shrines of Maharashtra. This is the only Ashtavinayak temple to be situated on a mountain and set in a Buddhist cave-temple. The Girijatmaj Vinayak refers to Ganesh as the son Parvati. Girija is another name for Parvati and Atmaj means son.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune. By Rail: Nearest railhead is Pune. By Road: State Transport buses are available for Junnar from the Shivajinagar bus stand at Pune and from the Mumbai Central bus stand at Mumbai. Lenyadri is 5 kms from Junnar. Rickshaws, jeeps and buses are available from the Junnar bus stand for travel to Lenyadri. On the Pune-Nasik Highway, Lenyadri is 94 kms from Pune.

Shri Kshetra Akkalkot Accommodation

Shri Kshetra AkkalkotThis is 38 kms from Solapur. Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj – a Satpurush (spiritual leader) who was a devotee of Shri Dattatraya stayes in Akkalkot. Pilgrims can visit this holy place and witness the world age old custom of distributing free food at the Annachhatra in this temple.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest Airport is Pune. By Rail: The nearest railwat station is Solapur (38 kms) By Road: The nearest city is Solapur. Taxis and State Transport buses are easily available.

Shri Mahaganpati – Rajangoan Accommodation
Shri Mahaganpati – RajangoanThe temple is supposed to have been built by Lord Shiva where he worshipped Ganesha, and the town he set up was called Manipur which is now known as Ranjangoan. Shiva is believed to have worshipped Ganesha before fighting the demon Tripurasuar here.
Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune. By Rail: Nearset railway station is Daund. By Road: The temple is situated 50 kms from Pune on the Pune-Ahmednagar highway in the village of Ranjangoan.
Shri Moreshwar Temple Morgoan Accommodation

Shri Moreshwar Temple MorgoanMoreshwar in Morgoan is one the most popular of the Ashtavinayaka shrines in Maharashtra depicting Ganapati on a peacock. Moregoan is situated in Baramati Taluka in Pune District, on the banks of the river karha. The idol is believed to be “Swayambhu’ as it was found and not sculpted by human hands. The temple was built in the 14th century by Moraya Gosavi and looks like a small fortress or chateau. The deity ‘Moreshwara’ inside the sanctum is very attractive. It is in a sitting posture and has diamonds embedded in its eyes and navel.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest airport is Pune. By Rail: Alight at either Jejuri or Nira and take a local bus from there. By Road: The best way to reach here from Pune is by road as it is just 64 kms away. S.T. buses are very frequent. The route from Pune to Morgoan is: Pune – Hadapsar – Loni –Yewat – Chauphula – Supa – Morgoan.

Shri Siddheshwar Temple Solapur Accommodation

Shri Siddheshwar Temple SolapurThe temple of Siddheshwar yogi is situated in the centre of the Siddheshwar Lake in Solapur and comes alive during the Nandidhwaj procession. The Gadda yatra is the most important part of the Sankranti festival and is celebrated here between the 14th and 26th of January.

Getting there:
By Air: Nearest Airport is Pune (224 kms) By Rail: The nearest railway station is Solapur.
By Road: The temple is located in the heart of the city. Taxis and State Transport buses are easily available.


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