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Here is the list of 15 temples in pune for a spectacular religious getaway, 1. parvati hill temple, pune.

Parvati Hill Temple, Pune

Brought into existence by the great Peshwa ruler Balaji Baji Rao in the 17th century, and rising to over 2,000 feet, Parvati hill offers a sweeping view of the city of Pune. It is located in the south-east part of Pune. The hill in itself brags of beautiful views away from the hustle and bustle of the city with a pleasant climate throughout the year.

2. Pataleshwar Cave Temple, Pune

Pataleshwar Cave Temple, Pune

Situated on the Jangli Maharaj Road in Pune, Pataleshwar Cave Temple is enshrined by Lord Pataleshwar- the God of the Underworld, who is a form of Lord Shiva. Carved out of a single magnanimous rock, this spellbinding monolithic find is located right in the heart of the city and is a revered Hindu shrine which is thronged by hundreds of devotees and pilgrims on an everyday basis. What is more, the temple has an exuberant architecture with elaborate carvings on the walls and miniature paintings.

3. Dehu, Pune

Dehu, Pune

Dehu Gatha temple is one of the largest temples and is located near Pune. At the entrance of the temple lies the statue of Sant Tukaram Maharaj. What attracts people the most are the carvings of all Gathas ie legends/storis of Sant Tukaram on the walls of the temple which are very easy to read. It is said that one must read at least 3 Gathas on visiting the temple. The temple is located on Indrayani River's bank. Also, there is a place on the river where these Gathas floats which should not be missed out.

4. Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple, Pune

Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple, Pune

A divine place of worship devoted to Lord Ganapati, Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Ganapati temple is extremely famous for its religious festivities and is located in Pune, Maharashtra. The temple receives a considerable crowd of devotees every day who come to attend the daily pooja, abhisheka and the Arti of Lord Ganesh. The idol of Lord Ganapati is 2.2 meters high and 1 meter wide and is adorned with almost 40 kilos of gold.

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5. Sri Balaji Mandir, Pune

Sri Balaji Mandir, Pune

Sri Balaji Mandir of Pune is a close replica of the renowned Venkateshwara temple at Tirumala, Tirupati. Not only the architecture and the look of the sanctum deity, the temple follows its influencer in rituals and religious activities as well. With beautiful, lush green surroundings, free meal and a calm environment, Sri Balaji Mandir is a great alternative for those who cannot make the journey to the original.

6. ISKCON NVCC Temple, Pune

ISKCON NVCC Temple, Pune

ISKCON NVCC (New Vedic Cultural Center) is located in the less congested area of Kondhwa near Pune. ISKCON NVCC is a temple devoted to Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. The temple has lavish green hills in the background and provides its visitors with a great ambience. Once you enter the prayer hall, you will be awe-struck by the stunning idols of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha.

7. Chaturshringi Temple, Pune

Chaturshringi Temple, Pune

One of the revered temples of Pune, the Chaturshringi Mandir should be on your list of places to visit when you’re in Pune. Located on Senapati Bapat Road near Pune University in Gokhale Nagar, this temple has been the place for the devotees of Mahakali and Shri Chaturshringi for ages. The word “Chaturshringi” is derived from the word “Chattu” which means “Mountain with four peaks” and represents faith and power. The main temple also includes idols of Goddess Durga, Ashtavinayaka and Ganesha.

8. Sarasbaug Ganpati Temple, Pune

Sarasbaug Ganpati Temple, Pune

Sarasbaug Ganapati Temple is a shrine for Siddhi Vinakayak Ganesh, as established by the Maratha ruler Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa, in 1784. The temple derives its name from the island where it is situated, called Sarasbaug, named by its creator, Madhavrao's predecessor, Nanasaheb Peshwa. Located at the foot of Parvati Hills, the lake around the temple is said to be the venue of secret meetings held by the Peshwas during boat rides.

9. Bhuleshwar Temple, Pune

Bhuleshwar Temple, Pune

Rich in ancient history and peculiar architecture, Bhuleshwar temple is a holy site devoted to Lord Shiva and is one of the oldest temples in Maharashtra. Situated on a small hill in a small village of Maharashtra called ‘Yavat’, the temple is located around 54 kms from Pune city. The calm and cool ambience of the temple creates a peaceful experience for the devotees to offer their prayers.

10. Katraj Jain Temple, Pune

Katraj Jain Temple, Pune

Peace and tranquillity are the two most dominant forces at this prominent place of worship, Katraj Jain Temple. The temple sits on a hillock which lies between the Pune-Satara highway, at Katraj in the district of Pune, Maharashtra. The mesmerizing view from the temple of the Pune city adds to the feeling of calmness experienced by the visitors. Once the temple is entered, there is no stopping the refreshing breeze from blowing into your hair.

11. Shree Omkareshwar Temple

Shree Omkareshwar Temple

Formerly a funeral site for the Hindus, The Shree Omkareshwar Temple is an 18th-century Shiva temple located near the Balgandharva Rang Mandir, Shanivar Peth. The temple was built by Shivram Bhat who was the spiritual teacher of the renowned Peshwa family who lived in Pune. The temple's Shikhara is made of white stone and is made of 5 layers. Each layer has sculptures and carvings of different gods and goddesses in Hinduism. The main entrance of the temple leads one to the idol of Nandi Maharaj, who is believed to have helped the people during the Panshet deluge.  The main sanctum of the temple has a Shivalinga, and in addition to this, the temple also houses idols of various gods like Ganesh, Vishnu, Shani in smaller temples. This temple is also widely known because, during the freedom struggle, many political leaders held processions and meetings in the Omkareshwar temple Taalim.

12. BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir

The Swami Narayan Mandir in Pune is located on Narhe Ambegaon road in the city of Pune. The Swaminarayan temple has a beautiful lawn around the main temple which is carved of red stone. The temple is known as it’s extremely well maintained and clean. The temple is usually open from 7.30 AM till 12 PM and then from 4 PM to 9 PM. The BAPS Shri Swaminarayan temple is also closed between 10.15 AM to 11.15 AM and then 6.15 PM to 7 PM during the offering of the Gods daily Thal or Bhog. There is a daily aarti that also takes place at the temple at different timings. The temple also has several basic guidelines that they require the devotees and visitors to follow in order to keep the temples respect and glory. 

13. Nageshwar Temple

Nageshwar Temple

The Nageshwar Temple Pune is one of the oldest temples of Pune. Located in Somwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra, the temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is believed to be built in the 13th Century AD in Yadava style of architecture. The temple Sanctum has shrines for various other Deities such as Lord Vishnu, Almighty Maruti and Shree Dattatreya. The devotees believe that the water of the reservoir near the temple could cure Leprosy. Although the colossal structure has inscriptions dating back to ancient times, the temple has since gone through various renovations by the government. The temple celebrates Mahashivratri every year as its main festival while it also celebrates Hanuman Jayanti and Vinayaka Chaturti. The temple timings are 6.00 A.M to 10.00 P.M daily.

14. Shri Kasba Ganpati Temple

Shri Kasba Ganpati Temple

The Kasba Ganapati Temple is a temple dedicated to a specific idol of Lord Ganesha, Kasba (Gramadevata), located in Kasba Peth, Pune, Maharashtra. The temple became popular when the Seven prominent Maratha families migrated to Pune near the area where the temple currently sits in the year 1630. Hence the temple carries historical significance in the Maratha Dynasty. The temple is decorated very beautifully with paintings of Lord Ganesha on the walls. Although the temple is not very big, it holds very high regard to the locals and pilgrims. The main festival of the temple, Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated every year for a span of 10 days. Started by Bal Gangadhar Tilak in the 19th Century, the festival is the most important festival of Maharashtra. The temple echoes devotees from all over the country every year, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi. 

15. Shri Mahalaxmi Mandir

Shri Mahalaxmi Mandir

The Shri Mahalaxmi Mandir is located in the city of Pune, Maharashtra. The temple has three forms of the goddess. One of which is Mahasarwati who symbolises knowledge, Mata Laxmi who symbolises wealth and prosperity and Mahakali to discharge time from death. The temple has Dravidian style architecture and the summit of the temple is approximately 55 feet high and 24 feet wide. The temple took around 12 years to be completely built. The main idol of the Goddess is made from ancient marble. During the mogra festival, the idols of these gods are decorated and filled with thousands of flowers. The other festivals widely celebrated here are Navratri, Holi, Brahma Utsav, Ram Navmi and Janmashtami.

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Shirdi is a pilgrimage town located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. About 180 km from Pune, and 258 km from Mumbai, this is one of the popular places pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the best places to visit near Aurangabad . Shirdi is home to the shrine of Shirdi Sai Baba, the star attractions of Shirdi Tour . Sai Baba, who belonged to the 20th century, is known as one of the greatest saints of India. Sai Baba visited Shirdi when he was 16 years old and stayed there until he died in 1918. Shirdi is the place where he attained his 'Samadhi' or final abode. This is one of the must include places in Maharashtra holiday packages . The Shirdi temple complex covers an area of about 200 square meters. It includes Gurusthan, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai, Chavadi, and Lendi Baug. Shirdi Temple is one of the richest temples in India with estimated donations of INR 4 billion per annum. Maruti Temple, Khandoba Mandir, Sai Heritage Village, Shanisinghnapur, and Nashik are the other Shirdi places to visit .

Distance from Pune: 180 Kms

temple visit near pune

Nashik or Nasik is the third-largest city by population in Maharashtra. Situated about 182 km from Mumbai, and 211 km from Pune, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra , and among the famous places to visit near Mumbai . Situated at an altitude of 700 m, Nashik is famous for its numerous temples that can be visited as part of Nashik Tour Packages . Panchavati, Someshwar, Ram Kund, Muktidham Temple, Coin Museum, Pandavleni Caves, Sinnar, Anjaneri, and Trimbakeshwar are some of the popular places to visit in Nashik . Nashik also holds Kumbha Mela, the largest religious gathering held once every 12 years. A large number of pilgrims, sadhus, and holy men attend this magnificent fair and take bath in the holy river Godavari. Apart from its religious importance, Nashik has numerous vineyards that dot the countryside and is known as the wine capital of India. Nashik can be visited along with Shirdi Tour Packages .

Distance from Pune: 211 Kms

3. Ganpatipule

temple visit near pune

Ganpatipule is a small pilgrimage & beach town on the Konkan coast of Maharashtra in India. About 307 km from Pune, and 345 km from Mumbai, it is one of the top places to visit near Kolhapur , and among the must include places in Maharashtra packages . Ganpatipule is mainly known for its 400 years old Ganapati Temple which is the prime attraction in Ganpatipule holiday packages . The idol of Ganesha is believed to be a monolith that was self-incarnated and discovered over 1600 years ago. It is one of the Ashta Ganapati Temples of India and is known as 'Paschim Dwar Devata'. The temple is at the base of a hill, and pilgrims walk around (pradakshina) the hill as a mark of respect. Ganpatipule can be visited as a day trip along with Mahabaleshwar tour packages . Besides, Ganpatipule has some of the most spectacular beaches that can be visited along with Konkan packages . It is an ideal getaway that attracts peace-seekers, beach lovers, and pilgrims alike. Jaigad Fort, Prachin Konkan Museum, Arey Ware Beach, Guhagar Beach, and Velneshwar are the other prominent places to visit in Ganpatipule .

Distance from Pune: 307 Kms

4. Harihareshwar

temple visit near pune

Harihareshwar is a coastal town in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, India. About 175 km from Pune, and 213 km from Mumbai, it is one of the must-include places in Konkan tour packages , and among the famous weekend getaways from Pune , and Mumbai. Situated on the Konkan coast, Harihareshwar is one of the best Maharashtra beach destinations . This beach town is often called Southern Kashi because it is home to the Harihareshwar temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Harihareshwar comes across as a pleasant surprise with some of the most peaceful and beautiful beaches along the Konkan Coast. Harihareshwar Beach , Diveaghar Beach & Temple, Kondvil Beach, Kelshi Beach, Velas Beach, Srivardhan Beach, Bankot Fort, are the must include places in Harihareshwar Packages .

Distance from Pune: 171 Kms

5. Kolhapur

temple visit near pune

Kolhapur is a city and the district headquarters of Kolhapur district in the Indian state of Maharashtra. About 237 km from Pune, and 388 km from Mumbai, it is one of the popular pilgrimage sites in India , and among the must include places in Maharashtra tour packages . Situated on the banks of the Panchganga River, Kolhapur is a beautiful city famed for its religious and historical sites that can be visited s part of Kolhapur tour packages . Often referred to as Dakshin Kashi, Kolhapur is an important spiritual center as it houses a significant number of temples from Medieval India, including Mahalakshmi Temple. Bhavani Mandap, New Palace Museum, Jyotiba Temple, Rankala Lake, Kopeshwar Temple, Panhala Fort, Siddhagiri Gramjivan Museum, and Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary are among the most prominent places to visit in Kolhapur . Kolhapur is known worldwide for its Kolhapuri chappals, Kolhapuri jewellery, and Kolhapuri Cuisine. It is also a hub of aspiring wrestlers as the town houses some of the best training centers in the country.

Distance from Pune: 230 Kms

6. Pandharpur

temple visit near pune

Pandharpur is a temple town located on the banks of Chandrabhaga River near Solapur city in Maharashtra, India. About 77 km from Solapur, and 209 km from Pune, it is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the must-include places in Solapur tour packages . Renowned for its deep-rooted religious heritage and enchanting spiritual aura, Pandharpur is considered to be the spiritual capital of Maharashtra and revered as the Southern Kashi of India. The sacred town of Pandharpur boasts magnificent temples and shrines. The Vitthal Rukmani Temple stands as the primary place of worship, attracting millions of devotees every year. The exquisite craftsmanship and intricate carvingsof the temple offer a glimpse into the artistic prowess of the bygone era. Besides, the Kaikadi Maharaj Math, Pundalik Temple, Shri Gopalkrishna Temple, Vishnupad Temple, and ISKCON Pandharpur are the other prominent Pandharpur tourist places . The annual Pandharpur Yatra, also known as the Ashadi Ekadashi, witnesses a colossal gathering of devotees.

Distance from Pune: 210 Kms

7. Shani Shingnapur

temple visit near pune

At a distance of 72 km from Shirdi and 44 km from Ahmednagar, Shani Shingnapur or Sonai is a village in Nevasa taluka of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. The village is known for its popular temple of Shani Mahadev, the Hindu god associated with the planet (graha) Saturn. This is one of the most popular Shani temples in India and also among the famous pilgrimage places to visit near Pune . The idol of Lord Shanidev at the Shingnapur temple is swayambhu and the temple is believed to be a jagrut devasthan, meaning that a deity still resides in the temple. The idol is personified in the form of a black stone that is five and a half feet high installed on an open-air platform. There is a Trishul alongside the stone as well as a Nandi on its south. In front are the small images of Shiva and Hanuman. An east-facing multi deity temple was built west of the Shani idol later. The premises also contain a tomb of Saint Udasi Baba and a temple dedicated to Dattatreya. This is one of the must include places in Shirdi packages . Shani Shingnapur Temple, among the top Shirdi places to visit , among the most significant pilgrimage places to visit near Aurangabad . The entire village around the temple has no doors to the houses. ...

Distance from Pune: 160 Kms

8. Trimbakeshwar / Tryambakeswar

temple visit near pune

At a distance of 28 km from Nashik, Trimbakeshwar or Tryambakeswar is a small pilgrimage town located on the banks of River Godavari at the foothills of Brahmagiri Mountains in Nasik district of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra , and among the must-include places in Nashik packages . Trimbakeshwar is famous for Trimbakeshwar Temple which is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga temples of Lord Shiva. It is one of the most famous places to visit near Nashik . Trimbakeshwar Temple is built by Sri Nana Saheb Peshwa in 1755-1786 AD. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Shiva as Trimbakeshwar. The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is its three faces embodying Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Rudra. A crown studded with precious stones rests on top of this Linga, which is said to be from the age of Pandavas. This crown is decorated with various precious stones like emeralds, diamonds, and many other varieties. The crown is displayed every Monday from 4 PM - 5 PM. It is one of the most popular places to visit near Mumbai . The temple is built of black stone in the Nagara style of architecture and is enclosed in a spacious courtyard. The sanctum internally a square and externally ...

Distance from Pune: 239 Kms

9. Ganeshgule Beach & Temple

temple visit near pune

At a distance of 21 km from Ratnagiri, Ganeshgule Beach is a beautiful beach situated at Ganeshgule village in the Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. It is one of the most serene Maharashtra beaches , and among the top places to visit in Ratnagiri . Ganeshghule Beach is popular among nature lovers and is known for its clear sunset view. The beach is 1.5 km long and is flanked by mountains on both sides. The rocky, white sandy terrain and clear emerald sea of the secluded Ganeshghule Beach is an idyllic holiday retreat for many travellers who visit the beach as of Ratnagiri packages . Ganeshgule Beach is considered a perfect place for those who want to relax and spend peaceful moments. Swimming and sunbathing are the favorite activities at the beach. This beach also has many water sport activities such as snorkeling, diving, surfing, and parasailing. Visitors can even enjoy boat riding when visiting this beach. The well-known Ganeshgule Temple is located 1.5 km from the beach. This temple is a popular religious place and is visited by many pilgrims from the Konkan region. This temple contains the idol of Lord Ganesha that is known as Swayambhu. The trunk of Lord Ganesha is towards the west in the temple. In addition, this temple contains an ancient well of the Pandava era. Timings: ...

Distance from Pune: 318 Kms

10. Bhimashankar Temple

temple visit near pune

At a distance of 111 km from Pune, 124 km from Lonavala, 210 km from Nashik, and 224 km from Mumbai, Bhimashankar Temple is an ancient pilgrimage center located near Karjat in the Ghat region of Sahyadri hills in Maharashtra. This is one of the top places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra , and also one of the best pilgrimage places to visit near Pune . Bhimashankar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the 12 holy Jyotirlinga shrines in India, and among the must-visit places as part of Pune tour packages . The other Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra are Vaidyanath near Parli, Trimbakeshwara near Nashik, Grishneshwar near Aurangabad, and Aundha Nagnath Temple in Hingoli. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows southeast and merges with the Krishna River near Raichur. It is believed that the original temple of Bhimashankar was built in the 12th century CE. However, no evidence remains dating to that period has been found. The temple was renovated by Chimaji Antaji Bhide Naik in 1733 CE followed by some repair works by Dikshit Patwardhan in 1766 CE. A well was constructed in the complex by Raghunathrao Peshwa. The famous minister of the Peshwas, Nana Phadnavis carried out a lot of renovations, including the construction of the shikhara. It is one of the famous places to visit in Pune . According ...

Distance from Pune: 123 Kms

11. Ghrushneshwar / Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

temple visit near pune

At a distance of 1 km from Ellora Caves, and 29 km from Aurangabad, Grishneshwar or Ghrushneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is a famous Hindu temple located at Verul village in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra. It is one of the famous places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra , among the must-visit places as part of Ellora tour packages . Dedicated to Lord Shiva, Grishneshwar Temple is believed to be the last or 12th Jyotirlinga on the earth. This is one of the top places to visit in Ellora , and among the prominent pilgrimage places to visit near Aurangabad . The presiding deity, in the form of Jyotirlinga, is known by several names like Kusumeswarar, Ghushmeswara, Ghrushmeswara, and Grishneswara. The Grishneshwar temple was re-constructed by Maloji Raje Bhosale, the grandfather of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, in the 16th century. Later, the temple was again reconstructed in the 18th century by Rani Ahilyabhai Holkar, a Maratha princess who ruled Indore from 1765 CE to 1795 CE. According to the legend, In the Devagiri Mountain, there lived a Brahmin couple named Brahmavetta Sudharm and Sudeha. They had no children and according to the wish of Sudeha, Brahmavetta married her sister Ghushma. On the advice of ...

Distance from Pune: 255 Kms

12. Anjarle Ganapati Temple

temple visit near pune

At a distance of 3 km from Anjarle Beach, 24 km from Dapoli, 43 km from Harihareshwar, and 82 km from Chiplun, Anjarle Ganapati Temple, also known as Kadyavarcha Ganapati Temple, is a Hindu temple located atop a hill in the small village of Anjarle in the Dapoli Taluka of Ratnagiri district, Maharashtra. It is one of the popular temples in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, and among the most popular places to visit near Chiplun. Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the Kadyawarcha Ganapathi Temple is believed to have been built in 1150 AD using wooden pillars. It was renovated during the 18th century and is a 3-tier structure. Ganapathi at this temple has a trunk curved towards the right, unlike most idols that have the trunk curved towards the left. Devotees believe that Kadyawarcha Ganapathi is a live deity who will come to their rescue whenever they are in trouble. Apart from the Kadyavarcha Ganapati, there is one smaller temple dedicated to Lord Shiva on the temple premises. There is also a small pond in front of the temple which is full of fish and turtles and tourists can have a bit of fun feeding them. From the temple, one can also enjoy the stunning views of the nearby Suvurnadurg Fort, Anjarle Creek, and the surrounding hills filled with greenery. Maghi Ganesh Utsav is the most important festival celebrated at this temple as it marks the birth of Lord Ganpati. Earlier devotees had to cross the Jog River in a boat and then climb the hill to reach the temple. ...

Distance from Pune: 195 Kms

13. Yamai Devi Temple - Aundh

temple visit near pune

At a distance of 44 km from Satara and 63 km from Panchgani, Yamai Devi Temple is an ancient temple situated on a hilltop at Aundh in Satara distric of Maharashtra. The temple is very much revered in Maharashtra and also one of the top places to visit in Satara. Yamai Devi is the family deity of many Maharastrian families. The idol of Devi Mahishasur Mardini in black stone is almost 2 meters high in a cross-legged sitting position. The idol has four hands and is carrying gada, arrow, trishul and paan patra. The town and the temple have been associated with the Pant family for many centuries. The present head of this former ruling family, Gayatridevi Pantpratinidhi, has installed a 7 kilograms (15 lb) solid gold kalash or crown on the pinnacle of the Yamai temple on the hill. Another temple of Devi Yamai is located in the town; apart from the one on the hill. The temple can either be reached using steps that start at the bottom of the hill. Direct road access is also available to the hilltop. The temple complex also houses Sri Bhavani Museum established from the private collection of the Maharajas of Aundh. The museum holds paintings by noted 19th and 20th century Indian artists such as M. V. Dhurandhar, Baburao Painter, Madhav Satwalekar and Raja Ravi Varma as well as the famous Mother and Child stone structure by the British artist Henry Moore. The annual Yatra to the Yamai Devi Temple attracts thousands of devotees. Yamai Devi Yatra is annually observed ...

Distance from Pune: 149 Kms

14. Kopeshwar Temple

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At a distance of 40 km from Sangli, and 61 km from Kolhapur, Sri Kopeshwar Temple is an ancient Hindu temple situated at Khidrapur village in the Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. Located at the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka, it is one of the ancient temples in Maharashtra , and among popular places to visit near Kolhapur . Built on the banks of River Krishna, Kopeshwar Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, and is one of the must include places in Kolhapur tour . According to archaeologists, the construction of the temple began by Badami Chalukyas in the 7th century AD and remained incomplete for a long time. It was patronized by the Shilahara Kings during the 12th century. Lord Shiva has worshiped here in the form of a Shivalinga as well as a sculpture of his fierce form, Veerbhadra. Legend has it that Lord Shiva got angry when Sati sacrificed herself and he was then brought to this temple by Lord Vishnu. This is how the temple got its name as Kopeshwar which means furious god. Kopeshwar Temple is a magnificent piece of intricate Chalukyan architecture. Built with basalt stone, the entire temple is divided into four parts Swarga Mandap, Sabha Mandapa, Antarala, and Garbhagriha / Sanctum Sanctorum. The Swarg Mandap of the temple is unique and stunning. The mandap is supported ...

Distance from Pune: 269 Kms

15. Sangli Ganpati Mandir

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At a distance of 4 km from Sangli Railway Station, and 47 km from Kolhapur, Sangli Ganapati Temple is a sacred Hindu temple situated at Ganapati Peth locality of Sangli town in Maharashtra. It is one of the prominent temples in Maharashtra, and among the popular places to visit near Kolhapur. Dedicated to Lord Ganesh, the Sangli Ganapati Temple is situated on the eastern banks of the Krishna River. The construction of the temple started in 1814 by Chintamanrao Patwardhan, the first head of the Sangli, to honor the guarding deity of the Sangli city. The construction of this temple took a period of 30 years and was completed in 1845. The king consecrated the idol of Lord Ganesha in this temple only. In 1952, a red stone arch was erected in front of the Ganesh temple. The rest of the temple was completed during the reign of Chintamani Rao II. Vijay Singh Patwardhan has recently renovated and transformed this temple. Considered as a masterpiece of Peshwa architecture, the main temple is made of black stones brought from the Jyotiba hills. The doors of the temple have been carved out of multi-colored natural wood. The premises of the temple is spread over an area of 2 acres of land and comprises of a large hall, a platform, and a 'Nagarkhana'. The idol of Ganesha with Riddhi-siddhi in marble is beautiful in the temple. Around the main temple, there are four temples of Chintamaneshwar, Chintamaneshwari, Suryanarayana, and Laxminarayan. These four temples along with the ...

16. Kumbhoj Bahubali

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At a distance of 28 km from Sangli, and 30 km from Kolhapur, Bahubali Kumbhoj is a Jain Tirth situated in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. It is one of the popular places of Jain pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the must include places in Kolhapur Trip. Kumbhoj Bahubali is home to Shri Bahubali Bramhcharya & Vidyapeeth. Dedicated to Lord Bahubali, it is an Atishaya Kshetra i.e. place of miracles. According to history, Kumbhoj is an ancient city where ascetic saint Shri Bahubali Maharaj lived almost 250 years ago. The name of the place has been kept as Khambhoj Bahubali in memory of the great saint. After the death of the saint, the place is visited by many notable people such as Muni Shri Prabhachandraji, Muni Shri Kamlakarji, and Shri 108 Shanti Sagarji. In 1937, Chaturmas Vaktavya i.e. the Four Monthly Statement was delivered from here. As per history, it is said that the first holy pilgrimage to the sacred place Shri Sammed Shikharji also began from here. In Kumbhoj Bahubali, a 6 feet high beautiful, artistic idol of Lord Bahubali is installed here in 1156 AD by the motivation of an ascetic saint Shri 108 Shrut Sagarji Maharaj. This Tirth has small scale replicas of Gajpantha, Taranga, Mangi-Tungi, Sonagiri, and Pavagiri on left and Kailash Parvat, Shikharji, and Girnarji on the right side. Jal Mandir, Ratnatraya temple, Shantinath Temple, Chandaprabhu Temple, Adinath Temple, and Samavsharan Mandir are also built near the main temple. The temple also has a ...

Distance from Pune: 229 Kms

17. Jyotiba Temple

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At a distance of 20 km from Kolhapur, Jyotiba Temple is a sacred Hindu temple situated near Wadi Ratnagiri in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra. It is one of the revered places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the top places to visit near Kolhapur. Standing 3124 feet above sea level, the glorious temple of Jyotiba is dedicated to Lord Jyotiba, who was believed to be an embodiment of three different deities Brahma, Vishnu, and Maheshwar. According to mythology, Jotiba helped Mahalaxmi in her fight with the demons. He founded his kingdom on this mountain. It is believed that this temple should be visited after visiting the Mahalakshmi Temple of Kolhapur. The Jyotiba temple was made in three different stages. The original temple was established by Navji Saya while the main temple that stands today was built by Ranoji Shinde in 1730 in its place. It is 55 feet in length, 37 feet in width, and 77 feet in height. The second temple of Kedareshwar was constructed by Daulatrao Shinde in 1808 and is 49 ft x 22 ft x 89 ft high while the third temple of Ramling was constructed in circa 1780 by Malji Nilam Panhalkar, and is 13 ft x 13 ft x 40 ft high including its dome. The interior is elegant while the exterior includes a flight of 100 stairs that pilgrims need to climb to reach the main temple. The triangular domes of the temples are painted in shades of yellow while the main body and walls are still in the same stone that they were made of. The premises includes ...

Distance from Pune: 237 Kms

18. Aundha Nagnath Temple

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At a distance of 25 km from Hingoli, 61 km from Nanded, and 204 km from Aurangabad, Aundha Nagnath Temple is an ancient Hindu temple located at Aundha Nagnath in the Hingoli district of Maharashtra, India. This is one of the top places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the best places to visit near Aurangabad . Aundha Nagnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the 12 holy Jyotirlinga shrines in India. The other Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra are Vaidyanath near Parli, Trimbakeshwara near Nashik, Grishneshwar near Aurangabad, and Bhimshankar. Also, the temple is very closely associated with the lives of saints like Visoba Khechara, Namdev, and Jnanesvar. Namdev went to Jnanesvar temple where he was instructed to visit Aundha Nagnath Temple to search for a proper guru. The present temple is said to have been built by the Seuna (Yadava) dynasty and dates to the 13th century. It is believed that Dharmraj (eldest of Pandavs) has constructed the temple first time while they were expelled for 14 years from Hastinapur. It has been stated that the temple was seven-storyed before it was ransacked by Aurangzeb. Later, Rani Ahalyabai Holkar, Queen of the Maratha Malwa Kingdom, repaired and renovated the temple. Spread over an area of 60,000 sq. ft, Aundha Nagnath Temple was built in Hemadpanthi architectural style. However, its upper portion was repaired during the later ...

Distance from Pune: 430 Kms

19. Vaijnath Temple - Parli

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At a distance of 60 km from Latur, 105 km from Nanded, 119 km from Aundha, and 219 km from Aurangabad, Sri Vaijnath Temple is an ancient Hindu temple, located at Parli Vaijnath in the Beed district of Maharashtra, India. This is one of the top places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the best places to visit near Aurangabad . Aundha Nagnath Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is considered one of the 12 holy Jyotirlinga shrines in India. The other Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra are Aundha Naganath near Hingoli, Trimbakeshwara near Nashik, Grishneshwar near Aurangabad, and Bhimshankar. While the exact date of the building of the temple is not known, experts feel that it belongs to the Yadava period that goes back to the 12th or 13th century CE. There are records stating that the temple was renovated by Ahalyadevi Holkar in the year 1706. There are many legends associated with this temple. One such is the story of Satyavan and Savitri that is said to have taken place at Parli. There is also the legend from the Ramayana about Ravana halting here while on his way to Lanka with the Shivlinga. It is said that to be able to relieve himself, Ravana asked a herdsman to hold the Shivlinga for a while. However, the boy was unable to do so for long and placed it on earth, which is how the jyotirlinga happens to be here. The belief is that Shiva decided to reside here in the form of Vaidyanatheshwar. The ...

Distance from Pune: 320 Kms

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At a distance of 48 km from Pune Junction, Jejuri is a town and municipality situated to the southeast of the Pune city. The town of Jejuri is renowned for one of the most pious temples in Maharashtra known as Khandoba Temple and is one of the popular tourist places in Pune. Jejuri Khandoba Temple is dedicated to Khandoba, who is also known as Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand in the region. Khandoba is the important god worshipped by Dhangar, the oldest tribes in Maharashtra. It is believed that Khandoba is a god of Sakamabhakti, the god who fulfills all the desires of his devotees. Jejuri is popular for its old Deep Mala. The Khandoba temple in Jejuri is built on a hill and offers good views all around. One has to climb a series of almost 200 steps to reach the sanctum sanctorum. There are various stone images of elephants on either sides of the main gateway of the temple. The entire flat plateau above the hill is surrounded by a stone pavement in the center, of which stands the Khandoba shrine. The whole courtyard is surrounded by arched aisles on sides, from which highly ornate balconies with cypress pillars and cusped arches project out. This enclosure has three gateways and the temple faces east. The outermost portion is an arched portico- consisting of a square mandapa and a garbhagriha. The idol of Sri Khandoba enshrined inside the temple is simply beautiful. There are three weapons housed in Jejuri Temple, a sword, a damaru and a paral. They are very ...

Distance from Pune: 48 Kms

21. Saptashrungi Devi Temple

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At a distance of 26 km from Vani and 65 km from Nashik, Saptashrungi Devi Mandir is a Hindu temple situated near Nanduri village. The temple lies atop the cliff with an altitude of 1,230 m. The temple is dedicated to Goddess Saptashrungi. The temple is known popularly as one of the 'three and half Shakti Peethas' of Maharashtra. The temple is also one among the 51 Shakti Peethas located on the Indian subcontinent and is a location where one of Sati's limbs, her right arm is reported to have fallen. It is also believed that the presiding deity of the temple is Mahishasur Mardini, who was the slayer of the demon Mahishasur. At the foot of the hill lies the head of a buffalo, made of stone, which is believed to be that of the demon. Saptashrungi Temple is a two storied shrine with the Devi enshrined in the top floor. The goddess idol is said to be swayambhu (self-manifested) which was carved on a rock on the sheer face of a mountain. She is surrounded by seven (sapta-in Sanskrit) peaks (shrunga-in Sanskrit), hence the name- Saptashrungi Mata (mother of the seven peaks). The image of Devi is huge-about 10 feet tall with 18 hands, holding various weapons. The idol is always coated with Sindoor, which is considered auspicious in this region. The Devi is decorated with high crown, a silver nose-ring and necklaces. The most important festival of the Saptashrungi temple is Chaitrotsav. The festival starts on Rama Navami and culminates on Chaitra Poornima (full moon ...

Distance from Pune: 282 Kms

22. Akkalkot Swami Samarth Maharaj Temple

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At a distance of 41 km from Solapur, Akkalkot Temple, or Akkalkot Swami Samarth Maharaj Temple is a sacred Hindu temple situated in Akkalkot. It is one of the important places for pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the top places to visit as part of the Solapur tour . Swami Samarth Temple is the final abode of Sri Swami Samarth Maharaj, a 19th-century saint who is believed to be an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya by his devotees. He is also believed to be a reincarnation of Narasimha Saraswati, another earlier spiritual master of the Dattatreya sect. Swami Samarth is also known by different names, such as 'Akkalkot Swami, Akalkot Maharaj, Maharaj of Akalkot, and Akalkot Niwasi Maharaj. According to Swami Samarth himself, he had originally appeared in the Kardali forests near Srisailam, a holy town in Andhra Pradesh. Later, he migrated to different places. Sri Swami Samarth probably arrived at Akkalkot in 1856 on receiving an invitation from Chintopant Tol and then stayed there for about 22 years. Sri Swami Samartha Maharaj left his mortal body in 1878, but his legacy continues to inspire and guide people around the world. The holy Samadhi of Swamiji is located in the house of his disciple Cholappa, in the place already reserved for it before his bodily demise. This temple is also called Vatavruksha Swami Mandir because of the presence of the huge banyan tree (Vatavruksha). This is the same banyan tree ...

Distance from Pune: 292 Kms

23. Tuljapur Sri Bhavani Temple

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At a distance of 39 km from Akkalkot, and 46 km from Solapur, Sri Tulja Bhavani Temple is a Hindu temple located in Tuljapur in Dharashiv district of Maharashtra, India. It is one of the top places of pilgrimage in Maharashtra, and among the prominent places to visit near Hyderabad . Dedicated to goddess Bhavani, Sri Tulja Bhavani Temple is considered as one of the 51 Shakti Pithas in India. Goddess Bhavani, literally translates to 'giver of life',is considered to be a mother who provides to her devotees and also plays the role of dispensing justice by killing Asuras. The temple was built in 12th century CE by Maratha Mahamandaleshwara Maradadeva of the Kadamb dynasty. The temple of Bhavani at Tuljapur along with the temples of Renuka at Mahur, Mahalaxmi at Kolhapur, and Saptashringi at Vani forms the four great Shaktipitha in Maharashtra. Goddess Bhavani of Tuljapur is known as the Kulswamini of Maharashtra, and the inspirational deity of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. It is believed that goddess Bhavani gave him a' Bhawani sword' that brought success in his various expeditions. Several legends are associated with the temple. According to one legend, a demon, Madhu-Kaitabh, who was wreaking havoc upon both the gods and humans. Unable to find any solution, they turned to Lord Brahma for help, who advised them to turn to the Goddess Shakti. She took up the form of a destroyer, and powered by the ...

Distance from Pune: 293 Kms

24. Bhuleshwar Temple

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At a distance of 52 km from Pune and 11 km from Yavat, Bhuleshwar is an ancient Hindu temple situated on a hill near Malshiras in Pune district of Maharashtra. It has been declared as a protected monument and is maintained by Archeological Survey of India. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was built in 13th century during Yadava Rulers. It is believed that the temple was ruined by Muslim invaders and reconstructed later because the entrance of the temple is hidden like Gaimukhi Buruj construction of Shivaji's time. The fort on which the temple is situated is called as Daulat Mangalgad Fort. The temple is unique because of its architecture. Black basalt rock was brought to construct this temple which is different as compared to surrounding brownish color basalt rock. From outside it appears to more as a mosque than a temple due to its resemblance to Islamic architecture like circular domes and minarets. There are classical carvings on the walls. The temple contains five Shivlingas in its sanctum. Owing to their being hidden in a trench, these Shiva Lingams can be seen in light. Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu and Lord Mahadev are also housed in this temple. The temple also has an idol of Ganesh in female attire and is popularly called as Ganeshwari or Lambodari or Ganeshyani. This temple gets huge crowds during Mahashivratri. There is a local belief, when a bowl of sweet is offered to Lord Shiva, one or more of the sweets disappear. A little further ...

Distance from Pune: 52 Kms

25. Ranjangaon Maha Ganapati Mandir

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At a distance of 50 km from Pune, Sri Maha Ganapati Temple is situated at Ranjangaon in Shirur Taluk of Pune district. This is one among the Ashtavinayak temples in Maharashtra and also one of the popular places to visit in Pune. The stone pillars of the temple indicate that the temple was built during the 9th or 10th century during the rule of Peshwas. Madhavrao Peshwa made a room in the basement of the temple to keep the idol of Lord Ganesh. Later on Sardar Kibe of Indore renovated it. Nagarkhana is situated above the entrance gate. According to the legend, the village Ranjangaon is considered to be the place where Shiva himself sought the blessings of Ganesh and ultimately destroyed Tripurasur. The temple faces east and has an imposing main gate which is guarded by two statues of Jaya and Vijay. The temple is designed in such a way that during Dakshinayan, the rays of the sun fall directly on the idol. The idol of Lord Ganesh is seated on a lotus with his consorts Siddhi and Riddhi on both sides. He is facing east in a cross legged sitting posture with broad forehead and the trunk turned towards the left. It is said that the original idol is hidden in the basement, having 10 trunks and 20 hands and is called Mahotkat. However, the temple authorities deny existence of any such idol. The temple celebrates a special 6 day festival on the occasion of Ganesh Chathurti, during which Mahabhog is offered to the temple deity on the fifth day. During this festival, ...

Distance from Pune: 50 Kms

26. Moreshwar Temple

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At a distance of 17 km from Jejuri and 65 km from Pune, Sri Moreshwar temple, also known as Sri Mayureshwar Temple, is a Hindu temple located at Moregaon in Pune district of Maharashtra. This temple is considered to be the first temple among the Ashta Vinayak temples of Lord Ganesha and also one of the popular places of pilgrimage in Pune. The exact date of construction of the temple is unknown, though the Ganapatya saint Morya Gosavi is known to be associated with it. The temple flourished due to the patronage of the Peshwa rulers and descendants of Morya Gosavi. The temple is built with black-stone and has four gates. The temple has four minarets and a 50 feet tall wall around it. The presiding deity of this temple is Lord Mayureshwar (Lord Ganesha) also called as Lord Moreshwar, made of alloy of five metals, with his trunk towards left. Ganesha is depicted armed with a spear, while a cobra encircles his head. Lord Ganesha is flanked by his consorts Riddhi, and Goddess Siddhi. The other important deities of this temple are Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati, Lord Vishnu, Lord Rama, Goddess Sita, Lord Vignesha, Chintamani, Lord Brahma, Nagna-Bhairava and Nandi. The entrance of the temple contains a 6 feet mouse, the vehicle of Lord Ganesha and the temple also houses the image of peacock. The assembly hall of this temple contains 23 idols of Lord Ganesha, each depicting different forms of Lord. Timings: 5 AM to 10 PM.

Distance from Pune: 65 Kms

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At a distance of 13 km from Panchgani , 35 km from Satara & 88 km from Pune, Wai is a small town situated on the banks of Krishna River in Satara district of Maharashtra. It is one of the ideal places for one day trip near Pune. Wai has some historical prominence; two important Maratha Brahmin queens Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi and Rani Gopikabai, wife of Nanasaheb Peshwa were born here. Wai is the place referred to as Charanpur in the hit film Swades. Wai is famed for its seven Ghats, including Gangapuri, Madhi Aali, Ganpati Aali, Dharmapuri, Brahmanshahi, Ramdoh and Bhimkund. It is also known for numerous beautiful temples near the ghats. Brahmanshahi ghat contains several temples including Kaunteshwar, Chakreshwar, Kaleshwar and Chimneshwar. Menavali ghat is the most popular sightseeing destination in Wai apart from the backwaters of Dhom dam and the famous Dholya Ganpati temple. The temple of Dholya Ganapati, built in 1762 by Raja Bhoja, is located on the banks of Krishna River. The temple is made out of finished stone with a spacious inner sanctum and a huge hall in the front. The idol of the deity in the temple is carved out of a monolith, and is about 10 feet tall and 8 feet wide. The deity acquired its name Dholya Ganapati from its sheer massive size. The temple of Mandhradevi Kalubai, Mahalaxmi temple in Dharmapuri and Pandavgadh Fort are the other popular attractions in Wai. Besides being ...

Distance from Pune: 88 Kms

28. Velneshwar Temple & Beach

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At a distance of 17 km from Guhagar and 72 km from Ganpatipule, Velneshwar Temple and Beach are located at Velneshwar in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Sri Velneshwar Temple is believed to be one of the ancient temples dedicated to Lord Shiva and his consort Goddess Parvati. Earlier, the temple was built by Gadgils and was later renovated by Sri Trimbak Ravaji Gokhale. Representing an example of ancient Hindu architectural style, the temple houses many small shrines dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Ganesha and Kala Bhairav. The main sanctum of the temple is adorned with paintings and stone carvings representing various episodes of mythology. This temple is flocked by a large number of devotees during the festival of Mahashivratri. It is held in the month of March and celebrated in honour of the deity Lord Shiva. Another prime attraction of Velneshwar is the Velneshwar Beach which is lined with coconut trees. This is one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the entire Konkan stretch and with popular destinations like Guhagar and Ganpatipule flanking it on either sides. This beach is quite famous for its location and also the peaceful surroundings. The beach experiences stable waves throughout the year and is an ideal beach for swimming and sunbathing. Water sports are the frequent activities, which are carried out here.

Distance from Pune: 249 Kms

29. Hedvi Ganesh Temple & Beach

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At a distance of 7 km from Velneshwar Temple and 31.5 km (includes ferry ride) from Ganpatipule, Hedvi Ganesh Temple & Beach is located at Hedvi village in Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Lakshmi Ganesh Temple at Hedvi is also known as Dasabhuj Ganesh Temple and is one of the famous temples of Konkan region. The name Sri Dasabhuj Ganesh is derived from the idol of Lord Ganesha which possesses dasha bhuja, meaning ten hands. This temple was constructed during the reign of the Peshwas and has been carved from white marble found in Kashmir. The idol is 3 feet high and has 10 hands. There is big ceremony of birth of Ganesh from Shukla Chaturthi to Shashthi in Magh. There is procession of Ganesh in chariot. Hedvi Beach is situated about 3 km from the Dasabhuj Ganesh Temple and is a black sand cove between the two white sand beaches of Guhagar, Velneshwar and Ganpatipule. Hedvi Beach is a small stretch and is famous because of a rock formation that sits on the beach. Hedvi Beach is not safe for swimming and a dip ideally should be avoided. Hedvi also has the Uma Maheshwari temple and the Brahman Ghal, a natural gorge. The Brahman Ghal is about 35 feet in length, 20 feet in depth and 2 feet wide. This spot is about 3 km from Dasabhuj Ganesh Temple situated behind Uma Maheshwari temple. At high-tide, sea waves rush into this gorge and collide on rocks and a water column of about 15-20 meters rises from this gorge. Listening the thundering noise of waves colliding ...

Distance from Pune: 248 Kms

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Top 15 Must Visit Hindu Temples Around Pune

The beautiful city of Pune is the most famous cities in Maharashtra, known for beautiful architectural temples, Ancient forts, Historic monuments and list of monsoon places. Pune houses many temples of Lord Ganesha such as Dagdusheth Ganpati, Dashabhuja Ganapati, Moreshwar Ganesha,Birla Ganapati Shirgaon and Chintamani Temple.

Theur Chintamani Temple

Chintamani Temple at Theur is one of the largest and most famous temple dedicated to Ashtavinayaka Ganesha. The temple is located near the confluence of river Bhima in the Haveli taluka of Pune.

Morgaon Ganesha Temple

Ganesha Temple at Morgaon or Moreshwar Mandir is located about 80 kilometres from Pune city in Morgaon. The Morgaon Ganesha Temple is starting and ending point of Ashtavinayaka pilgrimage tour.

Lenyadri Ganesha Temple

The Ganesha temple at Lenyadri rock cut cave number 7 near Junnar is one of the Ashtavinayak shrines called Girijatmaja. Girijatmaja Ganesha is usually visited as the 6th temple as part of Ashtavinayaka temple tour.

Bhuleshwar Shiva Temple

Bhuleshwar-Temple

Bhuleshwar Shiva Temple is situated around 45 kilometres from Pune near Yawat on Pune Solapur highway. The ancient temple of Lord Shiva is situated on a hill and known for its unique architecture and classical carvings on the walls.

Jejuri Khandoba Temple

Jejuri

Jejuri city is famous for the temple of Lord Khandoba, situated 48 km from Pune on Pune Pandharpur road at hill top. Lord Khandoba also known as Martanda Bhairava or Malhari Martand, There are over 500 temples dedicated to Lord Khandoba in India.

Veer Mhaskoba Temple

Veer Village in located around 50 km from Pune at south of a Sasvad village and the famous temple of Veer Mhaskoba is situated on the banks of river Purnaganga. Mhaskoba is an Avatar of Kaal bhairava worshipped by tribal people of village.

Baneshwar Temple

Baneshwar-Temple

Baneshwar Temple of Shiva is located 36 km southwest of Pune in the village of Nasarapur. The temple and forest around Nasarapur is famous as a small bird sanctuary and host many species of rare birds.

Changa Vateshwar Temple, Saswad

Changa-Vateshwar-Temple

Changa Vateshwar Shiva Temple at Saswad is located at the foothills of Purandar fort in Narayanpur. The Shiva temple is a lesser known destination around Pune.

Ek Mukhi Datta Temple, Narayanpur

Ek Mukhi Datta Temple in Narayanpur is one of the most famous temple of Pune region, situated at the bottom of famous Purandar fort. The idol of Lord Dattatreya is very beautiful and the statue has only one face.

Neelkanteshwar Temple

Neelkanteshwar Temple between Panshet and Khadakwasla dam is a lesser known destination and wonderful weekend getaway around Pune. The beautiful temple on the hill is located around 40 kms from Pune and ideal place to experience nature especially during monsoon.

Ekvira Devi Temple, Lonavala

Karla-Caves

Ekvira Devi Temple in Lonavala is located near the Karla Caves and a prime place of worship for the Koli People. Goddess Ekvira or known as Renuka is situated 49 km from Pune and Karla caves are protected by the Archeological of India.

Narayanpur Balaji Temple

Balaji-Temple-Pune

Balaji Temple near Narayanpur is a beautiful replica of the Tirumal Tirupati and also known as Sri Venkateswara temple. The temple and surroundings are very beautiful with lush greenery during the monsoon season.

Kanifnath Temple

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Kanifnath temple is located around 30km away from Pune city at top of the hill on Saswad road. Kanifnath Temple is one of the most famous trekking place near Pune with moderate terrain level of difficulty.

Bhimashankar Temple

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Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga Temple of Lord Shiva is located 120 km from Pune at the extreme end of the Sahyadri hills in the Ghat region. The temple, Bhima river and dense forest are home to rare species of fauna and protected habitat of Indian Giant Squirrel in Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.

Mahabaleshwar Temple

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Mahabaleshwar Lord Shiva Temple is a very old temple and the Shivling here is very unique. The Swayambhoo Mahalinga of Lord Shiva is an important pilgrimage sites for the Hindus.

Mahabaleshwar hill station is one of the most popular holiday resort and honeymoon destination in India, famous for Lingamala waterfalls, Pratapgad fort,Venna Lake,Arthur point,Wilson Point and Needle Hole Point.

Ramdhara Temple

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Ramdhara Temple is located around 25 km from Pune and the temple is surrounded by water from 3 sides.

Sangameshwar Temple, Saswad

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Sangameshwar temple near Saswad is one of the oldest shiva temple in Maharashtra, build at the confluence of Karha and Chamli rivers.

Pandeshwar Temple is located in Purandar Taluka on the Jejuri Morgaon road and one of the most popular temple to visit in the area.

Pasasdev temple near Bhigwan is one of the must visit place near Pune, The old temple remain underwater of Ujjani dam.

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Shri Laxmi Narsimha Temple is located at the confluence of Bhima and Nira river in Pune district. Lord Narasimha temple is family deity of people from Maharashtra and Karnataka.

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Pawna Lake (56 Km from Pune)

Lonavala (66 Km from Pune)

Lonavala (66 Km from Pune)

One of the twin hill stations near Pune, Lonavala lies on the Sahyadri Ranges and is adorned with all the marvels of the Deccan Plateau. Located around 64km from the main city-limits; and 96km from Mumbai, this gorgeous hill station is one of the must places to visit near Pune.

Nestled amidst scenic hills and mountains that wears an evergreen blanket round the year, this hill station also proves to be an ideal place to visit near Pune in monsoons. In addition to the untouched beauty, one can also enjoy several engrossing and exciting activities during this period.

With the advent of the monsoon, as this hilly retreat gets adorned with the enchanting green shade, it makes Lonavala an ideal camping destination near Pune . One can also join in for some fun-frolic moments in a farm and enjoy nature trails, farming and experience life with the horses. 

If you want more about the horse, you can make it to Aundoli; located around 7km from Lonavala, and learn more about horse-riding and other techniques related to it. Type of Destination:  Family getaway Activities:  Photography, nature walk, heritage walk, camping etc. Best time to visit:  During the month of October to March Distance from Pune: 66 km Location:  West of Pune, Maharashtra

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Kolad (145 Km from Pune)

Kolad (145 Km from Pune)

A picturesque village on the banks of the gurgling Kundalika River, Kolad in Raigad district of Maharashtra takes the pride of being one of the best water holiday destinations near Pune. Located around 144km from the main city; and around 117km from Mumbai, this hidden hamlet has become a sought-after destination for the water sports lovers across the country.

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Kamshet (49 Km from Pune)

Kamshet (49 Km from Pune)

Around 45km from Pune, Kamshet is such a destination that can be visited by almost all the types of travellers. Also, since it lies only 16km from popular hill stations like Lonavala and Khandala, it experiences a large number of tourist influx and it is one of the best places around Pune.

As Kamshet is cosseted by several scenic villages, it makes it for an ideal destination to participate and experience the best of farm stays with options like nature walk, swimming and others. For the thrill seekers, it offers various for paragliding; join any of these experiences and witness the aerial beauty of the region. 

The salubrious nature and serenity that exists in Kamshet also qualify for a not-to-miss tourist places near Pune for couples, it is such a place, where love exists in every corner and just needs to be felt! Type of Destination: Family Getaway Activities: Paragliding, shopping, photography, camping etc Best time to visit:  October to February. Distance from Pune:  49 km Location:  Village in Maharashtra

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Igatpuri (247 Km from Pune)

Igatpuri (247 Km from Pune)

A delightful gift of the Western Ghats, Igatpuri is another not-to-be-missed hill station to visit around Pune during the monsoons. Located around 240km from Pune, it is often referred as one of the most blissful destinations for the hikers and the outdoor lovers to visit places around Pune. Its scenic and untouched beauty also makes it an ideal leisure destination that can be visited anywhere during the year and with almost everyone.

A vacation in this hill station is all about fun and excitement! For the adventure aficionados, they can embark on trekking, hiking, rappelling, fox climbing, Burma Bridge and others. Other activities that can be availed with Igatpuri packages include air hockey, pool table, soccer, TV games, kite flying, karaoke, live ghazals and DJ nights. Type of Destination: Hilly Activities: Trekking, hiking, climbing, camping and exploration of age-old forts etc Best time to visit:   During the months of October, November, December, February and March. Distance from Pune: 247 km Location: Western Ghat mountains of Maharashtra

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Mumbai (149.9 kms from Pune)

Mumbai (149.9 kms from Pune)

Mumbai is a city of dreams with every inch of road full of pomp and show. No doubt why this Bollywood town is one of the bucket list tourist places near Pune for people all around the world. The capital of Maharashtra is a mixed jackpot of attractions impressing all - food, cinema, music, art, and nightlife lovers. The foremost attraction of Mumbai is the Gateway of India along with a magnificent view of The Taj Mahal Hotel. Further, visitors enjoy spending time at Juhu Beach and Chowpatty.  Other must-visit sightseeing locations are Siddivinayak Temple, Haji Ali Dargah, Shahuji Chhatrapati Museum, Bandra Worli Sea Link, and others. Also, relish delicious Mumbai street food like Vada Pav, Sev Puri, Pav Bhaji, and Kala Khatta. Type of Destination: Cosmopolitan City Activities: Sightseeing tour, nightlife, visit beaches, street food Best time to visit: Oct-Mar Distance from Pune: 149.9 km Location: Mumbai, Maharashtra

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Mahabaleshwar (120 Km from Pune)

Mahabaleshwar (120 Km from Pune)

Looking for a great weekend then this hill station is one of the must-visit places around Pune for you. Another beautiful hill station in the Western Ghats, aside from its strawberries, Mahabaleshwar is likewise notable for its various waterways, superb falls, and grand pinnacles. Mahabaleshwar is a slope station situated in the Western Ghats, in the Satara locale of Maharashtra. 

Known for its spellbinding excellence and the wonderful strawberry cultivates, the city includes antiquated temples, schools, manicured and rich green thick woods, waterfalls, hills, valleys. The British-assembled manors, cabins, and homes around the town just add to the general appeal of the city. 

Mahabaleshwar is additionally well known for its strawberry gardens and honey. The city is unquestionably among the most looked for after the end of the week getaways from Mumbai. Enchanting perspectives, alluring valleys, peaceful lakes will definitely make your vacation a special one. Type of Destination: Family getaway Activities:  Boating in Veena Lake, photography, sightseeing, hiking Best time to visit:  September to May Distance from Pune:  120 km Location:  Southwest of Pune, in Satara district Click Here to Book Now:  Jack The Ripper Tour

Matheran (80 Km from Pune)

Matheran (80 Km from Pune)

Out of the amazing places to visit near Pune Matheran falls at the top of the list. Matheran is conceivably the main exceptional and the movement less slope station in India – because of the restriction on vehicles in this all around safeguarded goal. 

Driving in Matheran by old rickshaws and toy train is an enchanting and a pleasant affair. Matheran is the littlest slope station of India. It is situated on the scope of Western Ghats at the stature of 800 m (2625 Feet) above ocean level. 

The name Matheran implies either ‘Forest on Top’ or ‘Woodland overhead’. Soak yourself in the amazing beauty of the region while you visit this quaint little town. Feel the thrill while you trek to some of the amazing forts here or witnessing the beauty of the cascading waterfall you will never have enough of this place. Type of Destination:  Family getaway Activities:  Camping, trekking, sightseeing, photography etc

Best time to visit:  Throughout the year

Distance from Pune:   80 km Location: Hill station, in the west Indian state of Maharashtra

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Ratnagiri (303 Km from Pune)

Ratnagiri (303 Km from Pune)

Ratnagiri is a small charming port city, resting on the Arabian Sea coast. The laid-back environment and refreshing climate here attract a large number of tourists from Pune to spend their weekend. This place is also acknowledged for having an association with the Hindu Mahabharata mythology. A lot of tourist attractions dot the city like the creeks, seashores, hills, waterfalls, monuments, and hot water springs — the reason this city enchants plenty of visitors. Some people like to linger around Ratnagiri's sun-kissed sandy beaches while others prefer tracking its lush hills. It is undoubtedly the one-stop destination to have an unforgettable holiday. Type of Destination: Port city Activities: Nature walk, and heritage tour. Best time to visit: Oct-Mar Distance from Pune: 303.2 km Location: Ratnagiri

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Rajmachi (170 Km from Pune)

Rajmachi (170 Km from Pune)

Clad in history and ancient tales, the quaint village of Rajmachi is also among the best places to visit near Pune in monsoon. Located around 78km from the city limits, this hamlet is embraced by the enchanting charm of the Sahyadri Mountains and the historic Rajmachi Fort serving as the main attraction.

With the fortified Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts as the fortified structures, a trek to Rajmachi Fort is a must for the adrenaline junkies. Taking you to an astounding height of 2,710ft, this hike trails through the dense thickets, easy yet thrilling terrains and finally takes you to the summit, where you can revisit history along with enjoying panoramic views of the surroundings.  Type of Destination:  Family getaway Activities:  Trekking and camping are conducted by adventure groups throughout the year. Best time to visit:  During the month of October to March Distance from Pune: 170 km Location:  Midway between Khandala and Lonavala Also Checkout & Book:  Ferrari World Tickets

Goa (448 km from Pune)

Goa (448 km from Pune)

Goa always tops the list of tourist places to visit near Pune due to its wide sandy beaches and happening nightlife. You can visit the Baga beach to take part in its popular full moon beach parties. Colva beach is another spot to revel in Goa nightlife featuring pubs and beach shacks. Along with this, people like to visit Anjuna beach for sunbathing, sunset views, and to relish delicious Goan seafood. Apart from the nightlife, Goa is also a fascinating location to enjoy activities like parasailing, jet-skiing, banana boat rides, cruising, scuba diving, and much more. Additionally, you will see the influence of Portugal architecture throughout the city. Go for a sightseeing tour at Fort Aguada, Basilica of Bom Jesus, and Chapora Fort. Type of Destination: Beach Activities: Nightlife, water activities, and beach lingering Best time to visit: Nov-Mar Distance from Pune:  448.3 km Location: Goa 

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Khandala (71 Km from Pune)

Khandala (71 Km from Pune)

The twin hill station to Lonavala, this is one of the most beautiful places to visit near Pune for couples . Located only 69km from the main city-limits and around 3km from Lonavala, its scenic beauty and allurement have caught the attention of the Hindi Film Industry.

Whether you are an adventure junky or a nature lover, a leisure seeker or a backpacker, this gorgeous hill station is the place for you. While in here, you can enjoy activities like sightseeing, visit nearby attraction points and indulge in an array of adventure activities. Type of Destination: Hilly Activities: Camping, sightseeing, visit shooting point,  explore the nearby caves, hiking etc Best time to visit:  October to April Distance from Pune: 71 km Location:  Western Ghat mountains of Maharashtra

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Panchgani (100 Km from Pune)

Panchgani (100 Km from Pune)

The discovery of Panchgani; also known as 'Paachgani', is credited to the British Rule in India. It was back in the 1860s, this scenic hill station in the Satara district of Maharashtra came into everyone's notice. Located around 100km from Pune, this gorgeous hilly retreat is nestled amidst five captivating hills of the Sahyadri Range; thus the name Panchgani and it is one of the places to visit near Pune.

The scenic locales of Panchgani serve as an ideal host to several activities in Pune . Be it an adventure junky or a nature lover, couples looking for pleasant moments or smaller groups yearning for rural activities, this hill station has all! 

Among the most popular activities, you can enjoy river swimming, bamboo rafting, bullock cart & tractor rides, rifle shooting, star gazing, boating, waterfall rappelling, zip lining, nature stays, rock climbing, farm stays and several others in Panchgani. Type of Destination: Family getaway Activities: Visit s trawberry farms, sightseeing, photography, trekking etc Best time to visit:  September to May Distance from Pune: 100 km Location:  Satara district of Maharashtra, near Mahabaleshwar

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Alibag (143.5 kms from Pune)

Alibag (143.5 kms from Pune)

Alibag is a resort destination to spend some time in peace and tranquility at its sandy beaches dotted with coconut trees. There are a lot of beach places to choose from like Alibag Beach, Varsoli Beach, Akshi Beach, Kihim Beach, Nagaon Beach, etc. This quaint little town is also famous for forts. The spectacular scenes here attract many tourists from Pune. It is an ideal weekend getaway for couples. Type of Destination: Coastal location Activities: Strolling and picnic on beaches and fort tour Best time to visit: Nov-July Distance from Pune: 143.5 km Location: Kokan

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Places to Visit Near Pune Within 100 Km

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Located in the mountainous and scenic district of Raigad, Karjat is a municipal council and city. This city is also a part of Mumbai’s metro city that travelers prefer the most. Right from couples to kids and families, anyone can make the most of Karjat as a holiday destination. That is because the city has a lot to offer in terms of beating the boredom. The hilly town of Karjat is full of entrancing temples, monuments, lush green seraphic valleys and exquisite caves. Undoubtedly, this city is one of the incredible getaways for adventure seekers that takes just two hours to reach from Mumbai. Hindu pilgrims and hikers frequent the city for its ancient and imposing temples. You can visit the hill station from nearby cities of Mumbai as well. You can indulge in a host of spine-tingling activities that include mountain climbing, hiking, trekking and river rafting. The adorable little hill station is 62 kilometers away from Mumbai and is popular for its ambrosial landscapes as well as awe-inspiring fresh natural beauty. When in Karjat city you must visit the stunning and ancient Kondana caves for the adventurous trek and bewildering beauty, beside the beautifully sculpted riveting temple of Kondeshwar. Take a shower and slide down under the Bhivpuri waterfall, and trek up to the Sondai fort to witness the phenomenal view of the Changewadi waterfall. Do not miss out on the lovely valley of Ulhas that is replete with nature’s marvels and encompasses the most wondrous streams and fragrant waterfalls. All you need to do now is to list down the things you desire to indulge in Karjat, and grab a map to select the locations for the most authentic sight-seeing experience. The best time to visit the city of Karjat is during the monsoon as the place looks simply heavenly, lively and extremely delightful with its lush greenery, misty atmosphere and numerous waterfalls.

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Lohagad Fort (57 km from Pune)

Lohagad Fort (57 km from Pune)

It's one of the famous tourist places near Pune which is actually a representation of the golden Peshwa rule in Pune. Lohagarh Fort has a strong history with rulers of different kingdoms, invading it to varying periods. The magnificent remnants of this fort charm every visitor. Trekking to the Lohagad Fort is a viral activity that people like to do in Pune.  Perched above the Sahyadri hills and facing the Pavana Reservoir, the fort offers an excellent opportunity to photographers.  Further, after your trek to Lohagad Fort, you can visit other nearby attractions like Tikona Fort, Visapur Fort, and Pawna Dam. There are also caves named Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves, and Bedse Caves which one can explore. Type of Destination: Hillside fort Activities: Trekking, cave exploration, sightseeing Best time to visit: Oct-May Distance from Pune: 57 km  Location: Pune You Can Checkout Great Discounts On  Underwater World Langkawi Tickets

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Wai (88 Km from Pune)

Wai (88 Km from Pune)

On your visit to Wai, you can be a witness to the enchanting beauty of the Krishna River flowing through the pictorial hills and valleys, the astounding ghats and pious temples. Around 89km from Pune, this magnificent city is one of the most tourist places near Pune and has always been a hotspot to the Hindi Film Industry; it has served as the background for many blockbusters.

No matter you are looking for some fun-filled moments or yearning to pump up your adrenaline, this is the perfect place for you! While camping amidst the scenic environs of Wai makes it a favorite holiday spot, its adventure options like raft building, river crossing, trekking, ATV rides, and others make it an ideal spot for the thrill seekers. Type of Destination:  Friends and Family Getaway Activities:   Trekking, hiking, camping, photography, sightseeing, visit nana phadnavis wada, Kalubai Temple etc Best time to visit:  During the month of October to March Distance from Pune: 88 km Location:  Located on the Krishna River, Maharastra Also Checkout:  Hot Air Balloon Yarra Valley

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Lavasa (57 Km from Pune)

Lavasa (57 Km from Pune)

Located around 57km from Pune's city limits, Lavasa or the first private planned city in India is a heaven for the nature lovers. Cossetted with stunning hills and evergreen pastures, this hill city spreads around 25,000 acres and is known for its peaceful ambiance, serenity, and gorgeousness and it is one of the best places to visit near Pune.

On your next visit to Pune , make it to this beautiful hill city and explore its grandiosity on a jovial segway ride. Navigate through the quaint lanes of Lavas, ride steadily through its opulent beauty and discover the charm and appeal of Lavasa.

You can also join in for an adventure stay with several enthralling activities like Burma Bridge, ziplining, rappelling, open lake swimming, archery, jungle trek and camping. Type of Destination: Hilly Activities: Photography, sightseeing, camping etc Best time to visit:  During the month of July – September and October - March Distance from Pune: 57 km Location:  Maharashtra, India

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Maval Takve Lake (46 Km from Pune)

Maval Takve Lake (46 Km from Pune)

Located in the western parts of Pune, Maval boasts of being one of the best and stunning bio-diversity regions. Embraced by the captivating Sahyadri Ranges of the Western Ghats, this scenic village is around 38km from Pune and is the origin point of several rivers in Maharashtra.

While in Pune, take a short drive to this quaint hamlet and participate in or enjoy a wide range of water and adventure activities near the Maval Takve Lake. On offer here, there are activities like kayaking, river swimming and crossing. Type of Destination: Friends Getaway Activities:  Kayaking, River Swimming, River Crossing etc Best time to visit:   All year round. Distance from Pune: 46.4  km Location:  Maharashtra 415410

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Kambre (74 km from Pune)

Kambre (74 km from Pune)

Kambre is a small village which offers an unusual wilderness encounter. It is a fantastic location for a family trip and adrenaline junkies alike. Situated at the banks of Andhra Lake, it provides a widespread view of the cascades and lakes from the rocky ridge and is one of the best tourist places near Pune. Further, the backdrop of Western Ghats adds a touch of charm to this region. Stay at a camp and wake up daily with mesmerizing surrounding views in front of you.  You can visit this place to enjoy various adventure activities and nature walks. All just make it a remarkable experience. Type of Destination: Village Activities: Trekking, camping, nature walk, ziplining, and rock climbing Best time to visit: Aug-Feb Distance from Pune: 74 km Location: Kambre village, Maharashtra

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Torna Fort (70 km from Pune)

Torna Fort (70 km from Pune)

Also, known as Prachandagad, it is the highest fort in Pune and is spread over an area of 1.4 km. This fort is a well-known trekking destination which can even be trailed by beginners. Torna Fort is a perfect choice for a day trek located at the Sahyadri mountain range. You will trek through Jhunjar Machi and Budhla Machi to reach the top. On reaching Torna Fort, you can visit Budhla tank, Zunjar, Mengai Maachi, Devi temple, and Bini Darwaja. During monsoon, you can also view waterfalls, and in the background, you will notice the Panshet Dam creating scenic ambiance. You can also enjoy camping at its base while admiring the picturesque view. Type of Destination: Fort Activities: Trekking Best time to visit: Oct-Mar Distance from Pune: 70 km Location: Rajgad

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Durshet (100 Km from Pune)

Durshet (100 Km from Pune)

A natural home to scenic patches of lush and evergreen forests, Durshet serves as an idyllic destination for picnics near Pune . Located around 98km from Pune, this forest range in the Sahyadri Mountains is also the home to the gurgling Amba River that hosts a number of delightful activities like swimming, boating, and others and it is one of the best places to visit around Pune.

For the adventure enthusiasts, Durshet offers a plenitude of options for trekking, rappelling, zip lining, wall climbing, Burma Bridge, Tarzan Swing, rafting and several others. If you are planning for a leisure experience, you can avail offbeat stay experience along with rice plantation, nature trails, valley crossing, and other rural activities. Type of Destination: Family Getaway Activities: Photography, camping, trekking etc Best time to visit:  All year round. Distance from Pune: 100   km Location:  On Mumbai-Pune Expressway

Shirdi (184 km from Pune)

Shirdi (184 km from Pune)

Shirdi endures substantial value as a sacred place by Sai Baba devotees. The religious destinations and activities flourish in this small town. As along with the Sai baba shrine, you can also visit spots like Chavadi, Dwarkamai Masjid, Samadhi Mandir, Shani Shignapur, and others. All of these pilgrimage locations will soothe your soul and mind. At the Shirdi temple, devotees can take part in different darshans and aartis. The aura filled with chants, spirituality, and grandeur will leave you amazed. Also, devotees visit Shirdi Bhojanalaya that is the world's largest solar cooker used to prepare food for them. Type of Destination: Pilgrimage place Activities: Holy rituals and heritage tour Best time to visit: Oct-Mar Distance from Pune: 184.1 km Location: Shirdi

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Bhandardara (172.3 kms from Pune)

Bhandardara (172.3 kms from Pune)

It's amongst the lesser-known hill stations near Pune. So, another perfect choice for couples looking for a secluded destination. The natural beauty of Bhandardara with green mountains set against a backdrop of azure sky, many lakes and waterfalls will also enchant nature lovers and it is one of the best places to visit around Pune.  Arthur Lake is one of the top places to visit near Bhandardara. Also, you will love to get rejuvenated at the Umbrella Falls, which is a gorgeous seasonal waterfall found at the Bhandardara Dam. While in Bhandardara region visitors get a chance to participate in a myriad of activities such as bird watching, nature walking, trekking, and fishing. Thus, a little town has a lot on offer for every kind of tourist. Type of Destination: Hill station Activities: Trekking, bird watching, fishing, and nature walk.  Best time to visit: Oct-Feb Distance from Pune: 172.3 km Location: Ahmednagar district

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Karla Caves (59 km from Pune)

Karla Caves (59 km from Pune)

Karle Caves are 16 rock-cut cave temples. It's basically a complex of ancient Indian Buddhist protected by the Archaeological Survey of India. This place is also popular as India's early rock-cut architecture in India that are excavated on the range of hills of the Indrayani valley and it is one of the best tourist spots near Pune. The oldest of the cave shrines is supposed to date back to 160 BC. Visitors will also notice the exquisite sculptures of females, males, and creatures in its assembly.  The grand chaityagriha, vaulted interiors, and arched entrances are the highlights of the Karla Caves. Many monks and devotees flock the caves due to its Buddhist prominence. Type of Destination: Caves Activities: Cave exploration, and Buddhist pilgrimage. Best time to visit: June-Jan Distance from Pune: 59 km Location: Lonavla

Vikramgad (31.5 km from Pune)

Vikramgad  (31.5 km from Pune)

Vikramgad is a natural gem blessed with abundant flora and fauna. You will also find a lot of Mango and Chickoo plantations in this region.If you want an escapade far from the hustle and bustle of the city then must visit this small beautiful village. It is perfect for picnics with family or trekking adventure. There are plenty of thrilling activities to indulge in, like mountain biking, kayaking, rappelling, and fishing. Thus, adventure freaks will also have a pleasant time here. Type of Destination: Village Activities: Nature walks, picnic, trekking, fishing, kayaking, and rappelling. Best time to visit: Oct-Feb Distance from Pune: 31.5 km Location: Thane district

Raigad (53.6 kms from Pune)

Raigad (53.6 kms from Pune)

It is a historically rich district which was the base of renowned Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj kingdom in 1656. The Raigad Fort speaks his rule here that is also a prime attraction of this area. This fort is established on an irregular mold of rock. Additionally, Raigad is popular for many other forts too. Thus, it's mainly preferred by visitors due to the preserved culture of its ancestors through these historical sites. Other amazing places you can visit here are Jijamata palace, Queen's Palace, Takmok Tok, and Gangasagar Lake. Type of Destination: Hill station Activities: Visit various forts Best time to visit: Nov-March Distance from Pune: 156.2 km Location: Konkan

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Kashid beach (170 km from pune).

Kashid Beach (170 Km from Pune)

Known for its charismatic sands, playful waves and opulent greeneries around, it also qualifies as an ideal places to visit near Pune for couples. Visit this beach town and get soaked with its alluring charm along with some of the beach and water activities. Type of Destination:  Family getaway Activities: Water activites ,  sightseeing, photography etc Best time to visit:  November to July Distance from Pune:  170 km Location:  North Konkan region of Maharashtra

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Nagothane (134 Km from Pune)

Nagothane (134 Km from Pune)

At times, wonders do arrive in small packages; and Nagothane is the perfect explanation for this saying! Around 132km from Pune, this quintessential destination is tucked away amidst scenic hills and is adorned with the fascinating beauty of the Amba River and it is one of the best tourist spot near Pune.

While in here, visit the pristine beaches that are still hidden from the usual crowd and spend pleasant moments; the evergreen settings around the beach will soothe your mind at an ease! During the stay, you can also enjoy several enthralling activities. To name a few, there are white water rafting, kayaking, river crossing, flying fox, mountain biking, banana & bumper boat ride, waterfall trek and jet ski. Type of Destination: Family getaway Activities: W ater rafting, kayaking, river crossing, flying fox, mountain biking etc Best time to visit:  September to May. Distance from Pune: 134 km Location:  Raigad district, Maharashtra Popular Read:  Best beaches near Pune for a weekend getaway

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Harishchandragad (171 Km from Pune)

Harishchandragad (171 Km from Pune)

A visit to the historic Harishchandragad Fort in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra tells the many different tales of a bygone era! Located at a soaring height of 4,671ft, this ancient structure in the Sahyadri Ranges of the Western Ghats; around 162km from Pune, is all about revisiting history, having a tryst with the lush beauty of the nature and overcoming the challenged offered by the exhilarating terrains.

The craggy and uneven trails to the Harishchandragad Fort truly makes it for an enthralling experience with the challenging terrains of the Sahyadri Ranges. With the vicinity, one can also indulge in  overnight   trekking  in pune and enjoy the nocturnal appeal of this historic for; camping and sightseeing around the fort are also equally enjoyed by the adventure buffs. Type of Destination:  Family getaway Activities: Camping, trekking, sightseeing, photography etc Best time to visit:  Throughout the year Distance from Pune: 171 km Location:  H ill fort at Ahmednagar district

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Satara (112 Km from Pune)

Satara  (112 Km from Pune)

Located close to the meeting point of the Krishna and Veena rivers, Satara is one of the ancient cities of Maharashtra. Established somewhere during the 16th century, this beautiful city has always been a centre of attraction; from the Mughals to the Maratha rulers, the city has witnessed every dynasty.

The peace, serenity and wilderness that prevails in the vicinity, make it one of the ideal tourist places near Pune; around 113km from the city. 

Visitors to this scenic destination can enjoy activities like jungle safari, nature walk and visit several attraction points. For the ardent bikers, they can indulge in an enthralling biking tour around the Satara circuit and explore its astounding beauty. Type of Destination: Family getaway Activities: J ungle safari, nature walk, sightseeing, photography etc Best time to visit:  July to February. Distance from Pune: 112 km Location: City  in Maharashtra

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Malshej Ghat (120 Km from Pune)

Malshej Ghat (120 Km from Pune)

Another exotic location which is one of the must places to visit in Pune for you is the Malshej Ghat. Known for its amazing beauty with the hill stations you will remain awestruck once you visit this place. A wonderful slope station with its various lakes, waterfalls, and mountains, Malshej Ghat is well known among explorers, trekkers, and nature lovers.

Malshej Ghat is a perfect withdraw from the fuss of city life and is a paradise house of normal excellence. Feel the thrill ass you indulge in some amazing activities here.

With an uncountable number of waterfalls to wonderfully organized dams and steep, grandiose strongholds, a ghat is an ideal place for nature lovers.  This place is particularly excellent amid storms and is one of the most loved weekend getaways for youngsters from Mumbai, Pune, and Thane.  Type of Destination: Hilly Activities: Photography, sightseeing, visit   various lakes, waterfalls, and mountains etc Best time to visit:  Throughout the year. Distance from Pune:  120 Km Location:  Mountain pass in Maharashtra

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Kundalika River (150.2 km from Pune)

Kundalika River (150.2 km from Pune)

Amongst the top favorite tourist places near Pune for adventure lovers to indulge in river rafting experience. This river flows from the town of Bhira to the state of Maharashtra. Monsoon is the best time to opt this location as during this time the surplus water rushes through this river to give you a perfect river rafting encounter. You will pass through the virgin forests located beneath the Bhira and Mulshi dams. This 14 KM stretch of the Kundalika is wild and full of action-adventure going through breathtaking Grade II and III rapids. Thus, thrill and adventure seekers must not drop the idea of visiting this river. Type of Destination: River Activities: River rafting Best time to visit: Jun-Mar Distance from Pune: 150.2 km Location: Kolad

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Revdanda Beach (157 Km from Pune)

Revdanda Beach (157 Km from Pune)

For the beach lovers, who want to laze around the playful sands and bask the sun while lazing on the beach, Revdanda near Alibaug proves to be an ideal destination. Located around 154km from Pune and 125km from Mumbai, a visit to this sandy retreat is about fun frolic, exciting moments and revisiting history.

Hidden away from most of the crowd, this pristine beach is a befitting destination to enjoy camping with friends, family and colleagues. While during the daytime, you can indulge in activities like water sports and beach games, nights will bring an added amount of fun and excitement. 

Lakeside camping, make your own barbeque, bonfire and star gazing are some of the activities that can be best enjoyed at this scenic place to visit near Pune. Type of Destination: Family getaway Activities: Sightseeing,   photography,   water sports, camping, etc Best time to visit:  September to May Distance from Pune: 157 km Location: Village near Alibaug

Kaas Plateau (135.7 kms from Pune)

Kaas Plateau (135.7 kms from Pune)

If you are looking for one of those places to visit near Pune that are the treasure of natural wonders - Kaas Plateau is your place to be. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site which is a biodiversity hotspot.  Here you can see a variety of endemic flowers and butterflies. Spread to 1000-hectare area of the plateau it boasts about 850 species of beautiful wildflowers. Thus, people visit this place to witness magical landscapes adorned by lakes and flowers with butterflies all around creating a kaleidoscopic view.  Type of Destination: Plateau Activities: Flora and fauna and nature photography Best time to visit: Aug-Oct Distance from Pune:  136.8 km Location: Panchgani

Murud Janjira (186.2 kms from Pune)

Murud Janjira (186.2 kms from Pune)

Murud Janjira is a picturesque fishing hamlet famous for Murud Janjira Fort. The remnants of Portuguese rule surround the fort. This mighty island fortress is built in the middle of the sea and features three significant canons - Landakasam, Kalal Bangdi, and Bhavani. You can reach to grand fort through a short ferry ride to have a glimpse of past along with a spectacular view encompassing Arabian Sea landscape. Type of Destination: Fort Activities: Sightseeing tour to fort Best time to visit: Oct-March Distance from Pune: 186.2 km Location: Konkan

Manori (190.5 kms from Pune)

Manori (190.5 kms from Pune)

You can plan a weekend getaway here with your family or spouse to be away from the city’s hustle and bustle. This place is an epitome of tranquility. It will impress you with its beautiful beach and Manori Creek. Manori is the twin sister of Marve beach known for its untouched sand and clear water. Also, must-visit several nearby Portugal styled churches while here. Further, you will love to savor the seafood and East Indian cuisine owing to the Goan culture. The reason why it is known as the Mini Goa. Type of Destination: Beach place Activities: Relaxing at sea and savoring Goan cuisine Best time to visit: Oct-Nov Distance from Pune: 190.5 km Location: Northern Mumbai

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Dapoli (183 km from Pune)

Dapoli (183 km from Pune)

Dapoli is a perfect beach holiday destination. With a long stretch of beach spreading from Dabhol in the southern region to Kelshi in the northern end it has something for everybody. Also, due to the cool and enchanting atmosphere throughout the year, it's also known as mini Mahabaleshwar. You can plan a trip around Dapoli in a way that covers temples, hot springs, Suvarnadurg Fort, and archaeological sites. Additionally, early morning fish auction at Harnai Bandar is a prime attraction among tourists. Thus, you can plan a short family trip to this lovely locale. Type of Destination: Beach location Activities: Relax at the beaches, fish auction, and forts visit Best time to visit: Oct-Mid Feb Distance from Pune: 183.2 km Location: Ratnagiri district.

Elephanta Caves (162 km from Pune)

Elephanta Caves (162 km from Pune)

One of the must-visit tourist places near Pune. You can reach here through ferry ride from Gateway. This UNESCO world heritage site features seven caves. These magnificent caves were cut from the hills of the island. The cave 1 is the most favourite for visitors as it is carved exclusively with the different display of Lord Shiva. Also, on caves, you can see the depiction of clouds, mountains, and the hairstyles of women that are implicative of Gupta art. Type of Destination: Caves Activities: Caves exploration Best time to visit: Nov-Feb Distance from Pune: 162.7 km Location: Gharapuri

Karnala Fort (121 km from Pune)

Karnala Fort (121 km from Pune)

The Karnala Fort is a protected structure located within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. It offers a majestic moment to appreciate a refreshing and easy trek. The course is pretty easy and not extremely steep except in rains. Karnala fort features two forts. The Fort has a history of being conquered by the Muslim, Portuguese and Maratha rulers. The fort has even engravings in Persian as well as Marathi. At the onset of monsoon, you will view a variety of birds here like paradise flycatcher, magpie, shama, etc. Similarly, in winters migratory birds start flocking the place. Thus, it's also a heaven for birdwatchers. Type of Destination: Hill station Activities: Trekking and birdwatching Best time to visit: June-Aug or Nov-Feb Distance from Pune: 121.8 km Location: Raigad district.

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Kalsubai Peak (179 km from Pune)

Kalsubai Peak (179 km from Pune)

Kalsubai Mountain is a famous trekking spot near Pune at an altitude of 5400 Ft - highest in Maharashtra. The peak lies in the Sahyadri mountain range and rewards visitors with beautiful panorama. The trek is a medium level trail which can be covered in 3 to 4 hours. The trek passes through field, rocky terrain, and ridge. Also, there are chains, steel railings, and ladders at areas where it is tough to scale. You can stop at a temple en-route. Picturesque views of the Kalsubai-Harishchandragad range and various mountain forts make the peak worth trekking. Type of Destination: Mountain Activities: Trekking and temple visit Best time to visit: Oct-Mar Distance from Pune: 179.7 km Location: Ahmednagar.

Chiplun (200 Km from Pune)

Chiplun (200 Km from Pune)

You can plan a short trip to Chiplun which will present you beautiful lush greenery all around. Nestled amidst the Arabian Sea and the Western Ghats, it becomes more attractive during the monsoon season. It's a hub for nature enthusiasts who enjoy a rejuvenating weekend getaway here! Here you will love to linger around well-manicured and gorgeous garden Nehru Smriti Udyan. Also, get a picturesque view of Koyna Lake and Koyna dam from the garden. While at Chiplun you can further visit the ancient Parshuram temple as well as cave temple called Marleshwar Temple. Both these temples are topmost places to visit near Pune within 300 km for many devotees. Type of Destination: Family Vacation Activities: Nature walk and temple visit Best time to visit: June-Sep Distance from Pune: 200.6 km Location: Ratnagiri

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Nashik (212 km from pune).

Nashik (212 km from Pune)

Classed as a sprawling metro city in Maharashtra, Nashik is better known as the 'Wine Capital of India'. One of the venue grounds for the sacred 'Kumbh Mela' in the entire world, this historic city has been ruled by several dynasties before it fell to the hands of the British.

The 'Mecca' of wine connoisseurs in India, it is undoubtedly one of the best places to visit near Pune; around 210km from the city limits. Over the years, wine tours in Nashik have gained much popularity among the wine lovers. 

The growing popularity has also encouraged the vineyards to come up with resorts, villas and other stay options to offer the visitors, a blissful wine tour along with wine tasting, cycling and kayaking around the vineyards. Type of Destination: Family getaway Activities:  Temple hopping, nature-walk, photography, wine tasting and heritage tours Distance from Pune: 212 km Best time to visit: All year around. Location:  Situated on the banks of river Godavari, Maharashtra Check Out:  Best resorts near Pune for a perfect weekend getaway

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Sajan (218 Km from Pune)

Sajan (218 Km from Pune)

Also known as 'Saajan', this beautiful town in Maharashtra is around 216km from Pune and 135km from Mumbai. Though small is size, it is known for its pristine beauty, verdant greeneries and rich historical past. Whether you are a nature lover, adventure junkie or planning for a leisure holiday with family or friends, this scenic town will serve as a loyal host to you.

With nature camping at resorts as the most popular activity in Pune , the visitors to Sajan can also enjoy adventure options like valley crossing, Burma Bridge, sky walk, net climbing, Tarzan Swing, artificial waterfalls and team games. Other commonly enjoyed activities include rice plantation, tent pitching, country code, backpacking, cooking and several others. Type of Destination: Family Getaway Activities:  Photography, sightseeing, visit   various lakes, waterfalls, and mountains etc

Best time to visit:  November to July

Distance from Pune:  218 km Location:  Town in   Maharashtra, 421303

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Silvassa (301 Km from Pune)

Silvassa (301 Km from Pune)

If you are looking for a pictorial holiday destination near Pune that is adorned with all the marvels of Mother Nature, you must visit Silvassa. The capital of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, this city is home to some of the best water resorts and parks in the entire country.

Visit this gorgeous place to visit near Pune; around 301 km, with your family members, friends and colleagues, participate in a myriad list of activities that will make your holiday an exciting affair. While in Silvassa, you can avail resort stays, a wide range of water activities in the water park and a number of indoor games.  Type of Destination:  Family getaway Activities: Enjoy water activities, photography, sightseeing etc Best time to visit:  Throughout the year Distance from Pune:  301 km Location:  Daman Ganga river in western India Must Read:  Best Resorts near Pune for an unbeatable stay experience .

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Jawhar (247 km from Pune)

Jawhar (247 km from Pune)

Jawhar is a small hill station at the height of 518m with amazing weather year-round.The hill station is famous for its rich cultural heritage and the tribal regions. The Sunset point is a feature of this place that enchants visitors for its beautiful natural setting and mesmerizing sunset view. Further, go for a sightseeing trip to Jaivilas Palace that represents the lifestyles of the tribal kings. Another notable spot is the Shirpamal structure, a historic site belonging to Chhatrapati Shivaji - the great emperor of Maratha Kingdom.Other popular attractions from here include Jai Sagar Dam, Khad Khad Dam, and the Kalmandvi Waterfall. Thus, with so much on offer, it’s considered as one of the incredible places to visit near Pune within 300 km. Type of Destination: Hill station Activities: Sightseeing, trekking, and heritage tour Best time to visit: Jan-Dec Distance from Pune: 247.5 km Location: Palghar

Kolhapur (233 km from Pune)

Kolhapur (233 km from Pune)

Kolhapur is renowned as a historical city among tourists. Located at the banks of the Panchganga River, this city presents plenty of attractions for the visitors. This city houses incredible archaeological sites, monuments, forts, gardens, lakes, and rich cultural heritage. While here you can head to places such as the Rankala Lake, Panhala Fort, New Palace, Shivaji University and Temlabai Mandir. Wildlife lovers can visit the Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary that features species like Indian Bison, leopard, tiger, sloth bear, etc. Also, thousands of devotees come to Kolhapur to visit the Mahalaxmi Temple. Additionally, do not miss to shop for famous Kolhapuri chappals, sarees, and spices. Thus, the city attracts every kind of tourist. Type of Destination: City Activities: Sightseeing tour, a pilgrimage to temples, wildlife sanctuary, and shopping Best time to visit: Oct-Mar Distance from Pune: 233.3 km Location: Kolhapur district

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Saputara (287 km from Pune)

Saputara (287 km from Pune)

Amongst the favourite places to visit near Pune within 300 km for locals as it’s a picturesque hill station with cool weather throughout the year. It is nestled in the forest region of Dangs of Sahyadri Ranges. According to Hindu belief, Lord Ram spent his 11 years of exile in the thick jungles of Saputara. The Echo point is a highlight of this place that offers a pleasant surrounding view of several waterfalls intensifying the breathtaking magnificence of the spot. Other sightseeing locations at Saputara include Pandava Caves, Saputara Lake, Wagha Bari, Step Garden, and Sunset Point. Type of Destination: Hill Station Activities: Trekking, Sightseeing, caves, sunset point, etc. Best time to visit: Oct-May Distance from Pune: 287.3 km Location: Gujarat

Trimbakeshwar (241 km from Pune)

Trimbakeshwar (241 km from Pune)

The prominent sacred temple of India roosted on the foot of Brahmagiri Hills, visited by millions of devotees each year. The temple features one of the most notable Jyotirlingas, a form of Lord Shiva. The interesting highlight of the Jyotirlinga is its three faces signifying Lord Brahma, Lord Rudra, and Lord Vishnu. The mountains clad in lush vegetation with waterfalls surrounding the town make it even more peaceful and charming. Devotees also like to visit this temple during Mahashivaratri, Rath Poornima, and Tripuri Purnima festivals. Type of Destination: Pilgrimage place Activities: Pilgrimage and festivals Best time to visit: Oct-Mar Distance from Pune: 241.2 km Location: Nasik.

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Sindhudurg (350 km from pune).

Sindhudurg (350 Km from Pune)

Translated to 'Fort in the Sea' in the local language, Sindhudurg was previously a part of Ratnagiri district of Maharashtra. Home to the historic Sindhudurg Fort that was built by Shivaji Maharaj during the 16th century, this town is located around 366km from Pune and makes it for a quintessential holiday destination.

Tucked away between the majestic Arabian Sea and the fascinating Western Ghats, Sindhudurg showcases a semi-tropical climate throughout the year. Its untouched and surreal beauty, warm-hearted locals and hospitality, various holiday options and ease of communication makes it a perfect getaway to enjoy homestay experiences.

Join any of these experience and enjoy activities like village tourism, sightseeing, agro-tourism, cultural activities and nature tourism. Type of Destination: Family Getaway Activities:  Photography, sightseeing, cultural activities, village tourism etc Best time to visit:  October to March Distance from Pune: 350 km Location:  District in Maharashtra

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Jaigad (336 km from Pune)

Jaigad (336 km from Pune)

Jayagad Killa or the Jaigad Fort in Ratnagiri, Maharashtra, is located around 300km from Pune. Sitting graciously on a cliff, the route to this glorious fort is cossetted with the dense vegetation of the Koyna and Chandoli forests.

On hiking to the summit of the cliff, one can enjoy promising views of the confluence of the Shastri River and the mighty Arabian Sea. In addition to trekking, the site is also known for exciting wildlife sightseeing options near Pune . Type of Destination: Family Getaway Activities:  Photography, sightseeing, trekking etc

Best time to visit:   During the months of October, November, December, February and March.

Distance from Pune: 336 km Location:  Maharashtra, India

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Ganpatipule (342 from Pune)

Ganpatipule (342 from Pune)

It's a small town with a few magnificent seashores offering an ideal mini-vacation to visitors. Ganapatipule beach and Mandavi beach are ideal for lazing over the golden sands. You can likewise indulge in water activities on these beaches. Ganpatipule likewise attracts history lovers who come here to see two of the wonderful forts - Ratnadurg Fort and Jaigad Fort. Further, devotees like to pay a visit to Swayambhu Ganpati temple. Type of Destination: Beach Activities: Sightseeing tour, relaxing on beaches, water sports, and temple pilgrimage. Best time to visit: Oct-March Distance from Pune: 342.6 km Location: Ratnagiri district

Daman and Diu (309 km from Pune)

Daman and Diu (309 km from Pune)

Daman and Diu are those tourist places near Pune that offer the tranquil atmosphere and pleasure beyond words. Here you can discover beautiful colonial forts and churches depicting its brilliant architecture. The sightseeing tour of ancient monuments like Diu Fort, Parikota fort, Fort of St. Jerome, and Lighthouse all make it a superb choice. There are many beaches to recline like Chakratirath, Mandvi, Gomtimata, and Jalandhar. Also, Nagoa Beach is an ideal place for moments of seclusion. During festivals, locals embellish the parks with lights which is a scene to watch for! Further, the shopaholics can buy bamboo mats, baskets, as well as handmade and leather products Type of Destination: Beach Activities: Beach fun and sightseeing tour Best time to visit: Sep-May Distance from Pune: 309.1 km Location: Gujarat

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Amboli (346 km from Pune)

Amboli (346 km from Pune)

A charming hill station situated at the southern range of Sahyadri hills. From specific vantage points, you can view many cascades sinking from cliffs creating a picturesque environment. Amboli Waterfalls are the highlight of this region that attracts a lot of tourists. Especially, an awesome place to chill down during monsoon season when waterfall gushes with plenty of water. Also, this place is rich in flora and fauna so; wildlife photographers will love to visit this region. Further, one can visit the Hiranyakeshi cave, which is actually a Shiva temple. Nagata Falls, Nangartas Waterfalls, Bauxite Mine, Mahadev Gadh Fort, Sunrise and Sunset point, Kawaleshet valley, and Parikshit Point are other nearby attractions. Type of Destination: Hill station Activities: Chilling at various waterfalls, and wildlife photography Best time to visit: June-Aug Distance from Pune: 346 km Location: Sindhudurg district

Dandeli (422 km from Pune)

Dandeli (422 km from Pune)

The scenic town of Dandeli lies in close proximity to the Kali River. Surrounded by wildlife sanctuaries, its deciduous forests are home to numerous species of birds and wild beings. Dandeli also has some native tribes staying in its forested land, who maintain a primitive lifestyle and can be visited to observe their customs at close quarters. Distance from Pune:  422 kms Best Time to Visit:  October to May Attractions:   Dandeli Anshi Tiger Reserve, Bhagwan Mahaveer Sanctuary, Kavala Caves Activities :  Whitewater rafting, kayaking, coracle rides, wildlife and bird watching, camping and trekking can be enjoyed here Type of Destination:  Family and kid-friendly, historic and pilgrimage. Where to Stay: Most amazing resorts in Dandeli hidden in the woods .

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Shaniwar Wada is an excellent example of the Maratha Imperial architecture used in India in the bygone era. It tells the historical tale of the Maratha Kingdom as it has seen every event that occurred in Peshwas Life over time. It was built by the Peshwas’ symbolizing the brave hearts of the Marathas, who strived hard to keep its glory alive. Though the fort couldn’t tolerate the battering from the wrong time but the stone boundaries still recite the untold tales of the colourful journeys lead by the heroic Marathas.However, some ruins still remain reciting the remarkable stories and contorted tales. You can witness the enormous stone boundaries made to protect the beautiful Shaniwar Wada, which shows the level of security provided to the people of the kingdom. The walls have a magnificent wooden gate reflecting the Mughal architecture, which is another example of how secure the palace was made. There are long iron spikes tucked into the gate, which could reduce the attack of the enemy and kept elephants away.Besides this, you can see a garden which follows the style of the Mughal architecture. It also has a lovely fountain resembling a 16 petaled lotus, right in the middle of the garden. Adding to that, you can see the boundaries marked on the ground, which could tell about all the rooms. There is nothing more than this havoc of time, which changed the face of the mighty Shaniwar Wada into nothing. But you can still make these remains your window into the past to relive what has happened in history.History of Shaniwar Wada:The foundation stone of the Shaniwar Wada was laid in 1730 by Peshwa Bajirao I. Initially, it was intended to be a colossal palace of seven stories made out of stone. But the people of the national capital argued that only King can have a castle made of stone. So, the construction of Shaniwar Wada began using bricks. It took two years to complete this elegant structure, which displayed an excellent blend of the Maratha Imperial architecture with the Mughal architecture. The interiors had valuable furniture and decorations along with carvings of flowers and paintings of scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. The first major fire in the year 1791 destroyed a significant part of the fort, which was re-constructed again. Then the next explosion in 1808 burnt all the necessary artifacts and documents in the palace. Then another fire in 1812 destroyed the upper two stories of the castle, followed by a fire in 1813 which destroyed the Royal Hall. All this destruction was taken to another level in the year 1818. The British attacked Shaniwar Wada, which resulted in collapsing all the top stories. Finally, in the year 1828, a fire caught the whole palace, which burned for a week and wrecked it. Architecture of Shaniwar Wada:Architecture of Shaniwar Wada is an excellent example of Maratha style of construction blended with authentic Mughal architecture. The main gate, also known as Delhi Darwaza, is adorned with iron spikes to restrain the enemy attack as it is enormous enough to pass an elephant through it. There is a small aisle on the top of the door which has dome-shaped windows definitely taken from the Mughal architecture. Besides this gate, the Wada has four more gates, namely Mastani Darwaza, Khidki Darwaza, Ganesh Darwaja, and Narayan Darwaza. The walls have floral carvings and paintings resembling the Mughal architecture style. Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata are also found painted at various significant spots. The windows and doors are also dome-shaped contributing to the traces of Mughal architecture. Archaeologists believe that initially, the fort was six-floored before it was destroyed by the fire. Finally, the garden has a 16 petaled lotus representing the grace of the bygone era.

Aga Khan Palace

Built in 1982 by Sultan Muhammed Shah Aga Khan III, the Aga Khan Palace is a magnificent piece of history situated in 19 acres of land in the Yerwada area in Pune. Referred to as one of the most important landmarks of Indian history, along with the Indian freedom struggle, the palace has its roots deeply etched into bygone eras. The palace was built to help the poor in the areas surrounding Pune, which was drastically hit by famine in the early 1980s. One of the most stunning pieces of architecture in all of Pune, the Aga Khan Palace is also a famous tourist attraction, which was designed by a world-famous architect called Charles Correa.Additionally, the palace houses the samadhis (memorials) of Mahatma Gandhi’s wife, Kasturba Gandhi. Sources suggest that both Kasturba Gandhi and Mahatma Gandhi’s secretary Mahadev Desai breathed their last in the palace premises. And it is because of this that their memorials have been safeguarded in the palace grounds.The Aga Khan Palace is located in a huge ground, and has five, luxurious and spacious halls, along with several lawns. The structure resonates of Italian architecture, elegant yet intricate and magnificent.Of all the rooms and features of the palace, its arches are the most beautiful, almost mesmerising to the eyes. Aga Khan Palace has two huge floors, in addition to a corridor which spreads across the entire structure. The palace is known for organising several exhibitions and programmes throughout the year. Most of these reflect Gandhi’s lifestyle, thereby offering visitors a deep insight into the Mahatma’s life. Moreover, it is because of this and Gandhi’s links to it that the palace is now also known as the Gandhi National Memorial Society. One of the most prominent attractions of the palace is the room where Gandhi stayed during his imprisonment, along with his personal belongings and pictures of the other freedom fighters. |

Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad or Kondana is a pride of the southwestern region of Pune. This fort was the one to support Maharashtra during the ancient battles. Sinhagad battle of 1671 is the significant one. Bhuleshwar range of the great Sahyadris is the home to this historical monument. The fortress has an elevation of around 1312 m above the sea level. Sinhagad has got its own breakneck slopes to protect it from all sides. There are two entrances to this fort – one in the north-eastern region (Pune Darwaza) and another one towards the southeastern part (Kalyan Darwaza). The authenticity and the richness of Sinhagad fortress date back to around 1000 years. This is evident from the carvings present on the walls of Kaundinya Eshwar temple there. Sinhagad is valued as a true sightseeing heritage.To begin your sightseeing adventure, you have Rajaram’s tomb which is worth a visit. The fortress displays some of the adorable monoliths of Tanaji Malusare – one of the efficient safe-keepers of the fort from Shivaji Maharaj’s era. Besides these crucial displays, the fortress has got its own military depot, a Kali temple, breweries, and a Hanuman effigy. Pune Darwaza, Kalyan Darwaza, Tilak Bungalow, Hawa Point, Kade Lot, Amruteshwar Temple, Tanaji Samadhi and Memorial raises the elegance of this fortress even today.Summiting the fortress offers some stunning views of the Khadakwasla Dam from one end; while from its other side, you can see glimpses of Torna Fort.

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  • 7 Temples In Pune To Seek Blessings & Experience The Divine Form

19 May 2023

Located in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra, Pune is one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Being home to Aga Khan Palace and Mahatma Gandhi Memorial, Pune is one of those cities that uphold the confluence of spiritualism and capitalism. Adorned with architectural temples and Historic monuments, Pune attracts thousands of visitors from different parts of the country who come to pay their respects to their deities at different temples in Pune . Pune is also home to notoriously famous to Osho International Meditation Resort which was founded by Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh. After brought into the limelight by Shivaji, ruling Peshwas made this city their capital.

7 Best Temples in Pune

The temples in Pune are adorned with intriguing legends and intricate details. Have a look at some of the most renowned temples here.

1. Omkareshwar Temple

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Located in Shaniwar Peth, Omkareshwar Temple is one of the best temples in Pune . Being one of the oldest ones in Pune, this temple was constructed by Shivaram Bhat who is known for being the spiritual guru of Peshwas. Being an example of splendid architecture from the 17th century, this temple is adorned with Nagara style spires along with Hindu deities such as Ganesha, Vyasa, Makardhwaj, etc. What truly adds to the beauty of Omkareshwar Temple are eloquent columns. You will also find some smaller temples dedicated to Goddess Durga, Lord Shani, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Hanuman inside the temple.

Location: Balgandharva Bridge, 233 Near, Chandrashekhar Govind Aapte Rd, Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030

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2. Chatushrungi Mata Temple

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Being one of the famous temples in Pune Maharashtra , Chatushrungi Mata Temple is dedicated to Chatushrungi Mata. Built by a merchant known by the name of Durkabhdas, this temple is located approximately 259 km away from Pune. Built during the rulership of Chhatrapati Shivaji, this temple located at a height of 90 ft requires you to cross 100 steps. You will also find a number of temples that are dedicated to Lord Ganesha. If you are in search of a pristine place to get spiritual, this is the perfect place to be at.

Location: Senapati Bapat Road, Near, Pune University Rd, Gokhalenagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411016

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3. Shri Chintamani Ganpati Temple

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Topping the list of temples in Pune Maharashtra , Shri Chintamani Ganpati Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Located approximately 27 km away from Pune, this temple lets you experience the serene environment at the confluence of two rivers i.e. Mula and Mutha. Often visited by devotees during the Ashtavinayak Darshan tour, this temple is said to have self-emanated idol. Considered to have a significant mythological significance, Shri Chintamani Ganpati Temple attracts thousands of Ganesha devotees every year.

Location: Theur Road, Theur, Maharashtra 412110

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4. Neelkantheshwar Temple

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Being one of the famous temples in Pune , Neelkantheshwar Temple is known for being dedicated to Lord Shiva with blue neck. Located at a hilltop, this temple requires you to trek for hours to reach the temple. Amazing devotees with a different kind of serenity, this temple is the perfect place to see the sunset of the valley.

Location: Kondhur, Maharashtra 412107

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5. Khandoba Temple

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Being one of the top temples in Pune , Khandoba Temple is dedicated to deity Khandoba who is believed to be a form of Lord Shiva. Khandoba is one of the prominent lords worshipped in North Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Maharashtra. This temple is considered to be one of the best temples in Pune .

Location: Jejuri, Maharashtra 412303

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6. Laxmi Narasimha Temple

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Dedicated to Lord Narasimha, Laxmi Narasimha Temple is one of the must-visit temples in Pune . Being one of the most beautiful temples in Pune, this temple adorns itself with black stones and splendid architecture. While it took 20 years to complete, this temple transports you to surreal land which will help you enjoy the aura. Located at the confluence of Bhima and Nira river, this temple has been subject of foreign invasion again and again. The original lord here was replaced out of the fear of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.

Location: Bhavani Peth, Shobhapur, Kasba Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411011

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7. Pataleshwar Cave Temple

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Located in Shivajinagar, Pataleshwar Cave Temple is known for being a rock-cut temple that was built during the rulership of Rashtrakuta. Built during the 8th century, this temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. You will also find other temples dedicated to Lord Ganesha, Lord Laxman, and Goddess Sita here. Influenced by Elephanta Caves, this temple today stands as a monument protected by the government. It is undoubtedly one of the most famous temples in Pune .

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Pune is a city that attracts thousands of tourists every year to experience the diverse lifestyle and go on many adventures. Seldom do they realize that it holds a religious value too in terms of tourism. These were the best temples in Pune that you can visit while planning a trip to Maharashtra .

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What are the Hindu temples located in Pune?

Some of the must-visit Hindu temples in Pune include Balaji temple Pune, Iskcon temple Pune, Swaminarayan temple Pune, Omkareshwar Temple, Chatushrungi Mata Temple, etc.

What is Pataleshwar Cave Temple famous for?

Pataleshwar Temple is known for being a rock-cut temple that is dedicated to Lord Shiva.

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Ashtavinayak temples - Shepherd Traveller - Ashtavinayak tour

Ashtavinayak Temples near Pune: A Pilgrimage steeped in folklore

  • Post author: Shraddha
  • Post published: April 3, 2021
  • Post category: discoveringtemples / Trips near Pune
  • Post comments: 9 Comments

Visiting  Ashtavinayak Temples  is a popular pilgrimage tour near Pune. This is a spiritual journey of visiting 8 different Hindu temples, having 8 different forms of God Ganesha. These temples are located at 8 different places all around Pune city in the state of Maharashtra, India. The idols in these temples are said to be  Swayambhu . This means nobody installed these Ganesha idols. They were found to be formed naturally. And later temple structures were built around the idols.

Trip Highlights:  The savage monkeys at Lenyadri caves snatched the coconut which is the Prasad or offering of the entire pilgrimage. As one monkey snatched it out of my hands, I could see 8-10 more monkeys coming down towards me from the hill above. I still managed to snatch it back from the hands of the monkey near me. Thankfully the local guys carrying palanquins arrived at that moment and drove away all the monkeys.

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Ashtavinayak Ganpati Names List and details of the tour

The Ashtavinayak Ganpati names list in the correct sequence is as follows:

  • Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon – मयुरेश्वर मंदिर, मोरगाव
  • Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek – सिद्धिविनायक मंदिर, सिद्धतेक
  • Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali – बल्लाळेश्वर मंदिर, पाली
  • Varadvinayak temple, Mahad – वरदविनायक मंदिर, महाड
  • Chintamani Temple, Theur – चिंतामणी मंदिर, थेऊर
  • Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri – गिरीजत्माज मंदिर, लेन्याद्री
  • Vighneshwar Temple, Ozar – विघ्नेश्वर मंदिर, ओझर
  • Mahaganpati Temple, Ranjangaon – महागणपती मंदिर, रांजणगाव

Among these 8 Ganesha temples – 5 are in Pune district, 2 are in Raigad district but closer to Pune and 1 is in Ahmednagar district which is also closer to Pune. Pune city is the best place to start your Ashtavinayak tour.

  • The number   of days required:  I completed the Ashtavinayak tour in 2 days. Most of the tour operators complete it in 2 days over the weekend. That makes 4 Ganesha temples per day. You can also do this pilgrimage slowly over 4 days, with 2 Ganesha temples per day. Some even do it over a period of 8 days, with 1 temple per day. There is old folklore that if you can complete all the temples in 1 day ie. 24 hours, your wish will definitely come true.
  • Best time to visit:  The best time to visit is any off-season. There are massive queues for entry and darshan almost all around the year. So, in order to avoid the crowds, I visited in the Diwali of 2019. And I found no queues at almost all the temples.
  • Distances covered:  If you start from Pune and complete this tour in the exact sequence mentioned below, it is a journey of around 840 km.
  • Transport:  There are various tour operators providing pre-planned itinerary and the pick and drop facility. But I would suggest you go with your bike/car for flexibility and a better experience. You can stop for snacks at small huts among the mountain ghats, and also include one or two more places in the trip.
  • Where to stay in Ashtavinayak:  Depending on your itinerary, you can plan to stay at any of the Ashtavinayak temples. There are various upscale hotels, as well as homestays, near every temple.

If you don’t know about God Ganesha or Ganapati, you can first read the information at the end of this blog post. Even if you know about him, you should still find it interesting to read. I have also mentioned information about the Ganesh festival celebrated in India at the very end.

I have included the images of the ‘Kalas’ or ‘Dome’ or ‘Steeple’ of the temple. In Hindu faith, even if you see the top of the temple called ‘Kalas’ in Marathi or the Steeple of the temple, it is equivalent to visiting and paying respects to God. So, if you see my pictures below, it is like you have virtually visited all the temples.

The correct sequence to visit Ashtavinayak temples

There is a predetermined sequence to visit the 8 Ashtavinayak temples. The form of Ganesha at every temple has a different name and a different story or folklore behind it. Below I have listed Ashtavinayak Ganpati names and places, in the order in which they must be visited.

My experience: I went with a tour company which organises pre-planned tours from Pune city. Unfortunately, I did not check the order or sequence in which they were going to take me around Ashtavinayak temples. The tour company did take me to all the temples but in the wrong order. They just made their job simpler by taking me in an anticlockwise circle all around Pune city, instead of the real zig-zag route. So, please check before booking the Ashtavinayak tour with some tour operators. Or just go by your own vehicle. The real sequence to visit the 8 temples is given below.

Mayureshwar Temple, Morgaon, Pune

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Mayureshwar temple is very close, just around 67 km away from Pune city. The name Mayureshwar is derived from the form of Ganesha sitting on a peacock.  Mayur  in Sanskrit translates to peacock. It is believed that Ganesha in the form of Mayureshwar killed the demon Sindhurasur at this place. The village Morgaon also gets the name from the large population of peacocks that used to live around this region. This temple has minarets around it. These were made to make it look like a mosque from a distance, to avoid constant attacks on the temple. This is the most important temple in all the Ashtavinayak temples.

There is a Nandi at the entrance of the temple. I was surprised to see the Nandi because this sacred bull is usually found outside Shiva temples. Later on, I came to know the story behind it. According to the local legend, the huge Nandi sculpture was being transported on a bullock cart to a nearby Shiva temple. The wooden cart broke down, and the Nandi landed on the ground. Since then nobody has been able to move it from this place.

There is another popular temple nearby called Jejuri temple, which you can also visit.

Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek, Ahmednagar

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The scenery and nature around the temple are very beautiful. First, you have to cross the beautiful river Bhima on your way to this temple. The temple is located on a small hill near the river. To do one pradakshina or circumambulation, you have to go all around the hill. There is no short cut, and it takes about 15-30 minutes for doing the same. It is said that Saint Shri Morya Gosavi attained enlightenment at this place.

The Ganesha idol here has the trunk towards his right. This form of Ganesha is believed to be very hard to please, yet very powerful. This is the only idol in all Ashtavinayak who has the trunk towards his right. This form of Ganesha is called Siddhivinayak or the one who gives enlightenment. This temple is a Jagrut Kshetra, which means a place with a very powerful deity. Make sure to pray for what you want the most at this temple.

At this temple, I saw a caterpillar for the first time in my life. It had small wings which were just coming out of the cocoon. The cocoon wasn’t broken yet. In short, the caterpillar was in the process of becoming a butterfly. My first reaction when I saw it was that it’s going to die soon, and it looks so ugly. But later when I thought about it then I realised it’s actually all set to be a beautiful butterfly. This was like a sign. A caterpillar turning into a butterfly was synonymous with my stage in life at that point in time.

After completing your visit to this Siddhivinayak temple of Siddhatek, you can have lunch at the nearby town called Daund.

Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali, Raigad

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This is the only temple of Ganesha where the deity is named after his devotee. The legend goes that the small children of this village of Pali used to worship rocks. They were lead by a small boy Ballal. Once they all found a huge rock and started worshipping it as God Ganesha. When the children of the town did not return home, Ballal’s father was sent to find them all. When he reached he found that all the children were busy listening to Ganesh Purana. Seeing Ballal’s father enraged, all the children ran away. Ballal was caught as he was deeply engrossed in devotion. Ballal’s father started beating him as a punishment and later tied him to a nearby tree. Then he threw the huge rock away which split into many pieces.

He left Ballal tied to a tree, wounded and starving. Ballal continued to chant the name of Ganesha. Seeing this utmost devotion God Ganesha appeared before Ballal in the form of a Saint. He untied the ropes that tied him, healed his wounds. Ballal recognised that its Ganesha in the form of a Saint. Ganesha offered to reward a blessing to Ballal. To this Ballal said, “May I always be your devotee, and may you always stay here in this village.”

Today, there is a temple of Dhundivinayak near the Ballaleshwar temple. This is that huge rock that Ballal initially worshipped along with other children. Its believed that you should first visit the Dundivinayak temple, and then the Ballaleshwar temple. I read a signboard near the shoe stands, about visiting the Dhundivinayak temple first. There are two beautiful lakes near the temple.

Varadvinayak Temple, Mahad, Raigad

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The story behind this temple goes like this. Gritsamada who is the son of Indra gets cursed by his own mother that a cruel demon will be born to him. In penance, he enters the Pushpak forest and prays to God Ganesha. Pleased by his penance Ganesha gives him a boon that his son could be defeated only by the God Shiva. Gritsamada asks Ganesha to stay in this forest forever so that devotees can come here to pray and be successful. They call this the Bhadraka forest now.

The idol of Ganesha was found in the lake, which is located right next to the temple. There is an oil lamp inside this temple which is alight continuously from 1892. There’s another reason why this temple is popular among couples. It is a common belief that eating the coconut prasad (offering) from this temple on a Maghi Chaturthi, will bless couples with a son.

Chintamani Temple, Theur, Pune

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This is a beautiful temple in a small village. I loved the ambience and vibe of this temple the most. The temple’s gate is small, but once inside you will realise this is the largest one among all the Ashtavinayak temples. There are many legends of how this temple came into existence. One of them is about a fight for a jewel. A saint and a demon fight for the jewel – Chintamani. Ganesha saves the saint and slays the demon. Later the saint thanks Ganesha and refuses to take the jewel back. Instead, he pleads to Ganesha to stay here forever.

According to another legend Brahma, the God of all creations comes here to meditate. God Ganesha calmed his restless mind here at this place. They named this village Theur, which means  stable . Needless to say, you should try sitting here and meditating. As I mentioned earlier the vibe of this temple is amazing. I immediately felt calm when I entered it.

Saint Shri Morya Gosavi, often visited this temple for enlightenment. Moreover, this temple was often visited by the Maratha Peshwas that lived in Pune. Inside the temple is a large bell that was offered by the Peshwas to the Chintamani temple. This European bell was acquired from the Portuguese after capturing the Vasai fort in the Konkan region.

Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyadri, Pune

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This is my most favourite temple of all the Ashtavinayak temples. Girijatmaj temple is located on top of a mountain. Girijatmaj translates to  Mountain born . To reach the top, you have to climb some steep steps. It is a part of some rock-cut Buddhist caves of Lenyadri. Lenyadri caves are a group of 28 caves that are related to other caves near Pune like Karla, Bhaja, Bedse, etc. Girijatmaj temple is inside Cave no 7, which is said to be from the 1st century AD. The sculptures and architecture in the surrounding caves especially Cave No 6 and Cave No 14 are beautiful. But it is a bit difficult to reach inside these caves.

When I visited this temple, it was October, but for some reason, it was still raining in Maharashtra. So, there were small showers when I visited, and the surrounding area was full of greenery. The rain makes the steps very slippery. And you have to always look out for the monkeys. The monkeys here are insane thieves. They will grab your offerings or prasad and runway! And one of the monkeys even climbed up and sat on the head of one lady. It was scary yet thrilling. From the top, I could see green farmland stretching out around the temple for acres.

There is palanquins or  Doli  facility available for elders and disabled to reach the top. Basically they make you sit in a chair and carry you to the top.

Vighneshwar Temple, Ozar, Pune

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Vighneshwar means the Lord of obstacles. The legend behind this temple is that the demon Vighnasura created havoc and troubled everyone by making obstacles and disruptions in their work and sacrifice. When the people pleaded to the Gods, they sent Ganesha to fight the demon Vighnasura. After realising it was impossible to win, Vighnasura surrendered. Since then it was decided that Vighneshwara will dwell only where Ganesha is not worshipped. Thus, in the Hindu faith, Ganesha is worshipped before beginning anything.

The temple is small and in the typical Maratha architecture. They have planted several flowering trees like Jasmine along the pradakshina path or the circumambulation trail. Two large lamp towers are located near the entrance. I could not help but imagine how grand it must have looked after lighting lamps all over these towers. There is a river near the temple named Kukadi.

Mahaganpati Temple, Ranjangaon, Pune

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This is the eighth Ganesha in the Ashtavinayak temples. The area around the temple is very well maintained. You can see the grandeur of the massive, impressive arched gate in the picture above. This gate is a relatively new addition by the locals. There are 2 life-sized elephant statues on both sides of this new gate.

The actual temple is in the picture below. The form of Ganesha here is seated on a lotus. This temple and the deity here is considered to be the most powerful form of Ganesha. It is believed that the real idol of Ganesha is hidden in the basement of the temple. The real idol of the Ganesha is said to have 10 trunks and 20 arms. This is the largest form of Ganesha.

It is also a common belief among people that if you visit this temple, it is equivalent to doing the entire Ashtavinayak tour. The people who cannot make the entire journey of visiting all the 8 Ashtavinayak temples due to some reasons, just visit this temple.

There is no mistake. The Ashtavinayak yatra starts and ends with the same temple of Mayureshwar located in Morgaon. Yes, the Ashtavinayak tour is said to be incomplete unless and until you go back to the Mayrueshwar temple. You should not go back to your home unless you do this. Otherwise, the pilgrimage is incomplete.

As I did my trip with a tour operator they didn’t take me back to Morgaon for revisiting the Mayureshwar temple. I am not very religious usually, but I may make vows or ask Ganesha for favours whenever I am stuck in a tight spot or in an obstacle. I don’t really know whether God exists, but somehow making the prayers gives me confidence clears my mind from any doubts.

The Prasad of Dry Coconut

It is said that you should offer a dry coconut to the Ganesha at every temple, and later eat it as a Prasad when you reach back home. Instead of taking a separate coconut every time and carrying eight coconuts home, I took and carried only one coconut. I bought a dry coconut at Mayureshwar temple in Morgaon and then carried it with me for 2 days. I used the same coconut as an offering to God Ganesha at all the 8 Ashtavinayak temples. This is the better way of doing it, rather than carrying the weight of 8 coconuts at the end. If you are a big family visiting together then you may offer a new coconut and end up with 8 coconuts.

Ganesha or Ganapati

Ganesha is an important god in Hinduism. He is said to be the god of wisdom, who tackles problems with his intelligence first. He is also called the  Vighnaharta  or the one who removes obstacles and disruptions. This is the reason why Hindus first remember God Ganesha before beginning any of the important tasks. And a small prayer is made to Ganesha to take care of obstacles and disruptions. The Ganesha idol sits on the dashboard near the windshield of almost all cars and vehicles in India, for the same reason.

There is another reason why Ganesha is worshipped before all new beginnings. As per Indian Vedic knowledge, any idea first enters the subconscious mind and then into the conscious mind. An idea entering the conscious mind should be obstacle-free. If the idea enters the conscious mind full of obstacles and doubts, then the same gets converted into reality – ie. in last stage Action or execution of the idea. So before starting any new idea, first Ganesha is worshipped. The mind is freed from any doubts or obstacles. And then no problems, disruptions or obstacles arise in the execution of the idea.

Why does Ganesha have an Elephant’s head?

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God Ganesha has an elephant’s head instead of having a human head. There are 2-3 stories that give the reason behind Ganesha’s elephant head. The most widely known and accepted one is as follows –

Goddess Parvati, the wife of God Shiva was bathing at lake Gauri Kund near Kailash Mountain. As there was nobody there to be a guard while bathing, she sculpted little Ganesha from bathing clays and Sandalwood. After she put life into her child, she asked him to stand as a guard while she bathed. Meanwhile, God Shiva arrived at Gauri Kund and asked Ganesha to step aside. Ganesha not knowing that Shiva is his father, and Parvati’s husband did not allow him to proceed. God Shiva was hence enraged and he beheaded little Ganesha. When Goddess Parvati arrived at the scene, she was enraged when she saw Ganesha killed by Shiva. She was about to destroy all the creations of the world when the God of all creations – Brahma stopped her.

The Shiva commanded Brahma to bring the head of the first animal he finds facing North. God Brahma set out and returned with the head of an elephant. God Shiva fixed the head of an elephant on his child’s body. And this is how Ganesha got an elephants head. If we see logically every part of Ganesha’s body gives us a message. The large ears of an elephant tell us to listen more, the small eyes show concentration, the tiny mouth gives the message of speaking less. The large trunk represents flexibility.

Ganesh Chaturthi or Ganesh festival

Ganesh Chaturthi is the day when little Ganesha came to earth from  Mount Kailash . From this day starts a 10 day grand festival in India called the Ganesh festival. I am writing this post during this most loved festival in India. The Ganesh festival was first started in  Pune city  by the freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak. It was an effort to bring the Indians together.

Now, everyone celebrating the festival brings home a small Ganesha idol each year. More idols and larger versions of Ganesha are brought in at the public pandals. This is a 10-11 day celebration which you can experience best by visiting the cities Pune or Mumbai. The dates are as per the Indian calendar, but they usually fall in August or September. In this fun-filled festival, several decorations are made or scenes are enacted by people or statues. Drum like instruments called  Dhol  and  Tasha  are played by youngsters around the city. It is almost like carnivals but even better with a spiritual twist.

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I completed the Ashtavinayak tour in 2 days. Most of the tour operators complete it in 2 days over the weekend. That makes 4 Ganesha temples per day. You can also do this pilgrimage slowly over 4 days, with 2 Ganesha temples per day. Some even do it over a period of 8 days, with 1 temple per day. There is an old folklore that, if you can complete all the temples in 1 day ie. 24 hours, your wish will definitely come true.

If the correct sequence is followed 840 km are covered in Ashtavinayak yatra, starting and ending at Pune city

There are various tour operators providing pre-planned itinerary and the pick and drop facility. But I would suggest you go with your bike/car for flexibility and a better experience. You can stop for snacks at small huts among the mountain ghats, and also include one or two more places in the trip.

So these are all the local legends and folklore told for generations after generations in Maharashtra. If anything mentioned above was incorrect, or if you want to add up anything, Comment below!

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12 Best Temples in Pune: Exploring the Divine

Pune, the cultural centre of Maharashtra, is a historically and spiritually significant city. Pune, with its rich cultural heritage, is home to a number of spectacular temples that draw both tourists and devotees. From ancient cave temples to grand shrines, each temple carries its own unique charm and significance. In this article, we will explore the best temples in Pune.

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Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple (Budhwar Peth)

Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple stands as an iconic symbol of faith in Pune. Known for its grandeur,  intricate architecture and a history of over 125 years, the temple hosts vibrant celebrations during the auspicious festival of Ganesh Chaturthi. Devotees flock here to seek the blessings of Lord Ganesha, the remover of obstacles

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Kasba Ganpati Temple ( Kasba Peth)

The Kasba Ganapati Temple holds great historical and religious significance. It was established in the 17th century by Jijabai, the mother of the legendary Maratha warrior king, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. The temple has played a vital role in the history and culture of Pune, witnessing the city's growth and transformation over the centuries. With its rich history, architectural beauty, and the divine presence of Lord Ganesha, the temple continues to inspire devotion and faith in the hearts of its devotees.

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Parvati Temple ( Parvati Hill)

The Parvati Temple, located atop Parvati Hill, provides a stunning perspective of Pune. This 17th-century temple was built in honour of Goddess Parvati, Lord Shiva's wife. It is a well-known temple and a favoured destination for those who love the outdoors because of its peaceful atmosphere and stunning surroundings. The temple is Pune's oldest historical landmark and was built during the Peshwa dynasty. After Vetal Hill, it is Pune's second-highest point.

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Chaturshringi Temple (Senapati Bapat Road)

The Chaturshringi Temple is a well-known temple in Pune, Maharashtra, on Senapati Bapat Road. This temple, which is devoted to Goddess Chaturshringi, is very important both religiously and culturally in Pune.  It has four peaks and is called Chattushringi (Chattu means four). The Chaturshringi Temple is considered a significant spiritual centre for the people of Pune. Devotees visit the temple to seek the blessings of Goddess Chaturshringi, whom they believe grants strength, courage, and prosperity. The temple is particularly crowded during the Navratri festival.

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ISKCON NVCC Temple (Katraj - Kondhwa Rd)

The ISKCON NVCC Temple in Pune is a magnificent structure dedicated to Lord Krishna and Radha. With its stunning architecture and beautifully carved idols, the temple provides a serene and spiritual ambience. It serves as a centre for Krishna consciousness and organizes various cultural and religious events throughout the year. The ISKCON NVCC Temple in Pune is not only a place of worship but also a centre for spiritual and cultural enrichment.

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Pataleshwar Cave Temple (Shivajinagar)

The Pataleshwar cave temple is located on Jangi Maharaj road in the Shivajinagar Area of Pune. It is a rock-cut shrine dedicated to Lord Shiva. This cave was created in circa 8th Century CE and is dated to the Rashtrakuta Period. This ancient temple showcases exquisite architecture and sculptures. Visitors can explore the fascinating cave and experience a sense of peace in the presence of Lord Shiva.

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Katraj Jain Temple (Katraj)

Situated atop Katraj Hill, the Katraj Jain Temple is a place of worship for followers of Jainism. Dedicated to Lord Mahavir, this temple offers a peaceful ambience and mesmerising views of the surrounding landscape. The intricate marble work and the sanctum housing create an atmosphere of spiritual serenity.

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Omkareshwar Temple (Shaniwar Peth)

The Omkareshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva was built in the 17th century and located in Shaniwar Peth Pune, is a symbol of the glorious Maratha legacy. On the banks of the Mutha River, the temple was built between 1740 and 1760 by Peshwa Bajirao and Chimaji Appa. The temple was also a gathering place for many nationalist freedom fighters in Pune, including Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Vinayak Damodar Savarkar.

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Jejuri Khandoba Temple (Jejuri)

Situated in the town of Jejuri near Pune, the Jejuri Khandoba Temple is a significant pilgrimage site. Dedicated to Lord Khandoba, this temple attracts devotees who climb the hill to seek blessings and witness the vibrant festivities during the auspicious day of Somvati Amavasya. To reach the Jejuri Temple, visitors must climb a flight of around 200 steps or take the option of a vehicle ride up the hill.

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Bhimashankar Temple (Khed)

The Bhimashankar Temple, located in the Sahyadri range of Maharashtra, near Pune, is an ancient and admired temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Situated in the village of Bhorgiri, this temple holds immense religious significance and attracts devotees from different parts of the country. A trip to the Bhimashankar Temple is a wonderful and soul-nourishing experience

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Ghoradeshwar Temple (Talegaon)

Ghoradeshwar Temple is a renowned religious site located in the Ghoradeshwar Hills near Pune, Maharashtra, India. It is a popular destination for devotees and nature enthusiasts alike. The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is situated amidst the scenic surroundings of the Ghoradeshwar Hills. The location offers breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape, with lush greenery and serene surroundings.

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Tulshibaug Ram Mandir (Budhwar Peth)

Tulsibaug Ram Mandir is a popular temple located in the Tulsibaug area of Pune, Maharashtra. Despite being located in a busy commercial area, the temple provides a peaceful environment for devotees to worship and seek the blessings of Lord Rama. It's a place where people can feel close to their faith and be part of the traditions of the region.

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Pune Temple Tourism: 9 Amazing Temples to Visit in Pune (2024)

9 amazing temples to visit in pune.

Pune is the place where Lokmanya Tilak celebrated Ganesh Chaturthi in 1894. Pune is also one of the many places in the Konkan area that have several temples and other places of religious importance. Each of these places is at least an hour’s drive from Pune, some of them even a four-hour drive, so plan accordingly. Here is a list of all the temples that you must visit in Pune.

1. Theur Chintamani Temple

Theur Chintamani Temple - Amazing Temple to Visit in Pune

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The Chintamani temple in Pune is an incredible view with an architecture that’s proof of the Maratha and Hindu culture grandeur. The Ganesh idol is unique because no human hand has created it; it has a mystique of its own. This temple is in Theur. It is in the Haveli taluka of Pune district and at the spot where the river Bhima and Mula-Mutha meet. This spot is about 8 km from Pune.

2. Bhuleshwar Temple

The Bhuleshwar Temple is one of the most prominent places in the religious arc in Pune. It is about 45 km from Pune and is on the Solapur highway. There is a lore that it was built in 1200 while others say that that the Pandavas built it during their time. It is a temple dedicated to Lord Shiva and has a Shiv Ling. Like every temple, even this one has folklore about it. One of them says when the devotees offer pedhas, one or more of them disappear. This is also one of the few temples that have Ganesha in feminine attire, known as the Ganeshwari and Ganeshyani. The architecture and carvings on the walls create a calm and serene atmosphere that imbibes a spiritual environment.

Amazing Temple to Visit in Pune-Bhuleshwar Temple

3. Jejuri Khandoba Temple

Jejuri is the temple that’s inspired songs and ballads for decades. It is in Jejuri town and is dedicated to Khandoba. Devotees believe that Khandoba is the manifestation of Lord Shiva. The temple is famous for the presence of turmeric and yellow all around. This is a bit of a trek, more than a hundred steps, so you will need to take care of the elders. The interesting part of this temple is that it is in a fort. Jejuri is about 50 km away from Pune.

Amazing Temple to Visit in Pune-Jejuri Khandoba Temple

4. Veer Mhaskoba

Veer Mhaskoba is a temple in honor of Shreenath Mhaskoba, an avatar of Lord Shiva. There’s old lore surrounding this time about Lord Shiva and his devotee, Kamlaji. The lore says that Lord Shiva came to the village to guard it, pleased with Kamlaji’s devotion. There is also a yearly pilgrimage, something that started since the times of King Shahu Maharaj. The temple is on the banks of the river Purnaganga. The Veer Mhaskoba temple is on Jejuri road and about 50 km from Pune.

Veer Mhaskoba-Amazing Temple to Visit in Pune

5. Changa Vateshwar

Changa Vateshwar temple is at the foothills of the Purandar fort. It is in Narayanpur village. It is on the outskirts of Pune, around thirty kilometers away from the Pune city. The Changa Vateshwar temple is about 35 km from Pune, in Saswad. The temple is about 700 years old. The architecture here is termed Hemadpanti architecture. The temple is in honor of a mystic yogi, Changdev Maharaj. There are various idols, including one of Nandi.

6. Neelkanteshwar Temple

As the name suggests, this is a temple in devotion to Lord Shiva. It is about 50 km away from Pune and is at the foothills of a mountain. It is a 2 km steep climb, so you need to ensure you can climb that. The temple is popular because of the statues that depict various scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharat. For example, Lord Rama’s travel towards Lanka is depicted, there are various idols of Lord Shiva and Lord Ganesha as well.

7. Sangameshwar Temple

The Sangameshwar Temple is one of the oldest Shiva Temples in Pune, Maharashtra. It is at the meeting point of the Karha and the Chamli river. The architecture is mesmerizing. The carvings and the statues in the pillars and domes tell a fascinating story of India’s culture and history.

Sangameshwar Temple to Visit in Pune

8. Bhimashanker Temple

This temple is a Jyotirlinga shrine, a devotional representation of Lord Shiva. It is about 50 km from the Khed Taluka near Pune and around 120 km away from Pune. The place is the origin of the Bhima River. There are only two other Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra, Trimbakeshwar, and Grishneshwar. There is a total of 12 Jyotirlinga across India. A dense forest surrounds the temple, and you will see many exotic and rare flowers around the temple, giving it a calm and serene ambiance, away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

You will see the Nagara style of architecture, a distinct composition that is a unique visual. The temple itself dates to the 13th century, and the Maratha Leader Nana Phadnavis built the Shikhara in the 18th century. This is a unique temple, as the bell at the entrance has an idol of Mother Mary with Jesus.

Amazing Temple to Visit in Pune-Bhimashanker Temple

9. Balaji Temple of Ketkawla

This temple is also called as a Mini Turumala Venkateshwar Temple as it is a replica of Original Tirupati Temple in Tirumala. All the idol, wood carvings, and the sanctorum, at Balaji temple of Ketkawla in Pune is made similar to the ones in the original Lord Venkateswara Temple at Tirumala. Construction of this temple began in 1996 and was completed in the year 2003. Total construction cost of this temple was roughly around 27 Crore Indian rupees which was borne by the V H Group. Balaji temple of Ketkawla in Pune is located on Pune Bangalore Highway at a distance of 60 kms from Pune.

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These are some of the most popular temples in and around Pune. These places are of religious sanctity, so be sure to maintain decorum and respect the traditions and culture of these places. Also, keep in mind that in some places, you will be able to pay for a quick darshan, while in other places, you will get a quick darshan if the place is not very crowded. The common statues and artifacts you see in these temples are deepmalas (long vertical lanterns with a place for hundreds of diyas.

Another common aspect of these temples is the carvings of idols and statues out of the temple walls. While going on a temple tour, it is suggested that both men and women do not dress provocatively or do anything that makes them stand out of a crowd. You might see some time-honored traditions that you do not particularly care for but remember there are several urban activities that people from these parts find different as well.

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Visit These Top 9 Temples In Pune For A Spiritual Retreat

by middha on January 30, 2023

Bow your head to the deities at these top 9 temples in Pune

This Maharashtra city is renowned for its prestigious educational institutions, majestic historical architecture, and exquisite antique temples. Every day, thousands of worshippers and travellers go to these famous ancient temples in Pune, which are shrouded in enthralling myths.

If you are considering a journey to this city shortly, you should visit one of the famous temples near Pune, within 100 km, for a spiritual retreat.

Top 9 temples in Pune that you shouldn’t miss

Given below is the list of the top 9 temples in Pune.

1. Shri Omkareshwar Temple

Shri Omkareshwar Temple is one of the famous temples in Pune.

The Omkareshwar temple is one of the largest temples to visit in Pune and is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The temple is also among the most ancient Pune temples, constructed under the Peshwa dynasty.

The temple’s architecture, complete with beautiful domes and sculptures, is one of the first things that will strike you and leave you wondering. In addition to the statue of Lord Shiva in the main temple, lesser temples also have statues of Lord Ganesha, Goddess Durga, Lord Shani, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Hanuman. While in the city, make it a point to see this one of the most famous temples in Pune.

Location: Chandrashekhar Govind Aapte Rd, Shaniwar Peth, Pune

Timings: 5:30 AM – 11 PM

2. Parvati Hill Temple

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As implied by its name, the temple is situated on a hill 2100 feet above sea level. To visit this stunning temple in Pune, you must ascend 103 stairs. When you finally reach the temple, its idols, and, of course, the picturesque view of the surrounding region, all the weariness from the lengthy ascent will go. It is one of the most scenic temples near Pune, within 100 km.

It is reported that Nana Saheb’s mother used to pray at a smaller temple (or shrine) that once stood in the exact location of the current temple. She was afflicted with an illness and swore to construct a more incredible temple once she recovered. The third Peshwa, Nana Saheb, then built the temple. This is one of the most famous temples in Pune.

Location: Parvati Paytha, Pune

Timings: 8 AM – 5 PM

3. Shri Chatushringi Temple

Shri Chatushringi Temple is one of the famous temples in Pune.

Chatushrungi Mata Temple is one of the most famous temples in Pune, Maharashtra, and is dedicated to Chatushrungi Mata. This temple was constructed by a trader named Durkabhdas and is around 259 km from Pune.

This 90-foot-tall temple, built during the reign of Chhatrapati Shivaji, forces you to ascend 100 stairs. You will also discover a handful of Lord Ganesha-dedicated temples. This is the place to be if you’re looking for a pure environment to attain spirituality.

Location: Senapati Bapat Road, Close to Pune University Road, Gokhalenagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411016

Timings: 6 AM – 8:30 PM

4. Shrimath Daduseth Halwai Ganpati Mandir

Shrimath Daduseth Halwai Ganpati Mandir is one of the famous temples in Pune.

Dagadusheth Gadve, a confectioner, constructed the Dagadusheth Halwai Ganapati temple. His teacher advised him to build the temple following the death of his son from a fatal illness. According to a survey, this temple is one of the most frequently visited famous temples in Pune.

This is the only Pune temple where you can view the statue of Lord Ganesha from outside the temple. Not only is the idol visible from the outside, but also the inner sanctum, making this one of the most remarkable temples to visit in Pune for celebrating all the festivals with pomp and without constraints.

Lord Ganesha’s 7.5-foot-tall statue is decked with gold and precious stones presented by worshippers worldwide.

Location: Ganpati Bhavan, Budhvar Peth, Pune

Timings:  6 AM – 10:30 PM

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5. Shri Ram Mandir Tulsibaug

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NaroAppajiKhire, the Subhedar of Pune, constructed the Tulshibaug Ram temple during the Peshwa period. Shri Ramji Saunsthan oversees the administration of this temple.

The sanctuary of this temple has sculptures of Lord Ram, Sita, Laxmana, and Hanuman. Later, we brought Ganapati and Parvati sculptures to the shrine.

Just in front of the Ram temple is a little Hanuman shrine. Lord Hanuman is sculpted in black stone and is bowed before Lord Rama. This temple is one of the must-visit temples near Pune, within 100 km.

Location: Tulshibaug, Budhwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411002.

Timings: 10 AM to 1 PM; 4 PM to 9 PM

6. Shri Kasba Ganpati Temple

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This is one of the best temples in Pune and has a rich history. The temple was constructed by Chhatrapati Shivaji’s mother, Queen Jijabai, and was devoted to the city’s defender, Kasba Ganpati. The instructor of Shivaji created the idol located within the temple.

During the independence fight, Lokmanya Tilak began holding festivals at the shrine, which led to its increased popularity. Since then, the temple has also grown significant for Lord Ganesha-related celebrations. On Ganesh Chaturthi, you should visit one of the famous temples in Pune to witness the temple in all its splendour.

Location: Kasba Peth Rd, Phadke Haud, Kasba Peth, Pune

Timings: 6 AM – 9 PM

7. ISKCON NVCC Pune

ISKCON NVCC Pune is one of the famous temples in Pune.

ISKCON NVCC (New Vedic Cultural Centre) is situated in the less populated district of Kondhwa near Pune, making it one of the most well-known temples near Pune within 100 km.

The ISKCON NVCC is a temple dedicated to Krishna and Radha. The temple is surrounded by lush, verdant hills and offers its guests a fantastic atmosphere. Upon entering the prayer hall, you will be awestruck by the magnificent statues of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha.

The idols are adorned with exquisite attire and garlands of various hues. The ceilings of the temple’s dome and its walls are beautifully embellished with vibrant artwork. In addition to being the residence of Radha, Krishna, and Balaram, the temple also hosts events like youth training programmes, Bhagvat Gita reading sessions, women and family empowerment initiatives, etc.

The ‘International Society for Krishna Consciousness,’ often called the ‘Hare Krishna movement,’ was founded in New York in July of 1966 by A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada. ISKCON conforms to the teachings of the Vedic texts and the Vedas, including the Bhagavad-gita and Srimad-Bhagavatam. These sacred texts instruct “Vaishnavism,” or worship of Lord Krishna.

Location: Iskcon Nvcc Road Katraj-Kondwa Bypass, Tilekar Nagar, KondhwaBudruk, Pune, Maharashtra, 411048

Timings: 4.30 AM to 8.45 PM

8. Shri Siddhivinayak Ganesh Temple, Sarasbaug

Shri Siddhivinayak Ganesh Temple, Sarasbaug is one of the famous temples in Pune.

In 1784, the Maratha monarch Shrimant Sawai Madhavrao Peshwa erected the Sarasbaug Ganapati Temple, which is a temple for Siddhi Vinakayak Ganesh. Nanasab Peshwa, Madhavrao’s predecessor as Peshwa, named the island where the temple is located, Sarasbaug.

Situated at the foot of the Parvati Hills, the lake around the temple is rumoured to have been the site of secret Peshwas boating meetings. It is one of the most stunning temples near Pune, within 100 km.

Location: Sarasbaug, Pune

Timings: 6 AM to 8.30 PM

9. Neelkanteshwar Temple

Neelkanteshwar Temple is one of the famous temples in Pune.

As suggested by its name, this temple is devoted to Shiva, the Lord, with a blue neck. Neelkanteshwar Temple is one of the most magnificent temples near Pune, within 100 km, and is perched 900 metres above sea level. A one-hour climb is required to reach the temple, making the excursion all the more rewarding.

Although the temple’s architecture recalls South Indian temples, it is the temple’s ambience and tranquilly that attract tourists. From breathtaking sunsets to vistas of the surrounding valleys, the temple’s location offers spectacular scenery that makes the arduous ascent worthwhile.

Location: Kondhur, Pune

Timings: 5 AM – 9 PM

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In addition to this, the city of Pune is peppered with several more modest yet well-known temples. The city of Pune allows you to witness the diversified culture and stunning architecture that draws tens of thousands of tourists each. In terms of tourism, these Pune temples provide a gorgeous picture of the religious and spiritual significance.

If you plan a trip to Pune, Maharashtra, add these famous temples to visit in Pune to your itinerary.

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10 Most Famous Mahadeva Temples Near Pune

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As Maha Shivaratri is around the corner, devotees across the globe seek divine blessings from the Lord Shiva for their well-being and prosperity. According to mythological stories, this was the sacred day when Lord Shiva married Goddess Parvati and performed his divine dance called the “Tandava.”

Devotees visit the nearest Shiva temples and worship Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. They also offer water, milk, and Belpatra . This Shivaratri Team NRI takes you across the 10 most famous Mahadeva temples near Pune to explore the spiritual realm.

Here are the top places near Pune that you can visit on this Maha Shivaratri. These Shiva temples are not just venerated but are also one of the most famous Mahadev temples in India.

1. Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is beautifully nestled near the ancient village of Bhojgiri near Pune. It is merely a distance of three and a half hours from Pune.

Bhimashankar-Jyotirlinga

Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 primary Jyotirlingas in Hinduism. If you locate it, it is located in the Ghat region of the mountains of Sahyadri. The mesmerizing surroundings and location of this temple make it one of the best places to visit near Pune.

Best Time to visit : August to February

Distance from Pune : Around 106 km

Travel Time by Bus from Pune : 4hrs

Travel Time by Car from Pune : 4hrs

Darshan Timings : 5 am to 8 pm.

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhimashankar Trek, Hanuman Lake, Ahupe Waterfalls

2. Trimbakeshwar Temple

Trimbakeshwar Temple is located amidst a beautiful hill station The temple is blissfully located on a verdant mountain which is very close to the source of origin of the river Godavari.

Trimbakeshwar-Temple

The extraordinary feature of the Jyotirlinga located here is that the Linga in the temple is in the form of a three-faced embodying Tridev, Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu, and Lord Shiva. The location of this temple is very mesmerizing.

Best Time to visit : November to February

Distance from Pune : 242 km

Travel Time by Bus from Pune : 5 hrs

Travel Time by Car from Pune : 5 hrs

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Anjaneri Fort, Brahmagiri Hill, Gangadwar, Kushavarta Kund, Bhandardara, Panchavati

3. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga

If you are planning to visit a Mahadev temple near a historical site near Pune then Grishneshwar temple is the place for you. It is situated in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas.

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga

It is merely one km from the historic Ajanta and Ellora caves. So, you can plan a short trip near Pune easily. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga is also one of the most sacred and revered temples in Maharashtra.

Best Time to visit : June to August, November to February

Distance from Pune : 260 km

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Daulatabad Fort,   Grishneshwar Village , Bibi Ka Maqbara, Ajanta Caves

4. Kailasa Temple

The world-famous Kailasha temple is situated in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. It is located not very far from the Ellora Caves.

Kailasa Temple

What makes it stand out is that it was carved out of a single rock. Even modern technology may not be able to construct this kind of marvel. There are a total of 34 temples within the complex.

Best Time to visit : December to February

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Khuldabad, Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Panchakki (Water Mill)

5. Nageshwar Jyotirlinga

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is one of the best Shiva temples to visit near Pune. Being one of the 12 Jyotirlingas, Nageshwar Jyotirlinga is venerated to a great extent in Hinduism.

Nageshwar Jyotirlinga

Nageshewar Jyotirlinga also has a specific dress code in place, that is, you need to wear clothes below knee length for people of all genders.

Best Time to visit : October to February

Distance from Pune : 432 km

Travel Time by Bus from Pune : 7 hrs

Travel Time by Car from Pune : 7 hrs

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Dwarkadhish Temple, Bet Dwarka , Rukmini Devi Temple , Gomti Ghat , Dunny Point , Beyt Island

6. Omkareshwar Temple

Omkareshwar temple is located on an Island in Madhya Pradesh.  If you are bored with the humdrum of life and are craving to explore different cultures and traditions, then Omkareshwar Temple should be the best place to visit.

Omkareshwar Temple

It is home to the ancient Bhil tribes residing here for ages and is a sought-after destination near Pune.

Best Time to visit : October to March

Distance from Pune : 603 km

Travel Time by Bus from Pune : 12 hrs

Travel Time by Car from Pune : 12 hrs

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Mamleshwar Jyotirlinga (Amareshwar Temple),   Kedareshwar Temple, Sri Govinda Bhagavatpaada Cave, Satmatrika Temples,   Ahilya Ghat, Ahilya Fort , Maheshwar .

7. Murudeshwar Temple, the 2nd tallest Shiva Statue

Murudeshwar temple is well-known for its pristine natural beauty and geographical location. It is one of the best Mahadeva Temples to visit near Pune. The world’s 2nd tallest Shiva statue is situated in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka.

Murudeshwar Temple

This is a 123-foot-tall statue. Having 20 floors, the temple Gopura, or the Raja Gopura is 237 feet tall. There are stairs and elevators to reach the top from where you can witness an amazing view of the grand Shiva sculpture.

Distance from Pune : 604 km

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Raja Gopura , Murudeshwar Beach , Netrani Island, Bhatkal, Idagunji Ganapati Temple:

8. Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga is situated on the banks of the river Shipra, in Ujjain city of Madhya Pradesh.

Mahakaleshwar Jyotirlinga

It is one of the 12 most significant Jyotirlingas as well as a Shakti Peeth. The Shivalingam in this temple is south facing which is the direction of Yamaraja, the God of Death. This feature is very unusual as compared to other Jyotirlingas.

Best time to visit : October to March

Distance from Pune : 666km

Travel Time by Bus from Pune : 14 hrs

Travel Time by Car from Pune : 14hrs

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Ujjaini Mahakali Temple , Kal Bhairav Temple , Harsiddhi Temple , Bade Ganeshji Ka Mandir , Chintaman Ganesh Temple , Ram Ghat , Sandipani Ashram

9. Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga is situated at Srisailam, Andhra Pradesh. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas and also one of the eighteen Shakti Peethas.

Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga

The temple is ancient and dates back to the 2nd century. Lord Shiva and Parvati stayed on this mountain in search of their son,  Karthikeya. The Mallikarjuna Jyotirlinga and Bhramaramba Shakti Peeth are held in high esteem among the Shaivaites, that is those who are ardent devotees of Lord Mahadeva.

Distance from Pune : 765 km

Travel Time by Bus from Pune : 14-16 hrs

Travel Time by Car from Pune : 14-16 hrs

Darshan Timings : 5 am to 8 pm

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Bhramaramba Devi Temple , Akka Mahadevi Caves , Srisailam Dam , Sakshi Ganapati Temple , Srisailam Wildlife Sanctuary , Akka Mahadevi Wildlife Sanctuary

10. Adiyogi Shiva temple

Adiyogi Shiva Temple is a marvel as it boasts a bust of Shiva in Coimbatore which has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the largest bust sculpture.

Adiyogi Shiva temple

Thousands of tourists visit the Adiyogi Shiva Temple at ISHA YOGA Centre in Coimbatore every year. The surrounding green really calms the mind and the soul.

Best time to visit : December to February

Distance from Pune : 1093 km

Travel Time by Bus from Pune : 18-20 hrs

Travel Time by Car from Pune : 18-20 hrs

Best Places to Explore Nearby : Isha Yoga Center, Dhyanalinga Temple:   Suryakund, Tribhuvanam , Velliangiri Mountains , Kovai Kutralam Falls, Siruvani Dam and Reservoir:

Wrapping Up

Not only these 10 Mahadev temples near Pune are highly revered, and calm your nerves but are also ravishing in their beauty. Each of these temples has its significance and a mythological story surrounding it mentioned in the great Epics and the Puranas. Most of these temples are best to visit in winter due to their geographical features and weather conditions.

Bhimashankar Mandir (also known as Bhimashankar or Bhimashankar Jyotirlinga) is a famous Shiva mandir situated  in Pune district of Maharashtra.

December to February is the best time to visit Lord Shiva temple near Pune.

Maha Shivratri festival is celebrated on Chaturdashi Tithi of Krishna Paksha in the month of Phalgun. This year, the festival of Mahashivratri is going to be celebrated on March 8, 2024 .

Mahashivrati commemorates the wedding of Shiva and Parvati, and the occasion that Shiva performs his divine dance, called the Tandava .

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22 Famous Temples in Pune for Spiritual Explorers.

Pune is one of the vibrant cities in the country, which is located in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. Moreover, Pune is one of those cities that holds the confluence of capitalism and spiritualism, home to Aga Khan palace and Mahatma Gandhi memorial. Moreover, the architectural beauty of the temples of Pune attracts visitors from different parts of the country. Peshwas made Pune their capital after Shivaji Maharaj brought it into the limelight.

Let us go through this article to know more about the temples in Pune you must add to your visiting list. Read on!

Temples in Pune: 22 Best Temples You Must Visit to Experience the Divine Form:

The intriguing legends and intricate details in the temples of Pune make for the best tourist attractions. Have a look at some of Pune’s renowned temples.

1. Bhimashankar Temple:

Distance from Pune: 110 km.

Address: Maharashtra State Highway 112, Bhimashankar, Maharashtra 410509,

Key Attractions: Bhaja caves, Imagica theme park.

  • The nearest railway station to the temple is 125 km away.
  • Pune airport is the closest to the temple.
  • You can take buses from Kalyan, Ghatkopar, and Pune to reach the temple.

Entry Fee: Free.

2. Parvati Hill Temples:

Parvati hill is a 2100 feet high hillock in Pune and is exceptionally scenic. There are five temples located on the top of the hills: Rama temple, Vitthai temple, Vishnu temple, Kartikeya temple, and Devdeveshwar temple. The devotees can visit these temples after climbing 103 steps to reach the top of the hill. The main temple has a shrine of Devdeveshwara, which is made with black stone. Parvati hill temples are among the most appealing temples in Pune, with lush greenery and a fresh environment.

Distance from Pune: 5.3 km.

Address: Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra 411009.

Key Attractions: Classical music festival, Parvati museum, Bhaja caves.

  • Grant Road is the nearest railway station 15 minutes away if you take a taxi.

3. Chaturshringi Temple:

The Chaturshringi temple was built during Shivaji Maharaj’s reign and is located on Senapati Bapat Road on the slope of a hill. The temple stands 90 feet tall and 125 feet wide, and the CHaturshringi means a mountain with four peaks.You have to climb 100 steps to reach the temple, which symbolizes power and faith. Goddess CHaturshringi is the presiding deity, and there are eight miniature idols of Ashtavinayaka with Goddess Durga.

Address: Senapati Bapat Road, Near, Pune University Rd, Gokhalenagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411016.

Key Attractions: Pataleshwara cave temple, Darshan museum.

  • Pune railway station is 7 km away, and you can take public transport to reach the temple.
  • Pune is well connected to other cities through airways, and you can use local transportation to reach the temple.

4. Bhuleshwar Temple:

Bhuleshwar temple was constructed during the era of the Pandavas back in the 13th century and is one of the famous temples in Pune. The holy shrine of Lord Shiva is represented in the form of five shiva lingams within the temple’s sanctum. However, the lingams are visible only in light as hidden in a trench. Lord Mahadev, Lord Vishnu, and Goddess Lakshmi idols are also present. The uniqueness of this temple is that it looks similar to a mosque from the outside. The construction was done so to protect it from plundering and invasions.

Distance from Pune: 45 km.

Address: Bhuleshwar Road, Malshiras, Maharashtra 412104.

Key Attractions: Narayanbet.

  • The temple is 3km away from Mahlshiras village, and you can take a bus from Pune to reach the village.
  • Since the roads are steep, get an experienced driver to drive your vehicle.

5. Dagaduseth Halwai Ganapati Temple:

Dagaduseth Halwai Ganapathi temple is a famous temple in Pune that attracts thousands of devotees from different parts of the country every year. Lord Ganesha is the presiding deity in this temple with a 7.5 feet tall ans 4 feet wide idol. The temple is believed to be 100 years old, and Ganeshotsav is celebrated with vigor and pomp.

Distance from Pune: 3 km.

Address: Ganpati Bhavan, 250, Budhwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411002.

Key Attractions: International music festival conducted every year.

  • The temple is 11 km away from Pune airport and 3 km from Pune railway station. Therefore, you can opt for local transportation to reach the temple.

6. Neelkantheswar Temple:

The Neelkantheswar temple in Pune is a temple where you can experience mythology divinity alongside nature’s beauty. The temple is situated on a hillock 900 meters above sea level, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Although the temple is much lesser-known, it is gradually gaining popularity as a getaway for locals. However, a steep climb on the hillock takes an hour to reach the temple. The environment around the temple is mystical and serene.

Distance from Pune: 3.3 km.

Address: Road Number 1, Kondhur, Maharashtra 412107, India.

Key Attractions: Panshet dam.

  • You can reach the temple by taking a cab, bus, or local transportation.

7. Pataleshwar Cave Temple:

Pataleshwar cave temple is a rock-cut carved temple built in the 8th century during Rashtrakuta. It is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is made of basalt rock. Lord Shiva is present in this shrine in the form of a shiva lingam. There is a Nandi mandapa present in the temple’s entrance, and it is considered a protected monument by the government. Elephanta caves were the inspiration for this temple’s construction. However, this temple has no proper entrance because it was never completed.

Distance from Pune: 1.7 km.

Address: Jangali Maharaj Road, Revenue Colony, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra, 411005, India.

Key Attractions: Jangli Maharaj mandir.

  • You can take a cab or local transportation to reach the temple 3 km away from Pune railway station.

8. Moreshwar Ganapati Temple:

Distance from Pune: 66.2 km.

Address: Morgaon, Maharashtra 412304.

Key Attractions: Rokdoba Hanuman temple.

  • You can take direct buses from the Pune bus depot to reach the temple.
  • Jejuri is the nearest railway station to this temple which is 17 km away.

9. Narayani Dham Temple:

Shri Narayani Dham temple came into existence in 1983, located at Katraj in Pune. There are idols of deities like Lord Hanuman, Shri Shyam Baba Jot, Shiva Linga, Lord Ganesha, so on in this temple. However, Goddess Narayani is the presiding deity of the temple. The temple conducts several activities like free medical check-ups, social awareness camps, gaushalas, etc., that help society.

Distance from Pune: 9 km.

Address: Pune-Satara Road, Narayani Nagar, Behind Katraj Milk Dairy, Katraj, Pune, Maharashtra 411046.

Key Attractions: ISKCON NVCC temple.

  • The temple is 2 km away from the Lonavala railway station.
  • Several buses and trains are available from Pune to reach the Lonavala railway station.

10. Prathi Shirdi:

Prathi Shirdi is a replica of the Sri Sai Baba temple in Shirdi, situated in Shirgaon, near Pune in Maharashtra. This temple was built in 2003 by Mr Prakash Deole. The aartis and poojas in this temple are done simultaneously as Shirdi and tourists heavily visit this temple throughout the year. Even the idol in this temple looks similar to Shirdi. The temple includes the Dwarakamai mosque, the Gurusthan shrine, the Chavadi shrine, and a gorgeous garden. The temple also serves food to pilgrims and visitors in a magnificent dining hall called Anna Chattralay for a nominal price of 10 rupees.

Distance from Pune: 32 km.

Address: Ap- shirgaonTa.mawal, Dist, Pune, Maharashtra 410506.

Key Attractions: Sentosa water park, MCA cricket stadium.

  • The Prati Shirdi temple is right across the Expressway en route to the Shirgaon Sai Baba temple.
  • You can take your vehicle, or several private taxis are available that will help you reach the temple.

11. Omkareshwar Temple:

Omkareshwar temple is the best Pune temple to visit located in Shaniwar Peth, Pune. Shivaram Bhat, the spiritual guru of Peshwas, constructed this temple and is considered one of the oldest in Pune. The temple is adorned with Nagara-style spired Hindu deities such as Vyasa, Makardhwaj, Ganesha. It is the best example of 17th-century architecture. The eloquent columns of this temple genuinely add to its beauty.

Distance from Pune: 1.3 km.

Address: Balgandharva Bridge, 233 Near, Chandrashekhar Govind Aapte Rd, Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030.

  • There are radio taxis available from airports to help you reach this temple.
  • Pune is well-connected to all the major cities in the country via road, rail, and airways.
  • Shivajinagar railway station is 1.34 km away from this temple.

12. Someshwar Temple:

The Someshwar temple was built in 1640 by Jijabai, mother of Great Shivaji, where the shivling is a swayambhu. Presently a golden mask of Lord Shiva covers the Shivalinga present in the inner sanctum. One of the ashta pradhans of the Shivaji’s court, Hanumante, contributed to the renovation of the temple whose samadhi is present in the temple’s north side. There is also a sabha mandap, whose ceilings have wonderful carvings built by prominent Mughal general Shahiste Khan as repentance. The temple is built in black stone in the Hemadpanti sculpture with a deep mala of approximately 40 feet. It is surrounded by Bhairavnath, Hanuman, and Ganesh temple.

Distance from Pune: 8.8 km.

Address: GQWX+M93, Ward No. 8, Someshwarwadi, Pashan, Pune, Maharashtra 411008.

Key Attractions: BalewadiStadium, Gram SanskrutiUdyan Village Park

  • You can take local transportation to reach the temple 7 km away from Pune University.
  • Pune is well-connected to all major cities in the country.

13. ISKCON Temple:

ISKCON temple is located in Katraj, 12 km away from the south of Pune. The temple has multi-level parking and is spread in a vast area. Krishna bhajans are chanted with mridangas every evening during the aarti, making it a splendid affair that attracts celebrities and the general public. There is a Go-seva present in this temple to feed cows. You can also donate to several services provided by the temple, such as Gita Daan, Diety dressing, PritiBhojan, Go-Seva. The temple premises also contains several shops where you can purchase puja paraphernalia.

Distance from Pune: 12 km.

Address: IskconNvcc Road Katraj-Kondwa Bypass, Tilekar Nagar, KondhwaBudruk, Pune, Maharashtra, 411048, India.

Key Attractions: Narayani Dham temple, Katraj Jain temple.

  • You can take any local transportation to reach this temple from Pune railway station or bus station.
  • Pune is well connected to all the major cities in the country via bus, rail, and airways.

14. Kanifnath Temple:

Kanifnath temple is at the top of the hill on Saswad road, located around 30 km away from Pune city. This temple has a moderate terrain level of difficulty making it one of the popular trekking places near Pune. Kanifnath temple’s name comes from a Hindu saint, Kanhoba, also called Kanifnath, one of the Navnath Sampradaya’s Mahayogi. This temple’s view is pretty impressive, with morning prayers and music in the background, one of the most spectacular views in the morning.

Distance from Pune: 30 km.

Address: Sushrut Rd, Narhe, Pune, Maharashtra 411041.

Key Attractions: Trekking.

  • You can reach the foot of the mountain by car. But you have to go on foot to cover the distance from the foot of the hill to the temple.

15. Baneshwar Temple:

The Baneshwar temple is located in the village of Nasarpur, 36 km southwest of Pune. The temple was constructed by Balaji Baji Rao, son of Peshwa Bajirao I, in 1749, whose architecture is from the medieval period. There is a Portuguese bell present in this temple which indicated the victory of ChimajiAppa in 1739 during the battle of Bassien. The temple’s surroundings have lush green forests that host many rare bird species, called a small bird sanctuary.

Distance from Pune: 36 km.

Address: Baneshwar Temple Access Road, Nasrapur, Bhor, Maharashtra 412213.

Key Attractions: Bird sanctuary housing many rare bird species.

  • Several MSRTC buses at a regular frequency will take you to this temple.

16. Ramdara Temple:

Ramdara temple is surrounded by water on three sides and is located 25 km from Pune. The temple has tall palm trees and an enchanting lake creating a beautiful atmosphere. This small temple has a magnificent statue of Nandi and is a shrine to Lord Shiva. This temple is also a popular picnic spot for families, along with a spiritual place for devotees.

Distance from Pune: 25 km.

Address: Ramdara-Loni Kalbhor Rd, Pune, Maharashtra 412201.

Key Attractions: Shree Chintamani temple, Amanora mall.

  • The temple is 20 km away from Magarpatta city, and you can reach it using a car or taxi.

Entry Fee: 10 rupees for Indian and 200 rupees for foreigners.

17. Gajanan Maharaj Mandir:

The Gajanan Maharaj Mandirs are present all over Maharashtra and overseas. This temple was built in honor of an Indian holy man, Sant Gajanan Maharaj, famous in Maharashtra. The holy man spent most of his life in Sheagaon during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Distance from Pune: 4 km.

Address: GRFW+5H5, Shivajinagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411004.

Key Attractions: Pataleshwar caves.

  • You can take public transportation or hire a taxi to reach the temple.
  • Pune is well-connected to all the major cities in the country through air, rail, and roadways.

18. Ayyappa Temple:

The Ayyappa temple was established by the Ayyappa Seva Samithi in 1978 and is located in Bhairavnagar, Dhanori. This beautiful temple engages in social and spiritual activities that benefit society, such as providing medical aid and cultural programs during festivals. Ayyappa devotees flood to this temple for blessings during December and January.

Distance from Pune: 15 km.

Address: Bhairavnagar, Dhanori, Vishrantvadi, Pune- 411015.

Key Attractions: Shopping stalls.

  • It takes about 18 minutes to reach the Ayyappa temple from Pune. After that, you can either take local transportation or taxis to get to the temple.

19. Ghoradeshwar Temple:

Ghoradeshwar temple is a holy shrine of Lord Shiva, located at the Gorawadi village just before the old Pune-Mumbai road’s toll plaza. You will have to climb 362 odd steps to reach the caves where the temple is present. This temple might look pretty simple from an architectural point of view. However, you can view the matchless natural beauty giving you utmost satisfaction.

Distance from Pune: 28 km.

Address: Talegaon Dabhade, Maharashtra 410506.

Key Attractions: Tikona fort, Bedse caves, Karla caves, Lonavla.

  • There are several local buses available from Pune to reach the temple. Local trains are also available whose nearest station is Begedewadi.
  • You can also hire a private taxi to reach the temple.

Entry Fee : Free.

20. Tulshibaug Ram Mandir:

The Tulshibaug Ram temple was built under NaroAppajiKhire, the Subhedar of Pune, during the Peshwa era. Shri Ramji Saunsthan manages this temple. This temple’s sanctum has the statues of Lord Ram, Sita, Laxmana, and Hanuman. Later Ganapati and Parvati statues we brought to the temple. There is a small Hanuman temple right in front of the Ram temple. Lord Hanuman is bowing hands in front of Lord Rama ans is built in black stone.

Distance from Pune: One km.

Address: Tulshibaug, Budhwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411002.

Key Attractions: Dadguseth Ganesh temple.

  • You can reach this temple by walk or even local transportation.

21. Prati Balaji Temple:

The Prati Balaji Temple is a beautiful replica of the ThirumalaTirupathi, also called Venkateshwara temple located near Narayanpur. It is one of the most visited temples in Pune by locals and tourists alike. The temple is surrounded by lush greenery, which looks magnificent. It took around seven years to build this piece of art (1996 to 2003).

Address: Kapurhol – Narayanpur Road, Ketkawale Tal, Purandar Rd, Pune, Maharashtra 412205.

Key Attractions: ISCKON NVCC temple, Sinhagad fort.

  • You can take state-run buses or local transportation to reach the temple. Booking a rental cab can also be a convenient way to visit this temple.

22. Sangameshwar Mandir, Saswad:

Distance from Pune: 33 km.

Address: Sidhheshwar Colony, Saswad, Maharashtra 412301.

Pune city lets you experience the diverse lifestyle and beautiful architecture that attracts thousands of tourists every year. In terms of tourism, the temples of Pune also give you a glimpse into the religious and spiritual importance beautifully. If you wish to travel to Pune, Maharashtra, make sure to add these temples to your list. Don’t forget to let us know if you found this article helpful!

1. When is the right time to visit the temples in Pune?

Ans: October to February is the perfect time to visit the temples in Pune when the weather is enjoyable and calm. Famous for Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, which attracts Indian classical music lovers from all over the country during December.

2. What are the must-buy things from Pune?

Ans:  If you are s shopaholic, Pune is a paradise. Here is the list of a few things you must buy when visiting Pune.

  • Paithani sarees.
  • Maharashtrian Naths.
  • Kolhapuri chappals.
  • Silver and brassware.

3. What are some of the must-try food items in Pune?

Ans:  If you are a foodie, Pune will introduce flavors that will remain with you forever, yearning for more. Here are some food items you must try without fail while visiting Pune:

  • Bhakarwadi.
  • Mango barfi.
  • Puran Poli.
  • Meat kababs.

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7 Most Famous Temples in Pune for Spiritual Explorers

7 Most Famous Temples in Pune for Spiritual Explorers

India, the mystical land of spiritual awakening, attracts millions of tourists and devotees to its majestic temples with great reverence and significance. The breathtaking architecture and awe-inspiring stories behind these temples remain at the heart of spirituality.

The temples in India are built on four essential principles that also summarize human life as per Hindu Vedas: -

Artha – Wealth & Prosperity

Kama – Sex & Pleasure

Dharma – Moral life & Values

Moksha – Self Knowledge & Realization

The city of Pune in the state of Maharashtra is a great reflection of spiritualism.

Popular as a sprawling IT hub that also houses the largest automobile and manufacturing plants in India, Pune attracts millions of students and professionals in their material pursuit. At the same time, Pune is also home to many ancient and magnificent temples in India.

Let’s explore the 7 most famous temples in Pune: -

Swami Narayan Temple, Pune

BAPS Swaminarayan temple is one the most beautiful temples in Pune. It is located on the outskirts of Pune in Nanhe, Ambegaon Khurd. Surrounded by the hills of Ambegaon and spread extravagantly across 32 acres, it has ample parking space for public vehicles. The temple attracts many devotees and worshippers daily and offers a variety of activities in and outside the temple.

The brilliant architecture by Sri Swaminarayan Sansthan showcases exquisite carvings and intricately crafted idols of many deities, and is carefully maintained by the Sansthan with a beautiful lush garden surrounding the main mandir .

With a mesmerizing lighting show in the evening and a space filled with tranquility and strong positive vibes, the experience simply leaves you asking for more.

Besides the daily prasadam offered by the priests, the canteen inside the temple offers delicious sattvik food and is open from 9:30 AM to 9 PM.

Touted as one of the most beautiful temples of the 21st century, it needs no further reasons for you to pay a visit as soon as possible.

Timings – 7:30 AM – 12 Noon & 4 PM – 9 PM

Entry – Free

Address - Mumbai-Bengaluru National Highway 4, Ambe Gaon – Narhe, Pune, Maharashtra 411046 India

Balaji Temple, Pune

Southeast of Pune, 45km outside the city, resides Balaji Temple at Ketkawale, near Narayanpur. It is also known as Prati Balaji Temple, where Prati comes from Tirupati, a small district in the state of Andhra Pradesh that is home to the main Balaji Temple in India - Tirupati Balaji.

Balaji Temple, one of the topmost visited temple in Pune, is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara and attracts many devotees every year. Set up quietly in the lap of nature, surrounded by lush greenery, it is a magnificent work of art that took seven years (1996-2003) to complete.

The place has ample parking space, devoid of irksome beggars, and not overcrowded, making it a perfect place for a divine rendezvous.

Timings - 5 AM - 8 PM

Entry - Free

Address - Ward No. 8, Aundh Gaon, Aundh, Pune, Maharashtra, 411027, India

Dagdusheth Ganpati, Pune

One of the most famous temples in Pune, popularly known as Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpathi temple, is just 4 km away from Pune junction, situated at Budhwar pet near Shaniwar Vada in Pune City.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and was built in the late 19th century by a sweet seller – Dagdusheth Halwai, out of sheer reverence for Lord Ganesha. However, it has been said that he and his wife went into depression after losing their child to a plague epidemic and later built the temple for healing. The faith keeps on building, and today this temple hosts thousands of pilgrims coming from across the country to celebrate the daily offerings and seek blessings. The 10-days Ganesha festival every year witnesses several pilgrims and worshippers seek blessings and bask in the presence of a 7.5 feet tall and 4 feet wide Ganesha idol.

Amongst the best places to visit in Pune , the aura of the temple is sure to fill you with instant peace, calmness, and hope.

Timings – 6 AM - 11 PM

Entry – Free.

Address – Ganpati Bhavan, 250, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Road, Budhwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra.

Bhuleshwar Temple, Pune

Bhuleshwar, one of the 108 names of Lord Shiva, this temple is committed to the devotional services of Lord Shiva. The temple is perched on top of a small hill and can easily be reached through a motorable road.

Around 50 km away from the Pune city, 11 km from Pune-Solapur highway and only 3 km away from Malshira village connected by buses from Sawargate stand and Saswad stand in Pune.

Set up in the 13th century, the temple is the epitome of architectural brilliance. It has been listed as a protected monument, and the Archaeological Survey of India maintains it. With five shivlings consecrated in the sanctum and idols of Lord Vishnu, Goddess Lakshmi, and Lord Ganesha in the form of a female popularly known as Ganeshwari, the temple bestows peaceful and memorable sight to behold.

The legend has it that from the many sweets offered to Lord Shiva, few are bound to disappear. Don't believe it? Well, check for yourself!

Timings – 5 AM - 12 noon and 4 PM – 8 PM

Address – Bhuleshwar road, Malshiras, Maharashtra – 412104.

Nilkantheshwar Temple, Pune

Set amidst the lush green valley of Panshet and Khadakwasla dam, it is one of the fascinating temples in Pune. Nilkantheshwar, one of the 108 names of Shiva, is rightfully dedicated to Lord Shiva. The uniqueness of this vastly spread temple is the number of idols and statues inside, with each depicting a mythological story from Hindu Vedas. It makes the place a must-visit for anyone looking for an offbeat spiritual sojourn.

At 39 km away from Pune city, starting from the Swargate Bus stand, it is ideally a one-day trip, given the road condition and time it takes to reach the temple. Also, as the temple is around a half-hour steep hike from the parking place, it is advisable to be pre-equipped with proper shoes, eatables, and water bottles.

The hike ends with a hilltop view, and a spellbound backdrop of Panshet and Lavasa dams makes the sight quite hard to forget. So don’t miss bringing your camera along. It is one of the most loved temples in Pune that will surely evoke your spiritual flame within.

Timings - 6 AM to 6 PM

Address – Nilkantheshwar Mandir Road 1, Kondhur, Pune – 412107, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar Temple, Pune

6 km away from Mahabaleshwar city, it is one of the most popular Mahabaleshwar tourist places. The temple is dedicated to one of the most revered Hindu deities – Lord Shiva.

The inner and the outer part of the temple is dissected through a 5-feet wall. The sanctum has a 500 years old, 6 feet tall, self-originated Shivling known as Mahalingam. The Mahalingam is considered to have more religious value than 12 Jyotirlingas in India.

The serenity this shrine offers is undeniably blissful, and you can find thousands of devotees meditating on the premises. It is an absolute haven for spiritual seekers.

Mahabaleshwar hills, one of the best tourist place to visit near Pune, has many other sights- seeing in the vicinity of this temple like Elephant’s head-point, Dhobi waterfalls, etc.

The temple is open to the devotees every day of the year. But the months of June till December brings the most out of the hills of Mahabaleshwar.

Timings – 6 AM - 7 PM

Address – State highway 34 KA, Ola Mahabaleshwar, Satara, Maharashtra 412806.

Omkareshwar Temple, Pune

Omkareshwar temple has a huge following amongst the city people, given its rich Maratha history, and is one of the largest temples in Pune. Situated on the banks of river Mutha, at Shaniwar Peth, it was built in the 17th century by a renowned Maratha commander Chimaji Appa.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva, as the name suggests. It also held the samadhi of Chimaji Appa since his death in 1741. With a history of the Indian freedom movement when revolutionaries like Veer Savarkar and Lokmanya Tilak held meetings inside the temple to plan against the British moves, the temple also has a strong faith due to its survival from horrific floods in 1962, which tells about its strong foundation. Devotees across the country come every year to bow their heads in reverence and seek blessings.

The temple's architecture remains a masterpiece with sprawling verandahs, huge domes, and artistic carvings. The center of attraction is a ‘Jyotirling’ in the form of ‘Shivling’ and a giant Nandi idol, the companion of Lord Shiva.

Goes without saying, for all peace lovers, the temple remains an unforgettable experience so make sure it is included in your Pune tour package .

Timings – 5 AM – 12:30 PM and 4 PM – 10 PM

Address – Balgandharva Bridge, 233, near Chandrashekhar Apte Road, Shaniwar Peth, Pune.

Within 100 km, a visit to these temples near Pune makes sure to create an everlasting impact on your spiritual side.

Temples are a worshipping place to upsurge your inner strengths, bring out the bliss within, and allows you to look at the world as one.

These are among the best temples of Pune that you can visit at any time of the year. However, if you're also a nature lover, visiting these naturally peaceful temples of Pune around the monsoon time of the year will guarantee an enthralling experience of a lifetime.

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Ramdara Temple: Best Picnic Spot Near Pune For 1 Day Trip

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Being a ‘Punekar’ living in a metropolitan city, one can only imagine the hustling lifestyle that draws your energy. To get that instant boost over the weekend, you need peaceful places in the vicinity, right?

Thankfully there is no end in terms of touristy places in and around Pune. In terms of nature, Pune has Mountains, Rivers, Waterfalls, Lakes, and Western Ghats. For history lovers, there are Forts & Monuments. Not just that, Pune is rich in cultural and religious beliefs with many ancient & famous temples that one should not miss.

Among the famous temples of Pune, Ramdara Temple is one of the ancient temples and is renowned for its picturesque location. It’s a perfect picnic spot near Pune for 1 day trip that families to come over the weekend.

It was my love at first sight when I first saw this picture on social media, just have a look-

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Best Picnic Spot Near Pune for 1 Day Trip

It’s an iconic photo of the ‘Ramdara’ temple surrounded by tall coconut trees and a pristine lake with a backdrop of hills. A walking trail around the lake provided some benches to sit on and admire the natural beauty. Mighty Banyan trees where you can sit back and relax, enjoy your lunch box, and take a good nap.

Isn’t it inviting? I am already visualizing my friends & family picnic over there…

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The way it is designed & constructed is thoughtful, attractive structures in deep saffron color (i.e. Bhagwa/Kesari, which is a color of Sunset & Fire symbolizes light, sacrifice, and quest for salvation as per Hindu mythology) surrounded by a greenish blue lake and lush coconut trees, making it extremely photogenic with those contrasting colors.

After entering the temple premises, you will come across the Ashram of Devipuri Maharaj (Dhundi Baba), descending a few steps further there is a temple of Lord Ganesha and Dasha-Avatar of Lord Shree Krishna.

After going down a few more steps you will enter the main porch of the temple made up of slanted & conical shade supported by concrete pillars, called ‘Sabha Mandap.’

Ramdara Temple in Pune

There is a ‘Nandi Mandap’, where a white marble stoned Nandi is sited in front of the adytum beside Shiva and Parvati. You will also find a statue of Dhundi Baba in a marble stone inside the temple.

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Ramdara Temple Lake

5 Things to do at Ramdara Temple

• photography.

Ramdara Temple Picnic spot near Pune for 1 day trip

There are some photo props where most people are interested in taking pics with the elephant statue at the entrance gate, and the Deer statues surrounded by a compound wall.

Mighty banyan trees with their penetrating roots spread over and making a dense network look pretty old and ghostly. People just climb over the branches to get clicks. 

You can take photos of the temple and its surrounding, as there are no strict rules. No charges for photography, so take as much as you want.

Photo Props at Ramdara Temple Pune

• Picnic/Recreation Activities/Tiffin Party

I must admit, this is a pretty good spot for families, friends & office groups to come over and do a picnic or recreational activities. Isn’t it amazing that you don’t need to go far to enjoy nature? 

Just pack your tiffin boxes and enjoy your food under the trees. Take a nap or play with your buddies and create memories.

Mighty Banyan Trees at Ramdara Temple

• Hiking/ Trekking

Wanna make this trip a little adventurous? As you can see, there are many hills around the temple for trekking, but the famous one is the Ramdara hilltop, which is a moderate-level trek. Regular hikers can reach the top in 1HR. however, average people will make it to the top in about 1.5HR. 

I bet the views from the hilltop must be rewarding especially during monsoon. There is a wide area on the top for you to explore 360 degrees and get pictures of the temple from a different perspective. 

There is no water and food on the trek path, so you need to carry your own. Do not litter and throw plastics on the trek and keep the hills clean. 

For a trekking trip like this, I recommend going in winter or monsoon, and only in the early morning in the summer. Don’t attempt trekking with children, it can be dangerous. There is another small hill nearby where a Shiva temple on the top is quite easy to trek. However, its access road was closed when we visited last time.

• Bird Watching/ Bird Photography

Few of my friends are so passionate about bird watching and photography. This is a good spot if you come early in the morning where you could see different varieties of birds like Owls, Bulbuls, Mynas, Common Iora, Baya Weaver, sunbirds, Ducks, Kingfishers, Drongos, etc. It’s a great habitat for them due to the lake water and the farmland nearby.

Ramdara Temple Lake Trail

How to Reach Ramdara Temple?

Ramdara temple is located at Loni-Kalbhor village, 25KM. from Pune city center & 18KM. from the Hadapsar area. Reaching here is easy because it is just 6 kilometers inside after leaving the Pune-Solapur highway. Google map is a definite help to take you up to the temple without much hassle.

Let me inform you, there is no direct bus or any public transportation available to reach there. So, you will need your own vehicle (Either a 2-wheeler or a 4-wheeler). You can rent a self-drive car if required.

From wherever you start the journey in Pune, you will need to take the Pune-Solapur highway, which passes through Hadapsar – Manjari. Once the city limit gets over, proceed towards Loni-Kalbhor village, after the toll plaza you will need to take a right turn and leave the highway. From here the typical village road starts and you will be started to enjoy the drive as it passes through farmlands & flower plantations. Fresh cool air with unspoiled nature just feels right for a morning drive.

How to Reach Ramdara Temple

The road condition is not that good, as there is no tar road all the way but who cares if you are going somewhere so beautiful. And who wants to speed up if your journey is refreshing…

Soon you will be started seeing hills and reaches a big parking lot. Ramdara temple will remain hidden until you reach the entrance gate where the big elephant statue welcomes you.

Entrance Gate of Ramdara Temple

Where to Eat at Ramdara Temple?

  • There are only a few food stalls near the temple selling some snacks (Wada Paav, Bhajji, Poha, Misal & Matki Bhel), local fruits, Sugarcane juice, and Tea /Coffee. So, it’s better to bring your own food for lunch.
  • Veg & Non-veg restaurants are available only on the Pune-Solapur highway.
  • I have a better idea to take a pit stop, there are some Misal joints on the Pune-Solapur highway like the famous one- ‘Jogeshwari Misal & Bhel’. Whether it’s a breakfast or a lunch they got you fulfilled.
  • ‘Matki Bhel’ is our personal favorite, just pack & enjoy it with your family on the premises of the temple under the shades of giant Banyan trees with nature’s company.
  • At the temple gate, some local farmers sell fresh vegetable and fruits.

Food Stalls at Ramdara Temple Pune

Best time to visit Ramdara Temple

You can go there any time of the year. But practically speaking during hot summer, you would not want to get tanned, right? In that case, go for an early morning trip. 

There will be restrictions for outdoor fun during monsoon season, especially picnicking may be not possible. As you know there is no continuous tar road, so going there during rain may get messy.

The best time to visit is after the rainy season & during the winter months- September to February when the trees are lush green and the skies are clear.

Temple Timing, Parking Charges & Entry Fees

  • Temple Visiting Hours- 7AM to 5PM (All days)
  • Parking- Designated parking space is available outside the temple and the charges are- Two wheeler- Rs.20 Four wheeler- Rs.40
  • Entry fees- Free. I guess, it’s included in the parking tickets.

Parking at Ramdara Temple Pune

Approx. Time to Spend at Ramdara Temple

It will take around 1.5 Hr. – 2 Hr. to explore the temple & surrounding including taking photos, sitting & relaxing for some time, etc.

But if you are with a group of family/friends and went there for a picnic, you can easily spend your half day there.

Nearby Attractions

Besides Ramdara temple there are a few other places to see nearby-

  • Shree Chintamani Vinayak Temple, Theur, Pune – 13KM. (35 Min. drive from Ramdara Temple) One of the renowned shrines of lord Ganesha in Maharashtra. It is set to be the 5th temple that should be visited while doing the Ashtavinayak trip.
  • Mahadaji Shinde Chhatri, Pune city, Pune- 21KM. (1HR. drive from Ramdara Temple) It’s a memorial dedicated to the Great Maratha General-Mahadaji Shinde located at Wanowrie.
  • Meher Retreat Theme Park- 36 km. (1HR. drive from Ramdara Temple)
  • Jejuri Fort, Khandoba Temple- 46KM. (1HR. 20Min. drive from Ramdara Temple) It is one of the most significant Hindu pilgrimage holy places for Maharashtrians.

Important Notes

  • Try to reach there early morning between 8 – 10 am (Temple timing are- 7 AM to 5 PM). It gets crowded over the weekends and you may experience the city traffic later in the day.
  • Bring your own food for lunchtime (If you are picnicking).
  • Restrooms & drinking water facilities are available on the temple premises.
  • Do not throw garbage, papers, cups, plastic bags & bottles on the premises. Throw them in the designated garbage tanks/buckets and keep the area clean after having your meal. Please respect nature and be a good citizen.
  • Do not feed ducks & throw food items/garbage in the water. It will only pollute the water.
  • As mentioned earlier, no public transportation is available to get there.

Cleanliness Awareness at Ramdara Temple Pune

Ramdara is a blessed place hidden on the outskirts of Pune. Some people like to come here on their way to the famous Theur Ganpati temple. 

So Punekar, did you visit Ramdara? Not yet? Then you must, I’m sure you will love it.

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temple visit near pune

🗓 Best Time To Visit: June to February

⏰ Open Hours: 4:30 AM - 9:30 PM

🏞 Things To Do: Explore the temple architecture, participate in rituals, trekking in Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

💰 Budget: No entry fee

👥 Traveller Types: Religious, Nature lovers, Adventure seekers

🔍 Known For: One of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India, Ancient architecture, Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary

🚉 Distances: From Pune railway station: 110 km, From Pune Airport: 120 km

🏛 Architecture: Nagara style of architecture

📅 Festivals Celebrated: Maha Shivratri, Diwali

🦚 Wildlife Sanctuary: Home to many endangered species, trekking opportunities

🚻 Facilities: Restrooms, Parking, Food stalls

Bhimashankar Temple: A Complete Guide to the Jyotirlinga Shrine of Lord Shiva

Are you looking for a spiritual and scenic getaway in India? Do you want to visit one of the most sacred and ancient temples of Lord Shiva? If yes, then you should definitely plan a trip to Bhimashankar Temple, a Jyotirlinga shrine located in the Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra.

Bhimashankar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, which are considered to be the most powerful manifestations of the supreme deity. The temple is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a biodiversity hotspot, as it is surrounded by the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary.

In this article, we will tell you everything you need to know about Bhimashankar Temple, such as its history, significance, architecture, festivals, poojas, and how to reach it. We will also give you some tips and recommendations on where to stay and what to see near the temple. By the end of this article, you will be ready to embark on a memorable and enriching journey to Bhimashankar Temple.

History of the Temple

The history of Bhimashankar Temple dates back to thousands of years ago, when Lord Shiva appeared as a fiery pillar of light (Jyotirlinga) to destroy the evil demon Tripurasura.

According to legend, Tripurasura had obtained three flying cities (Tripura) from Lord Brahma after performing severe penance. He then used these cities to wreak havoc on the gods and humans. Lord Shiva was the only one who could destroy Tripura with his arrow, but he needed a suitable bow for that. He took the help of Lord Vishnu, who transformed himself into a mountain (Meru) and a bowstring (Vasuki). Lord Shiva then shot his arrow from Meru and Vasuki and destroyed Tripura with a single shot. The impact of the arrow was so immense that it created a huge crater on the earth, where Bhimashankar Temple now stands.

The temple was first built by King Karna of the Chalukya dynasty in the 6th century CE. It was later renovated and expanded by various rulers and dynasties over the centuries, such as the Rashtrakutas, the Yadavas, the Marathas, and the Peshwas. The temple also received patronage from several saints and devotees, such as Nana Fadnavis, Raghunath Peshwa, Jangli Maharaj, and Sai Baba of Shirdi. The temple has witnessed many historical events and battles, such as the invasion of Malik Kafur in 1312 CE, the revolt of Shivaji Maharaj against Aurangzeb in 1674 CE, and the Anglo-Maratha War in 1818 CE.

Significance of the Temple

Bhimashankar Temple is not only a historical marvel but also a spiritual treasure. The temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva, which are considered to be the most powerful manifestations of the supreme deity. According to Hindu scriptures, visiting a Jyotirlinga can grant salvation (moksha) to anyone who worships with devotion and sincerity.

The temple is also one of the five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra, along with Trimbakeshwar near Nashik, Grishneshwar near Aurangabad, Aundha Nagnath near Hingoli, and Parli Vaijnath near Beed. These five Jyotirlingas form a sacred circuit (Pancha Jyotirlinga) that attracts millions of pilgrims every year.

The temple is also one of the eight Ashta Vinayak temples in Maharashtra, which are dedicated to Lord Ganesha, the elephant-headed god of wisdom and success. The temple has a small shrine of Lord Ganesha, who is worshipped as Ballaleshwar, the lord of Ballal, a young devotee who was blessed by Lord Ganesha for his faith and devotion.

The temple is also one of the 51 Shakti Peethas in India, which are the places where the body parts of Goddess Sati fell after she immolated herself in the fire of her father’s yagna. The temple has a shrine of Goddess Parvati, who is worshipped as Kamalaja, the lotus-born goddess. She is believed to have helped Lord Shiva in his battle against Tripurasura by taking the form of a bee (Bhramari) and stinging the demon’s eyes.

The temple is also one of the 12 Jyotir Lingas in India, which are the places where Lord Shiva performed his cosmic dance (Tandava) and created the universe. The temple has a statue of Lord Shiva in his dancing pose (Nataraja), which symbolizes his power and grace.

The temple is also one of the 108 Shiva Temples in India, which are the places where Lord Shiva manifested himself in various forms and performed various miracles. The temple has a lingam (phallic symbol) of Lord Shiva, which is made of black stone and has a silver coating. The lingam is adorned with flowers, sandalwood paste, vermilion, and bilva leaves. The lingam is also said to have a swayambhu (self-manifested) feature, which means that it emerged from the earth on its own.

Architecture of the Temple

Bhimashankar Temple is a masterpiece of architecture and art. The temple reflects the styles and influences of various periods and cultures, such as the Nagara, Hemadpanthi, Indo-Aryan, and Maratha. The temple has a complex and intricate design that showcases the skill and craftsmanship of its builders and sculptors.

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The temple has four main parts: the garbhagriha (sanctum sanctorum), the antarala (vestibule), the sabhamandapa (assembly hall), and the shikhar (spire). The garbhagriha houses the lingam of Lord Shiva, which is the main object of worship. The antarala connects the garbhagriha with the sabhamandapa, which is a large hall with pillars and arches. The sabhamandapa has several shrines dedicated to other deities, such as Lord Ganesha, Goddess Parvati, Lord Shanmukha, Lord Nandi, etc. The shikhar is a tall tower that rises above the garbhagriha and has a kalash (pot) at its top.

Festivals celebrated at the Temple

Bhimashankar Temple is a hub of festivity and celebration throughout the year. The temple hosts many festivals and events that attract thousands of devotees and visitors from all over India and abroad. Some of the major festivals celebrated at the temple are:

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Maha Shivaratri:

This is the most important festival celebrated at the temple. It falls on the 14th day of the dark fortnight in the month of Phalguna (February-March) . It marks the anniversary of Lord Shiva’s manifestation as Jyotirlinga at Bhimashankar. On this day, devotees observe fasts, offer prayers, perform abhishekams (ritual baths), chant mantra (hymns), and participate in cultural programs.

The temple is decorated with lights, flowers, and flags. The temple also conducts a special pooja called Rudra Abhishekam, which involves offering milk, honey, curd, ghee, sugar, and water to the lingam of Lord Shiva. The highlight of the festival is the Mahashivaratri Rath Yatra, which is a grand procession of the idol of Lord Shiva on a chariot around the temple premises.

Shravan Maas:

This is another auspicious festival celebrated at the temple. It falls in the month of Shravan (July-August) , which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. During this month, devotees visit the temple every Monday and offer bilva leaves, flowers, fruits, and water to the lingam of Lord Shiva. They also wear rudraksha beads, which are considered sacred by Lord Shiva. The temple also organizes a special pooja called Laghu Rudra Abhishekam, which involves offering 11 ingredients to the lingam of Lord Shiva. The devotees also perform a ritual called Kanwar Yatra, which involves carrying water from the Chandrabhaga River in pots and offering it to the lingam of Lord Shiva.

Ganesh Chaturthi:

This is a popular festival celebrated at the temple. It falls on the fourth day of the bright fortnight in the month of Bhadrapada (August-September) . It marks the birthday of Lord Ganesha, the son of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. On this day, devotees worship the idol of Lord Ganesha at the temple and offer modaks (sweet dumplings), coconut, and durva grass to him.

They also sing songs, dance, and play games in his honor. The temple also conducts a special pooja called Sahastravartan Abhishekam, which involves offering 1008 ingredients to the idol of Lord Ganesha. The festival ends with the immersion of the idol of Lord Ganesha in the Chandrabhaga River.

Kartik Maas:

This is a sacred festival celebrated at the temple. It falls in the month of Kartik (October-November), which is considered to be the most favorable month for worshipping Lord Shiva. During this month, devotees visit the temple every day and offer oil lamps, incense sticks, flowers, and water to the lingam of Lord Shiva. They also recite the Shiv Puran (a holy scripture about Lord Shiva) and perform aarti (a ritual of waving lamps) to him.

The temple also organizes a special pooja called Maha Rudra Abhishekam, which involves offering 121 ingredients to the lingam of Lord Shiva. The devotees also perform a ritual called Deep Daan, which involves donating oil lamps to the temple.

Poojas and Rituals at the Temple

Bhimashankar Temple is a place where devotees can perform various poojas and rituals to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva and other deities. The temple offers various types of poojas and rituals that can be performed by anyone who wishes to do so. Some of the common poojas and rituals performed at the temple are:

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Abhishekam: This is a ritual that involves offering various liquids such as milk, honey, curd, ghee, sugar, and water to the lingam or idol of Lord Shiva or other deities. The abhishekam can be performed with different numbers of ingredients depending on the type and purpose of the pooja. For example, Rudra Abhishekam involves offering 11 ingredients, Laghu Rudra Abhishekam involves offering 121 ingredients, Maha Rudra Abhishekam involves offering 1008 ingredients, etc. The abhishekam can be performed for various reasons such as seeking health, wealth, happiness, success, protection, etc.

Archana: This is a ritual that involves reciting various names and mantras (sacred sounds) of Lord Shiva or other deities while offering flowers or other items to them. The archana can be performed with different numbers of names depending on the type and purpose of the pooja. For example, Ashtottara Archana involves reciting 108 names, Sahasranama Archana involves reciting 1000 names, etc. The archana can be performed for various reasons such as seeking peace, harmony, love, wisdom, etc.

Aarti: This is a ritual that involves waving lamps or candles in front of the lingam or idol of Lord Shiva or other deities while singing hymns or songs in their praise. The aarti can be performed at different times depending on the type and purpose of the pooja. For example, Mangala Aarti is performed in the morning, Sandhya Aarti is performed in the evening, Shej Aarti is performed at night, etc. The aarti can be performed for various reasons such as expressing gratitude, devotion, joy, etc.

The temple also offers various other poojas and rituals that can be performed by the devotees, such as:

Pradakshina: This is a ritual that involves circumambulating the lingam or idol of Lord Shiva or other deities in a clockwise direction while chanting mantras or prayers. The pradakshina can be performed with different numbers of rounds depending on the type and purpose of the pooja. For example, one round, three rounds, seven rounds, etc. The pradakshina can be performed for various reasons such as seeking forgiveness, purification, fulfillment, etc.

Pran Pratishtha: This is a ritual that involves installing a new lingam or idol of Lord Shiva or other deities at the temple or at home. The pran pratishtha can be performed by a priest or by the devotee himself/herself with the help of a priest. The pran pratishtha involves various steps such as cleansing, consecrating, invoking, and worshipping the lingam or idol. The pran pratishtha can be performed for various reasons such as establishing a connection, honoring, dedicating, etc.

Rudra Homam: This is a ritual that involves offering various items such as ghee, rice, herbs, fruits, etc. to a sacred fire while reciting mantras or prayers dedicated to Lord Shiva or other deities. The rudra homam can be performed with different numbers of items depending on the type and purpose of the pooja.

For example, Ekadasha Rudra Homam involves offering 11 items, Laghu Rudra Homam involves offering 121 items, Maha Rudra Homam involves offering 1008 items, etc. The rudra homam can be performed for various reasons such as seeking prosperity, protection, liberation, etc.

The temple also provides online booking facilities for the devotees who want to perform any of these poojas and rituals at the temple. The devotees can visit the official website of the temple and fill up an online form with their details and preferences.

Getting There

Bhimashankar Temple is well-connected by various modes of transport from different parts of India and abroad. Here are some of the ways to reach the temple by road/rail/air:

Bhimashankar Temple is located about 110 km from Pune and 220 km from Mumbai by road. There are many state-run and private buses that ply regularly between these cities and Bhimashankar. The bus fare ranges from Rs. 200 to Rs. 500 depending on the type and class of the bus. The bus journey takes about 3 to 4 hours from Pune and 5 to 6 hours from Mumbai.

By Car/Taxi:

Bhimashankar Temple can also be reached by car or taxi from Pune or Mumbai. There are many car rental services and taxi operators that offer comfortable and convenient rides to Bhimashankar. The car/taxi fare ranges from Rs. 2500 to Rs. 4000 depending on the type and size of the car/taxi. The car/taxi journey takes about 2 to 3 hours from Pune and 4 to 5 hours from Mumbai.

Bhimashankar Temple does not have a railway station of its own. The nearest railway station is Pune Junction , which is about 100 km from the temple. Pune Junction is well-connected by trains from various parts of India, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, etc.

The train fare ranges from Rs. 100 to Rs. 2000 depending on the type and class of the train. The train journey takes about 2 to 3 hours from Mumbai and 10 to 12 hours from Delhi. From Pune Junction, one can take a bus, car, or taxi to reach Bhimashankar Temple.

Bhimashankar Temple does not have an airport of its own. The nearest airport is Pune International Airport, which is about 120 km from the temple. Pune International Airport is well-connected by flights from various domestic and international destinations, such as Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad, Dubai, Singapore, etc.

The flight fare ranges from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 20000 depending on the type and class of the flight. The flight journey takes about an hour from Mumbai and 2 hours from Delhi. From Pune International Airport, one can take a bus, car, or taxi to reach Bhimashankar Temple.

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Hotels near the Temple

Bhimashankar Temple is a popular pilgrimage destination that attracts many visitors throughout the year. There are many hotels and resorts near the temple that offer comfortable and convenient accommodation options for the visitors. Some of the recommended hotels and resorts near the temple are:

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Blue Mormon Jungle Holiday Resort:

This is a luxury resort that is located about 5 km from the temple. It offers spacious and well-furnished rooms and cottages with modern amenities such as AC, TV, Wi-Fi, etc. It also has a restaurant, a swimming pool, a spa, a gym, a garden, and a playground. The resort also organizes various activities such as trekking, birdwatching, camping, etc. The price range for the rooms and cottages is Rs. 4000 to Rs. 6000 per night.

Hotel Sai Leela:

This is a budget hotel that is located about 2 km from the temple. It offers cozy and clean rooms with basic amenities such as fan, TV, Wi-Fi, etc. It also has a restaurant, a parking lot, a travel desk, and a power backup. The hotel also provides free shuttle service to and from the temple. The price range for the rooms is Rs. 1000 to Rs. 2000 per night.

Hotel Shivshakti:

This is an economy hotel that is located about 1 km from the temple. It offers decent and affordable rooms with essential amenities such as fan, TV, Wi-Fi, etc. It also has a restaurant, a parking lot, a travel desk, and a power backup. The hotel also provides free shuttle service to and from the temple. The price range for the rooms is Rs. 500 to Rs. 1000 per night.

Places to visit near the Temple

Bhimashankar Temple is not only a spiritual destination but also a scenic destination that offers many places to visit near the temple. Some of the places to visit near the temple are:

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Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary:

This is a wildlife sanctuary that covers an area of about 131 sq km around the temple. It is home to various species of flora and fauna such as leopards, barking deer, giant squirrels, monkeys, eagles, woodpeckers, orchids, ferns, etc. It is also a popular spot for trekking, camping, birdwatching, etc.

Hanuman Lake:

This is a lake that is located near the temple that offers a peaceful and relaxing spot for visitors. It is surrounded by lush green hills and forests that add to its beauty and charm. It is also a good place for boating, fishing, picnicking, etc.

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Ahupe Waterfalls:

This is a waterfall that is located in the vicinity of the wildlife sanctuary that offers a refreshing and exhilarating experience for visitors. It is formed by the Chandrabhaga River that cascades down from a height of about 80 meters. It is also a good place for swimming, picnicking, etc.

Gupt Bhimashankar:

This is a hidden temple that is located about 3 km from the main temple. It is believed to be the original site where Lord Shiva appeared as Jyotirlinga. It is a small and simple temple that has a lingam of Lord Shiva and a statue of Nandi Bull. It is also a good place for meditation and solitude.

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Sakshi Ganapati Temple:

This is a temple that is located about 2 km from the main temple. It is dedicated to Lord Ganesha, who is worshipped as Sakshi Ganapati, the witness of Lord Shiva’s manifestation. It is said that one should visit this temple before visiting the main temple, as Lord Ganesha will testify to Lord Shiva that the devotee has visited his shrine. The temple has a small idol of Lord Ganesha with four arms and a trunk pointing to the right.

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Bhimashankar Temple is a must-visit destination for anyone who wants to experience the divine and natural beauty of India. The temple is not only a place of worship but also a place of history, culture, and adventure. The temple offers various opportunities for the visitors to explore, learn, and enjoy. Whether you are a spiritual seeker, a nature lover, or an adventure enthusiast, you will find something to suit your taste and interest at Bhimashankar Temple.

We hope that this article has given you a comprehensive guide to Bhimashankar Temple and has inspired you to plan your next trip to this amazing place.

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Hadshi Temple – Kids Friendly One Day Picnic Spot

  • 9th Jul '19

Hadshi Temple, also known as Sri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra, Pune is a temple around 45 Kms from Pune in a beautiful scenic village Hadshi. The temple is dedicated to Lord Vitthal Rukmani.

We have planned out a visit to Sri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra, Pune last weekend with my two-year-old daughter Kia.

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Traveling with Kids is really tricky, especially during Monsoon when you desperately want to go out for daybreak or picnic with your family and kids Plus you also want a Kids friendly “not so crowded” place around your city.

I, especially when traveling with my daughter, opt for the place where we don’t have to spend more time on the road in the traffic as Kia is not very comfortable sitting in a car and wait, and in fact, the Kids are not a great fan of waiting in traffic.

At times it’s really difficult to identify and find out such places but Thankfully Pune has a few places to opt from when you are travelling with your young ones. One such place is Hadshi Temple. 

Hadshi Temple (Sri Satya Sai Pandurang Kshetra) Picnic Spot near Pune

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Hadshi Temple is no doubt one of the best one-day picnic spots around Pune with Kids, especially in Monsoon when the climate is beautiful around with lots of greenery and mesmerizing views around.

Hadshi Temple is spread in a vast area of around 300 acres and surrounded by mesmerizing views of mountains all around. It is a perfect one-day picnic spot for families to go with Kids of any age.

Google is showing limited parking in at Hadshi Temple, But believe me there is a huge parking space here. That too surrounded by beautiful mountains and landscapes all around. Here are a few pictures were taken in the parking of Hadshi Temple.

Hadshi Temple Parking

The temple is very clean and very well managed by Sri Satya Sai Trust and I just fall in love with this place completely and going to be a frequent visitor to Hadshi Temple. 

There is a meditation hall below the temple, If you are a yoga and meditation kind of person then the place is really cool and with lots of positive vibes.

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There are two huge gardens on both sides of the temple to sit, relax and spend some time with nature. The view from these gardens is amazing as the whole temple is surrounded by picturesque views.

It is a wonderful place to go with your kids especially because it is less crowded place and the road doesn’t have traffic like we usually see around Pune during monsoon.

My two-year-old daughter had a wonderful time here and she was enjoying nature, rain, mountains, like anything.

There is a huge museum here. The museum is not of art, scientific or any historic things. But the Museum has a lot of Idols and Jhankis depicting the saints and culture of Maharashtra.

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The entry fee of Museum is Rs 150 per person.

Valley of Adventure (Adventure Sports) 

Hadshi Temple also has an Adventure Sports section called a Valley of Adventure They have Sky Cycle, Zip Line, Archery, Gun Shooting, Rock Climbing, Gyro, Bull Ride, Melt Down, Bungy and ATV.

Charges for all the activities excluding ATV, Zip Line and Gun Shooting is only Rs 350. Which I find relatively cheaper than they are at other places. 

Detail of charges can be seen from the image below

Valley of Adventure Hadshi Charges

Other things to do at Hadshi Temple

  • Meditation Hall

Tips for visiting

Carry your own food

Wherever we have visited around Pune, we have found a lot of Eateries, Corn stalls, Bhajji’s and Maggie’s stalls but we haven’t found a lot of them on our way to Hadshi Temple. That’s because the temple is still unexplored and not known to a lot of people.

So if you love to eat during the journey then you need to carry your own food. 

There is a canteen in the temple premises but the options there are limited so it if you are visiting here for a full day then I suggest bringing some heavy snacks which you can have in the garden or even in the canteen.

Umbrellas are of no use, Carry raincoats and windcheater 

Because the temple is surrounded by mountains and hills, it’s too windy here. Believe me, if it rains, you won’t be able to hold your umbrella. So instead of an umbrella, carry a raincoat and windcheater.

Charges and Fees

  • Parking Charge: 20 Rs
  • Museum (Optional): 150 Rs
  • Valley for Adventure (Optional): 350 Rs 

How to Reach Hadshi Temple Pune?

Reaching Hadshi from Pune is surrounded with a lot of scenic spots, small waterfalls and mesmerizing views of Mountains and Landscapes. 

There are two routes to reach Hadshi from Pune. 

  • Route I: Pune – Bavdhan – Pirangut – Paud – Chhale – Hadshi
  • Route II: Pune – Sus – Nande – Chhale – Hadshi

Pune to Hadshi Temple Route

Route I is usually the prime route with bigger roads. But we have opted for Route II for reaching Hadshi Temple and took the route I on our way back to Pune. 

To our surprise, we have found Route II to Hadshi temple faster to reach, more scenic and picturesque than Route I

Also considering the Traffic, Route II was better than Route I

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Explore the Spiritual Side of IT City Pune – Popular Temples in Pune you Must Visit

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  • March 20, 2019 in Historical Places , Travel Tips
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A vibrant and thriving metropolis, Pune is the symbol of New India. It is the centre of academia and businesses and offers the right mix of spiritualism and capitalism. You can experience the ancient charm and shades of globalisation in this Indian city. People prefer speaking in their native Marathi language, though a sizable part speaks English and Hindi too. You will see the popular Osho Ashram and a generous number of Hindu temples too. Such is the richness and diversity of the IT city Pune.

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Pune was also made the capital during the reign of the Peshwas. The city is also looked up as the land of Peshwas and a place of pride for Shivaji. When the British took over in 1817, it became their monsoon capital too. There is a distinct charm about the city and a historical significance. Even when you go around exploring Pune , you can experience the colonial-era charm in the form of some buildings, which make a visit to this place totally worth it.

Moreover, to know this city closely, a visit to its temples will be a value add too. There are many temples in Pune that you can cover and explore the old and new architecture, know about the rich Maratha land and its culture. To experience the spiritual side, you should plan a trip to some of the below-mentioned religious sites in Pune.

Top 6 Temples To Visit In Pune

  • Parvati Temple
  • Chaturshringi Temple
  • Dagaduseth Halwai Temple
  • Pataleshwar Cave Temple
  • Kasba Temple
  • ISKON NVCC Temple

1. Parvati Temple

This temple is scenic and truly mesmerising as it is situated on the hilltop. There are 5 temples on the hilltop including Vishnu, Kartikeya, Devdeveshwar, Rama, and Vithai.  To reach the temple, you will have to climb 103 steps. The main temple is made of black stone and is dedicated to Devdeveshwar. Along with the religious sentiments, it is the view from the temple that makes it worth a visit. It is surrounded by a lush green landscape and you can experience nature at its best when you visit this temple.

Adding to the charm of this temple is that it dates back to the period of Peshwa dynasty. So, a visit here will help you see one of the oldest structures of Pune , which is a part of its rich heritage. Moreover, there is a classical music festival that happens here usually between 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm every day. If you are a classical music enthusiast, then plan a visit to this temple around this time.

2. Chaturshringi Temple

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Another ancient temple, it was built during the tenure of Maratha King, Shivaji. It is located on Senapati Bapat Road on the slope of a hill. The word Chaturshringi literally means “mountain with four peaks”. So, this is another temple providing a stunning view of the city of Pune. The temple is nearly 90-feet tall and 125-feet wide and is a place known for its faith and power.

To reach this temple, you will have to climb 100 steps and the presiding deity is Goddess Chaturshringi. The other idols include Goddess Durga, Lord Ganesha, and 8 small idols of Asthavinayaka.

Along with being a place of worship, this temple is also looked up as a place to promote India’s rich culture and traditions. Artists across the country come here to exhibit their talent. The religious and cultural trust put up different sangeet and kirtan programs here.

The best time to visit this temple is during the Navratri festival. The 9-day long festival of Navratri is one of the popular festivals in India . Even on the tenth day of Dusherra, there are celebrations in the temple premises. So, you can visit during any of these 10 days to experience the religious zeal among the devotees.

3. Dagaduseth Halwai Temple

A famous temple of Pune, you should definitely plan a visit here. There are thousands of devotees who visit this temple every day. The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. It has a 7.5-feet tall statue of Lord Ganesha, which is also 4-feet wide. It is believed to be a 100-year-old temple where every Ganesh festival is celebrated with much excitement.

There is also a Halwai Ganapati Trust, which is funded by the temple and it carries out philanthropic work. This temple gets a lot of funding and is visited by several celebrities, as well.

If possible, you should plan a visit here during the Ganesh Chaturthi festival. This festival usually falls in the month of September and is a 10 days long affair. The CM of Maharashtra also visits this temple during the time of this festival. Even several celebrities visit here during Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations. The festival gets celebrated with much gaiety.

4. Pataleshwar Cave Temple

Pataleshwar Cave Temple

A rock-cut temple, it was made during the 8-century during Rashtrakuta’s period. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and is made of basalt rock. Lord Shiva in this temple is in the form of a Shiva Lingam. The temple entrance also has a Nandi Mandapa. The other idols in this temple include Lord Rama, Lord Ganesha, Lord Laxman, and Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Sita.

The construction of this temple is inspired by Elephanta Caves. However, its construction did not get complete and there is no proper entrance to this temple. An ancient temple it has been declared a protected monument by the government.

You should try to visit this temple during Tripuri Pournima. It is during this Pournima that the temple is lit up with oil diyas, which is a blissful sight to behold. Moreover, when visiting this temple, you can also visit Jangli Maharaj Mandir, which is nearby and is worth visiting.

5. Kasba Temple

The temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha and is referred to as the deity of Pune, its protector. It is believed that it was the first deity of Pune city and is located near the Shaniwar Wada on Kasba Peth.

There is a story behind this temple. It was built by Queen Jijabai, the mother of Chhatrapati Shivaji after Dadaji Konddev, the teacher of Shivaji informed Queen Jijabai that an idol has been found.

Later, different Ganesh festivals got celebrated here making this temple quite famous even during the period of the freedom struggle. Even until today, the Kasba Ganpati gets preference in every Ganesh festival in the city. Like other Ganesh temples, visiting this one during the 10 day Ganesh Chaturthi will be ideal.

6. ISKON NVCC Temple

You can also pay a visit to the ISKON temple in Pune. This religious site is located 12 km south of Pune city in a place called Katraj. The temple is spread in a huge area and even has a multilevel car parking available. Various celebrities have visited this temple including some high-profile politicians. You must plan your visit to also attend the aarti during the evenings when Kirshna bhajans are chanted with mridangas.

You can go to this temple to feed some cows. This is called Go-Seva. You can also donate here for some causes for which ISKON is working. Some of the donation options are Go-seva, priti bhojan, deity dressing, and Gita daan.

Govinda’s restaurant is also in the temple premises where you can relish great lacto-vegetarian food. There is Govinda’s bakery as well where you can buy various breads and cookies.

If you want to buy some puja paraphernalia, idols of deities and lockets, you can reach out to the Matchless Gift Shop, which is also in the temple premises.

When visiting this IT city either for work or leisure, you can visit some of these prominent religious sites, which are symbolic of power and faith. Moreover, quite a few of them have been built during the Peshwa and Maratha eras, giving you a feel of the architecture during those days. This makes these temples must visit even for the history enthusiasts. It is a great way of knowing about the Maratha culture and heritage. No wonder, Pune is aptly called the cultural capital of Maharashtra.

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