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Maharashtra: Panchgani, Pandharpur, Solapur and Purandar Fort - A Travel Guide
Panchgani, atop the crest of the hill of Mahabaleshwar, is famous with the name “Mecca of Maharashtra” for its pretty and appealing natural environs. This hillock, placed at an elevation of 1334 meters, is spread across the undulating lands of 5 different hills and is covering 6 square km of terrain. Hence, it’s known as Panchgani (Panch means 5). The hill of Panchgani was formed long back with magma. The hilly rocks have shades of red and black colors. The entire area of Panchgani is hidden by the series of silver oak and tamarisk trees. The weather of the city pulls countless numbers of Nature lovers every year. The temperature in winters will not be a problem for the travelers. A woolen sweater would be sufficient even in winters. But, the hill station experiences large amount of rainfalls. Hence, the temperature goes down during rainy seasons. It is a city which experiences maximum amount of rainfalls after Cherrapunji in India.
The array of roadside homes significantly displays colonial touches. Enjoy a delightful walk through the twisting roads to get pleasure in the natural splendor of the city. Because of its excellent cosmos, a T B (Bel-Air) Sanatorium has been built here. Tourists who visit Panchgani have to savor the taste of Honey which is really very special. Students from various places come to Panchgani for studies. More than 12 residential schools comfortably accommodate all these students.
Some of the interesting and absorbing spots which everyone should explore in Panchgani are Municipal Garden, Strawberry Garden, Children’s Park and flower orchards. Various species of colored and aromatic flowers of Panchgani draw attention of many. Some of them decide to stay overnight at Panchgani to enjoy the fragrance of known and unknown flowers.
If you want to eyewitness the heavenly sumptuousness of nature, then you have to visit the Parsi Point, about 1 km away from the bus stand of panchgani towards Mahabaleshwar. Stand here and enjoy the cool breeze while watching the panoramic nature. Watch the unmatched beauty of the River Krishna which flows at the lower activity.
About 1 ½ km away from the city of Pnachgani, the Table Land view point, is another praiseworthy attraction. Other viewpoints, dotted in and around the city, are Sydney Point 1, Harrison Point 4, Rajpuri Cave (Kartikeya temple), Groves Point 6, Baby Point 1 1/2 , Kachbawari Point 1, Kachbauri Point 1, Meherbaba Cave 1 and Devil’s Kitchen (1 ½ km). The attraction of Budh-Ka-Bazar is immense. On a market day the market looks all together different with the batches of buyers and sellers.
Pir Sahib Dargah is a sought after destination for the Muslim pilgrims. Muslim communities visit here in numbers for getting their worldly desires fulfilled. It’s a delightful feeling to touch the divine stone piece, kept on the premise of Pir Sahib Dargah. With the touch of 11 fingers of men, the stone piece can be up lifted.
Mahad, about 64 km away from Mahabaleshwar, on the Mahabaleshwar- Mumbai road, is a nearby tourists’ destination which can be accessed from Mumbai, Pune and Mahabaleshwar by bus.
The well protected historical Raigarh fort is located at a distance of 27 km away from Mahad. The Hot Spring, about 5 km away from Mahad and Buddha Cave, about 3 km away from mahad are the other nearby attention-grabbing tourists’ spots.
You can book a room in the Holiday Resort of MTDC in Mahad. It is, however, remains closed during Monsoon.
Pandharpur: One of the famous pilgrimage spots of Maharashtra is Pandharpur, about 193 km away from Pune. The worthy of mention pilgrimage, Pandharpur, is positioned on the southern banks of Bhima River.
The Hindu God, Vishnu, is residing on the holy throne of the temple (built in 1228), in the form of one of his own incarnations, called Vithoba. Devotees can take a dip in the river at any of its 12 neighboring banks. Maximum numbers of devotees assemble on the premise to pay tributes to the deity Vishnu during the Kartik Ekadeshi of the month of July. The fair, held during this time of the year, gives an opportunity to various communities to come very close to each other and share their own rich cultures. Ratha Yatra is another enthralling festivity of Pandharpur.
Solapur: Solapur not yet has gained popularity among the hordes of holiday makers. It is renowned, however, for its cotton market.
Solapur is a railway junction. Tourists assemble here by train from different corners of India, such as, Mumbai, Pune, Yashwantpur, Hyderabad, Bhubaneshwar, Kanyakumari, Chennai, Coimbatore, Chennai, Bangalore, Nagercoil, Thiruvanathpuram, Ahmadabad and Rajkot. Solapur can also be accessed from various West and South Indian cities.
Surya International and Railway Retiring Room are the places where tourists can stay overnight at.
Purandar Fort: About 40 km away from Pune, the Purandar Fort, has huge historical values. Located at an altitude of 1220 meters, the significant fort was built long back in 1350. It now houses an office of NCC. According to the mythological belief, the fort of Purandar and Bajrangarh, were built by the Hindu God, Indra.
The beguiling Purandar Fort can be accessed by bus from Pune.
How to reach Panchgani: Panchgani, about 102 km away from Pune, is well connected to Pune and Mahabaleshwar by bus.
Where to stay at Panchgani: Aman Hotel, Ananda Bhawan Hotel, Hotel Enfield, Garden Hotel, Gujarat Lodge, Prakash Hotel, Purohit Holiday Home, Hotel Rahil Plaza, Yazdan Hotel, Hotel Silver Oak, Malas Guest House, Hotel Revine and Hotel Ambassador.
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