Pandharpur

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North Star
  • North Star
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Pandharpur"

  • Posted Mar 29, 2009
Pandharpur is a pilgrimage destination and the main attraction is the Pandurang / Vitthal / Pandhari (Lord Krishna) Mandir.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: I went there with my parents. My father in particular wanted to go to the temple and had been wanting for a long time. And that was the main driver. We drove down on NH4 (Mumbai - Pune expressway; 'MPE') and then cut across Pune city to reach NH9 (Solapur road / Pune Hyderabad road) and drove down to take a right about 25 km before Solapur.

MPE is a great motorable road the morning drive to Pune was pleasant. We reached Pune city by around 915 AM and it took us about 30 mins to navigate through the city's roads to reach NH9. NH9, till about some distance is a 4 lane road, but traffic is dense, slow with plenty of two wheelers. Go slow to be safe! After a while the road narrows down to two lanes with plenty of truck traffic on it. Driving becomes a game of cat and mouse - flitting between trucks and buses, lowering gears, hitting the throttle and then slowing down back into the lane (or long line!). Road quality deteriorates off and on - and there are stretches where roads are being relaid.
The small cut off from NH9 to Pandharpur is a two lane road but is smooth and very motorable.

On the way back, I chose to drove to Satara on SH74. This is a decent enough road, but can be really lonely on some stretches. But the road is so good at times for a state highway that I could drive past 100 kph without concern. Caution is however advised as there are some reports of roadside burglaries (See team BHP website for example). After hitting Satara, we took a break for some snacking / breakfast. Satara is on NH4 and from there on the drive back is pleasant and smooth.

Activities & things to do: The temple is worth a visit certainly. But check for festivals and other events on the Hindu calendar before you head. Some times it can get crowded quite a bit. I am not too much of the religious type to believe in all the make believe rituals that are peddled around in our temples. But there are significant things that have happened around this holy place. Typical temple in many ways when it comes to people like the touts and all. In fact for a first timer some of the interactions on average can be unpleasant.

The Bhima river has plenty of water in it. If you have time on hand, you could have a picnic at a nice spot. In fact there is a nice dam on the way on NH9

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: - Decent places to have food once you cross Pune are non-existent practically on NH9.
- We stayed in a hotel called 'Hotel Kinara'. Typical hotel in a small city. Decent when built but run-down with very little in maintenance spending.
- Food is a huge issue in Pandharpur. There is not one clean place that I could find. But maybe you will be luckier!

Destination visited: 21st Mar 2009; Distance - to and fro from Mumbai is c. 850 km.
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Florien Jones
  • Florien Jones
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Jawhar - tribal hill (station?) in Thane dist"

  • Posted Feb 17, 2007
Different. Best during or just after the monsoons. This is strictly for nature lovers without fancy expectations. The State Govt could do a lot to enhance Jawhars potential as a tourist destination.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Kavdas lake 6km after Charoti on the way to Jawhar, ringed by mountains. Further down is the bigger Dhamani dam. Stop anywhere, cut through the forests and enjoy the peace, wildflowers, butterflies and birds. Just before Jawhar is a deep rift valley on the right side. A gentle valley is on the left side. These are better Sunrise and Sunset points than the garbage strewn Sunset point in the city. The Raja's palace cashew orchards are worth walking through. The old wooden ruined palace is also worth seeing. A small lake just 4km outside Jawhar on the Silvassa Rd is nice to walk around. Go further 20km to Dhabosa falls - truly spectacular reminds one of Blue Lagoon. Bad roads.

Activities & things to do: Rambling through the valleys and plateaus outside Jawhar is rewarding for butterfly and wildflower lovers. The town is strewn with garbage so its much better to go outside the town limits. The whole area could be re-forested and cleaned up. Climate - pleasant due to elevation 600m.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: From Mumbai by road go via NH8 to Charoti phata - right turn about 40km till Jawhar. Or NH3 to Bhiwandi phata, left to just after Wada (Malhar vill.) and left again about 19km through to Jawhar. Simple meals available at restaurants near busstand. Hotel Pushpanjali or Govt. Guest House are the only quiet, decent hotel but no meals.
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Anupam Saurabh
  • Anupam Saurabh
  • Beachbum
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Explore beaches, forts and Western ghats with this map of Konkan"

  • Posted May 30, 2006
I had picked this hand drawn map at Srivardhan a few years ago. It has helped me explore the coastline with all road details and distances marked. This is not to scale but is more useful than other maps.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: No shopping here, just sightseeing at each of the locations.

Activities & things to do: Enjoy the sea forts, hill forts, beaches, cool breeze and sun.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Use the Mumbai-Goa highway for most of the jouney and then take the shortest route to coastal destination. If you have your own vehicle, try the coastal roads for splendid views.The finest beaches are at - Kashid and Ganpatipule. Just enjoy the white sand and waves. Other beaches may have black sand and rocks so be careful.
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Mandar Mulye
  • Mandar Mulye
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  • Lives in Pune
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"Fort Raigad"

  • Posted May 29, 2006
Fort Raigard is an excellent place to understand the history of Hindu Kingdom. The fort still has number of places and makrs, which talks the glorious history of Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: There are ample sight-seeing points and places. Tour guides are also available to provide complete and true information. These guides are well trained on info front. Palaces, View Points, Shivaji Maharaj Statues, Ponds and many other points are there to explore.
You can buy certain books on history, photos and few other things.

Activities & things to do: Activities such as trekking, rock climbing, photography, bird watching, archological studies etc can be done.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Raigad is around 28 KMs from Mahad. Mahad is located on Mumbai- Goa highway at around 150 KMs from Mumbai. One can reach Mahad by road or rail.
Mahad to Raigad is a good tar road.

Ropeway is available to climb the fort.
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Anupam Saurabh
  • Anupam Saurabh
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"Bhandardara - a lesser known hill station of Maharashtra"

  • Posted May 29, 2006
We went in May on a full moon weekend. Summer presented a different view of Arthur lake and mountains. MTDC resort is bang on the lake and is the ideal resort if you want to unwind and love peace. It would be wonderful after rains and we will go again.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: You can buy only vegetables. Must see the sunset from Konkan Kada area over the cliffs of Sahyadris. For trekkers the trek to Ratangad or Kalsubai is very easy. Kalsubai is the highest peak of Maharashtra at 1646m.

Activities & things to do: We got a bonus of local tribal dance by villagers in the evening at the lawns of MTDC resort. You would love to trek around and laze in a lake facing room.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Bhandardara is 185km from Mumbai, 45 km from Igatpuri, and 200km from Pune by road via Sangamner off Nasik road. Dont take the road to Amruteshwar temple as it is very bad for couple of kms. Take the boat or bus from Bhandardara.
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