Trip to Akkalkot, Tuljapur and Pandarpur from Pune





Akkalkot:

Akkalkot was the home to Shri Swami Samarth Maharaj, a 19th-century saint who is believed by his devotees to be an incarnation of Lord Dattatreya..

Tuljapur:

Tuljabhavani Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the goddess Bhavani. It is located in Tuljapur in Osmanabad district of Maharashtra and is considered as one of the 51 Shakti Pithas.

Pandarpur:

The Pandharpur temple was built in the middle of the thirteenth century by King Visnuvardhana of the Hoysala dynasty.

The Vithoba Temple, Pandharpur, officially known as Shri Vitthal-Rukmini Mandir. There is also a small temple of Shri. Vitthal-Rukmini, which is as old as the main Vitthal-Rukmini Mandir, in Isbavi area of Pandharpur known as Wakhari Va Korti Devalayas and also known as Visava mandir, the Hindu temples in Pandharpur in the Indian state of Maharashtra.

 

Duration Of Stay:
Min: 4 hrs. enough to visit Akkalkot place.
Max: 1 day

Min:2- 4 hrs enough to visit Tuljapur temple
Max : 1day

Min: 2- 4 hrs enough to visit Pandarpur temple
Max: 1 day

Route and time taken to reach Akkalkot:
It takes 4.5 -5 hrs to reach from Akkalkot from Pune.

How to reach Akkalkot
From Pune

Drive up to Hadapsar

Take Solapur highway
Reach Solapur.
From Solapur, take road to Akkalkot.

Map:




Spots to visit:
-Tuljapur Temple
-Akkalkot Temple
-Pandarpur Temple
-Siddheshar temple (solapur)

Last month I got an opportunity to plan a trip to 3 of the well-known pilgrimage places in Maharashtra.
We planned our trip from Pune. To make it easy and less hectic we started the journey on Thursday around 5 PM. I normally travel to Tuljapur on weekends but since last few years I have seen that there is huge crowd to any tourist place, so this time planned it for week days.

How was the plan:
Pune- Start on Thursday 5 PM
Akkalkot – Reach akkalkot via Pune Solapur highway. It takes around 3.5 – 4 hrs to reach Solapur and from there it takes 45 minutes to reach Akkalkot(Stay)
Tuljapur – Reach Tuljapur via Nuldurge road.
Solapur – Reach Solapur via Tuljapur Solapur road.
Bale – 5 kms from Solapur
Pandarpur – via Mohal
Pune – Via Phaltan

Toll till solapur on Solapur highway:

5 tolls – 290/-




Dubai Trip 2017




Dubai

Dubai is the largest and most populous city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). It is located on the southeast coast of the Persian Gulf and is the capital of the Emirate of Dubai, one of the seven emirates that make up the country. Abu Dhabi and Dubai are the only two emirates to have veto power over critical matters of national importance in the country’s Federal Supreme Council.The city of Dubai is located on the emirate’s northern coastline and heads the Dubai-Sharjah-Ajman metropolitan area.Dubai emerged as a global city and business hub of the Middle East.

Recommended Min and Max stay:

I would say you need minimum 4 days and maximum 7 days as there are plenty of options to see. It all depends how you want to plan things.

Route and Time taken to Travel:

There is 1 mode of transport:

By Air: Pune to Dubai or Mumbai to Dubai

Best Places we Visited in and around Dubai:

  1. Dubai City
  2. Desert Safari
  3. Dolphinarium Show
  4. Dubai Mall
  5. Burj Khalifa
  6. Abu dhabi city Tour
  7. Bollywood and Motion gate theme park





Details of Dubai Trip:

Day 1 – Dubai city tour and Desert safari:

Day 2 – Dolphin show Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa Tower:

Day 3 – Abu Dhabi city tour:

Day 4 – Bollywood and motion gate Theme park:

Day 5 – Dubai Museum and leisure time:

 

Dubai Trip Hotel details:

Raviz center point : (http://www.ravizhotels.com/)

 

Approximate Cost of  trip from Pune:

68500/- per person (including flight)



Our Memorable Family Trip to Kerala 2016 | Plan Your Trip to Kerala




If you are planning a Trip to Kerala, I suggest you to go through details below. This is written after my memorable trip to Paradise on earth Kerala and truly Gods own country. This article will definitely help you in deciding/Planning your trip. We enjoyed 6N/7D at kerala and i have included all the details:

Kerala:

Kerala is known as Gods own country. Every where you will see greenery. Kerala is all about nature and natural beauty. Kerala is one of the best tourist destinations of India, with backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic tourism and tropical greenery as its major attractions. People in Kerala speaks Malayalam and English.Kerala is situated on the southwestern coast of India, a country in South Asia. This tropical paradise enjoys a unique topography with Arabian sea, a part of the Indian Ocean on the west and the Western Ghats on the east.

Distance:

The distance of Kerala from Pune is 1123 Km.

Recommended Min and Max stay:

I would say you need minimum 4 days and maximum 8- 10 days as there are plenty of options to see. It all depends how you want to plan things.

Route and Time taken to Travel:

There are 3 mode of transport:

By Air: Pune to Cochin or Pune to Trivandrum
By Train : Pune to Ernakulam(Cochin)
By Car/Bus

Best Places we Visited in Kerala:

  1. Cochin
  2. Athirappilly
  3. Munnar
  4. Thekkedey
  5. Kumarakom
  6. Alleppey

Details of Kerala Trip:

Day 1 – Cochin:

We started from Pune around 9 AM and and reached Pune Airport. Flight was scheduled at 11.00 AM. Flight was on-time and we reached  Cochin Airport by 2 PM. Our cab was ready outside airport and so did not had to wait there.

We had a lunch/snacks in one restaurant on the way.Cab  Driver (Jayesh) was very friendly and could speak English and understand hindi which was plus. There are lot of places to visit in Cochin but we visited below places:

  • Museum/Art Gallery (Private) Entry Fee 100/- per head.
  • Dutch Palace (Open till 4:30 PM)
  • Chinese fishing nets
  • St Francis Church
  • Cochin backwater

Stay in Hotel near Ernakulam railway station.

Day 2 – Athirappilly:

Got ready by 8 AM and had nice south Indian Breakfast. Had a walk around for a while and then checked out from Hotel. We started from Cochin around 9: 30 AM towards Athirappilly . Cochin to Athirappilly  is around 80 Km and takes around 2.5 hrs.

Athirappilly is South India’s most beautiful waterfall with amazing natural beauty. It’s famous for the ever green forest covered with and a rocky upper part in the river for bathing and other activities. Athirappilly is the most favorite song shooting location for Bollywood and other south Indian movies.

First we visited the charpa waterfall. We need to buy tickets to get in. There is entry gate and you need to walk around a KM to reach to waterfall. Bit difficult for senior citizens as we need to walk done as well. As it was holiday week, there was lot of crowd and so long queues every where and had parking issues.  From there other water fall -Vazhachal falls is 6-7 km’s away.

We had light  lunch around 3: 45 PM and checked -in to hotel around 4: 30 PM.




Day 3 – Munnar:

Today after nice breakfast we checked out from hotel and started towards Munnar, the most praised paradise like hill station of Kerala.

Munnar is approximately 150 KM from Athirappilly and takes around 4 hrs to reach Munnar. Its lays like a typical green painting with thousands of acres tea plantations hugged by the mist of Western Ghats & Cool foggy climate throughout the year makes Munnar is really a heaven of Kerala.

On the way you can enjoyed the view of Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls. No ticket here and they are on the road side. No walk needed.

Then we stopped at Wooden Art gallery and Spice Garden. Both were private and you can buy as you like. For explaining spice plant information they charge around 100/- per person. We reached Munnar around 1 PM.

After reaching Munnar, there are multiple options available like Jeep Safari, Adventure Park and site seeings. We decided to spend time in Adventure park. Ticket was 600/- per person and there were different activites to enjoy like Rope way, monkey jumping, Slope climbing, Bicycle, Scooter Mirror house, Horror House, 3 -D show , Climbing on Tree etc.

Munnar is also famous for home made chocolates and they cost you around 1200/- per KG.

In the evening we went to Kerala Martial Arts show from 6 – 7 PM. They charge 200/- Per person.

From there we went to Hotel and stayed overnight.

Day 4 – Munnar:

Today after breakfast, we started towards Eravikulam National park; where the endangering NilgiriTahr is conserved. There was huge queue there for ticket as well as Buses that takes you to national park due to holiday week. While going we had a photo session in tea plantation.

We reached there around 10:30 AM and came back around 3 Pm.

After that we went to see Mattupetty Dam; a beautiful place to visit. You can also go to Kundala Lake- a natural lake with recreational facilities like boating and having excellent view of Western Ghats as well as the ever green forest surrounded with.  Also visit Eco point and tea plantations.

After seeing Dam we had refreshing snacks and started back . While going we visited the rose Garden on the way. We heard about strike next day and so decided to go back to Hotel so that we can leave early next day.

Day 5 – Thekkedy:

We started early around 2: 30 AM towards Thekkady. Thekkedy is around 120 KM and takes around 3.5 hours to reach. We checked-in to Hotel around 6 AM and took rest for couple of hours. Then we got ready, had nice breakfast and went for Elephant ride. It was nice 20 mins ride.

We also bought Musical fountain ticket for evening show. 150/- Per person

In the afternnoon we went for boat ride in the Periyar River flowing through the Tiger Reserve which will bring rare opportunities to watch wild animals roaming in their natural habitat very closely. You can very often find Wild elephant, Bison, Deer, different types water birds etc.

Day 6- Kumarakon:

After breakfast we started towards Kumarakon. On the way we stopped at Tea factory. It was good experience to learn tea processing.

Kumarakom bird Sanctuary is the major attraction nearby for the nature lovers as its located on the shore of main lake with several water birds and migrating birds. We reached there around 2 PM. We need to walk through the sanctuary for 1 Km and come back.

While walking we saw Birds, tortoise, snake and Monitor Lizards. Later we went back to resort and leisure time.

Day 7 Alleppey House boat:

We started early around 6:30 AM towards Alleppey to board the world known Traditional Style Kerala Houseboat. It was memorable backwater cruise through the beautiful lagoons for 2.5 hrs. From there we started towards Cochin airport and reached around 1:30 PM.

From Cochin we had flight at 3:25 and reached Pune around 6:30 PM.

Some tips for your journey/Suggestions for Kerala Trip:

Kerala Trip Hotel details:

  1. COCHIN – CASTLE ROCK (http://www.castlerockhotels.in/)
  2. ATHIRAPPILLY – AYUR SOUKYAM (http://ayursoukhyam.com/)
  3. MUNNAR -GREAT ESCAPES (http://www.germunnar.com/)
  4. THEKKADY -GRAND THEKKADY (http://www.grandthekkady.in/)
  5. KUMARAKOM -KERALA PALACE (http://www.somakeralapalace.com/)

Approximate Cost of Kerala trip from Pune:

  • Stay and cab cost: 30 k to 40 K ( 2 people + kid on sharing basis).
  • Plane ticket: 3K to 5 K per person (one Way)
  • Entry tickets: 1.5 K per Person
  • Other : 2K

 

!!!Happy Journey!!!




Kerala Tourism | All about Kerala | Best of Kerala




Kerala:

Kerala is known as Gods own country. Every where you will see greenery. Kerala is all about nature and natural beauty.
Kerala is one of the best tourist destinations of India, with backwaters, beaches, Ayurvedic tourism and tropical greenery as its major attractions. People in Kerala speaks Malayalam and English.
Kerala is situated on the southwestern coast of India, a country in South Asia. This tropical paradise enjoys a unique topography with Arabian sea, a part of the Indian Ocean on the west and the Western Ghats on the east.

Major highlights of Kerala tourism:
-In 2012, National Geographic’s Traveler magazine named Kerala as one of the “ten paradises of the world” and “50 must see destinations of a lifetime”.
-In 2012, it overtook the Taj Mahal to be the number one travel destination in Google’s search trends for India.
-Kerala’s beaches, backwaters, lakes, mountain ranges, waterfalls, ancient ports, palaces, religious institutions and wildlife sanctuaries are major attractions for both domestic and international
tourists.
-The city of Kochi ranks first in the total number of international and domestic tourists in Kerala.
-Kerala not known until early 1980’s and in 1986 the government of Kerala declared tourism an important industry and it was the first state in India to do so.
-Asia’s largest, and the world’s third-largest, Naval Academy-Ezhimala Naval Academy-at Kannur is in Kerala.
-Idukki arch dam, the world’s second arch dam, and Asia’s first, is in Kerala.

Popular hill stations:
Popular hill stations are at Munnar, Wayanad, Wagamon, Peermade, Paithalmala, Nelliampathi and Ponmudi.

Wildlife sanctuaries and two national parks
Kerala’s ecotourism destinations include 12 wildlife sanctuaries and two national parks: Periyar Tiger Reserve, Parambikulam Wildlife Sanctuary, Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Thattekad Bird Sanctuary, Wayanad Wildlife Sanctuary, Muthanga Wildlife Sanctuary, Aralam Wildlife Sanctuary, Eravikulam National Park, and Silent Valley National Park are the most popular among them.




Kerala backwaters
The Kerala backwaters are an extensive network of interlocking rivers (41 west-flowing rivers), lakes, and canals that centre around Alleppey, Kumarakom and Punnamada (where the annual Nehru Trophy Boat Race is held in August), Kollam, Ashtamudi, Chithari, Payyanur, Valiyaparamba

Beaches:
Kochi beaches, Kovalam beaches, Kasaragod, Kappil Beach, Kannur beach, Kolavi Palam beach, Kollam beach, Ernakulam beach, thrissur beach, Thiruvananthapuram beaches, Malappuram beach and varkala Beach are few of popular beaches in Kerala.

Waterfalls:

Below are list of waterfalls in Kerala:

Keezharkuth waterfalls, Idukki
Madammakkulam waterfalls, Idukki
Chethalayam Falls, Wayanad
Dhoni in Palakkad
Kalakkayam waterfalls at Thiruvananthapuram
Kanthanpara Waterfalls, Wayanad
Adyanpara Waterfalls, Malappuram
Aruvikkuzhi Waterfalls, Kottayam
Aruvikuzhy Waterfalls, Pathanamthitta
Athirappalli and Vazhachal Waterfalls, Thrissur
Attukad waterfalls, Munnar
Cheeyappara and Valara waterfalls, Idukki

Heritage places:
Padmanabhapuram Palace and the Mattancherry Palace are two notable heritage places in Kerala

Airports in Kerala:
Thiruvananthapuram International Airport
Cochin International Airport (CIAL), Nedumbassery
Calicut International Airport, Karipur




Nature Trails | Durshet – Nature Trails | Review of Durshet Nature Trails





Durshet – Nature Trails

Nature Trails is one the best outing spots for corporates or group of individuals. It is placed against beautiful Sahyadri range. They have developed the place quite well from last 2 – 3 years.  This place is near to adlabs imagica, which is very well know to most of us by know. This place is know by different names like Durshet Forest Lodge or Durshet – Nature Trails. The Natural Waterfall that appears in the monsoons is one of the best thing to enjoy.

They also provide A/C and Non A/c accomodation. They have 16 Premium A/c Rooms 11 Non A/c Rooms. 4 Bunk houses and 8 Tents accommodation. It is ideal for day picnics, corporate outdoor training programs of longer duration and for families over the weekends.

Distance of Nature Trails from Pune/Mumbai:
Durshet Nature trails is around 100 km from Mumbai and less then that from Pune. It is around 10km ahead of adlabs imagica on Pali road.

For adlabs image refer Trip to Adlabs Imagica in 2015.

For Aqua Magic refer Wonderfull day at Adlabs Aquamagic

For Imagica Snow world refer Imagica Snow Park

Map:

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Nature Trails Address
Village Durshet, Khopoli Pali Road, Taluka Khalapur, District Raigadh, Maharashtra

Other sight seeing options:
Pali Ashtavinayak Ganpati (Around 20 km)
Mahad Ganpati
Adlabs imagica
Aqua Magic
Unhere Kund near Pali




Activities at Nature Trails
Rappelling,
Zipline,
Burma Bridge,
Tarzan Swing,
Laddering,
Wall Climbing (Only in Winter/Summer)
Kayaking ( only in monsoon),
Night walks in the forest,
Barbecues and campfires.

Swimming pool

Note: we had top 4 activities included in package and we enjoyed them a lot.

Details:

We started from Pune around 6:45 AM and reached there around 10: 20 am. Our total group was around 75 people. Had breakfast there. We requested for changing rooms 1 for ladies and another for gents. Changed clothes and got ready. Then we have to walk to other side to start the activities.

Activities starts with Tarzan Swing then we had Burma Bridge. After that Zipline and finally Rappelling. After that we enjoyed lot under waterfall and had photo session. All the activities completed by 3:30 PM. Then we had lunch. Even after lunch we enjoyed in swimming pool till 4:30 PM.

Then they provide evening snacks. Tea/Coffee and bhel or something.

Review of Durshet Nature Trails:
-Ideal place for day picnics for corporates/families
-Climate/Nature is awesome there.
-Do carry extra pair of clothes/shoes. They provided couple of rooms for changing on request.
-Heavy rain in monsoon season, so plan accordingly.
-We did not stay however accommodation looked good.
– Breakfast and lunch was good. Had multiple options like idli, wada, sandwich, shira, egg omlett and bananas.
-Confirm which all activities are included in you package.




Jejuri | Jejuri and Morgoan | Trip to Jejuri





Jejuri:

Jejuri temple is dedicated to Khandoba, also known as Mhalsakant or Malhari Martand or Mylaralinga.Khandoba is regarded as the ‘God of Jejuri’ and is held in great reverence by the Dhangars, one of the oldest tribes in India.
Distance from Pune to Jejuri:
Distance from Pune to Jejuri is around 50 km. It is situated on Pune Pandharpur highway.

Duration Of Stay:
Min: 3 to 4 hrs enough to visit this place.
Max: 1 day

Route and time taken to reach Jejuri:
It takes 1 -1.5 hr to reach from Pune.

How to reach jejuri
Take Solapur highway
Drive up to Hadapsar and take right turn to Saswad.
On the way to Saswad, you have to cross Dive ghat.
From Saswad, take road to Jejuri.

Map:

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Spots to visit:
-Jejuri Temple
-Kadepathar Jejuri
-Morgoan Temple (20 km)



Details:
Jejuri is very well known for Lord Khandoba. It is situated around 50 km from Pune on Pune Pandharpur highway.
Khandoba temple is situated at the top of the hill. The best season to go there is the winter. There are stairs to reach there from the bottom of the hill. The temple is almost covered in yellow colour because of turmeric. Temple is surrounded by wall which have windows from which you could see beautiful scenary from all sides.This is must visit place if you are thinking of visiting the temples around Pune. Everyone circles the temple, waits patiently in line for their turn. And during all of that, hundreds of pounds of turmeric is flung in the air all around you
while everyone shouts, “Yelkot, Yelkot, Jai Malhaar.”

Morgoan Temple:

Shri Mayureshwar ,Morgaon is associated with Sant Shri Moraya Gosavi. It is mentioned the temple is dated sometime in 17th century. The presence of a Nandi(bull, vahana of Shri Mahadev) is noteworthy here. Not too far from Jejuri (20 KMs), so once can visit both places in a day.

Check this link Morgoan Temple

Thinks to Remember:
– Try to wear normal clothes while visiting as there are chances of your clothes getting harmed by turmeric powder.
– You will need to stand 1-2 hours in the queue. VIP passes for 50 rs. are also available.




Trip to Buleshwar Temple Pune




At Buleshwar there is mahadev temple and is one of the best anciest temple around Pune.The carving on the walls and the structures here are very inspiring. Bhuleshwar temple is a wonderful place for a weekend outing during monsoons or in winters.
It is situated on top of hill and road going there is steep. You need to cross ghat to reach there. After crossing ghat you will see a road to right after few kilometers.
Make sure your vehicle condition is good and have experienced driver.

In shravan month, people do visit this place and you will see small shops for pooja material and pedas. If you are lucky, u can get prasad as well.
You can also plan meal outing there. Bring tiffin from home and can have lunch in Buleshwar vanrai.

Distance from Pune to Buleshwar Temple:
The distance of Pune to Buleshwar Temple is around 60Km. Pune to yavat is 50 KM and from there 10 KM to right. It is on Pune solapur highway. Just 2 Km before Yavat there is right turn for Buleshwar temple. From highway it is 10 Km inside. Keep looking for Buleshwar mandir sign before Yavat.

Buleshwar temple Map:

BuleshwarTemple




Duration:
Bhuleshwar is a nice option for a short half day trip out of Pune.

History of Buleshwar Temple:
Temple was built during the period of 1230 AD during Yadava Rulers. The fort on which the temple is situated is called as Mangalgad. Black basalt rock was brought to construct this temple which is different as compared to surrounding brownish color basalt which has high percentage of calcium.The fort was constructed in 1629 by Murar Jagdev who, in 1630, looted Pune. He then built the fort to keep a watch on the city

Other Option:
Theur Ganpati on Pune Solapur highway.

Things to remember:
To avoid traffic and to reach temples on time, it is better to start your journey early in the morning.
Crowded on shravan sundays and mondays and Mahashivratri.
Bring tiffen from home and can have lunch in Buneshwar vanrai.
As road to temple is small and stiff, make sure person driving has good experience.




Ashtavinayak darshan from pune




Ashtavinayak means 8 ganpatis and they are located in Maharshtra near Pune region. All the eight ganpati idols are believed to be swayambhu i.e., self originated. Each temple has its own history.

Ashtavinayak darshan from pune total distance:
The total Ashtavinayak tour distance from Pune comes to around 650 – 700 KM.If you plan to visit temples in their religious sequence then distance will be more.It is believed to be for completion of Ashtavinayak Yatra visit the first ganpati after visiting all the eight ganpati’s again, to complete the yatra.

Ashtavinayak yatra by Religious sequence:
Day One: Start from Pune
1. The Moreshwar Temple, Moregaon
2. The Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek
3. The Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali
4. The Varadavinayak Temple, Mahad
487 KM

Map    1:

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Day Two
5. The Chintamani Temple, Theur
6. The Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyandri
7. The Vighnahar Temple, Ozar
8. The Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon

250 km
Again visit 1.The Moreshwar Temple, Moregaon to complete your Ashtavinayak Yatra.
370 KM

Map 2:

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Ashtavinayak yatra Shortest route from Pune:
Day One: Start from Pune
1. The Moreshwar Temple, Moregaon
2. The Siddhivinayak Temple, Siddhatek
3. The Mahaganapati Temple, Ranjangaon
4. The Chintamani Temple, Theur
You can come back to Pune
255 km

Map 3:

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Day Two
5. The Vighnahar Temple, Ozar
6. The Girijatmaj Temple, Lenyandri
7. The Ballaleshwar Temple, Pali
8. The Varadavinayak Temple, Mahad
Back to Pune
325 KM

Map 4:

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List of Ashtavinayak Ganpati and there names:
Morgaon – Moreshwar,
Ranjangaon – Mahaganpati
Theur – Chintamani
Lenyadri – Girijatmak
Ojhar – Vighneshwar
Siddhatek – Siddhivinayak
Pali – Ballaleshwar
Mahad – Varad Vinayak

Things to remember:
Some Temple trust provides lunch from 12 noon to 2 noon at nominal cost.
You can stay near temple at Bhakta Nivas at nominal cost. Best Bhakta Nivas is at Ozar. It is besides river and has great view.
Girijatmaj temple, lenydri is administered by central government which closes at 6.30 in evening. Varadavinayak temple at Mahad is always open. Other temples close at 10 pm.
Girijatmaj temple, lenydri is in the mountains. It has 350 steps. It takes more than an hour to climb and get down. (total 1 hour 15 minutes).
To avoid traffic and to reach temples on time. It is better to start your journey early in the morning.




Kanifnath temple near Pune




Kanifnath temple near Pune
Kanifnath is one the nine naths of Navnath Sampradaya. He is known as Hindu saint and great Mahayogi. He believed in god Dattaterya. This temple is dedicated to him and is believed that he did tapascharya here.

How to reach Kanifnath temple
There are couple of ways to reach this temple
1. Bopdev Ghat via Saswad Katraj by pass road
2. Hadapsar Sawad road(For Trekkers)

First option is good for people who want to reach to temple directly by Bike or Car.
Second option is good for trekking.This is one of the best trekking spot near Pune to go with family or friends.

Bopdev Ghat via Saswad Katraj by pass road
From Pune reach khadi machine chowk on katraj saswad by pass road. If your are coming from katraj side you need to take right and from hadapasr side take left.

You can ask for bopdev ghat. Once you cross bhopdev ghat you will see big board on left for kanifnath temple which reaches to top of the temple.

kanifnath temple




Hadapsar Saswad road(For Trekkers)
For this you need to reach hadapsar saswad road. Move towards saswad. Just before devya ghat there is road on the right side to reach the kanifnath temple base. That road is just before the bhel chai shops on the highway.

You can ask for kanifnath road there. Road is in poor condition. There is parking space at the base of mountain.

kanifnath temple

How much time it takes to reach Kanifnath temple:
It takes around 25 mins from Hadapsar to reach the base of kanifnath mountain.
It is one of best half day picnic spot near pune.
It takes around 30 mins via bopdev ghat from kadhi machine chowk.

There is parking space for cars and bike at the base of mountain. From there it takes around 45 mins to 1 hour to
reach the temple.

Details of Temple and area:
Kanifanth temple is very unique temple where there is small entrance for only men to enter. They have to crawl to get in. Women are not allowed inside. Men have to remove shirt(topless) and leather material if any. Temple is good and clean.

There are small shops for nasta famous for matki bhel.




Ajinkyatara Fort





Ajinkyatara:

Ajinkyatara is a fort near Satara in the Sahayadri Mountains of Maharashtra, India. It is a 16th Century fort. This fort has historical importance.
The fort is located at Ajinkyatara Mountain, which is 3,300 feet high. As the fort is in the higher altitude, visitors can enjoy a magnificent view of the entire Satara city.

In 1708, Shahu Maharaj won Ajinkyatara, which remained with the Marathas till 1818. The Ajinkyatara fort is a major historic place of Maharashtra, and was very vital as one could keep watch over the entire South Maharashtra.

This was the place where Tarabai was imprisoned by Shahu.

Map:

AjinkyatataFort

Route:
1. One can reach to this fort by going Rajwada -> Adalatwada -> main gate of the fort
2. Godoli – opposite to Sai baba temple -> ask for road to fort.

Points to see:
There are 2 entrances for Fort.
Temples – Mangalai, Hanuman and Shiva
Tararani Palace
Lake
Beautiful view of Satara City, Sanjjangad and Parali area