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Shinde Chatri - Pune

Shinde Chatri - Pune

Nevin Sequeira

Pune Forts:
Pune, the land of forts and the sea forts stand in testimony of the glory of Raja Shivaji till date. Historically speaking Pune was handed over to the Peshwa family, whose Maratha power rose to be a major political force. In 1818, Pune was taken over by the East India Company. Though the capital city of Maharashtra, Mumbai is attracts larger number of tourists, Pune is a popular tourist destination being the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Now, Pune has even gained fame as an important commercial and educational centre as well.

Favourite forts in and around Pune includes:

Ajinkyatara [115km]
Karnala [120 km]
Lohagadh / Visapur [58 km]
Pratapgadh [140 km]
Raigad [134 km]
Rajmachi [80 km]
Sinhagad [26 km]
Torana [36 km]
Chakan [32 km]
Murud / Janjira [215 km]
Purandar [32 km]
Rajgad [26 km]
Shivneri [100 km]
Sudhagad [123 km]
Tung / Tikona [62 km]


Caves near Pune includes:

1. Karla Caves
2. Bhaja Caves
3. Bedsa Caves

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Rajgad

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Rajgad
Rajgad
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About 85 kms from Pune, this fort has great historical relevance, as it was Shivaji's favourite fort. Practically speaking, a two hour bus drive to Wazheghar, Bhutonda or Pali. Any of these options will take you right to the foothills of this legendary fort. Accomplished in a matter of four years, 80 kms from the hill station of Mahabaleshwar, the remains of this fort give a glimpse of the majesty of Shivaji's first mountain capital. For those with the adventurous streak, take the trek through the chor darwaza, otherwise the easier route through Pali which while being a cakewalk more..

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Parvati Temple

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This hill, located in Southern Pune, is visible from many parts of Pune. The temple atop, after a climb, is dedicated to Parvati, Vishnu, Ganesh, Kartikeya and Devadeshwar.
   
It is one of the most popular destinations for walkers and the health conscious (besides the devotees) who make their way as early as 5.00 am as they climb the 108 steps up the hill. It is said that at this spot the Peshwa ruler Balaji Baji Rao watched the British defeat at the Battle of Kirkee.

Located on this hill is a fairly interesting museum that commemorates the Peshwa more..

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Karla Caves

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Karla Caves
Karla Caves
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About 40 km from Pune, these Buddhist caves dating back to 160 BC, have a Chaitya (chapel), the largest in the country and some viharas (dwelling caves).

Karla is the site of some of the best-preserved Buddhist caves and the chaitya cave is perhaps the best-preserved cave of its kind in the subcontinent. Unlike the Ajanta and Ellora caves, the most refreshing feature of Karla is the absence of tourist hordes, since Karla is quite off the tourist beaten track. However, to avoid holidaying locals, don’t visit the caves on the weekends. The Karla caves exist amidst a more..

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Bhaje Caves

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Bhaja Caves
Bhaja Caves
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Bhaje, a famous Buddhist rock cut shrine of 2nd century is situated 6 kms away from Lonavala in Maharastra. You are to climb almost half a km to reach this beautiful scenic spot where Viharas (hostel) and a huge Chaitya hall (worship place) were chiselled for Buddhist monks and devotees in pre Chistian era.

A village of the same name is located at the foothills of this mountain.Although the facade of a grand structure has almost collapsed the Chaitya is still the most remarkable structure over here. The entrance room of the attention drawing Vihara more..

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Bhuleshwar Temple- Malshiras Dist-Pune

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Bhuleshwar Temple
Bhuleshwar Temple
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Just about 50km from Pune. Bhuleshwar is a nice and cool place to visit. Bhuleshwar is famous for the temple of Lord Shiva. The temple is situated on a hill and was built during the era of Pandavas.

Originally , it was a fort called as 'Mangalgadh'. The temple was built in the 13th century. There are beautiful carvings that dominate the walls from the beginning, enhancing its stone structure. Bhuleshwar has historical significance as it is the place where Devi Parvati danced for Lord Shiva and after they went to Kailas and get married. Thus this place more..

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Lohagad

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Lohagad
Lohagad
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Lohagad is 3400 feet high and is very wide spread fort. There are 4 doors to Lohagad from the nearby village -Lohgadwadi. i.e. ‘Ganesh Darwaja’ , ‘Narayan Darwaja’ , ‘Hanuman Darwaja’ and ‘Maha Darwaja’. Some sculptures can also be seen on Maha Darwaja. Lohagad is not so spreaded and can be easily seen in few hours . The famous spot on Lohagad is ‘Vinchu Kata’ - a range of hills that looks like Capricorn.

Amazing view of Pawana Dam is also visible from the back side of Lohagad. The wealth from Surat was brought here under the leadership of Netaji more..

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Vadu and Tulapur

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Tulapur Temple
Tulapur Temple
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Vadu and Tulapur are the places related with Sambhaji - the son of Shivaji Maharaj. Sambhaji was killed in Tulapur and his samadhi was built in Vadu. Thus, both these places are historically very important.

Tulapur is situated on the banks of 3 rivers- Bhima, Bhama and Indrayani. It is famous for the temple of Lord Shiva. In this temple - known as Sangameshwar, Sambhaji was arrested by Aurangzeb and was later killed. Tulapur was originally known as ' Nagargaon'. A small temple here is very beautiful and must see. And next to the temple, the samadhi of Sambhaji Maharaj is more..

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Shivneri Fort

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Shiveneri
Shiveneri
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About 90 kms away from Pune is Shivneri fort where Shivaji Maharaj was born, it was in 1627. The fort is very difficult to climb hence safe from enemies, so Shahaji kept Jijabai in this fort during her pregnancy. Shivaji was named after the name of a goddess 'Devi Shivai'.

Shivaji spent his childhood around this fort. He acquired all the skills and training on this fort which he used while establishing Swaraj. He learnt the early lessons of Swaraj on this fort.

Near to the fort is Nane ghat to give a great view of Konkan Plateau and natural more..

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Shinde Chatri

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Shinde Chatri
Shinde Chatri
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Amongst the architectural prides of Pune, the memorial to the great warrior Mahadji Shinde, the commander-in-chief of the Maratha army, between the years 1760 to 1780 under the mighty Peshwas. The temple adorned with Rajasthani architecture is an imposing edifice situated at Wanowrie.

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Bhimashankar

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Bhimashankar
Bhimashankar
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Bhimashankar in Maharashtra is an ancient shrine, enshrining Bhimashankara one of the 12 Jyotirlingas of Shiva. Bhimashankar is located in the village of Bhavagiri 50 km north west of Khed, near Pune. It is located 110 km away from Pune in the ghat region of the Sahyadri hills. Bhimashankar is also the source of the river Bhima, which flows south east and merges with the Krishna river near Raichur. The other Jyotirlinga shrines in Maharashtra are Tryambakeshwar and Grishneshwar.

This temple is closely associated with the legend of Shiva slaying the demon more..

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Thoseghar Waterfall

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82 feet Ganesh idol
82 feet Ganesh idol
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Monsoon season is always the attraction for the picnic lovers. And now a days people are looking for different spots - especially in the rainy season. Thoseghar is near from Satara and a clam and quite newly developing picnic spot.

Thoseghar is very famous for it's high Waterfalls... These Waterfalls are very attractive and creates a loud noise in the calm nature. These waterfalls are also accompanied by a clean lake, dark woods and highly hilly region.

You can enjoy various small waterfalls here which are about 15-20 meters high and one of around 500 meters more..

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Shaniwar Wada

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Was a huge palace built and occupied by Peshwas. But huge fire during late 1800's destroyed the it with what remains is the only floor. The maintenance has been done to keep it a tourist spot but it doesnt give any clue how big or beautiful it was.

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Bedsa Caves

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Bedsa Caves
Bedsa Caves
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10 miles South of Karle close to the Kamshet Railway Station is this interior village called Bedsa next to which the New Pune Bombay Express highway is being constructed with the cave located on a stiff hill. Though smaller in size the shrine is very attractive. With breath taking scenery one cannot help but appreciate the spot chosen by Buddhist monks. With a huge chaitya and one big vihara, there are also numerous small resting chambers or cells for monks that were chiseled out here.

The ornamentation on the façade is made up of miniature rails and repetition of more..

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Tung Fort

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Tung Fort at Kamshet
Tung Fort at Kamshet
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Tung is also known as 'Kathingad'. As the name suggests, the fort is difficult to climb. Tung is in Mawal region which was truly ruled by Marathas. Tung is one of the difficult forts in Maharashtra. The height of the fort is almost 3500 feet and almost 1200 feet area of the fort is steep ascent. One can reach the fort from Kamshet near Lonavala. 'Phagne Dam' on Pawna river near Kamshet is the place when you can start for trekking. Though the trek is tiresome, still you can enjoy the amazing view of the dam and twin Tung and Tikona. Now a days, there is not much to see on the more..

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Murud / Janjira

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Janjira
Janjira
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Formerly the capital town of the Siddis of Janjira, Murud is today popular for its alluring beach, whispering casurina, coconut and betel palms and an ancient fort. On a hillock to the north is the shrine of Lord Dattatreya, the three heads representing Brahma, Vishnu and Sea Fort - Janjira Maheshwara.

Battered on all four sides by sea waves, its strong walls yet standing intact and 40 feet high even at full tide is the majestic island fortress of the Siddis -- Murud-Janjira. Never conquered by an enemy for over 350 years since its construction by the Ahmednagar rulers more..

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Tikona / Vitangagad

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Tikona is another hill fort in Maval region near Kamshet. The fort is of pyramid shape and hence popularly known as ‘Tikona’ or Triangle. It is also called as ‘Vitangagad’. The fort is almost 3500 feet high but not as difficult to climb like his partner ‘Tung’. One can reach 6 Kms to ‘Tikona Peth’ village from Kale colony - near Kamshet. ‘Tikona Peth’ is the village nearest to fort Tikona. Though Tikona is not very difficult, but its ‘Bale killa’ is a difficult job. The trekking is tiresome. There are few monuments on the fort to see like the big doors, more..

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Chavand

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Chavand:This is one of the 4 forts which guards Naneghat. The whole range that has been guarding the ancient commercial route of Naneghat for thousands of years includes the forts of Jeevdhan, Hadsar, and Mahishgad & Chavand. These belong to the Satvaahan era. And Chavand being one of them is a very significant one. Situated at a height of 3000ft from sea level, the fort houses many a remnant of constructions that take us about 800 years back into the time. The fort is in Pune district, at a distance of 20 km from the city of Junnar. The region at the foothills of the fort more..

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