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Trekking Places near Pune - Lohagad Fort

Lohagad is at a distance of 11 km from Lonavala, 66 km from Pune and 114 km from Mumbai.
It is the most visited and popular heritage site at an altitude of 1050 m which separates Indrayani basin from the Pavana basin. Shivaji captured the fort in 1648 with briefly surrendering it to Mughals in 1665 AD and re-captured in 1670. He used this fort for keeping his treasury. Recently Government of India, declared Lohagad fort as a protected monument.
The fort has been designed in the shape of a tail of a scorpion. We can reach from any of the 4 entrances namely- Maha Darwaja, Ganesh Darwaja, Hanuman Darwaja and Narayan Darwaja. There was also a small cave at the 3rd gate which was previously used for storing food material.
Lohagad Fort is an ideal trekking destination for the trekkers from Pune and Mumbai because of its accessibility, beautiful green surroundings and ease of trek. It is mostly visited during rainy season. Malavli is the base of the trek, which is 7 km from Lohagad and it can…

Trekking Places near Pune - Rajmachi

Rajmachi is at a distance of 15 km from Lonavala and Khandala, 82 km from Mumbai and Pune.
Rajmachi is an ancient fort located in Karjat region, surrounded by beautiful landscapes, built by Shivaji Maharaj during 17th century and now one of the favorite trekking destinations among the adventure seekers, at an altitude of 2710 feet.
It is a historic and strategic fort to control the trade route. Fort consists of huge ramparts, strong walls, massive gateways, water reservoirs, administrative centers, secret gates for exit.
Kal Bhairav temple is situated in the gorge between the two castles, Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts. Kondhane caves are also situated in the western side of Rajmachi.
In the rainy season, this place looks more beautiful with several waterfalls, streams and green forests. There are two ways for trekking, one from Lonavala which is almost 15 km flat walk and the other one is from Karjat, a gradual climb of 5 km. For the beginners, Lonavala is better for trekking as it is …

Places to visit in Pune - Dagdusheth Ganpati Temple

Shreemant Dagdusheth Halwai Dagdusheth Shrivastav was a trader and a sweet maker who came from Ausa, Maharashtra and permanently settled in Pune. He became a rich business man and a famous sweet seller and got his surname as Halwai. He adopted Govindseth as his son, who later replaced 1st Idol of Ganpati with a new idol. Govindseth’s son replaced 2nd idol with the 3rd one which we can see currently in the temple. This idol was known as Navasacha Ganpati.
The temple is situated in the center of city and the local market is also nearby. It is beautifully constructed with a rich history of 100 years. Jay and Vijay, the two sentials made of marbles catch the eye of all the devotees who come to visit temple. The Idol, made of 40 kg of Gold, in the temple is 2.2 meters tall and 1 meter wide. At the time of Ganpati festival, the lighting and decoration of the temple is one of the eye-catching pieces of art.
Cultural activities and the maintenance of the temple is looked after by the Dagdushet…

Places to visit in Pune - Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada was built in the historic City of Maratha Kingdom in 1732. It was under Peshwas of Maratha empire till 1818. It was a historic structure for military defenses to protect the city against any attack.
As per the design, Shaniwar Wada was a seven storied building in which all the floors were planned to be constructed of stones, but because of construction complications only first floor was built of stones while the rest of six floors were of bricks. After 90 years of completion, when it was attacked by British Artillery, only six floors which were made of bricks collapsed, while the base made of stone remained, which can also be seen today in Pune.
Shaniwar Wada has 5 Gates- Dilli Darwaza: This was a main gate, north facing towards Delhi.Mastani Darwaza: It is also a north facing gate, used by Bajirao-I’s wife Mastani for travelling out of palace.Khidki Darwaza: It was an east facing gate named after an armoured windows.Ganesh Darwaza: It was a south-west facing gate, named a…