3 DAY TRIP FROM PUNE | SHIRDI, NASHIK & BHANDARDARA

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This trip demands considerable trekking / walking

ITINERARY SUMMARY

Trip Starting Point: Mumbai Central

Mode of Travel: Car (or Cab)

Trip Duration: 3 Days

Ideal Start Time: 6 AM (Day 1), 9 AM (Day 2) & 9 AM (Day 3)

Total Places Visited: 12

DAYS

DAY 1 : TRAVEL TO SHIRDI & SHIRDI SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Pune to Shirdi

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 24 Hours
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 72 km from Shirdi and 44 km from Ahmednagar, Shani Shingnapur or Sonai is a village in Nevasa taluka of Ahmednagar district in Maharashtra. The village is known for its popular temple of Shani Mahadev, the Hindu god associated with the planet (graha) Saturn. This is one of the most popular Shani temples in India and also among the famous pilgrimage places to visit near Pune.

The idol of Lord Shanidev at the Shingnapur temple is swayambhu and the temple is believed to be a jagrut devasthan, meaning that a deity still resides in the temple. The idol is personified in the form of a black stone which is five and a half feet high installed on an open air platform. There is a trishul alongside the stone as well as a Nandi on its south. In front are the small images of Shiva and Hanuman. An east facing multi deity temple was built west of the Shani idol later. The premises also contain a tomb of Saint Udasi Baba and a temple dedicated .....

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Duration of visit: 2-3 Hours
Timings: 4 AM to 11.15 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry, Rs. 100 per Person for Special Darshan

At a distance of 600 m from Shirdi Bus Stand, Sri Shirdi Sai Baba Temple is situated in the center of Shirdi town. It is one of the most famous shrines of pilgrimage in India and also prime place to include in your Shirdi Tour Packages.

The Shirdi temple is dedicated to Sri Sai Baba and he is revered as one of the greatest saints ever seen in India, endowed with unprecedented powers and is worshipped as a incarnations of god. Baba first made his appearance in Shirdi as a youth and remained there until his death in 1918. He transformed the lives of those who met him and continuously is doing so even after his Samadhi for those who pray him for his blessings.

The temple complex of Sri Shirdi Sai Baba is spread in approximately 200 square meters. Samadhi Mandir is the main temple in the complex and is the mausoleum where Baba's mortal remains lay preserved. Samadhi Mandir was constructed .....

Overnight Stay in Shirdi

DAY 2 : TRAVEL TO NASHIK & NASHIK SIGHTSEEING

Travel from Shirdi to Nashik

Pilgrimage

Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM to 7 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 9 km from Nashik Central Bus Station, Muktidham is a marble temple complex located at Deolali Gaon on the suburbs of Nashik. It is one of the popular tourist attractions in the city of Nashik.

Muktidham Temple complex was built by Late Sri JayramBhai Bytco in 1971. An abode of most of the gods and goddesses of the Hindu religion, this splendid shrine displays the replica of all the 12 Jyotirlingas of India. It is believed that a holy darshan of this shrine provides as much virtue as a visit to four holy places, which makes this magnificent shrine a crowded pilgrim center.

It is a magnificent piece of architecture, made with white marble from Makran in Rajasthan. There is a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna in the Muktidham complex. The walls of Krishna temple have paintings depicting scenes from life of Krishna and Mahabharata. These were painted by a noted painter Raghubir Mulgaonkar. Unique to this temple are eighteen chapters of Bhagavad-Gita written on the .....

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Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 24 Hours
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Nashik Central Bus Station, Ramkund is the most important sacred bathing tank in Panchavati area of Nashik City. This is one of the popular Nashik tourist places to visit during Kumbh Mela.

Ram Kund, measuring 27 x 12 sq. m was built by Chitrarao Khatarkar in 1696 AD. According to the legend, this sacred bathing tank on the bank of river Godavari is believed to be the spot where lord Rama had taken his bath during their exile. It is also said that the Lord Rama have performed his father's funeral rites in this Kund and hence Ram Kund is also known as Asthi Vilaya Tirtha (Bone Immersion Tank).

Ram Kund is a holy place for Hindus. Devotees believe that a dip in this tank will fulfill their wishes and also free from their sins. There is a popular belief that salvation to the soul of the dead person is easily achieved by immersing their ashes in the holy waters of this tank. Ashes of prominent personalities like Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira .....

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Duration of visit: 30 Mins
Timings: 6 AM - 12 PM & 5 PM - 8 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2.5 km from Nashik Central Bus Station, Sri Kalaram Temple is an old Hindu shrine situated in the Panchavati area of Nashik city in Maharashtra. It is probably the most important Hindu shrine in Nasik.

The temple is dedicated to Lord Rama, who has been enshrined inside the sanctum sanctorum in the form of a black stone idol. The temple was built by Sardar Rangarao Odhekar in 1790 AD. It was said that Odhekar had a dream that the statue of Rama in black colour was in the Godavari River. Odhekar took the statue from the river and built the temple. The temple formed a pivotal role in the Dalit Movement in India. Dr. Ambedkar led a protest outside the temple on 2nd March 1930, in order to allowing Dalits into the temple.

The architectural design of this temple is similar to the temple of Trimbakeshwar. The temple has been constructed completely out of black stones and four entrance doors, one each facing East, West, South and North. The temple is surrounded by .....

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Duration of visit: 15 Mins
Timings: 6 AM - 9 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2.7 km from Nashik Central Bus Station, Sita Gumpha or Sita Gufaa is situated near Kalaram Temple in Panchavati area of Nashik. It is one of the top pilgrimage places to visit in Nashik.

Sita Gumpha is believed to be the place where Sita worshipped Lord Shiva during their exile. The cave, containing the idols of Lord Ram, Sita and Lakshmana, can be accessible only through the help of a narrow staircase. The ancient Shivlinga still exists in the cave and is visited by large number of devotees every day. Devotees believed to be the place where Ravana, the demon king of Lanka, abducted Sita.

Outside the cave is a large grove of 5 very old Banyan trees, after which the area is named, Panchavati means 'a garden of five banyan trees'. These trees are said to have been there during the exile of Lord Rama. There is a place called Tapovan where Lakshmana, the brother of Rama, cut off the nose of Surpanakha, the sister of Ravana. The entire Aranya Kanda of Ramayana is .....

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 2 km from Someshwar Temple and 9 km from Nashik Central Bus Station, Someshwar Waterfalls is a breathtaking waterfalls situated near Gangapur on the suburbs of Nashik.

Dudhsagar Waterfalls, popularly known as Someshwar Waterfalls, is one of the most favorite hangout places of Nasik. This small and beautiful waterfall is formed over the holy River Godavari. The height of the waterfall is 10 m and the place turns very picturesque during the monsoon as there is a huge water flow and also a lot more greenery around. It is a much loved picnic spot by families and preferred stop by youngsters, to spend a relaxed evening. There is also a Balaji Temple near the waterfall which is a must visit place.

Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM

Overnight Stay in Nashik

DAY 3 : BHANDARDARA SIGHTSEEING & TRAVEL TO PUNE

Travel from Nashik to Bhandardara

Historical & Heritage

Duration of visit: 2 Hours
Timings: 8 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 5 per Person

At a distance of 8 km from Nashik Central Bus Station, Pandavleni Caves or Trirashmi Caves are the ancient rock cut caves situated on Trirashmi Hills to the south of Nashik. The location of the caves is a holy Buddhist site in Maharashtra and also one of the popular places to visit in Nashik.

Pandavleni Caves are a group of 24 caves carved between the 3rd century BC and the 2nd century AD, representing the Hinayana Buddhism and has nothing to do with the characters of Mahabharata (the Pandavas).These caves were built by the rulers of that time like Satavahanas and Kshaharatas for Hinayana Buddhist monks. More ancient name of caves is Trirashmi Caves where the root 'Trirashmi' means 'triple royal'.

Most of the caves are Viharas except for the 18th cave which is a Chaitya. Caves 3, 10, 18 and 20 are the most significant and fascinating caves among the 24 caves which are noted for their magnificent sculptures. Cave 3 has a large Vihara with fascinating sculptures. Cave 10 is also .....

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Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 5 AM - 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 15 km from Nashik Central Bus Station, Sri Dharmachakra Prabhav Tirth is a beautiful Jain Temple situated near Viholi village on Nashik - Mumbai Road. This is one of the top Nashik tourist places and also one of the popular pilgrimage places in Nashik.

Sri Dharmachakra Prabhav Tirth was established under the divine inspiration of Acharya Sri Jag Vallabh Surishwaraji Maharaj Saheb. This recently built temple is popularly called as Jain Mandir. This is a three-storey structure whose architecture is unlike the other Jain temples has completely new and contemporary outlook. The temple is built using the pink sand stones and white marbles which beautifies the feel and the look of the temple.

The three storey temple consists of a Pravachan Hall on ground floor where meditations and sermons take place, Choumukhji on the first floor and Ashtapadji on the third floor. A statue of Sri Mantradhiraj Parshwanath Bhagwan is the main idol (mulnayak) of the temple. The temple .....

Lake & Backwaters

Duration of visit: 1-2 Hours
Timings: 8 AM to 7 PM
Entry Fee: Rs. 200 per Person for 1 Hour

At a distance of 500 m from Bhandardara Bus Stop, Arthur Lake is formed due to the construction of Wilson Dam and is fed by Pravara River. This lake is also known as Lake Arthur Hill or Bhandardara Lake. It is one of the top places to visit in Bhandardara hill station.

The clear and placid lake is bounded by thick forests of the Sahyadri hills. This lake is around 34 km long and the stream features a wonderful waterfall, named Randha Falls that come down from over 45 m height. This lake also holds religious importance, as Agastya Rishi meditated at this place.

Arthur Lake acts as a reservoir for the Bhandardara Dam or Wilson Dam. The construction work of the dam was started in 1910 AD and was completed in 1926 AD by the British. The dam is one of the oldest dams in India at a height of 492 feet and is famous for the nearby Umbrella Falls. When the gates opened, the outflow creates two huge cascades of water creating a spectacular sight. The dam was inaugurated by Lt. Col. .....

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 30 Mins - 1 Hr
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 500 m from Bhandardara Bus Stop, Umbrella Falls is a beautiful seasonal waterfalls situated at the Bhandardara Dam in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. It is one of the top places to visit in Bhandardara and also one of the best waterfalls in Maharashtra.

When the Wilson dam overflows during monsoon, water gushes out from a small opening in its northern end over a semicircular rock, forming the picturesque Umbrella Falls. The water body is also used for hydro­electric power generation. There is a bridge right below the waterfall, tourists can get a full view of the waterfalls standing on the bridge. The waterfalls can be enjoyed only during the monsoon season, when the dam reaches full capacity.

The falls can be easily reached by walk from Bhandardara Bus Station which is around 500 m.

Waterfall

Duration of visit: 1 Hour
Timings: 6 AM to 6 PM
Entry Fee: Free Entry

At a distance of 10 km from Bhandardara Bus Stop, 156 km from Pune & 177 km from Mumbai, Randha Falls is a beautiful waterfall located on the Rajur - Bhandardara road in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra.

The waterfall is formed over Pravara River and cascades down from a height of 170 feet into a beautiful gorge. Considered as one of the prominent waterfalls in India, the jaw-dropping Randha Falls is a must visit place during monsoon and also one of the popular places to visit in Bhandardara. It is the chief source of hydro power in the Bhandardara region. There is a temple on the banks of the river and a viewpoint just above the falls provides a great view of the waterfalls. The rocky sides of the gorge are home to colonies of bees and one can see huge hanging hives under the rocky ledges.

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