Pune is a pilgrimage destination, which is also famous for historic and cultural attractions. Pune is filled with ancient and modern temples. top three Temples Closer to Pune can be covered within a day or two.
If you are looking for more temples, try the areas surrounding Pune. Here are the top three temples to cover, which are closer to Pune.
This temple is located 22 km away from Pune. It would take around one hour to reach from Pune by car or other road transportation. Alandi is the final resting place of Marathi saint, Saint Danyaneshar. This 13th century town is located on the banks of Indrayani River. You can find temples at each corner of this town. People visit the riverbanks to take a religious dip, visit the temple and then move to the market regions for shopping. Top destinations to cover in Alandi are VitthalaRakhmai temple, Dnyaneshwar Samadhi complex and others.
Jyotirlinga of Bhimashankar
This destination is located round 110 km away from Pune. It would take around 3 hours to reach Bhimashakar from Pune. This destination is famous for holding Jyotirlinga. Jyotirlinga is one of the 12 shivalingas, whichare considered as very sacred deities. The temple with Jyotirlinga dates back to 13th century and is built in Nagara style. Interesting part of the temple is the Buddhist carvings found closer to the temple.
This destination is located 213 km away from Pune. It would take four hours to reach the destination from Pune, via road. Located on the banks of River Bhima, which originates from Bhimashankar, this destination is very famous for Pandharpur city. This city holds VitthalRukmani temple, which is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and his consort Rukmani. This is the most visited temple of the state. The best time to visit the temple is during the Pandharpuryatra. Remember that the region will be very crowded during religious celebrations.
If you are taking an India tour for covering pilgrimage sites, Pune should be an important part of your itinerary. Apart from these, you can find numerous other temples around Pune like
a) Mahalakshmi temple of Kolhapur – 235 km away from Pune
b) Trimbakeshwara temple near Nashik – 240 km away from Pune
c) Bhuleshwar temple – 45 km away from Pune (on the Pune Solapur highway)
If you are planning to visit Pune, you should know some simple tips. I have gathered these tips from my several trips to Pune and other India tour packages covering regions around Pune in the last decade.
a) Pune is not just about temples. You can find forts, caves, palaces and much more.
b) Most importantly, because of its proximity to Mumbai, the place has a whooping nightlife. You can find numerous pubs, party spots and much more to enjoy a vibrant night.
c) Do not miss the Bhimashankar wildlife sanctuary for trekking, horse riding, paragliding, birdwatching and others.
d) There are numerous heritage hotels, budget rooms and all kinds of accommodations in Pune. If you are looking for a lively time, choose accommodations, which are closer to the city center. The place is always jammed with traffic. If you are closer to city center, you can reach your destinations, a little earlier and easier.
e) While at Pune, try their traditional dishes like bhakripitla, soonthpanak, coconut potali, puranpoli, chakli and others. You should try the milkshake of the land, mastani.