Oct 31, 2021

Lavasa is situated between the two metropolises of Mumbai and Pune. Check my old post about visit to Lavasa. This time around we stayed here for two nights, and had wonderful time with friends and family. 

Few of the famous activities to do in Lavasa: 
Morning trek in Lavasa Nature Trail : Entry point is near Ekaant restaurant. 
Lavasa Dam walk & drive : Sunset time
Lakeside Promenade walk : Feel like in Europe
Boating and other Water Sports activities (Timings when open : 10 AM to 6 PM.)
Sightseeing: Visit Temghar Dam And drive to other nearby places
Cycling is the another enjoyable way to explore the beauty of Lavasa.
Lots of people come here for their Pre-wedding shoot and photography. 

We did most of these activities this time. Enjoy some of the photographs during our visit. 


















May 30, 2021

I am writing this post after a long time, and added old pics to showcase one of the best temple in Pune and around. This place is quite frequently visited by nearby people and from across Pune. It has its own charm during Mahashivratri. It is known as 'Wagheshwar Temple' in Wagholi, Pune. I have visited this places quite many times in past. So you should be able to see photos during day, evening, and night times. 

As of now due to local restrictions, simply take a visit through this online post. Please follow all guidelines as set by local authorities and government all the times. Don't forget to wear mask all the times, and go out only if it is very much needed and mandatory. 










This is very special photo taken from roadside, where you can see reflection in the water. The beauty of the image is, it looks upside down also the same. I have moved this image clockwise twice (180 degree). So in this image, It is having upper side under water, which is reflection, and lower side is the real temple. Please watch it closely or download to understand it. :)    


Feb 16, 2020

Gatha temple (Mandir) is situated in a village named Dehu which is around 30 Kms from Pune. It is made up of white marbles and located on the bank of Indrayani river near old temple of the Sant Tukaram Maharaj. The views are simple awesome, specially during rainy (monsoon) season. This temple looks even more beautiful during evening time. I visited the temple with my family while my parents visited us. We all loved this place and will try to visit this place frequently. 




If you are coming from Pune by bus, It will drop you near old temple of the Sant Tukaram Maharaj. One must visit this place, we visited too. From there you can easily get the auto. Even if you coming by your car or any other personal vehicle, simply follow the google maps. There are enough sign boards to guide you to reach this famous temple. Due to its popularity, Many prominent personalities has also visited this place. At back side of the temple at Indrayani river, there are wonderful ghats across the river, don't forget to visit that place. We parked our car near this place, and sat near riverside for more than an hour, and inhale fresh air.




As soon as you enter the outer gate, you will easily figure out the temple, with two giant elephants statues guarding it. Once you reach up after taking few steps, you will see an attractive idol of Sant Tukaram Maharaj, sitting with a Veena in his hand in the middle of the temple. Once we enter the place, we feel full of positive energy. He was a great saint. All his Poti printed on the walls for public to read. This is one of the main attraction, that's why it is called Gatha temple. More than 4000 Abhang (gatha) are scripted on the white marbles walls. There are also paintings of Gods on the walls surrounded by statues, which narrate few mythological and old famous stories. There is also a small garden to sit and relax. Pathik also had a fun and playful day.  




There is also a Bhakt Niwas for pilgrims to stay here. Don't miss the chance to have Mahaprasad, The temple offers Mahaprasad in between 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. We loved it, which was served with immense love. Outside this temple, small shops are available for snacks and other items to eat. We loved the temple environment a lot. I must say that entire temple is very calm, serene and spiritual, where people can relax and meditate. Overall very neat and clean surroundings. Everyone must visit this place, if want a good spiritual experience.

Jan 12, 2020

Shri Moreshwar Ganpati temple (or Shri Mayureshwar Ganpati temple) is a quite big and ancient Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Ganesha. The temple was built in the 14th century, is a treat to visit for Ganesha devotees. This temple is located in Morgaon (Village of Peacocks) about 65 km (2 hrs) from Pune District. The temple is 230 km from Mumbai (4 hrs). The temple is the starting and ending point of Ashtavinayak Yatra/Tour (a pilgrimage of eight famous Ganesha temples). 


I traveled here with my family by car. We saw quite a lot goats and sheep on the way. Pathik loved it.There wasn't much rush while we visited, and got Darshan within 10 minutes. The Ganesh Idol is also very beautiful. It is certainly a very peaceful place, having positive vibes. We loved it and sat here for 1 hour, within temple premise near a tree. There is always a liveliness near the temple areas shops, and people are quite energetic. No one can miss sweet guavas sold outside the temple. There are quite a lot food options nearby. 


Address: Shree Mayureshwar Ganapati Temple, Morgaon, Taluka Baramati, Pune District, Maharashtra 412304

There is also a Bhakta Niwas. 
Mayureshwar Ganapati Temple Bhakta Niwas: Shri Kshetra Morgaon Manager, Shri Mayureshwara Temple, Chinchwad Devasthan Trust Office, P.O. Morgaon, Taluka Baramati, Pune district, Maharashtra, PIN – 412304

Mayureshwar Morgaon Temple Timings: Opens at 5:00 AM and Closes At 10:00 PM [Few days differ] 

Photography: Not Allowed inside main temple and Ganesh Murti areas. 

Vehicle Parking: Good part, There was free car parking space available, when we visited. 

Lord Ganeshji is riding a peacock so he is called Mayureshwar. The temple is easily accessible by climbing few steps and built on a raised platform. The temple is built with black stone with a big surrounded wall & the beauty of the architecture can be seen all over the temple. This temple is situated on the banks of river Karha. The two main attractions are (a) An idol of Nandi (Bull) is situated at the entrance of the temple.  (b) Nagaraj (Cobra) poised over the idol protecting the lord. 



Best time to have a peaceful darshan (visit) is on week-days except Ganesha festival days. The temple tends to attract a lot of crowd during Chaturthi and during the 11 days long Ganesh festival mostly in the month of Sep- Oct. Avoid week ends and holidays.

Morgaon to Other Ashtavinayak Temples by 2-4 Wheeler: 

Morgaon to Lenyadri Ganpati Distance: Approx 3 hrs 30 min (145 km) via Shirur 
Morgaon to Mahad Ganpati Distance: Approx 3 hrs (150 km) 
Morgaon to Ozar Ganpati Distance: Approx 3 hrs 20 min (135 km) via Shirur 
Morgaon to Pali Ganpati Distance: Approx 4 hrs (190 km) 
Morgaon to Ranjangaon Ganpati Distance: Approx 1 hr 30 min (70 km) 
Morgaon to Siddhatek Ganpati Distance: Approx 1 hr 30 min (65 km) 
Morgaon to Theur Ganpati Distance: Approx 1 hr 15 min (62 km) via NH65

Jun 22, 2019

Trimbakeshwar (Trambakeshwar) is an ancient Hindu temple in the town of Trimbak, in the Nashik District of Maharashtra, India. It is 28 KM away from the city of Nashik and 40 KM from Nashik Road. One can easily reach to this place via road from Nashik, Mumbai, Pune and Shirdi. It is advised to visit the place early in the morning as temperature is very high during the midday mostly. After our last day - Sula Vineyard trip, We visited the temple early in the morning as we stayed in Nashik only. We had the car to reach the place. VIP darshan is available at 200 INR though we did not go for it as it wasn't much crowded. Soak yourself in the holiness and purity of the place which washes away all your regrets and sins; and brings wisdom and spirituality.


Trimbakeshwar temple is dedicated to the Lord Shiva and is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas. The origin of the sacred Godavari river is near Trimbak. Plenty of parking is available for private vehicle. The temple is located between three hills namely Brahmagiri, Nilagiri and Kalagiri. When you reach the place you see the ancient and old temple building from far. This is a black stone structure or turned into black shade due to atmospheric effects of Sun and waters. You can carry phones and take pictures inside premise but not inside the sanctum. The Shivalinga is small and located in a garbha griha that is down in a flight of stairs. However, a mirror is placed for easy darshan by devotees. It is not allowed by the priests to touch or go down to bow head. Usually one can stay there just for a few minutes. 


Kusavarta, a kunda (sacred pond) in the temple premises is the source of the Godavari River, the longest river in peninsular India. The current temple was built by Peshwa Balaji Baji Rao (Nanasaheb). Outside the temple premises, you can see plenty of shops and stalls so you can enjoy and even stay nearby as there are a lot of hotels including a few good ones. This place is also famous for doing many poojas to remove different types of doshas. People from India and all across the world visit this place for this purpose. These poojas are performed by Pundits in the temple complex and their homes during day time. 


At Nashik, you can visit other temples like Sita Gufa, Muktidham, a temple of hundreds of Gods. We visited only Muktidham temple and It has really wonderful depicting of lots of Indian Mythologies and Stories in temple premises. En-route to the temple are Coin Museum, Anjneri, Swami Samarth Temple and Gajanan Maharaj temple. Surrounded by hills one can plan to spend a day here visiting nearby places like caves and other temples. 

Maharashtra Jyotirlinga Tour is considered to be a very sacred pilgrimage and thousands of pilgrims travel to these holy places every year to get blessings of lord Shiva. In total, there are twelve Jyotirlingas in India. To cover all five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra, you can start your trip either from Mumbai, Pune or nearby places. These cities are well connected by rail, road and air. It usually take four days to cover all the places. There are five Jyotirlingas in Maharashtra. 

1. Shri Trimbakeshwar Temple, Trimbak near Nashik
2. Shri Grishneshwar Temple, Aurangabad
3. Shri Bhimashankar Temple, Bhimashankar
4. Shri Aundha Nagnath, Hingoli 
5. Shri Vaijnath Temple (Parli Vaijnath), Parli near Beed

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