Hadshi- Pandurang Kshetra is made by Shri Satya Sai baba in 2009. This temple is spread on 300 acres of land. It is a very beautiful place surrounded by mountains & greenary. Many Punekar & Mumbaikar visit this place during Mansoon season. This temple open from Morning 7am to Late night 8pm daily.
To reach Hadshi there are two routes one is from Chandani Chouk to Pirangut to Paud to Hadshi & other is from old pune-mumbai road, you have to come to pavana dam road then near pawana dam take a left turn to reach Hadshi. Hadshi is total 47km from Pune.
Small canteen facility is available at temple, but if you have food with you then you can enjoy your food in green lawn infront of the temple. Lawn is spread over 4 acres of land. Very beautiful landscaping is done. This temple is made for Lord Vitthal, Rukmini and shree Ganesh. There is a Meditation hall below temple. Do visit to this hall. Mr. Jadhav is the Land owner of this area & he made this Mandir according to Shri Satya Sai baba.
As per yesterdays discussion, Our one days picnic route is pune to pirangut-paud-hadshi-pavna dam-prati pandharpur-lonavala-pune.
Round the trip total distance covered is 145km.
Prati Pandharpur temple of Vitthal, Rukmini is at Dudhiware Khind near Pavana dam. It is the replica of Very famous temple at Pandharpur in Maharashtra India. In mansoon season lot of peoples visited this places.
Nearby tourist attractions are :
1. Mulshi Dam
2. Pavana Dam
3. Tikona Fort
4. Lohgad Fort
5. Hadshi temple
7. Chinmay Vibhuti Aashram
To reach this place you have to come to Pavana dam. Then all road upto the prati pandharpur temple is passing very nearer to the pavana dam water. Lohgad fort is on the way. Total distance from pavana dam to this temple is 7.5km.
You can take Mahaprasad at the temple in between 12 to 2pm. Very good for the taste. I havn't forgetted the taste of it. Also there is facility to stay at Bhakta Niwas. So that you can stay at this place.
Karla Caves & Ekveera Devi temple are at a one place on hill side near Lonavala at Karli Village. It is about 60 km from pune & just before 5km from Lonavala, at right hand side there is a big board/ kaman Showing Ekveera Devi temple road direction. After reaching the place yoy have two options 1. You can park your vehicle at the bottom of the hill or 2. you can drive upto mid level of the hill. Best option is to walk from bottom. There are about 500 step to reach the karla caves from middle parking position & it takes 20-30 minutes to reach on the top.
These caves are the oldest caves & made in 160 BC. The main feature of the caves is prayer hall shown in photo no. 1 which is major cut from rock & sized 45m long & 14m in hight. It is call Buddhist temple or chaityas cut from major rock. It is Indians largest Chaitya. Entrance fee is Rs. 5/ for indians & Rs. 100 /- for foreigner. The caves are open from 9 am to 5:30 pm.
Karla caves near pune & mumbai is the perfect place for family outing for one or two days because below are some places where you can visit.
1. Bhaja Caves
3. Amby Valley
4. Bushi dam
Also there is a MTDC resort just at opposite road of the Karla caves, which is the coolest, peaceful place to stay. Recently MTDC lauched new water park at Karla where you can enjoy with your family & friends. You can visit very very famous Atmasantulana Village of the Dr. Balaji Tambe close to MTDC resort for Ayurvedic medicines/ checkup etc.