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Wai - A Travel Guide To Help You Explore Better

Mary Martina

February 17, 2018

An offbeat destination in Maharashtra, Wai is a great getaway spot in Mumbai. Not only is it an incredible spot to enjoy some scenic beauty, it is a great stop-over to other destinations like Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. Home to more than 100 temples, it is rightly known as the ‘Dakshin Kashi’ of the state. That’s not all; in fact the beautiful locales of Wai has also attracted many filmmakers, who have shot their films in this region as well.

Wai is situated on the Krishna River and played an important role during the rule of the Peshwas. This town was also home to two important Maratha Brahmins, namely Rani Lakshmibai of Jhansi and Gopikabai, who was the wife of Nanasaheb Peshwa. A Persian word, Peshwas mean ‘foremost leader’, a position that is similar to the modern day prime minister. A few kilometers from Wai on a hill 4,650 feet above sea level is the temple of Mandhradevi Kalubai, which dates back to more than 400 years. An ideal destination for a road trip from Mumbai, here is what you need to do, see, eat and shop in this city.

Wai - Essential Places To Visit

If you are an active traveller, there are a host of places that you can visit here including forts and temples. Here are some unmissable spots.

MahaGanpati Temple - Situated on Krishna river, the MahaGanpati Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesh and is one of the main temples in this region. The temple was built in the year 762 by Ganapatrao Bhikaji Raste. Boasting of a huge Ganesha idol, this temple has attracted tourists from all over the country.

Dhom Dam: A popular place for nature enthusiasts, the Dhom Dam is an ideal place to just unwind and enjoy some scenic views. Head here in the evening, when you can enjoy boating and even watch the setting of the sun. If you want, you can camp here overnight, if you have the time.

Pandavgad fort: A popular fort in the region, the Pandavgad fort is said to be built by Bhoj Raja between 1178-1193. It’s name is locally derived from the Vairats, a wild tribe supposed to have lived in this area, and who were eventually defeated by the Pandavas. Built by King Bhoj II of the Shilahar Dynasty, the Pandavgad fort was formerly under the rule of Adilshahi. The fort was taken by Shivaji Maharaj in 1673 AD but in 1701, Aurangzeb captured the fort. The fort was an important line of defense in the battle between Trimbakji Dengle and the British in 1817 AD.

This fort is also a great place for trekking enthusiasts, including beginners as this is relatively easy trek. It’s a great place to disconnect from the urban chaos outside and connect with your inner self.

Other forts that you can visit in Wai includes Kindergad, Kamalgad, Varaitgad and twin forts of Cahndan and Vandan.