Did you know that Wai in Maharashtra has one of the largest bells in Asia? And that Salman Khan-starrer Hud Hud Dabangg song was shot in Wai? In fact, we say Wai should already be on your bucket list and here is why. Located at a distance of around 250 kms from Mumbai and just 100 kms from Pune, Wai is one of the most incredible, lesser-known destinations in Maharashtra. It has the beautiful Menavali Ghat, the famous Dholya Ganapati Temple and of course the Big Bell among its popular attractions. But wait, Wai is Bollywood’s best-kept secret with numerous movie stars frequenting to the city for shoots every month.
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Wai, unlike other weekend destinations, has tranquil stops, ghats, dams and picturesque greenery (lots of it, we mean). Known as the Dakshin of South, it also has a plethora of temples making it a good stop if you want to head to somewhere offbeat yet closer to God.
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Have a closer look at the picture above. Seems familiar? This is Menavali Ghat in Wai. The famous Bollywood song Hud Hud Dabangg was shot here and not just that, several other popular Bollywood movies have been shot at the location.
If you are inspired by Bollywood movies, visiting Wai takes your love for the movies to the next level. After all, it is always a good idea to see the backdrop of some iconic scenes and groovy songs for yourself rather than watch it on television.
Ashutosh Gowarikers Swades made Wai its prime location. This sleeper hit had Shahrukh Khan and a stellar plot. It may not have been an instant hit but its basic plotline of an NRI coming home and doing good for his community somewhere did appeal to the patriotic side of the movie-goers.
After this movie, Mangal Pandey: The uprising was shot at multiple locations in Wai. The location was the backdrop in the opening scenes of the movie itself giving the period drama a strong start.
Prakash Jhas Gangajal and Vishal Bharadwajs Omkara also took advantage of the beauty of this location and of course the proximity of it to Mumbai as a considerable chunk of these movies were also shot here.
Seems like whenever Bollywood needs a serene and calm location near Mumbai, it packs up and heads to Wai. And we cant blame them. With a view like this all throughout the year, this destination couldnt be more perfect.
Where to Stay: V Resorts Anandvan Wai. If you want to wake up to lush greenery right in front of you and soak in the unadulterated beauty of the nature, this resort has you sorted. With tastefully done-up machans and cottages, the resort is just the place for all the admirers of nature.
Weekend getaways from Mumbai are no longer just about an escape to Panchgani or Mahabaleshwar. You have Wai in Satara to explore as well. Happy holidays