This Getaway Near Pune Has Over 100 Temples & A Winery Too

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    What Makes It Awesome

    Looking for a culturally-rich getaway? Take a small trip to the historic village of Wai, a prominent town during the reign of the Peshwas. Located in the north of Satara, it’s surrounded by the Sahyadris and is only a couple of hours away from Pune.

    If you’re in Wai, you have to walk through the corridors of Nana Phadnavis Wada and see how a Peshwa lived. Its construction was completed in 1780 and a lot of the Wada remains in its original condition. It has six courtyards, two temples, and a ghat that will lead you to the Krishna river. Outside the famous Dholya Ganpati in a quaint corner is an unusual library, Prajna Pathashala, that hosts rare and original Sanskrit texts dating as back as to the Rigveda era! If you’re a history enthusiast, you can easily spend a couple of hours here, browse through the books and read Sanskrit scripts and Vedas.

    There is also a Ganesh temple that is centuries old with a small river flowing right beside the temple where you can take a dip. A mere 30-minute drive away, you can also visit the Devrai art village and spend a day. It’s where local artists come together to create beautiful art, brass sculptures, rock dhokra, and more. You can shop for these tribal art pieces, see artisans in action and soak yourself well into the tribal culture.

    Pro-Tip

    Strawberries grow in abundance in nearby Mahabaleshwar, so, of course, there’s going to be some strawberry wine being made. Visit the Wild Berry Beverages winery that makes Come On Charlie, an off-dry 100 percent strawberry wine that’s sweet, sour, and delicious!