Tour to Neelkanteshwar Temple near Pune

Posted: December 30, 2013 by Sagar Wasule in Others, Travel, Trekking
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In the quest to explore new location and try something different I took up this event as a challenge which after completing got to say that was challenge worth to be accepted. I know you will be eager to know what the event was; so this tour was 80km cycle marathon. Not exactly a marathon where we had to win by completing the circuit but rather it was more of a team event where all the fellow cycle mates were to drive in co-ordination to reach the
destination and keep on exploring the beauty of nature along the route.
This tour also helped me to test my ability and limits while at the same time I kept pushing my limits to achieve the goal (80km cycle drive and trek to Neelkanteshwar).

NeelkateshwarTemple

NeelkateshwarTemple


First of all let me start with the details of Neelkanteshwar temple hill.
About :
Neelkantheshwar is still a less known destination to many even being so close to Pune. It is Siva temple situated on a hillock, which is over 900 mt above sea level and around 40Km from Pune near Panshet-Varshgaon dam.
This is a must trip with your family, friends and kids (However, remember 45 min steep climb)
It’s a very pleasant and scenic drive to this nature’s wonder Neelkantheshwar.
Lush green surrounds the place. The road to Neelkantheshwar is also less crowded and in good condition therefore favorable for driving.
The temple of Lord Shiva is really architectural wonder built by vSarjemama who was a forest ranger and a social worker. He found a Shiva Linga in this area and later built the temple of Neelkantheshwar. The temple is a storehouse of the devotees of Lord Shiva.
The walls of the temple are decorated with many other Hindu Gods.
The main attraction of the temple is the beautifully crafted cement sculptures everywhere. On the top of the hill lies a beautiful arch with two sculptures of elephant on each side. As you move inside you will find hundreds of exquisite sculptures depicting various scenes from the great Indian epics the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. As you climb up few steps towards the temple you will find a second arch with a beautiful carving of Lord Shiva. Among the main cement sculptures
some noteworthy are Ashtavinayakas, ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, Royal Court of Indra and fierce battle between Bhim and Duryodhan.
Now if we talk about the views from the top of the hill then hold your breath because the views are superb and full of life. The height of the hill-top is 900 metre above sea level and that is why it gives some magnificent views of Panshet, Varasgaon and Khadakvasla dams and Sinhgarh fort. In monsoon the scenic beauty doubles due to the special effects of nature. Easily 2 hours can be spent on the hill-top.
This is the place from where you can see Panshet and Varasgaon dam side-by-side. You can also see backwaters Khadakvasla dam and Sinhgad, Torna fort. The view is very beautiful especially in the monsoon.
There is a small hotel just outside the temple where you will get snacks like Tea / coffee, Soft drinks, Poha, Upma, Bhel, Bhaji etc. Mineral water is not available. During Mahashivratri 1.5 lakh people visit this temple each year and there is Mela in the temple premises.

Our Tour iteniary:
We went to this superb location on 14 december 2013. As this was a cycle marathon named CyclArk we started on our cycles from Warje Flyover, Pune to this destination.
Starting from Warje we had taking the route where were able to experience the beauty of Khadakwasla, Panshet in our way. Our return route was different from the route we went.
well I must caution you that the roads are not in good condition.

Our approach route:
Warje — Shivane — Khadakwasla– Panshet Dam — Varasgaon Dam –Jambhali — Neelkanteshwar Hill
beyond Varasgaon dam you can find plenty of sign boards on a narrow road towards the temple. After reaching the base of the mountain you have another 20 min drive to the top this road is not tar road.
After reaching a plateau where you can park your vehicles you still have a steep climb of about 1000ft to reach to the temple. After so much of tiring physical activity one is bound to break down but when you reach the top and expereince the view
all your tiredness takes a back seat. This route is about 45km.

Return Route:
Neelkateshwar Hill — Jambhali — Davje — Katawadi Bridge — Splendor Country Club — Mandvi — Khadakwadi — Kudje — NDA gate — Warje
This route certainly has more scenic beauty but some 3 km road between is horrible with huge bolders and steep road where we had to take our cycles in our hand
This route is about 35 km.

So this way we had some 80km of CyclArk and 1000ft of trekking to the temple. Do share your experience if you had visited the place or willing to visit the place.

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Bridge On the Way

Bridge On the Way

Neelkanteshwar Gate at Jambhali Village

Neelkanteshwar Gate at Jambhali Village

Varasgaon Dam

Varasgaon Dam

View of Panshet, Varasgaon Dam and Khadakwasla Backwaters

View of Panshet, Varasgaon Dam and Khadakwasla Backwaters

Water discharged from Varasgaon Dam

Water discharged from Varasgaon Dam

View Captured on the way

View Captured on the way

Cycling all the way to destination

Cycling all the way to destination

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