Rajpuri Caves at Panchgani Near Mahabaleswar

Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar, Panchgani Wai Temple
Panchgani Wai Temple (Photo credit: Nitin Pai)

Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar is a religious tourist spot in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra state of India. It is believed that the Pandavas stayed here during their exile period.

Rajpuri Caves are a group of ancient caves, 7 kilometers from Panchgani, surrounded by ponds which have medicinal (curing) properties. Devotees visiting the Rajpuri caves believe that taking a bath in the holy ponds cures them of all their evils and diseases. It is believed that holy rover Ganges runs through these ponds.

Rajpuri Caves consists of 4 caves; out of which 3 are interlinked and one is a separate cave.

Lord Karthikeya (son of Lord Shiva) temple, constructed out of the sands from the caves, is the main temple in the region. Local goddess of Ghatjal Devi’s temple around is also there.

Panchgani is beautiful hill station situated at 1330 meters above sea level. Panchgani consists of five hills, surrounded by beautiful scenery. It is a non-polluted hill station. Panchgani is one of the most sought after hill stations in Maharashtra state.

How Do I Go to Rajpuri Caves?

The best mode of travel is Jeep or any other four wheel drive or other powerful vehicles. Motor bikes are available for hire at the hill station local sight seeing. Panchagni is well connected by road to all parts of the country by Pune – Mumbai expressway.

Pune railway station is at a distance of 118 kilometers from Mahabaleshwar. Wathar railway station at 64 kilometers away is the nearest railway station.

Mumbai is at around 250 kilometers distance from Panchgani.

Hotels Near Rajpuri Caves, Panchgani, Mahabaleswar

Hotel Millennium Park (millenniumpark panchgani.com – remove the space in between the words to look at the hotel) is a good hotel. Summer Plaza (summerplaza resort.com –  remove the space in between the words to look at the hotel) is another good hotel.

Mahabaleshwar Summer Capital of Bombay Province

Mahabaleshwar Hills, Maharashtra
Mahabaleshwar Hills, Maharashtra

Mahabaleshwar the Summer Capital of Bombay Province is in the Sahyadri range of Satrana District in Maharatatra, India. It was the summer capital of Bombay province during the British rule in India.

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in the Western Ghats at around 1372 meters above sea level. Krishna River originates from Mahabaleshwar. Mahabaleshwar is very popular as a honeymoon destination and holiday spot.

The name ‘Mahabaleshwar’ in Sankrit language means ‘God of Great Power’.

There are 14 unique view points which offer spectacular views of the surrounding hills and valleys which mesmerizes the spectators with its beauty of the nature; nature at its best with five rivers originating from these hilly areas. Lodwick Point, Arthur’s Seat, Wilson Point (sunrise point), Babington Point,  Bombay Point or Sunset Point, Kate’s Point (sunrise ponit),  Elephant’s head Point (sunset point), Lingamala Falls etc are some of the must see places. You should plan for at least two days stay at Mahabaleshwar to see the places in and around Mahabaleshwar.

Veena lake, located 2 kilometers away from the ST bus stand having an area of 113311.98 sq. m, is the major attraction here. Boat ride through the fog filled lake is an experience which can never equal anything else. You can go for fishing or pony riding at Veena lake or visit the nearby Strawberry Fruit gardens down the hill.

There are many trekking trails around the hills of Mahabaleshwar.

Panchgani another hill station is at 19 kilometers away which is worth visiting. Name Panchgani means five hills and this hill station is surrounded by five hills. Thre are many boarding schools and strawberry and rasberry farms at Panchgani.

Mahabaleshwar can be visited all through the year except during Monsoon season, i.e. during Late June to Mid September period.

6 kilometers north of the main city at Old Kshetra Mahabaleshwar is the Mahabaleshwar Temple. This temple was built during the 16th century by the ‘Chanda Rao More dynasty’. This temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. Self-created ‘Swayambhu’ lingam in the shape of Rudraksha known as Mahalingam is enshrined within the sanctum sanctorum. The temple has a square shaped raised paltform in which the the great Maratha ruler, Shivaji weighed his mother with gold here and then gave away the gold to charity.

Wai is a popular hill station nearby, on your way to Mahabaleshwar, which is famous location for Hindi film shootings.

How Do I to Go to Mahabaleshwar, Summer Capital of Erstwhile Bombay Province?

Mahabaleshwar is at a distance of 247 kilometers (via Mahad) from Bombay Alias Mumbai. Pune to Mahabaleshwar distance is 118 kilometers. Pune is the most convenient railway station to go to Mahabaleshwar even though Wathar is the nearest railway station at 64 kilometers distance.

Nearest Airport to Mahabaleshwar is Pune. Mahabaleshwar is well connected by roads to all parts of India. Mahabaleshwar is 47 kilometers from Satara town. Mahabaleshwar can be reached from the Mumbai – Pune expressway at Sirur and then travel via Wai and Panchgani. The largest private bus ticket booking site, redbus.in, has buses to Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar has motor-able roads to all the tourist points worth visiting. Car, Jeep or any four wheeler vehicles can be arranged for travel to Mahabaleshwar.

Taxi or Cab services are available at government regulated charges for sight seeing. Horse riding also is available for sight seeing. Single persons have to get approval from local police station to hire local taxi or cab service.

Which are the Good Resorts in Mahabaleshwar? Is There any Good Hotels in Mahabaleshwar?

Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation has a resort at a 40 acre prime land, that overlooks the thick forests and the valley. There are many other private resorts and hotels at Mahabaleshwar.

Check-in time at most hotels is 9 am and it is advisable to plan your travel accordingly.