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Wai: Visiting Dakshin Kashi

I spent my weekend at the Krishna Riverfront Camp amidst the breathtakingly beautiful Sahyadri Mountain on the banks of River Krishna. This is the excellent plan everyone dreams for, and a quick break over a weekend to savor in the lap of Mother Nature.
We took the opportunity to explore Wai. Wai is a rustic hamlet hidden in the mountain range of Sahyadri. A rare temple town with ancient mythological associations, Wai is also a chosen tourist destination because of its picturesque ambiance and the fact that it can be a stop-over just round the corner to the hill-stations of Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. With its over and above 100 temples, it is truly known as the ‘Dakshin Kashi’ of Maharashtra. And if that’s not enough to convince you, it is also the spot where some of the major Bollywood chartbusters have been shot.

 

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Wai is situated between the six forts of Kindergad, Pandavgad, Kamalgad, Varaitgad, and the twin forts Cahndan-Vandan. These forts are a trekker’s delight, not yet entirely ruined, and offer a picturesque glimpse of the hills and valleys. The bell at Menavli Ghat, which is 3 kilometers distant from Wai, weighs 650 kilograms and was seized by Bajirao I’s brother, Chimaji Appa, from a cathedral in the Portuguese fort at Vasai. Dated 1707, it endures a bas-relief of Mary bearing the infant Jesus Christ cast into it. There are couple temples at the ghat, one dedicated to Lord Vishnu and the another to Meneshwar or Lord Shiva. Four shrines are near Brahmanshahi ghat: Chakreshwar, Kaunteshwar/Harihareshwar,Kaleshwar and Chimneshwar.Govardhan Sanstha ghat has Krishna Mandir. Near Brhmanshahi there are Vitthal and Ganpati temples.
Wai is accessible by road. Regular state transport buses ply between wai and Mumbai, Pune, Satara. The Nearest Airports are Mumbai (230 km), Pune (85 km’s) and the Nearest Railway Stations are Satara (35 km), Pune (85 km). People at Krishna River Camp wish to bestow this opportunity to our guest through adventure camping in the midst of their busy schedule. Pitching your tent facing the river, having a picnic table to park yourself; delicious barbecues and campfire are some of the key highlighters off the camp. The campsite is on the edges of river Krishna, facing the river. The campsite is lighted with electricity. Every camper will get a tent, solar lantern, cotton mattress, bed sheet, blanket, and pillow, hammock for relaxing, private table, chairs for the gathering, common charging points, and dining place, shared washrooms and toilets with running water.

 

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