Maharashtra is full of rich history, heritage and culture. Recent trend of organizing heritage walk brings the heritage across Pune City, Mumbai, and areas around Maval region like Bedse caves (which are older than the world famous Ajanta Ellora caves of Aurangabad). This page brings you list of such Heritage walks so that you are aware and can attend some of them as you visit these famous places in Maharashtra.
List of Heritage Walk Places in and around Pune and Mumbai
Samparc Heritage Walk 2018 – 25 Nov 2018
Heritage Walk Pune – 12 July 2017 Till 31 March 2020
Heritage Walk Mumbai – BHW currently conducts walks on all days of the week.
1) Samparc Heritage Walk 2018
7.2 kms walk with over 5,000 participants across Maharashtra and India.
Its being organized also to help the NGO SAMPARC through the participation fees.
The walk will not only cover the ancient places but also display heritage of Maharashtra through display of traditional village plays such as Sword play, Lathi-Kathi, Vasudev, Songadi, Bhajakari, Povada, Mallakhamb.
So do participate in huge numbers this year of 2018.
Event Date : 25 Nov 2018
Online Registration link : https://samparcheritagewalk.com/#register
Registration ends on 25 Nov 2018
Helpline (SMS only) : 9892757279
Email : email@example.com
Recommended YouTube video to see this Walk details : https://youtu.be/oEwVUiKxQ0o
Starting Point : Bhaje Caves
How to reach – You can get down at Malavali Railway station from where you can get an Auto rickshaw till these caves or drive down from Old Mumbai-Pune highway).
This walk begins from the foothills of Ancient Bhaje caves.
Bhaje caves is formed from a group of 22 rock-cut caves dating back to 2nd century BC located near Lonavala
This site is Protected by the Archeological Survey of India as a National Monument, it belongs to the Hinayana Buddhist Sect.
Situated at an altitude of 200 meters above the sea level, you can witness a evergreen waterfall with water plunging into the foothills.
Walk from Bhaje Caves to Lohagad Fort –
As the walk begins towards Lohagad fort, you will keep slow climb till foothills of Lohagad fort.
Further climbing to the top of Lohgad Fort, which is 1160 meters above sea level.
Lohgad fort was one of the prominent Hill forts of the Maratha Empire. Although for some period of time, it was taken over by the Mughals.
The Lohagad hill extends to the northwest to a fortified spur, called Vinchukata (Scorpion’s tail) because of its shape resembling to a Scorpion’s tail.
Best time to visit is during monsoon season when you will appreciate the beauty of the fort greenery covered into mist and clouds with a reverse waterfall.
En-route : Visapur Fort and Pavana Dam
While you reach the foothills of Lohagad fort, on the left hand side you will see magnificent Visapur Fort which is built on the same plateau as Lohgad Fort.
Visapur fort was built by Balaji Vishwanath, the first Peshwa of the Maratha Empire.
The history of both the forts are closely linked. The Fort consists of caves, a decorated arch, cisterns of water and old houses.
It is most likely, that Hanuman was the patron deity of Visapur Fort. This can be gauged by the fact that there stands a huge carving of Hanuman in the Fort and there are several temples dedicated to him.
The walk will cover 3.6 km with Lohgad being the highest point of the heritage walk.
Finally with the Fort to your right, you can see the serene water of Pavana Dam on the left.
Reaching End point of walk and Descent back to Bhaje caves:
When you reach the foothills of Fort Lohagad, the tribal women and children will provide a warm welcome.
The SAMPARC volunteers will serve you snacks, soft drinks and water. Physiotherapists, yoga personnel and medical staff will help you to de-stress yourself as well attend if any injuries are there.
From Lohgad fort, you will need to take the same route downhill and the walk will conclude at the same place it started.
Ticket prices: Remember this is going to help SAMPARC NGO
Ticket includes – Breakfast + Lunch + Medical facilities + Bag containing Snacks, Refreshments and Water bottle
Corporate : 1000 Rs / Individual : 750 Rs (required Adhar card) / Student : 500 Rs
Heritage Walk Pune
Know the stories behind historical structures of Pune, discover and explore the stories of the vibrant city of Pune.
Starting time : 7 am
Walk Duration : 3 hours
Validity : 12 July 2017 Till 31 March 2020
Minimum participation age : 15 years
Starting point – Pune Municipal Corporation main building
Covered places – Shaniwar wada, Lal Mahal, Mujumdar wada (total 18 places are covered during walk)
Also contains a cultural performance, Maharashtrian snacks
Ticket price : approx 385 Rs per person, minimum persons required 15 numbers.
Event ticket link : https://www.wandertrails.com/activities/a-heritage-walk-through-pune
Heritage Walk Mumbai
Dates : BHW currently conducts walks on all days of the week.
MORNING WALKS starting at 8:00/8:30/9:00 am.
EVENING WALKS starting at 3:30/4:00/4:30 pm.
BHW currently offers 3 walking tours –
- Kala Ghoda Walk – 2 hours
On this route, you will see a veritable parade of archetypal Neo-Gothic public buildings built in the 1860s & 70s such as the glorious Bombay University Library with its high campanile and the grand imposing High Court that are South Mumbai’s main architectural attraction. Fronting this line of historic Gothic edifices across the open space of Oval Maidan is a row of superb 1930s Art Deco apartment buildings making this a marvellously unique setting both visually and architecturally. Another highlight on this heritage route is the culturally vibrant Kala Ghoda node.
- Horniman Circle Walk – 2 hours
The city’s long association with the British is reflected in the old world charm of its buildings made in varying styles – from the early 1800s neo-Classic to the late 1860s Victorian neo-Gothic, early 20th century Indo-Saracenic style of architecture that combined Gothic-like flamboyance with Muslim-Indian architectural features, and also the flamboyant Art Deco of the 1930s and 40s. On this tour you see some of the city’s well-known landmarks, in the heart of the old Fort area – Mumbai’s oldest business district. Besides their heritage value, the presence of over 30 banking establishments and important financial institutions renders the area into Mumbai’s principal tourist and commercial hub.
- Combo Fort Walk – 3.5 hours
This walk is combination of the Kala Ghoda and Horniman Circle routes together as one extended tour.
For details on walk routes and Ticket prices please visit https://www.bombayheritagewalks.com/walk-routes.html
Ticket bookings : Approx price 750 Rs per person – please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
ADDRESS (For Correspondence Only)
Ms Abha Bahl, THE BOMBAY HERITAGE WALKS,
c/o Chandu Halwai, Navyug Niketan, Gnd. flr 185 Walkeshwar Rd,
Teenbatti, Mumbai 400 006. INDIA