Pandharpur is a holy city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. It is a part of the Solapur district. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the district headquarters of Solapur at a distance of 73 km. The Vithoba Mandir is the prime source of attraction for devotees in June-July. Those with a desire to check out Marathi cuisine can also try this place out.
Places to Stay
Being a pilgrimage centre, Pandharpur has a lot of budget-friendly hotels. Some of the options which are worth trying are Hotel Aishwarya (Tariff – Rs. 800), Shri Rawool Maharaj Bhakt Niwas (Tariff – Rs. 500), Hotel Shamiana (Tariff – Rs. 900), Lakshminarayan Lodge (Tariff – Rs. 500) and others.
The official language of the region is Marathi. Hindi is also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September, Diwali in October-November, the two Eid(s) and Christmas.
Places of Interest
The city is famous for its Vitthal Temple, with a large area and six gates. A total of four annual pilgrimages or yatras are hosted by this temple. The half-moon shaped Bhima river, also known as Chandrabhaga, is also worth a visit.
How to Get There
Pune International Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 207 km.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Pandharpur Railway Station.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Jabbar Travels is one such private operator. Buses from Satara as well as Solapur are available for the city. Bus ticket booking has become very convenient with online bus reservation facility.