Alandi, also known as Devachi Alandi-a God's place, is a city and a municipal council in Pune district of Maharashtra. It is a famous place of pilgrimage. It is located on the bank of Indrayani River. It is famous for its historic collection of Shivling and Samadhi of the saint poet Dnyaneshwar. Although it celebrates two major festivals every year, many pilgrims visit Alandi frequently from all over Maharashtra all the year.
Places to Stay
Many budget hotels nearby Alandi are Bhakta Niwas (Tariff - Rs. 100), Pratik Hotel (Tariff - Rs. 200), Hotel Monika (Tariff - Rs. 500), and Akshay Hotel & Lodge (Tariff - Rs. 500).
The official language spoken here is Marathi. Other languages include Hindi and English.
Alandi celebrates festivals every year on Kartika Vadya Ekadashi. Palakhi festival is held on Ashadh on Ekadashi.
Places to Visit
Many religious temples and attractions in Alandi are Vitthala-Rakhumai Temple, Siddhabet, Sant Jalaram Temple, Sant Tukaram Samadhi, Sambhaji Raje Bhosle Samadhi (6 km), Laxmi Narayan Mandir, Znyaneshwari Mandir, and Vitthal-Rakhumai temple.
How to Get There
The nearest airport to Alandi is the Pune Airport, which is about 10 km from Alandi.
Nearest railways station to Alandi is in Pune (10 km), which connects to all major station across India.
Alandi has good road network connecting to all other major cities in India. There are luxury coach buses to Pune from Goa and Maharashtra. Regular buses ply from Swargate and Pune Station to Alandi. Priyanka Tours & Travels, Dattakrupa Tours & Travels, and Sairam Travels are few of the private bus operators providing the best service. You can get discounts on bus tickets through TicketGoose.com, one of the popular bus booking websites.
Pune is said to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra. The place, which has been in existence since 847 AD, is famous for its magnificent land and forts. This cultural city was actually the capital city of Shivaji. Today this city takes pride in its traditional Marathi culture, education and theatre. Pune city attracts a lot of tourists for its old world charm. The weather is warm and pleasant in this place because it is surrounded by hills and mountains.
Budget Hotels in Pune
There are good budget hotels in Pune. Some of them are Hotel Pearl Continental, (Tariff – Rs.1512), The North Pride Hotel (Tariff – Rs.1,600), Hotel Castle Rock (Tariff – Rs.1911) and Hotel Maple Regency, (Tariff – Rs.950).
The official language of Pune is Marathi. The other languages spoken include Hindi and English.
Events in Pune
Some famous festivals and events of Pune include the Ganapati (Ganesha) Festival (August/September), Shaniwarwada Dance Festival and Sawai Gandharva Music Festival
Places to See in Pune
There are several places of tourist attraction in Pune. Some of the places include Aga Khan Palace (7kms from bus stand), David Synagogue (12kms from Railway station), Shinde Chatri (5km from Pune) and Pataleshwar Cave Temple (2Km from bus stand)
How to Get There
Pune Airport is located on the north-east of Pune. The airport has domestic and international flights. Two international flights Lufthansa and Air India Express provide Air transport services to Frankfurt and Dubai.
Pune railway station is the main railway station of Pune. It’s railway station is connected to the Mumbai and Chennai railway line. This railway junction is well connected to some of the major cities in the country.
Pune Bus Stand is the one of the busiest bus stations in Pune city. Buses from major cities and states operate from this city. Some of the best bus operators that offer good experience for passengers include Neeta Pragati Volvo, AR Tours and Travels and Natraj Travels. Avoid standing in queues in bus counters and go for online bus ticket booking facility instead.