Ganesh Festival Walk

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Join The Western Routes for our Ganesh Festival Walk during the weekend of Ganeshotsav in Pune.

In 1893, it was in Pune, that Lokmanya Tilak initiated the concept of the 'Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav' - the collective/public celebration of the Ganpati festival. While we have grown up with this story, there is an interesting twist to this! Get to know such interesting anecdotes about the history and culture of the city. We will set out on foot and walk the bylanes of the old city, visit the 'Manache Paach' (मानाचे पाच - Honoured/Respected Five) pandals and of course taste traditional snacks including 'ukdiche modak'.

Schedule for Wednesday, 7 September

6:30 AM - Assemble at Shaniwar Wada
6:45 AM - We will begin our walk and visit the 'Manache Paach' (मानाचे पाच) Ganesh mandals/temples along with a few historically and culturally important pandals. Snacks at the famed Poona Guest House en-rout
9:30 AM - Walk ends at Kesari Wada

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The Western Routes was founded in 2011. It started as a concept that found its roots in the love for the state of Maharashtra and its native culture. Since 2015, we have ventured into curating itineraries pan-India which are themed around history, culture, wildlife, people & food.

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  • A guided walk through the old city visiting mandals/pandal/temples
  • Traditional snacks
  • Taxes



  • Personal masks and sanitisers
  • A bottle of water
  • Comfortable footwear (Note that in some temples/pandals we have to remove footwear to enter)
  • Umbrella or any other sun/rain protection gear 


Terms and Conditions

  • Masks are mandatory throughout the walk
  • We will follow all the necessary rules and regulations put together by the authorities.
  • We won't be spending time waiting in queues for 'darshan' as the purpose of this walk is to understand the history and culture of the Ganeshotsav celebrated in Pune.

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