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Ganesh Festival Walk

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Join The Western Routes for the Ganesh Festival Walk on the first weekend of Ganeshotsav. On this walk, we will set out on foot and walk the bylanes of the old city, visit the 'Manache Paach' (मानाचे पाच - Honoured or Respected Five) pandals and taste traditional snacks and 'ukdiche modak'.

The Ganesh Festival holds a very special place in every Punekar's heart. In 1893, it was in Pune, that Lokmanya Tilak initiated the concept of the 'Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav' - the collective celebration of the festival of Lord Ganesha. Almost every neighbourhood puts up a pandal with an idol of Ganesh, often amidst mythological settings (also adapting contemporary themes with social messages), complete with decorative lights and music. There are numerous Ganesh mandals or temples Pune. Among these, there are five temples that have special place in the hearts of Punekars because of their history and significance. These are the मानाचे पाच (Manache Paach means Respected Five) idols or temples.

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7:45 AM - Assemble outside Shaniwar Wada
8:00 AM - We will begin our walk and visit the 'Manache Paach' (मानाचे पाच - Honoured or Respected Five) pandals along with a few historically and culturally important pandals. Snacks at the famed Poona Guest House en-route
12:00 PM - 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 different pandals
- Traditional snacks & modak
- Taxes




- Personal masks and sanitisers
- Comfortable footwear
- Umbrella or any other sun/rain protection gear 


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