Located 2100 ft above sea level, the Parvati Hill in Pune is a fantastic place to witness an aerial view of Pune and a spectacular sunrise. A 103-step climb gets you right on top of the hill which has five temples built by the Peshwas. The main temple, called the Parvati temple, was built by the third Peshwa after his mother Kashibai recovered from an illness when she prayed atop the hill. Another belief is that the temple is actually a dedication to the Maratha king Shahu Maharaj (Shivaji Maharaj’s grandson) by his beloved Nana Saheb Peshwa.
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The Parvati Hill was a recognized spot even before the temples were built as it finds mention in a letter of grant belonging to Shivaji’s era. It was a lush green land used as a camping site by feudal lords and leaders. Following the destruction of Panshet dam to build new houses at the foothill, the region’s greenery gave way to slums. Even so, Parvati Hill is one of the popular tourist attractions in Pune and is visited by trekkers and devotees all year round.
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