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Vadhu-Tulapur - Twin Villages That Speak History


Tulapur and Vadhu are two small villages located in the Pune district within the state of Maharashtra. Both the villages are seeped deep into India’s history and are associated with the precious last living moments of Shivaji Maharaj’s son – Sambhaji. Tulapur is about 40 km away from Pune, situated to the northeast. It is cased at the confluence of the three rivers of Brahma, Bhama and Indrayani. Tulapur was earlier referred to as Nagargaon. Vadhu, on the other hand, is the seat of the Samadhi of Sambhaji Maharaj, and his poet friend, Kavi Kalash.

Their Significance

Despite the fact that both these villages are small, both Tulapur and Vadhu have an equally important role in the historic chapters of the Maratha rule in India. As said earlier, Chhatrapati Sambhaji was killed in Tulapur, while he was cremated in Vadhu. Hence, the cenotaph of Sambhaji – Shivaji’s son – is placed in Vadhu. Both the villages resonate of solemnity and are must-see attractions. Apart from the samadhi, a war monument dating back to 1822 was also constructed here. Called a Ranstambh, it was built in memory of the Maratha warriors who lost their lives in the last battle between the British and the Marathas.

What To See In These Twin Villages - Tourist Places In Vadhu-Tulapur

Tulapur is home to an ancient Shiva temple called the Sangameshwar Temple. This temple is significant because it is the very site where Sambhaji was killed by the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb. This temple usually sees a lot of tourist activity and worshippers flock the gates during special, auspicious occasions. Both the villages of Vadhu and Tulapur are prominent historic locations that must not be given a miss. Visit these twin villages to get a greater insight into the illustrious history of India.

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How to Reach Vadhu-Tulapur

  • By Road
    There are several state transport and private tour operators that offer bus facilities that shuttle between Vadhu- Tulapur and various other cities and towns within the state of Maharashtra. Buses are also available at the Pune PMT Bus Stand. The travel may be uncomfortable, though it still persists as the most economical and affordable option for those travelling on a budget.
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  • By Train
    The Pune Railway station is the nearest railhead to the two villages of Vadhu and Tulapur. They are about 30 km away and can be reached via taxis and local buses that are available outside the station. The railhead is very well connected to major cities in Maharashtra like Mumbai, Ahmednagar and Nagpur.
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  • By Air
    If you are planning to travel by air to Vadhu and Tulapur, the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport at Mumbai poses as the most viable option. The Airport is connected to all important cities and towns within and outside the state of Maharashtra, as well as abroad, by direct, regular flights. There are several taxis available outside the airport to help you reach Vadhu- Tulapur comfortably. The Lohegaon Airport at Pune, which is about 30 km away from the two villages, is another option that can be considered for air travel.
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