Pandharpur is a pilgrimage town on the banks of Bhima River in Solapur district of Maharashtra, India. The town is named after a merchant, Pundarika, who achieved self-realization there. It is famous for Vitthal temple and Pandharpur wari. Bhagwan Vitthal who is a form of Lord Krishna (Lord Vishnu) is also popular with alternate names “Vithoba”, “Pandurang”, and “Pandharinath”.
Holy places around Pandharpur: Goddess Tulja Bhavani (Goddess of family – KulDevata of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj) at Tuljapur, Saint Shri Swami Samarth (God Form of Dattatreya) at Shri Kshetra Akkalkot, Lord Dattatreya at Ganagapur.
How to reach Pandharpur
By Air: Nearest international airport to Pandharpur is at Lohagaon, Pune. Pune is well connected to other cities of India by domestic airlines. One can get taxi cab or ST buses from Pune to Pandharpur.
By Train: Nearest railway station to Pandharpur is Kurduwadi, which is 52 KM away from Pandharpur.
By Bus: Pandharpur is well connected to Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Nagpur, Kolhapur, Solapur, Aurangabad, Shirdi through good roads. State owned transport buses ply between Pandharpur and the nearest cities.