Now, enjoy grape escapes in Junnar

This hill station in Maharashtra is being promoted as the new face of grape tourism in the state.

A three-day grape festival is being flagged off in Junnar by Maharashtra Tourism today. The festival, which will continue until February 20, aims at creating awareness of the vineyards in Junnar and to promote grape agro-tourism.

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A grape grower discussing the nuances of grape cultivation. Image: Courtesy Maharashtra Tourism.

Supriya Karmarkar, Deputy Director of Pune region, says, “Tourists will be able to enjoy a special tour of farm-fresh grapes, consume and purchase beverages on the spot and witness the entire wine-making process at the festival. We will have a variety of grapes and grape products such as raisins, black currants, grape juice, etc. Tourists will also get an opportunity to purchase freshly plucked grapes directly from the farm.” She adds, “It is an excellent way of helping the grape harvesters extend their reach, while giving a chance for them to meet and exchange experience with tourists, experts, and business enterprises.”

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Some of the key attractions of the festival will include local food and rural rides, heritage walks, and enthralling cultural programmes. The itinerary will comprise visits to grape farms and wineries, boating, a Junnar Heritage Walk, exploring sights such as Naneghat, the Ozar Ganpati Temple, Gibson Statue, the Lenyadri Ganpati Temple, Tamhane Museum, Amba-Ambika Caves and Junnar’s weekly market. The festival will provide a great opportunity to local farmers, self-help groups as well as local artisans to showcase their work to tourists.

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Farmers participate in the celebrations at the Junnar festival. Image: Courtesy Maharashtra Tourism.

After a difficult year of pandemic, Maharashtra is all set to welcome tourists again, provide an opportunity to explore the state and join in on the festivities across the length and breadth of the state. Surrounded by the beautiful mountain ranges of Malshej, winding natural ghats, ancient caves and the two Ashtavinayak temples, Junnar is the perfect tourism destination.

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Junnar in the Western Ghats has a lot to offer tourists. Image: Shutterstock/Purva Joshi.

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