Junnar is one of the tahsil from Pune district. it has total 187 villages, out of that 65 are tribal villages. The economy of Junnar is depends on agriculture with allied activities. Tourism will be the future stake holder of economy of Junnar. The location of Junnar is very prime as located in between 4 major cities viz Mumbai, Pune, Nashik & Ahmednagar. Aurangabad is also nearer one. Junnar is the next hot tourism destination. Junnar has 2500 yrs prosperous history, adventurous geography with Granger ghats like Malshej Ghat, Darya Ghat, Nane ghat. Junnar, subcapital of dynasty of Maharashtra, Satvahan kings known as Jirna Nagar at that time.Junnar, only one tahasil in Maharashtra state having highest number of dams [Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Chilewadi Pachaghar Dam, Yadgaon Dam, Manik Doh dam, Vadaj dam. World’s’s largest radio telescope, GMRT[Giant Meter Wave Radio Telescope, Khodad]is in Junnar. Historical Naneghat is in Junnar from where trading with other countries was there before 2500yrs. –Junnar, Birthplace of Maratha king Chhtrapati Shivaji Maharaj [Shivneri Fort, 1630] –Junnar has 7 mountain forts in Maharashtra state [Shivneri, Chawand, Nimgiri, Narayangad, Hadsar, Jivdhan, Shindola]
Junnar has 2 Ashtavinayak, temples of Lord Ganesha [Lenyari & Ozar] out of 8 ashtavinayaka. –Junnar has highest number of caves in Maharashtra [Lenyadri, Nane ghat, Chavand, Suleman, Manmodi, Tulja, Shivneri] –Junnar has several ancient religious places such as Khireshwar temple, Bhramhanathi temple, Kukadeshwar temple.
Junnar is known for its fresh & healthy air known as “Sanitarium of India” where breathing problems can be cured easily. –Junnar has wide range of agriculture from traditional farming of rice up to the farming of export quality grapes. –Junnar Has largest density of leopord in world conserved 36 leopords in Manikdoh rescue center.
Due to beautiful nature, attractive scenery shooting of several films is always going in Junnar. Fimls like Ravan, Tees Mar khan, Tingya, Chalte Chalte, Tapaal, Rakshas & several Add films also shooted in Junnar. Junnar is also well known for its historic jama masjid & Iddgah.It is also known for the tombs of virious saints.One can explore the architecture of medieval periods such as Adilshahi.
Nature lovers also visit these forts for their natural beauty the rare species of flowers, trees etc. Malshej Ghat is the place to visit in rainy season it has awesome water falls. Nowadays, most of the Hindi film directors prefer shooting their films here because of its natural beauty. Agriculture is not only farming, its culture of entire human being.
3000 yrs ago Sage Parashara wrote 1st manuscripts of world on agriculture named “krushi Parashara” सुस्था भवंतु कृषकः धनधान्यसमन्विता[May farmers be happy & wealthy]was his main prayer. Junnar was his tapobhumi. his translated manusripts are in the library of Parashar Agritourism, Junnar. Films like Raavan, Tees Mar Khan, and many south Indian films are also attracted to this location.
On 21st March 2018, Junnar has declared as special tourism zone by Govt of Maharashtra. This is the result of collective efforts of all Junnarkars. organizations like Junnar Tourism Development Organization, Shivaji Trail, Sahyadri Giribhraman Sanstha are working for tourism development in Junnar. People of Junnar are well aware about tourism, responsible tourism & sustainable tourism.
Public participation in Tourism development is very active. All administrative offices, academic institutions, farmers forums, hotel owners, self help group movement & citizens are actively participating in Tourism festivals like Grape festival, Mango Festival, Kite festival etc. We all junnarkars are inviting you to explore, experience & enjoy the Junnar. Welcome to Junnar.