Stone Pressed Sugarcane Juice: a Refreshing Halt by the Highway

Drinking sugarcane juice in Shani Shingnapur is an experience in itself. The roadside stalls use a unique stone pressing technique instead of motorized equipment.

Stone Pressed Sugarcane Juice: a Refreshing Halt by the Highway

On the drive from Shirdi to Shingnapur, you can see vast expanses of sugarcane fields. Shacks lining the highway sell unique stone-pressed sugarcane juice. What’s interesting about these sugarcane juice stalls is that most of them do not use motorized equipment to extract the juice. Juice is made by a stone-pressing system that is worked by bulls.

Stalks of sugarcane are placed between two large stones, which are then attached to a yoke. This yoke is placed on the shoulders of a bull. The bull then goes around in circles to rotate the stones. The stalks of sugarcane are thus crushed, and fresh juice pours out. The juice is collected in a clean pot, filtered for bits of fibre and then seasoned with a bit of salt or lemon. It is an extremely refreshing drink to beat the scorching heat of summers.

Lined with charpoys, these stalls by the roadside look colorful. It is recommended that you take a break, sit on one of the charpoys and enjoy a cool glass of fresh sugarcane juice. A trip to Shani Shingnapur is incomplete without a sip of this sugarcane juice.

 

Good to Know :

Location: 70 km from Sterling Shirdi

Timings: Morning to Evening

Other Attractions

Samadhi Mandir - Paying Homage to a Great Saint

Samadhi Mandir - Paying Homage to a Great Saint

3hrs

Pilgrims who visit Shirdi are mainly attracted to the Samadhi Mandir. This is the place where Sai Baba spent most of his life.

Kakad Aarti: Awaken to the Divine Darshan

Kakad Aarti: Awaken to the Divine Darshan

3hrs

The Kakad Aarti at Sai Temple is performed before the roosters announce daybreak. Held from 4:30 to 5:00 am daily, this divine Darshan is truly worth it.

Nashik: Tour the Exquisite Winery

Nashik: Tour the Exquisite Winery

3hrs

Winemaking is an art. Get to know it at the Sula Vineyards.

Gondeshwar Temple: An Architectural Marvel

Gondeshwar Temple: An Architectural Marvel

3hrs

The Gondeshwar Temple, built in the Panchayatana style, is one of the few ancient temples that has retained its original form.

Bhandardara: The Valley of Treasures

Bhandardara: The Valley of Treasures

3hrs

Located midway between Shirdi and Mumbai, on the banks of River Pravara lies Bhandardara. An ideal escape for a mountain lover, it is hidden in the thick Western Ghats forests.

Shani Shingnapur: The Lockless Village Guarded by Lord Shani

Shani Shingnapur: The Lockless Village Guarded by Lord Shani

3hrs

A small village in Maharashtra, Shani Shingnapur is popular for its temple of the Hindu god Shani, associated with the planet Saturn. It is also famous for the fact that no house has a door there!

Aurangabad: Weaving Stories Of The Loom

Aurangabad: Weaving Stories Of The Loom

3hrs

It is engaging to learn about the lost art of weaving fabric. Watching weavers deftly create designs while they employ age-old weaving techniques is a fascinating experience.

Sai Teerth: Experience India’s first ever devotional theme park

Sai Teerth: Experience India’s first ever devotional theme park

3hrs

Get ready to experience spirituality in a modern way. Immerse yourself in a devotional and entertaining experience at India’s first Devotional Theme Park – Sai Teerth.