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Situated close to the famous hill station of Lonavala, Lohagad is one of the most magnificent places to visit in Pune. Located on a beautiful hillock near Malavali, this place is one of the favourite destinations for trekking enthusiasts in Pune. Dating back to the 18th century, this place is an interesting visit to appreciate the charm of ancient architecture nestled in the midst of natural beauty.
Lohagad Fort offers an exciting trek where people can look forward to an adrenaline filled day. Surrounded by beautiful green hills, it also offers various delightful opportunities for photographers and nature lovers to appreciate the panoramic views all around.
Location: Lohagad Fort, Lohagad Trek Rd, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Lohagad Fort is during Monsoon season when the surroundings are most spectacular due to the rains and presence of dark clouds without the scorching sun.
Entry fee: There is no entry fee to visit Lohagad Fort
Timings: One can visit the Lohagad Fort from 9 am to 6 pm
Enjoy the wonder of nature by paying a visit to the exquisite Pawna Lake when you are in Pune. Its paradise location is something that you will not be able to forget anytime soon. The setting at Pawna Lake is made beautiful with the presence of various tourist attractions like Lohagad Fort, Tikona Fort, Tung Fort and Visapur Fort. Its refreshing ambience makes this place a beautiful destination near Lonavala and Khandala to enjoy an idyllic weekend.
It was created as an artificial water reservoir and offers a soothing time to relax with nature. People keep flocking to Pawna Lake for its postcard-perfect landscape. The place is known for its wonderful climate and offers a serene retreat away from the noise of usual city life. Pawna Lake is also known to attract nature lovers due to the number of flora and fauna which can be seen around the lake. Some of the activities which you can look forward to enjoying at Pawna Lake are camping, paragliding, sightseeing etc.
Location: Pawna Lake, Pune
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon season
Entry fee: There is no entry fee for visiting Pawna Lake
Timings: This place can be visited from morning till evening.
Literally meaning the Lion Fort, Sinhagad Fort is one of the most famous historical places to visit in Pune. It was earlier named Kondana and believed to have been built about 2000 years ago. Sinhagad Fort occupies an important place in the history of Pune as there were many important battles like the famous Battle of Sinhagad fought here. It boasts of a strategic location and is protected by natural frontiers.
The fort makes a mesmerising scenery with the Sahyadri mountains and serves an as popular place for outings in Pune. Many trekking lovers also flock the place for an enterprising day to complete a one day trek from the village to the fort. Some notable attractions which you can see inside the fort are Tanaji memorial, the tomb of Rajaram Chhatrapati, a Kali temple, some military stables and a brewery.
Location: Sinhagad Ghat Road, Thoptewadi, Pune, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: The months of winter and monsoon season from July to February are the most preferred time to visit this fort
Entry fee: N/A
Timings: Tourists can visit here between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m
Raigad Fort is a majestic fort in Maharashtra which you can see in Sahyadri mountain ranges of Western Ghats. The fort is a symbol of Maratha pride and one of the great reminders of the history of Marathas. It was named as Gibraltar of the East by the British due to its strategic location and one of the most important landmarks in the city of Pune.
Some main attractions of Raigad Fort are the Hirakani Buruj, Maha Darwaja, the King’s Durbar, Takmak Tok, Jagdishwar Mandir etc. The fort has become a major tourist spot for its trekking opportunities where one needs to climb up to 1737 steps and enjoy a breath-taking view of the landscape. For those who wish to give trekking a miss, there is a splendid ropeway ride to give you goosebumps as you move through the winds with an exquisite aerial view of the landscape. The place has been dubbed as one of the most exciting Pune tourist destinations for history lovers and adventure freaks.
Location: Raigad Fort, Raigad, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Raigad Fort is from November to March
Entry fee: The cost of an entry ticket for Indians is INR 10 / USD 0.15 and for foreigners, it is INR 100/ USD 1.54
Timings: Tourists can visit Raigad Fort from 10 am to 6 pm every day
Also famous as Tanaji Sagar Dam, Panshet Dam is one of the top places to visit in Pune for adventure enthusiasts. Perched beautifully in the Sahyadri Ranges, Panshet Dam is a visual delight with a surreal landscape that offers a soothing retreat. Panshet Dam is encompassed by luxuriant hills and a number of thundering waterfalls that makes it a perfect place for nature lovers too.
Tourists here can look forward to savouring an adrenaline rush by partaking in a number of water sports. Some of the popular water sports enjoyed here are kayaking, boating and few rides like the banana ride and water scooters. Other activities which you can enjoy here are trekking and camping in the midst of nature.
Location: Panshet Dam, Ambi River, Pune District, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: The best time to make a visit to Panshet Dam is during the monsoon days or in the evenings of the winter season
Entry fee: During the weekdays the entry fees for an adult is INR 250/USD 3.75 and for a child is INR 170/ USD 2.62. For the weekends the entry fees for a child in INR 230/ USD 3.54 and for an adult is INR 300/ USD 4.62
Timings: Tourists can visit here from 10:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening.
Originally a dam used for irrigation and hydroelectricity generation, Mulshi Lake and Dam is now one of the most notable attractions in Pune. The place attracts a number of visitors who wish to relax in the serene ambience of nature and rejuvenate their soul away from all the hubbub of city life. Mul shi Lake and Dam gets its picturesque landscape as it is nestled beautifully between two hills and verdant forests. One can’t help but appreciate the natural beauty of this place which is replete with various flora and fauna along the dam and lake. Some popular activities for the tourists Mulshi Lake and Dam are hiking the hills, picnicking with your loved ones or enjoy boating in the lake. Although the place is located at a short distance away from the main city, it offers a perfect escape for the nature lovers in Pune.
Location: It is located in the Mulshi taluka administrative division of the Pune district of Maharashtra State.
Best Time to visit: The ideal time to visit Mulshi Lake and Dam is during the monsoon months.
Entry fee: There are no entrance fees to visit this place in Pune
Timings: It can be visited during the day from 9 am to 6 pm.
Dedicated to the Maratha leader Mahadji Shinde, this place is a popular tourist attraction in Pune. Being an important reminder of the Maratha rule in India’s history, this place is hailed as a significant landmark. There is a memorial devoted to the great ruler Shinde and the place also houses a temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva and built by Shinde himself.
It boasts of an interesting architecture replete with intricate carvings and beautifully aligns Rajasthani design with Anglo style. The splendid designs have withstood the passage of time and still considered to be one of the gorgeous pieces of architecture in Pune. The place was constructed following the Vaastu Hara rules and represent a fine amalgamation of two beautiful cultures. Shinde Chhatri is now maintained by Shinde Devasthan Trust, Gwalior and attracts many lovers of art and history in Pune.
Location: Shinde Chhatri is located in Wanawadi in Pune
Best Time to visit: The months from July to February are the most preferred time to visit here
Entry fee: The entry fees at Shinde Chhatri is INR 5/ USD 0.07
Timings: The timings to visit here from 6:00 am to 9:00 pm
One of the most scenic attractions in Pune, Saras Baug is a great place to plan a visit with your friends and family. This place is popular its beautiful 25-acre park and the famous Talyatla Ganpati temple. Dedicated to Lord Ganesha, this temple attracts a number of devotees who come here to pay their respects and seek God’s blessings. It is one of the ideal Pune tourist places if you are visiting with children or looking for a relaxed spot for picnicking in the city.
Saras Baug offers a refreshing experience as you are surrounded by a lush green landscape and indulge in various rides like giant wheels to bring out the kid in you. Another attraction of this place is the presence of a wide array of eateries which are just a delight for foodies in Pune. One can look forward to enjoying some lip-smacking dishes outside Saras Baug like pav bhaji, bhelpuri, panipuri etc.
Location: Saras Baug is located within a radius of one kilometre from Swargate bus station and 3.6 km from Pune Railway Station.
Best Time to visit: Anytime throughout the year is great for visiting Saras Baug in Pune.
Entry fee: There are no entry charges to enter Saras Baug in Pune.
Timings: The garden remains open for tourists from 9 am to 6 pm every day.
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Traveller Tales from Pune
06 May 2015
We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so worth every penny spent. The trek trails, the surr...
10 August 2015
We had a good trekking experience here in Lonavala. Pune and Lonavala are places that can be viewed in a couple of days. While we planned for a long vacation here, we chose to have a beautiful planned ...
11 January 2016
Bhimashankar Trek In Maharashtra is one of its kind of a special trek that is such a country side trek. One can’t experience such a trek generally in other trek trails. Lonavala is by itself a beauty a...
27 June 2015
The trek was fun and exciting. The locality and surroundings were brilliant. I have been to many treks but this trek was one of the best trek I ever had. I seriously recommend this trek to all those wh...
22 October 2018
We have been looking for a single day trek, and lohagad was a perfect option for us. Guided by Sagar, our trek was filled with fun and enthusiasm. Not being regular trekkers made us feel out of breath ...
08 February 2017
#Great Girls Outing# We had a small group of only six girls, but Marshals made sure that the games we played were still great fun and that we didn't need a lot of people to still have a great day ou...
04 February 2017
Awesome!!!!! Visited Corinthians for the first time even though I live in Pune. Never knew that they had a Wide range of Activities...Visited with friends during the day. Had a crazy time at the Paint...
04 January 2019
I visited this camp during new year night. I must say this is best camping near Pune much better than the pawana. Only thing is people is unaware of this place and the place is less advertised and ...
24 December 2018
Well arranged trek to Lohagad fort. 10/10 would recommend. Sachin is a knowledgeable guide in addition to being friendly and helpful.
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There are a lot of things that should be taken care of in Pune. They are listed below: The cab drivers tend to fool you and take you to your destination through a long route which will benefit them. Also, certain changes are done to the taxi metres which increase the fare up to a really high level. Southern India is known for fewer cases of thefts and pickpockets but you should not expect so in Pune. Be alert always. Never carry much cash with you in markets of Pune as they are heavily crowded. Know your hotel well before checking in. Select well known hotels. Also, never leave costly belongings at hotel rooms while you will go out for sightseeing. Take the help of the cops if you cannot figure out something. Asking others might not be beneficial. Bargain while shopping. If you are going out for street side shopping, don’t forget to use your bargaining skills or you might end up buying a cheap thing for a lot of money Try taking public transports such as a bus or train rather than getting into a cab. This will be cheaper. Try avoiding office timings as Pune is well known for its traffic jams.
There are a lot of things that should be taken care of in Pune. They are listed below:
The cab drivers tend to fool you and take you to your destination through a long route which will benefit them. Also, certain changes are done to the taxi metres which increase the fare up to a really high level.
Southern India is known for fewer cases of thefts and pickpockets but you should not expect so in Pune. Be alert always.
Never carry much cash with you in markets of Pune as they are heavily crowded.
Know your hotel well before checking in. Select well known hotels. Also, never leave costly belongings at hotel rooms while you will go out for sightseeing.
Take the help of the cops if you cannot figure out something. Asking others might not be beneficial.
Bargain while shopping. If you are going out for street side shopping, don’t forget to use your bargaining skills or you might end up buying a cheap thing for a lot of money
Try taking public transports such as a bus or train rather than getting into a cab. This will be cheaper.
Try avoiding office timings as Pune is well known for its traffic jams.
The drinking age in Maharashtra has been raised to 25 years. Below that, drinking is illegal. Some districts in Maharashtra also require liquor licence from government civil hospital to permit liquor consumption.
The drinking age in Maharashtra has been raised to 25 years. Below that, drinking is illegal. Some districts in Maharashtra also require liquor licence from government civil hospital to permit liquor consumption.
Pune offers great sightings in the monsoon with lush green hills and numerous waterfalls and so July to September is a nice time of the year to visit Pune for sightseeing, outdoor activities like trekking and adventure sports. However, you may get stuck in one of the many traffic jams in the city.
You can plan a weekend or even road trip to Pune anytime of the year, since Pune has a moderate climate with temperatures ranging from 19 to 33 degrees. It experiences three seasons: Summers from mid-March to June.
The monsoon lasts from June to October with moderate rainfall and makes the place look really pretty. The winters from November to February are pleasant and an amazing time to be here.
Pune has an ambient weather throughout the year and being sandwiched between the Western Ghats and Sahyadri mountains, there are several places for hiking and camping for adventure seekers. It was the capital city of Maratha Empire, so there are several places of historical interest.
Pune is nestled between the Western Ghats and Sahyadri ranges and has several picturesque spots for picnics and trekking
Sandwiched between the Western Ghats and Sahyadri Range, there are numerous hill stations around Pune to cool your heels.
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These luxurious resorts amidst the scenic Western Ghats are a perfect place to laze and luxuriate.
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There are quite a few destinations for a short break from the monotony of city life.
Pune has amazing outskirts and many picturesque day out destinations. A bike trip through the Ghats is the best way to get a panoramic view of the greenery, waterfalls, and valleys. The best destinations are:
Mahabaleshwar is 125 km from Pune by road. There is a direct state transport bus from Pune to Mahabaleshwar and the journey takes 3 hrs. There is no direct trains between Pune and Mahabaleshwar but the train is the cheapest way to get there.
Take Koyna express from Pune to Satara and then take a bus from Satara. It will take 6 hours to reach Mahabaleshwar. The winter months are the best time to visit the hill station as the weather is ideal for outdoor activities.
Mahabaleshwar has many unique sites and historical stories. Some interesting places to see are:
Mahabaleshwar is one of the few evergreen hill stations in India.
Pune is nestled in the Western Ghats which have many rocks and water falls ideal for rappelling.
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Pune, which is perfect for a camping trip.
Lonavala is a beautiful hill station approximately 68 km from Pune and it takes 1 hour by road. It has a lot of adventurous activities like trekking, water sports, para gliding and rock climbing. A beautiful and peaceful Narayani Dham temple with beautiful fountains is a place to visit.
The view from Lion’s Point with floating clouds and green valleys is a feast for the eyes. Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves are two Buddhist caves carved into the rocky mountain site and has unique Buddhist depictions. Wet and Joy Water Park is an amusement park nestled in the Lonavala hills.
Alibaug (145 km) is a beautiful beach destination with pristine sandy beaches and tranquil surroundings. Other than lazing around on the beach you must visit the Kolaba Fort built by Shivaji and Kanakeshwar Forest for its abundant varied flora and fauna. A visit to Vrindavan Farms to enjoy a walk through Custard Apple, Mango, Guava orchards. It takes 2 hours 40 min to reach by road.
These Jungle Safaris present you with thrills of being in a jungle with undisturbed ecosystem in harmony with nature. Some famous and nearby wildlife sanctuaries are:
The Sahyadri range comes alive during monsoons with many waterfalls.
The joy of exploring a city on cycle with a panoramic view of the surrounds is unappalled. There are 2 cycling tours in Pune. A private 4-hour complex tour through Pune University will give you the chance to see buildings with charming colonial British era architecture and imbibe the vibe of campus life. A midnight cycling tour for fitness freaks takes you through Kothrud, Bhusari Colony, Chandni Chowk, Bhavdan Budhrakh, Pashan, Pune University, and Chaturshrungi. The cost of the tour is 700 INR.
The Kundalika River in Kolad is the fastest flowing river in the southern part of the country and is one of the top 5 destinations for white water rafting in India. Kolad is 113 km from the city and it takes 4 hrs. to reach by road.
Dandeli at 440 km in Karnataka is an overnight journey from Pune. The Kali River, has a 13 km stretch full of rapids making it ideal for rafting.
Monsoons are definitely the best time to visit for rafting as the water levels are high and with strong currents which make the rafting experience more thrilling and enjoyable. The entire Sahyadri range has a lot of waterfalls and one can enjoy trekking through the waterfalls and its lush greenery.
Sula Vineyards and Soma Vineyard Resort in Nashik provide wine tasting session with ample information on the techniques of proper wine tasting. A tour of the vineyard estate will show you the grapes from which wine is made and wine factory for the techniques involved in winemaking.
The approximate cost of wine tasting tour is 1500 INR per head. The tours take place between 1130 to 1830 hrs. on all days except dry days.
Nashik is 208 km from Pune and the drive will take approximately 4hrs. There are 2 direct trains from Pune and they take about 7 hrs. to reach Nashik. Its salubrious climate is best suited for making wine.
The country’s best and biggest vineyards like Sula Vineyards, Soma Vineyards, and Grover Vineyards are close to Nashik and offer tours which will include walking through grape plantations and ample information about thecorrect method of tasting wines.
Go-Karting is an exciting activity and makes you feel like a professional F1 driver.
There are several beautiful hill stations located close to Pune.
Pune has many beautiful beach destinations within 150 km. The best beaches to unwind are:
The most famous markets in Pune for shopping are:
Some of the best restaurants in Pune are:
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Pune is located in the Western Ghats and is a gateway for many scenic drives in the region. Some of the most scenic drives are:
Pune is known for its throbbing nightlife and partying. The most happening pubs are:
Pune was the capital city of Maratha Kings and the monsoon capital of British India. It has many noteworthy museums reflecting its rich history and culture.
A visit to the water park offers many rides, games and activities. The most exciting water parks in Pune are:
The most popular and visited temples in Pune are:
All the temples can be visited in one day. They are open between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all days.