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Traveller Tales from Pune


Charuchandra Patil

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...

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Gandharv Malik

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 ...

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Sushil Kocchar

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...

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Gotum Mehrotra

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...

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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...

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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...

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04 February 2017

#Best place for day outing with friends and company outing # I went there with a bunch of friends. It was one of the most awesome experiences in my life. We all heard crazy stories about Paintball ;...



08 August 2016

Superb experience in Pune. Must try for all those who are seeking adventure in Pune. We were in Pune for a short vacation and had a free day. We contacted Absolute Scuba pune and were greeted by a ...


Shubha Kocchar

06 February 2016

Everything was just perfect, must take some time to appreciate the organisers for taking effort and setting up the camp from far way off the city and up the hill. The view from there was wonderful. I a...

What You Should Know More About Pune

  • Q. About the Destination

    Located in the state of Maharashtra, Pune is one most the most prosperous metropolitan cities of India. It is considered to be the cultural capital of Maharashtra. Established by Shivaji Maharaj, Pune consists of a lot of places which will leave you mesmerized. It is 118 kms away from Mumbai and comes at second place in terms of population and advancement, Mumbai being at the first place.

    Pune is a perfect blend of culture and heritage with modernization. It has a lot of tourist’s attractions that cannot be compared with any other place in the world. Pune is also well-known for National Defence Academy.

    The places in Pune that are worth paying a visit are Aga khan Palace, Parvati Hills, Shaniwar Wada, Shivneri Fort, and the list goes on. You will get delicious Maharashtrian thalis in Pune which will make you lick your fingers. From authentic vegetarian foods like Puran Poli to typical non vegetarian Maharashtrian Biryani, from street side vada pavs to lavish restaurants, Pune is a foodie’s paradise.

    If you are a History student, you must visit Pune at least once in a lifetime. The forts, the palaces, the rich Maharashtrian culture and tales of bravery will leave will leave you in a surprise. Also, if you are a shopping-freak, the markets of Pune will surely make you fall in love with them.  

  • Q. Travel Advice

    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.

  • Q. Drinking Laws

    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.

  • Q. Our Recommendations-what you cannot afford to miss?

    National Defence Academy

    This is a must visit for every Indian to see how our soldiers are trained. Established in 1954, this academy is the reason behind our peaceful nights.

    Agha Khan Palace

    The Agha Khan Palace holds a prime position in the history of India’s freedom. Mahatma Gandhi along with his wife Kasturba Gandhi was imprisoned in this palace since 1942. Now, the palace is the headquarters of Gandhi National Memorial Society where khadi is still being manufactured. The palace has beautiful scenic gardens too.

    Ranjangaon Ashtavinayak

    This holy place is believed to be created by lord Shiva. Earlier known as Manipur, this place is a must visit for those who seeks to know about lord Ganesha and Hindu culture. It is the fourth temple of the eight Ganesha temples of Maharashtra. The other ashtavinayak temples in Pune are Lenyadri and Theur.

    Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum

    This museum is solely made by the collections of Raja Dinkar Kelkar. The main displays in this museum are embroidered textiles, antique copper vessels and swords, antique sculptures and many more precious things that will remind you about the Peshwas. Dr. Dinkar Kelkar had collected them and made this museum. You can pay a visit between 9:30 am to 5:30 pm to transport yourself back in history.

    Lohagad Visapur

    The forts at Lohagad and Visapur are so unique that they will leave you mesmerized. These forts are an important part of the Maratha rule and are worth visiting. They have witnessed so much during the making of history.

    Malshej Waterfalls

    Malshej Ghats is often referred to as a rain traveller’s abode. These picturesque waterfalls can give you a treat for your eyes. You would definitely not like to go away from this particular place. The heavy downpour, the lush greenery all around, the chilled out weather makes this place no less than a heaven.

    Melghat Tiger Reserve

    Located in the northern part of Amravati District, this is the place for those who love forest and wildlife. You can encounter a lot of varied species of animals here. The tribal communities of Korkus and Gaolis reside here. This is the place where Maharashtra meets Madhya Pradesh.

    Shaniwar Wada

    This Maratha fort with five gates holds a lot of history inside. Now, it is one of the major attractions in Pune. The five gates are namely Dilli Darwaza which is the main gate of the fort, Mastani Darwaza or Alibahadur Darwaza facing north, Khidki Darwaza facing east, Ganesh Darwaza facing south-east and Jambhul Darwaza or Narayan Darwaza facing south.

    Parvati Hills

    The main attraction of this hill is a temple on its top. There are 103 steps which will take you to the temple. The temple was completed by Balaji Baji Rao in the year 1749. The main temple is made of Blackstone. There are other temples beside the main temple.


    The home to INS Shivaji, this is also a famous and picturesque picnic spot and camping spot. Adjacent to Khandala, it is a hill station and a must visit for youngsters for camping. The famous places to see in Lonavala are Lonavala Lake, Duke’s Nose, Rajmachi Point, Ryewood park and Shivaji Udyan, Tiger’s Leap, Valvan Dam, Lion Point, Karla Caves, etc.

  • Q. What will you like there?

    Infrastructure:  Pune is a well-developed city with smooth roads, five star hotels, big malls, multiplexes, good communication system which will make your trip well organised.

    Education System:
    There are a number of good schools and colleges. The famous Symbiosis International University is there in Pune. If you are planning for an admission in a well-known college, you must take Symbiosis under consideration. 

    Marathas were great warriors. They gave us some spectacular examples of forts you could find nowhere. Some examples of forts which you should visit are Shaniwar Wada Fort, Sinhagad Fort, Rajgad Fort, Shivneri Fort, Fort Jadhavgarh and Lohgad Fort. 

    The authentic Maharashtrian cuisine is really yummy and delicious. You can get a mild aroma of curry leaves in your meals which, in turn, increase appetite. No matter if you are a vegetarian or a non-veg, Pune meals will offer you whatever you will wish to have.

    The reasons are unknown exactly, but you will find young people all around more than the aged ones in Pune. This might be because Pune is the city with great work culture. The young folks around you are very helpful.  

    The weather is Pune is ideal for Sightseeing. The moderate climate makes it really comfortable out there. At some places such as Lonavala, the weather is cool with soft breezes. 

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