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If Mumbai is the most happening place in Maharashtra, then it’s neighbour Pune is the cultural hub and the biggest city in the state. An upcoming IT centre and a fascinating city, Pune has no shortage of things to intrigue the interest of almost anyone who has ever been here or has heard of the city. With being in the proximity of many major cities and acting as a centre seat for when getting to major attractions of the state is concerned, the places to visit in Pune and around will never cease to amaze you with their unique roster of features. 

From treks to Lohagarh and Rajmachi Forts, to the canoeing and white water rafting adventures in Kolad River, from a fascinating Scuba Diving experience to the unique experience of trekking in Andharban, the city is in a proximity of some of the most fascinating things to do in Pune and near.

Adventure never stops in Pune as you can embark on an exhilarating underwater experiences in the Sangam safari and maybe, if you are a daredevil, pay a visit to the Crocodile Island. And even if you are not well acquainted with the adventures around, don’t be disheartened as there are many places near Pune where you can take on things at a beginner level, like the Kundalika river that serves as the perfect place for beginners in rafting or the famous Rajmachi fort which is most suited for people who wish to start on an easy trek

And for places to stay in Pune and around, there are innumerable options to choose from. You can choose to stay in a luxurious resort in Pune or go for a hillside resort in the embrace of Maharashtra’s favourite hill stations like Khandala, Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar for the true weekend getaway from Pune, not so far away from the city. And for the ones who like mix adventure with their stays and take it all to a whole new level, Pune is not going to disappoint you. With options ranging from a camp stay on the banks of Pawna Lake to a village stay experience in Junnar, there is just no stopping the fun that one can have in Pune. Pune is the whole deal, everything around it is just a pleasant add-on, and who doesn’t like freebies, right?

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Shaniwar Wada Palace
Shaniwar Wada is an excellent example of the Maratha Imperial architecture used in India in the bygone era. It tells the historical tale of the Maratha Kingdom as it has seen every event that occurred in Peshwas Life over time.

It was built by the Peshwas’ symbolizing the brave hearts of the Marathas, who strived hard to keep its glory alive. Though the fort couldn’t tolerate the battering from the wrong time but the stone boundaries still recite the untold tales of the colourful journeys lead by the heroic Marathas.

However, some ruins still remain reciting the remarkable stories and contorted tales. You can witness the enormous stone boundaries made to protect the beautiful Shaniwar Wada, which shows the level of security provided to the people of the kingdom.

The walls have a magnificent wooden gate reflecting the Mughal architecture, which is another example of how secure the palace was made. There are long iron spikes tucked into the gate, which could reduce the attack of the enemy and kept elephants away.

Besides this, you can see a garden which follows the style of the Mughal architecture. It also has a lovely fountain resembling a 16 petaled lotus, right in the middle of the garden. Adding to that, you can see the boundaries marked on the ground, which could tell about all the rooms.

There is nothing more than this havoc of time, which changed the face of the mighty Shaniwar Wada into nothing. But you can still make these remains your window into the past to relive what has happened in history.

History of Shaniwar Wada:



The foundation stone of the Shaniwar Wada was laid in 1730 by Peshwa Bajirao I. Initially, it was intended to be a colossal palace of seven stories made out of stone. But the people of the national capital argued that only King can have a castle made of stone.

So, the construction of Shaniwar Wada began using bricks. It took two years to complete this elegant structure, which displayed an excellent blend of the Maratha Imperial architecture with the Mughal architecture. The interiors had valuable furniture and decorations along with carvings of flowers and paintings of scenes from the Mahabharata and Ramayana. 

The first major fire in the year 1791 destroyed a significant part of the fort, which was re-constructed again. Then the next explosion in 1808 burnt all the necessary artifacts and documents in the palace.

Then another fire in 1812 destroyed the upper two stories of the castle, followed by a fire in 1813 which destroyed the Royal Hall. All this destruction was taken to another level in the year 1818. The British attacked Shaniwar Wada, which resulted in collapsing all the top stories. Finally, in the year 1828, a fire caught the whole palace, which burned for a week and wrecked it.

 Architecture of Shaniwar Wada:



Architecture of Shaniwar Wada is an excellent example of Maratha style of construction blended with authentic Mughal architecture. The main gate, also known as Delhi Darwaza, is adorned with iron spikes to restrain the enemy attack as it is enormous enough to pass an elephant through it. There is a small aisle on the top of the door which has dome-shaped windows definitely taken from the Mughal architecture.

Besides this gate, the Wada has four more gates, namely Mastani Darwaza, Khidki Darwaza, Ganesh Darwaja, and Narayan Darwaza. The walls have floral carvings and paintings resembling the Mughal architecture style.

Scenes from Ramayana and Mahabharata are also found painted at various significant spots. The windows and doors are also dome-shaped contributing to the traces of Mughal architecture. Archaeologists believe that initially, the fort was six-floored before it was destroyed by the fire. Finally, the garden has a 16 petaled lotus representing the grace of the bygone era.
Aga Khan Palace
Aga Khan Palace in Pune is a wonderful landmark of India’s history and has many great events and personalities associated with it. It was constructed in the year 1892 by Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III. It was in Aga Khan Palace where Mahatma Gandhi and Kasturba Gandhi imprisoned and now it is famous as the Gandhi National Memorial Society.It is one of the prominent attractions in Pune and people here can enjoy a fascinating visit seeing the personal belongings of Mahatma Gandhi in the room where he stayed.
Sinhagad Fort
Literally meaning the Lion Fort, Sinhagad Fort is one of the most famous historical places to visit in Pune which is believed to have been built about 2000 years ago. It is getting more beautiful as it is ageing and rain adds more to its beauty. Being at its best, a hot cup of coffee with your loved one amidst the mist surrounding this magnificent heritage in rain would be perfect.
Adlabs Imagica
Embark on a day filled with adventure and excitement by visiting Adlabs Imagica in Pune. This is a 130-acre theme park that will help you relax and refresh unlike any other place in Pune. Adlabs Imagica offers wonderful fun and enjoyment for people of all ages and makes for a recreational getaway from Pune. It is divided into three parks which are a theme park, water park and snow park.One of most thrilling places in Pune, Adlabs Imagica boasts of fantastic rides, pool, gym and many restaurants to keep your day filled with various activities. Due to its so many premium offerings in recreational adventure, it has been hailed as one of the most preferred retreats for families near Pune and MumbaiLocation: 30/31, Sangdewadi, Near Khopoli, Pali-Khopoli Road (State Highway 92), Off Mumbai-Pune Express Way, Taluka Khalapur, District Raigad, MaharashtraBest Time to visit: The months of monsoon and winter season are considered the best time to visit Adlabs ImagicaEntry Fee: The cost of a regular ticket at Adlabs Imagica is INR 1500/ USD 23 per adult during the weekdays and INR 1900/ USD 30 during the weekends and holidays.Timings: It is open from 11:00 am to 9:00 pm
Panshet Water Park
A relatively newly opened amusement park in Lonavala, Panshet Water Park is known for offering thrilling and fun water rides. It is located close to the famous Khadakwasla dam and is nestled around the western ghats. This water park is also surrounded by the Sahyadri hills giving a picturesque backdrop to the exciting water activities. It is a great bet during the summers as it allows one to escape the strong heat and take a dip in the water!Location: Near Khadakwasla Dam, PuneTimings: 10 PM to 6 PM on all daysEntry fee: On the weekdays - INR 250 for adults and INR 170 for children under the height of 4 feet. On weekends and public holidays - INR 300 for adults and INR 230 for children under the height of 4 feet.
Appu Ghar Amusement Park
Appu Ghar, popularly known as “The Mini Disneyland”, is one of the best amusement parks in the state of Maharashtra. Situated at Nigdi in Pune at the foothills of the Shri Durga Devi Tekadi, it offers a plethora of opportunities for thrill and entertainment. Also known as Indira Gandhi Udyan, the main purpose of creating the park was to gift an eco-friendly atmosphere to people of all ages.The construction of Appu Ghar Pune started in 1989 and continued till 1992. Since 2005, the maintenance of the park is entrusted with the Pushpak Amusements group. The name of the park was derived from the famous mascot of the 1982 Asian Games held in Delhi, Appu the elephant. Operating for more than 40 years now, the park is one of the favorite destinations for both Indians and international travelers.The rides of Appu Ghar Pune have all been imported from Italy with high quality and safety standards. There are water pools too for both kids and adults to enjoy a cool soothing day out in the park. Along with the numerous fun and exciting rides, the park has a beautiful lake in its premises to sit and relax. You can also witness the stunning views of the hills adjacent to the park.

Pune FAQ's

What are the famous places to see in Pune?

1. Shaniwar Wada Palace: Dating back to the 18th century, the Shaniwar Wada Palace was a very famous location during the Maratha Empire.

The place is a prominent historical landmark and still amazes people with its beautiful architecture and solid foundation. Considered to be a haunted place, The Shaniwar Wada Palace has various stories related to it. If you are into history and are an architectural enthusiast then this place is a must visit for you.

Location: Shaniwar Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411030.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 6:30 PM.
Price: INR 100 for Indian nationals and INR 125 for foreigners.

2. Aga Khan Palace: 
Exhibiting the brilliance of architecture, the Aga khan Palace is known for its historical significance. Taking over an area of 19 acres, the Aga Khan Palace is now headquarters of the Gandhi national Memorial Society.

This was the place where Mahatma Gandhi, his wife, secretary and Sarojini Naidu were kept as prisoners. Since then, this place has been turned into a memorial and is flocked by loads of tourists from all over the world.

Location:
Pune Nagar Road, Kalyani Nagar, Pune, Maharashtra 411014.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM.
Price: INR 5 for Indians and INR 100 for foreigners.

3. Osho Ashram: 
Dedicated to Rajneesh Chander Mohan Jain who was famous among the people as “Osho Rajneesh”, this Ashram is known to offer a hint of the ideologies of Osho.

Famous as a meditation and peace Centre, the Osho Ashram has been attracting thousands of people from all over the world. Providing various methods for personal development, creative arts, Sufism and much more, this Ashram is known for setting up various spiritual camps helping people in getting better knowledge of their life.

Location: 17, Koregaon Park Road, Vasani Nagar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001.
Timings: 6:00 AM to 10:30 PM.
Price: INR 850 for one day and INR 3700 for 5 days visit.

4. Dagdusheth Halwai Temple: 
Flocked by thousands of pilgrims all round the year, the Dagdusheth Halwai temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha.

Having various stories related to it, this temple was believed to be built to heal the depression of a woman whose son and husband died in an accident. Since then the temple has been flocked by various celebrities and ministers to pay tribute to the Lord. The idol placed in the temple is made with pure gold and cost around INR 10 million.

Location: Ganpati Bhavan, 250, Budhvar Peth, Shivaji Road, Pune, Maharashtra 411002.
Timings: 6:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

5. Vetal Tekdi: 
Standing at an elevation of 2600 feet, the Vetal Tekdi or the Vetal Hill is located in the heart of Western Ghats. This hill is a very famous location and close to city limits, thus people can readily visit here.

Famous among hiking enthusiasts and the ones wishing to enjoy birdwatching, this place is loaded with green fields and lush green trees. On the top of the hill there is a beautiful Vetala Temple from where one can enjoy some of the most splendid views of the low-lying region. From adventure enthusiasts to pilgrims, this location attracts various kinds of people.

Location: Pashan, Pune 411038, Maharashtra.

6. Lal Mahal: 
Dating back to 1630 AD, Lal Mahal was built by Shivaji Maharaj’s father for his wife and son. Being such an old monument, the palace still holds similar beauty and charm and has been standing through various natural calamities.

The Lal Mahal is open for all now and people can gaze into various relics and other things related to Shivaji Maharaj. Around the palace, there is a small playground which has been converted into a recreational zone for kids.

Location: Lal Mahal, Ganesh Rd, Durvankur Society, Kasba Peth, Pune, Maharashtra 411002.
Timings: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM and 4:00 PM to 8:00 PM.
Price: INR 10 per person.

7. NDA - National Defence Academy: C
onstructed with the famous Jodhpuri red sandstone, the national defence Academy of India will let you guys into the various aspects of training of the Navy and air forces.

As you enter its wide gets you will be able to see cadets in action and practising their parades and what not. The academy also has a campus loaded with war relics and a library housing around one lakh printed items related to the wars.

Location: NDA Alumni Association, National Defence Academy, PO NDA Khadakwasla, Pune-411023.
Timings: Sunday 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM.

8. Parvati Hill and Temple: 
Once a private shrine of the Peshwas, the Parvathi hill temple dates back to the 17th century. Built by Balaji Bajirao, this temple makes you climb around 108 steps to finally reach the top of the hill and enjoy the most scenic views of the city.

Having an elevation of 2100 feet above sea level, this place lets you enjoy some of the most beautiful sunsets from the top. Being such a beautiful place and having a temple on its top, this place attracts adventure seekers  as well as pilgrims equally.

Location: Parvati Hill, Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra 411009.
Timings: 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

9. Sinhagad Fort: 
Literally translating into “the Palace of the lions”, the Sinhagad Fort dates back to the year 1671. This footrest stands at an elevation of 1312 m above the sea level and overlooks the beautiful plains and low-lying grasslands.

Now turned into ruins, this fort is a very famous sightseeing heritage for the locals as well as tourists. The paintings and the wall carvings dating back to several hundred years can still be seen on its walls. From a temple to a brewery and a military depot, this fort used to have everything of its own.

Location: Sinhagad Ghat Road, Thoptewadi, Maharashtra 411025.
Timings: 5:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Price: INR 20 for two wheelers and iNR 40 for four wheelers.

10. Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park: 
Spread over an area of 130 acres, the Rajiv Gandhi zoological Park is a very famous tourist attraction in Pune. Often considered to be a go-to destination for picnics, outings and safaris, this place lets you get close to nature and enjoy a delightful day.

The zoo is home to various species of rare birds and animals which can be seen resting in their natural habitat. From tigers to lions and from elephants to deers, this place houses various different species of wildlife.

Location: Satara Road, Near Bharati Vidyapeeth, Katraj, Pune, Maharashtra.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Price: INR 100 to INR 300.

What are the best things to do in Pune?

1. Experience the in Cafes and Clubs: Bustling with top notch cafes and home to various sizzling places, Pune will let you enjoy the best nightlife. From chilling with your friends to enjoying a delightful dinner with your loved ones, the clubs, restaurants and cafes of Pune will offer you a perfect place to indulge in such activities. From live music to the shining parties, the places like PNL and Mix@36 will make sure that your experience remains delightful and your night remains colourful.

Location: Plot No. 36/3-B, 2nd Floor, The Westin Pune, Mundhwa Road, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001.
Price: INR 2000 to INR 3000 per person.
Timings: 8:00 PM to 3:00 AM.

2. Visit the Joshi’s Museum of Miniature Railways: 
Having various types of trains and engines on exhibit, the Joshi‘s Museum of miniature Railways will provide you with a sneak peak into the world of dreams. Being around 22 year old, this museum houses around 150 different miniatures of various trains including steam engines, bullet trains, regular railways and metros.

In addition to all this, the Joshi’s Museum can turn out to be the best spot to bring your kids as you can enjoy a guided tour here as well. From clicking various memorable pictures to getting knowledge of Asian greens this place has a lot to offer.

Location: 17/1, B/2, Late GA Kulkarni Path, Next to, Kothrud, Pune, Maharashtra 411038.
Price: INR 90 per person.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM and 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

3. Climb the 108 steps of Parvati Hill Temple: 
Either looking for adventure or wishing to visit a 17th century temple, the Parvati Hill will let you enjoy both these activities at same time. Built by Balaji Bajirao, this temple was one of the private shrines of the Peshwas.

The hill has an elevation of 2100 feet and once you reach the top you can relish upon some of the most beautiful panoramas of a sunset. The temple on the top is dedicated to Hindu goddess and in the evening you can enjoy a calming session of prayers.

Location: Parvati Hill, Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra 411009.
Timings: 5:00 AM to 8:00 PM.

4. Seek peace at Osho Ashram: F
or all the soulless seekers yeah and the ones who wish to spend some time in a blissful surrounding, the Osho Ashram has turned out to be the best location to do so.

Providing healing therapies for both your mind and your body, this place is dedicated to helping people in understanding a deeper perspective of their lives. Various meditation opportunities are offered here in which people are taught about personal development, creative arts and much more.

Location: 17, Koregaon Park Road, Vasani Nagar, Koregaon Park, Pune, Maharashtra 411001.
Timings: 6:00 AM to 10:30 PM.
Price: INR 850 for one day and INR 3700 for 5 days visit.

5. Visit the Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park: I
f wishing to indulge in some adventure and I want to spend some playful time with your loved ones then make sure that you’re planning a picnic or a visit to the Rajiv Gandhi zoological Park.

Covering an area of around 130 acres, the spark let’s enjoy a perfect Forest Safari in which you get to gaze at various species of wildlife resting in their natural habitat. In addition to this one can also indulge in birdwatching. Some of the known animals which can be seen here include tigers, lions, elephants, theirs and much more.

Location: Satara Road, Near Bharati Vidyapeeth, Katraj, Pune, Maharashtra.
Timings: 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM.
Price: INR 100 to INR 300.

6. Shop at Fashion Street and MG Road: I
f you wish to spend your day shopping for various local items and handicrafts in Pune then the fashion Street and the MG Road are the two most famous locations for shopping.

Your shopping spree will become more delightful here because both the locations have various small vendors selling quality items at cheap prices. In addition to this, the markets also have various shops selling copies of high end brands. Once you are done shopping, you can relish upon local snacks from street side vendors.

Location: Camp, Pune, Maharashtra.
Price: Depends on the items you shop for.
Timings: 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM.

7. Trek to Vetal Tekdi: 
If wishing to indulge in some adventurous activities and want to gaze into the best of nature at the same time then make sure that you opt for a session of trekking to Vetal Tekdi. Sitting in the western Ghats, the Vetal Tekdi or the Vetal Hills preaches at an elevation of 2600 feet, thus offering a perfect location for trekking.

The path to the top is scenic as well as thrilling and you will witness various steep ravines too. Once you reach the top, you will be surrounded by some of the most beautiful panoramas of the whole city.

Location: Pashan, Pune 411038, Maharashtra.

When is the best time to visit Pune?

The months between October to March are considered to be the best time to enjoy a vacation in Pune. Around this time, the climate remains pleasant with little breeze and the temperature stays between 20 to 28 degree celsius. All these factors make this time the best to indulge in sightseeing tours and other activities.

How to reach Pune?

Pune is well connected to other parts of the country by several state and private roadways. In addition to this, you can also book a train to Pune and reach here in no time. Pune has an international airport as well where flights from all over the world land on a daily basis.

What are the best public transport modes to commute around Pune?

Most of the transportation in Pune is done using local buses. One can easily find a bus from the stops as they ply on a minute basis. In addition to this, if you seek more comfort, you can opt for auto rickshaws, taxis or cab rentals.

What is famous in Pune to buy?

You can shop for ethic slippers, known as Kolhapuri Chappal from the local markets. In addition to this, items like rice flakes chiwda, potato chiwda, cornflakes chiwda and other items are available here at very cheap prices.

How many days are enough for Pune?

A four day trip is enough to enjoy the best of Pune. The first two days can be dedicated to sightseeing and visiting the famous tourist attractions and the next day can be spent indulging in some adventures and activities. You can spend the last remaining day visiting the markets and shopping for local handicrafts.

How much does a trip to Pune cost?

A 4 day long trip to Pune will cost you between INR 25,000 to INR 50,000 in which all the basic facilities like travel, stay, food, activities and sightseeing will be included. The total cost will be wholly dependent on the type of stay you choose and the add on activities which you opt for.

Is it safe to walk around Pune?

If you wish to walk around in the morning then you need not to worry as you will not face any kind of issues. However, doing the same in the night time might attract pickpockets and burglars.

Is Pune safe for tourists?

Ranked the best in terms of all the facilities, Pune is undoubtedly a safe place for tourists. However, if you roam alone and go to crowded areas for shopping and eating out, the locals might charge you extra. Above all, the crime rate here is comparatively low than other cities of Maharashtra.

What is Pune famous for?

Pune is considered to be the second major IT hub of India and is flocked by lakhs of students from all over the world. Pune has also been a Maratha Capital for many dedicated and has been known to offer a perfect cultural experience to its guests.

What is the famous food of Pune?

When in Pune, make sure that you relish upon the various regional delicacies including the misal pav, mastaani shake, dabeli, kanda poha and pithla bhakri. All these snacks are readily available at local shops and small street side vendors and you can enjoy them with a cup of tea or coffee.

What are the famous adventure activities to do in Pune?

1. Helicopter Ride: Spend an evening relishing upon the panoramic views of the whole city from high above and opt for a helicopter ride. Many private companies in Pune offer the tourists with a chance to gaze into the serenity of this city in a thrilling way.

2. Trekking: Places like the Vetal Tekdi or the Vetal Hill are a prime example of a place which lies within the city reaches and offers a chance to indulge in the thrill of trekking. The path to the top will provide you with various scenic views of the steep valleys and panoramic views of the whole city.

3. Artificial Rock Climbing: If you wish to enjoy an activity as thrilling as rock climbing but want to stay within the city reaches then reach the Raje Shivaji Artificial Climbing Wall. This can turn out to be the best spot to spend some playful time with your friends and family members.

4. ATV Bike Riding: Visit the Della adventure park and spend a day racing with your loved ones in an ATV bike. Experience the speed as you soar through various descending paths and pass thrush topsy turvy roads. From proper safety to perfect thrill, everything will be taken care of here.

Which are the historical sites in Pune?

1. Shaniwar Wada Palace: Exhibiting the brilliance of architecture, the Shaniwar Wada Palace covers an area of 600 acres with its beautiful gardens. Built by Peshwa Bajirao, this palace used to be his resting place, essence of which can still be seen in the beautiful pathways and corridors.

2. Lal Mahal: Lal Mahal was the place where Shivaji Maharaj grew up as a child and various relics related to him are still preserved here. Around the palace, you will also find a park which is a dedicated kids playground.

3. Dagdusheth Halwai Ganesh Temple: Having various stories related to it, this temple dates back to several hundred years. Inside the temple, you will find a statue of Lord Ganesha made purely of gold and having a value of INR 10 million.

4. Sinhagad Fort: Dating back to around 2000 years, this fort was once a royal stay. Located in the middle of high standing hills, the fort has been turned into ruins today but the majestic pillar and carvings on its walls still depict the greatness of architecture and craftsmanship.

How is the nightlife of Pune?

1. High Spirits: With distinctive cocktails and some of the most delectable sizzlers, the High Spirits will load your night out with various tasteful dishes.

2. Mi A Mi: If you are looking for a place where you can groove on music and dance till the night ends then Mi A Mi is the place for you. From chic ambience to tasteful drinks, this place is loaded with some of the best facilities.

3. Swig: Whether looking for a place which offers live music or want to spend some time enjoying a fun evening with your loved ones then Swig will offer you the best of everything.

Which are the famous resorts in Pune?

1. Oxford Golf Resort: If wishing to visit a place where you can soak in eternal bliss of nature while enjoying the best of luxuries then the Oxford Golf Resort is the best spot for you. Either travelling with family or on a romantic vacation with your partner, this resort will cater to all your needs.

2. Paradise Country: For the ones who wish to spend some time in the serenity of nature while experiencing the best of luxuries then they can stay at Paradise Country. Apart from this, this resort also lets you indulge in some  adventurous activities like zip lining and trekking.

3. Arunagiri Countryside Resort: Featuring a restaurant, a garden and a private pool, this resort is one of the best properties you can find in Pune. With plush interiors and an array of room based amenities, this resort makes sure that its guests enjoy the best staycation of their life.

4. Fort Jadhavgadh: Providing you a chance to experience heritage and royalty at its best, the Fort Jadhavgadh will let you stay in culturally decorated rooms loaded with all the top notch amenities. From a spa and wellness center to an outdoor swimming pool, this resort features an array of luxurious facilities.

Which are the famous beaches near Pune?

1. Aksa Beach: Popular among the locals as well as tourists for offering beautiful views of nature, the Aksa Beach will let you enjoy the best beachy vibes.

2. Juhu Beach: If looking for a place where you can enjoy a fun filled evening taking part in adventure activities while side by side relishing upon local snacks then Juhu Beach is the best spot for you.

3. Kihim Beach: Having its shores loaded with swaying palms and coconut grooves, the Kihim Beach will offer some of the most splendid sceneries. With an array of activity, you will be getting a proper dosage of adventure here.

Which are some famous treks near Pune?

1. Lohagad Fort: Standing at an elevation of 1050 metres, this fort lets you soar the great heights and enjoy some of the most enthralling scenery of the valley below you.

2. Sinhagad Fort: Soaring among the dramatic hills, the Sinhagad Fort lets you enjoy thrilling sessions of trekking. The path to the top is easy and anyone having little knowledge of trekking can enjoy it.

3. Rajmachi Fort: If looking for a place which is historic as well as offers a perfect location for trekking. Having an elevation of 2710 m, the path to the top is kind of easy but is loaded with various steep slopes and rocky paths.

What are some famous camping sites near Pune?

1. Velhe: A quiet hamlet located at a distance of 46 KM from Pune, Velhe will provide you with the perfect spot to enjoy a session of camping amidst the best of nature.

2. Kambre: Surrounded by the lush green forests on all its sides, Kambre will load your camping session with numerous natural encounters and splendid sceneries.

3. Pawna Lake: One of the most famous camping spots around Pune, Pawna Lake is surrounded by various scenic spots from where you can soak in the beauty of the pristine lake and gaze into the shining night sky.

Which resorts are couple-friendly in Pune?

  • Machan (68 km) in Atvan is perfect for stargazing, bird watching and going for walks in the lap of nature. This is an eco-friendly resort with rooms built on MachThe tariff rates are approx 5000 INR for 1 night.
  • Ramsukh-resort and Spa at 108 km near Mahabaleshwar is the place to rejuvenate and reconnect with your significant other. The tariff rates are 5000 INR for a night.
  • Radisson Resort and Spa (141 km) in Alibaug is surrounded by mountains and Lake Veshvi is perfect for spending an idyllic time. You can pamper yourself with a Thai massage in the luxurious Thai Spa. The tariff can range between 4000- 7000 INR.
  • Ccaza Ccomodore (141 km) in Alibaug is a sanctuary for seclusion for honeymooners. It is 7 min away from Mandwa jetty and beach. The resort has many water sports activities. The rooms are available for approximately 6500 INR.

Which are some best weekend getaways from Pune?

There are quite a few destinations for a short break from the monotony of city life.

  • Lonavala (65 km) is a beautiful hill station with many trekking trails, camping opportunities, viewpoints and majestic forts to visit.
  • The city of Wai (85 km) on the banks of Krishna River is a sight to behold with its untouched beauty. There are many activities like kayaking, raft building, river crossing and trekking to indulge in.
  • Kamshet (48 km) is a beautiful destination surrounded by rustic hamlets. It is the paragliding hub of the state.
  • Khandala (69 km) is the most popular hill station in the region as it lies on the Mumbai-Pune highway.
  • The moss covered statuesque Lohagad Fort (74 km) is a hot spot for trekking and history lovers.

Which all places are good for a bike trip near Pune?

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:

  • A ride to Rajmachi (78 km) passes through many mountains and viewpoints.
  • The route to Lavasa is cloaked in the beauty of nature with green meadows and placid lakes.
  • A 125 km bike ride takes you to the quaint and charming Matheran. The place is known for its unique flora and fauna.
  • The road to Tamhini Ghat passes through the most stunning locations- Temghar Dam with a reservoir, virgin forests and many small rivulets.
  • Panchgani is 100 km from Pune and the drive is enchanting with meandering roads and misty clouds.
  • The incredible and awesome perspective of the valley can be seen while driving towards Malshej Ghat.

How far is Mahabaleshwar from Pune? When is the best time to visit it?

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.

Which are some amazing Beach Destination near Pune? How far are they?

Pune has many beautiful beach destinations within 150 km. The best beaches to unwind are:

  • Kihim Beach is 140 km and it takes 2 hours to reach by road. It is an ideal destination to spend time by the emerald green waters and sandy beaches.
  • Alibaug is 145 km and it takes 2 hrs. 40 min to reach here. It is the most popular beach destination for Puneites and Mumbaikars. There are some amazing resorts in Alibaug.
  • Mandwa Beach is at a distance of 150 km and is 3 hrs. 30 min. away. It is a paradise for nature lovers with tranquil waters and less crowded beaches.
  • Kashid Village and Murud at a distance of 160 km is 4 hrs from Pune. It is at the confluence of ghats and sea with mesmerizing views of lush green hills and pristine white beaches. Murud is known for a fort in the sea.
  • It takes 4hrs. to reach Diveagar beach which is about 175 km from Pune. It is still unexplored making it the best destination for those looking for peace and serenity.

Which are some best restaurants in Pune?

Some of the best restaurants in Pune are:

  • Shizusan in Phoenix Mall is an Asian Pop Bistro with subtle oriental décor has an innovative south-east Asian menu like Leek Dimsums, Unusual lamb, Peanut butter pie, green tea infused Tiramisu.
  • Greedy Man Pizzeria in Kalyani Nagar serves the best iteration of Napolitano- style pizza in the city.
  • Mahlzeit in Koregaon Park has a charming rustic décor and serves German food in impressive portions.
  • Madness-Social Clinic in Koregaon Park is a unique resto-bar with a hospital theme décor. The food is a blend of North Indian, Italian and South-east Asian.
  • Donkey’s Arse serves multi-cuisine food and is a hub for comedy nights and music charts.
  • Superheroes in Koregaon Park as the name suggests is littered with super hero paraphernalia and has a large play area for kids, making it a favorite with families.
  • Playboy beer garden in Baner offers an excellent beer menu and sumptuous food.
  • Savya Rasa in Koregaon Park in famous for its regional gourmet south Indian cuisines ranging from Syrian Christian food, Nellore, Kongunadu and Nasrani dishes.

How can I experience the best nightlife in Pune?

Pune is one of the few places in India where pubs remain open as late as 4 am. The hippest joint with swinging music and heady cocktails are:

  • High Spirits is the best place to get your favorite drinks at affordable prices.
  • Mi-A- Mi is designed like an underground garage and has the largest dance floor. It is famous for its wild and crazy parties.
  • Swig is the place to visit for music, fun, dance, and drinks. All kinds of artists like painters, sculptors, musicians, and dancers are invited here for performances.
  • Mix @ 36 is located inside a luxury hotel with Mula-mutha River on the backdrop and the bar gives you an enthralling view of the city.
  • Stone water grill located by river side has an enchanting ambiance and is a heaven for music lovers.
  • Fish Bowl in Hyatt Regency has a lounge like atmosphere. The USP of this place is its premium cocktails and liquor.
  • Euriska has its décor inspired by the famous Greek Island Santorini and has a mesmerizing ambiance along with authentic Mediterranean cuisine and cocktails.
  • Area 51 is most popular amongst youngsters because of its unique 2-level dance floor.

Which are some distinct cafes in Pune?

Coffee is a persistent passion in the modern world. Here is a list of the coolest and quirkiest café in Pune

  • Pagdandi books chai café in Baner is a place where twin joy of books and coffee co exists.
  • Durga Café in Kothrud is not fancy but known for its iconic cold coffee.
  • Minus Eighteen Degrees in Baner has a beautiful ambiance and coffee.
  • Book Café Ssong in Aundh is ideal for a coffee date with a novel.
  • Peter Donut Café in Aundh has munchy donuts and food along with their trademark coffee.
  • Café Abaca in Koregaon Park is located inside a high end home décor shop and has a beautiful ambiance. It serves fresh muffins and cakes with coffee.
  • Fat Cat’s Café at Wanorie is a hip but slightly expensive. However, their desserts are mouthwatering.
  • Café de Custard in CDC is known for its trademark custards and sandwiches along with coffee.
  • Café Bread n Butter in Erandwane is the place to visit for waffles and pancakes.

Which all places are good for Long - Drives near Pune?

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:

  • Tamhini Ghat about 70 km from railway station towards Munshi. It is a sight to behold with its lush greenery and a misty layer of clouds.
  • A drive from Tamhini Ghat to Lonavala has been adjudged as one of the most beautiful drives in Maharashtra.
  • Mulshi Dam (50 km from railway stn.) is a popular picnic spot with scenic surroundings and good eateries.
  • A drive to Panshet Dam (52 km from railway stn.) in Khadakwasla is beautiful and there are boating opportunities as well.
  • The old Pune-Mumbai highway is full of meandering roads and many viewpoints.

Which are some famous pubs in Pune?

Pune is known for its throbbing nightlife and partying. The most happening pubs are:

  • Doolally on Tap is the first microbrewery in the city and is famous for German brewed beers.
  • High Spirits is popular with students and youngsters and is always bustling with activity.
  • 1000 Oaks is probably the oldest resto bar with a wonderful ambiance.
  • The Ship is a bar built using wood from wrecked ships and has the most interesting extensive cocktail menu.
  • The Single Malt and Co. is an elegant bar known for lovely Jazz music.
  • Swig is one of them chicest and stylish bars with simple and classic outdoor seating.
  • Toons is still a favorite with students and has a boisterous crowd.

Which all museums I can visit in Pune?

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.

  • Tribal Museum will help you to get a glimpse into the lives of tribal living around Sahyadri and Gondwana region.
  • National Film Archive Museum is a living heritage of Indian Film Industry and is the largest museums dedicated to films in Asia.
  • Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum has a collection of 20,000 rare artifacts collected from all over the country.
  • The National War Museum is a war memorial dedicated to post-independence war martyrs and is a must visit.

Which are some best water parks in Pune?

A visit to the water park offers many rides, games and activities. The most exciting water parks in Pune are:

  • Diamond Water Park in Lohegaon promises utmost fun and merry moments to visitors and has 28 different water rides.
  • Sentosa Resorts and Water Park has slides known for their exhilarating twists and turns.
  • Krushnai Water Park is located in the vicinity of Singhad Fort and is the most picturesque fun paradise in the city.
  • Splash Mountain Waterpark is famous for its giant slides.
  • Adlabs Aquamagica and Panshet Waterpark are popular for their adventurous rides and wave pools.

Which are some famous temples of Pune?

The most popular and visited temples in Pune are:

  • Dagduseth Halwai Ganpati Temple is one of the richest temples in the city. The freedom fighter Lokmanya Tilak used to visit this temple during Ganesha festival and meetings in this temple were pivotal in uniting people for the freedom struggle.
  • Omkareshwar Temple is one the oldest temples in Pune, built during the Peshwa reign and is known for its splendid architecture and huge domes.
  • Parvati Temple, at a hilltop, is one of the main attractions for pilgrims and tourists. The view of the surroundings is breathtaking.
  • Kasba Ganpati is the most beloved and visited shrines in the city. The grandest Ganesh Chaturthi celebrations are in this temple and it is known as the deity of Pune.
  • Chatushrungi Mata Temple is known for its Navratri celebrations.

All the temples can be visited in one day. They are open between 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. on all days.

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Viraj Jadhav
Reviewed: 02 Mar 2020
4.0/5
It's a good place to spend time with your Loved ones. Camping includes DJ,games,live music,bonfire. You will definitely enjoy it.If you are going in a group, it's a perfect place for relaxing your day to day stress..I would suggest this place. You can enjoy the beauty of nature in between TUNG and T... Read More
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Kedar Kulkarni
Reviewed: 01 May 2023
5.0/5
It was a great trip. The team was good. Liked the overall experience.
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Raviraj Kotian
Reviewed: 15 Aug 2023
5.0/5
Excellent place to unwind and have awesome weekend experience. The staff was amazing and services was excellent.. Truly enjoyed it and would recommend this place to others .. Full value for money 😀
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Ramdayal Chaurasiya
Reviewed: 30 Jun 2023
5.0/5
Doing much of fun
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Adriel
Reviewed: 16 Aug 2022
5.0/5
A trek worth wile
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Shubham Kanojia
Reviewed: 07 Feb 2024
4.0/5
Enjoyed the camping. It was my first time camping. Reached there around 3 pm. Location is exact and easy to navigate using maps. All the inclusions that are mentioned were delivered right from the welcome drink to evening snacks to live music to dinner and late night open air movie screening along ... Read More
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