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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.
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.
A resonating reminder of Pune’s rich cultural heritage, Vishrambaug Wada was built in 1807 as a mansion for Peshwa Bajirao of Pune. It boasts of its majestic design and architecture with cypress-shaped columns, decorated ceilings and imposing verandahs. The place can be visited during a heritage walk in Pune that is organised every Sunday and offers an entertaining musical performance to the public.
The place is replete with its historical charm and leaves a lasting impression on everyone’s mind. It is one of the most interesting Pune tourist places that will take you back to the times of Peshwa rule in the erstwhile Maratha kingdom. The place has been undergoing constant renovations and houses a post office and some other offices of Pune Municipal Corporation.
Location: RB Kumthekar Rd, Perugate, Sadashiv Peth, Pune, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: Anytime throughout the year is great for planning a trip to Vishrambaug Wada
Entry fee: The entry fee at Vishrambaug Wada is INR 5/ USD 0.07 Per Person
Timings: Vishrambaug Wada can be visited by the tourists from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
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Traveller Tales From Pune
18 December 2018
I never knew that Pune was such a beautiful city, that too at night. We came from Bombay for a weekend and decided to try out this tour and we enjoyed it a lot. It was short and sweet, lasted only arou...
18 December 2018
I booked this reasonably priced tour with Thrillophilia and everything was as perfect as I could imagine. Never knew Pune had so many gems of places for tourists.
17 December 2018
This is a wonderful tour that helps you see Pune through a different view. I visited many places for sightseeing and I was so happy to have gone on this with Thrillophilia. Saw new places like AgaKhan ...
13 December 2018
I’m a big time foodie, and I’m glad I went ahead with my brothers for this activity. Our guide, Ramesh was very enthusiastic and eager to tell us all about the places and their dishes, and even the ori...
10 December 2018
the travel experience was super amazing with comfortable SUV and our driver, Manish was very soft spoken. He took us around to all major places like ShaniwarWada, Iskcon temple, Katraj zoo. the photogr...
10 December 2018
Pune is more of a hill station than a city. Visited during monsoon and the tour proved to be quite life altering.
10 December 2018
Since this tour, Pune has become one of my favourite cities in India, we learned some life-changing facts about our conscious and sub-conscious mind. We even toured a bit of Koregaon park after our ses
10 December 2018
Koregaon Park and Kalyani Nagar are two of the plushest locations of this city and we explored well on this tour. Really liked it!
10 December 2018
While in Pune, the best place to enjoy the nighlife is hitting some dimly lit yet warm urban buildings in Koregaon Park. We had a blast on this tour. Even Kalyani Nagar has a couple of lanes deciated t
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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 for outdoor activities like trekking and sightseeing.However, you may get stuck in one of the many traffic jams in the city.
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. The winters from November to February are mild.
Pune is considered to be one of the safest cities for women in India. However, recently there have been a few untoward incidents so it is advised for solo women travelers to avoid lonely lanes and dark alleys during night time.
Depends on the length of your trip you can carry a backpack or a suitcase. The weather is moderate so carry comfortable cotton clothes with sunglasses and a hat for sun protection.Mosquitoes are a hazard so carry a good quality mosquito repellant. If you plan to do sightseeing carry comfortable foot wear for long walks. Carry an umbrella or a raincoat for protection against rains.
Pune with its rich culture, isolated green hills and breezy climate has many places for couples.Empress Gardens close to Race Course is the most popular hangout place for couples with its shady trees and numerous flower bushes.Vetal Hill is the highest point in Pune with a magnificent view of the city from the top.
It is a great place to hang out away from the city humdrum.A meandering drive through misty clouds will take you to Mulshi Dam, a paradise for couples with dense forests and beautiful surroundings.Sinhagad Fort, the eminent historical site is visited by many couples who want to watch the sunrise and sunset together.O Hotel with poolside candle light dinner and Shisha Café in ABC farms are one the best hangout places for couples in Pune.
Pune is bustling with a young crowd and is one of the most happening cities in India. There are many activities for thrill seekers near Pune.
Artificial wall climbing at Raje Shivaji Artificial Climbing wall in Shivajinagar is a good outing for adventure.
Paintball at Mariplex Mall in Kalyani Nagar is ideal for a fun time with friends. The cost is 1500 INR.
An hour’s drive will take you to some scenic destinations, which are hotspots for adventure junkies.
Kamshet (45 km) is the paragliding capital of the state. Enjoy resplendent views of the valley as you glide through the air. The cost is 2500 INR to 3500 INR for tandem paragliding.
Waterfall rappelling at Madhe Ghat (64 km) is a thrilling experience, as you come down 120 feet with water rushing over your head. The charges are 800 INR per person.
Della Adventure Park (65 km) in Lonavala has bungee jumping from 45m which is the most exciting venture and the only place in the state, where this activity can be done. The price is 1500 INR per jump. The park also has quad biking on dirt tracks for hard core mud loving adventurists. The prices range from 500 INR to 1300 INR depending on the type of bike ride.
White water rafting in Kolad (113 km) on Kundalika during monsoons is a delightful experience. The prices vary from 800 INR to 1300 INR, depending on the season. Kayaking is another activity enjoyed on the waters of the Kundalika River, with only 450 INR per person.There are many stay options for a comfortable weekend vacay.
Pune has many places for a perfect outing with family
Lonavala (65 km) is a hilly town that has enough to see in a single day with its many viewpoints and waterfalls.
Lavasa (57 km) is a beautiful hill station with a promenade and lovely eateries.
Kamshet (47 km) is an idyllic picnic spot for a perfect getaway with family near Pune.
Khandala (69 km) is a beautiful hill station with nature trails and forts.
A drive to Mulshi Dam (50 km) is great picnic spot with languid surroundings.
There are about 700 hotels in Pune. The best hotels in Pune for a luxurious stay and a pickup and drop from the airport are:
Westin in Koregaon Park
JW Marriott in Senapati Road
Fortune Inn Jukaso on Pune-Nagar Road
Crowne Plaza in Pune City Center
If you are traveling on a budget, there are several small hotels with clean and comfortable rooms.
These are one of the many good options for a budget stay.
Shivkrupa Hotel in Station Road
Treebo Golden Emerald in Gultekdi
Amrita Executive Hotel in Baner Road
Hotel Woodland in Vaswani Road
Pune has become one of the tourist hotspots in the recent years with more and more tourists finding themselves here every weekend getaway.
Here are a number of places for sightseeing in Pune.
Osho Ashram in Koregaon Park
Pu-La Deshpande Garden
Pataleshwar Cave Temple in Jangali Maharaj Road
Katraj Snake Park on Pune-Satara road
National Defense Academy in Khadakwasla
Parvati Hill is the second highest point in Pune.
Apart from youngsters and travellers, Pune is also an ideal place for families to visit and there are a multiple activities here for kids to enjoy as well.
Imagica Snow Park in Khopoli
Funky Monkey Play Center in Koregaon Park
Wet n Joy Waterpark in Kamshet is a fun place with the longest water slide and the largest wave pool in India.
Gram Sanskruti Udyaan in Pashan is a mock village which gives a glimpse into rural life with many life size statues of farm animals, wells, and farms.
All options are available
The public bus network covers all routes and parts of the city. However, it is confusing to know which bus to take, if you are not familiar with bus numbers. Pune bus guide and the PMPML website are good online resources to figure out the schedule and routes.
Auto Rickshaw is a common mode of transport but always pay by the meter. You can hire a pre-paid auto from Shivajinagar Bus Stand, Pune Station, and Swargate Bus Stand.
Taxi and cabs are not very popular in Pune. Although you can call and hire reliable rental cabs. Wings cabs and tcabs are good options.
The joy of exploring a city on cycle with a panoramic view of the surrounding 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.
Pune was the capital city of Maratha Empire and later on the monsoon capital of British India. A heritage tour in Pune will take you around various monuments which stand testament to its rich history and culture.
Shaniwar Wada Palace in Shaniwar Peth was the seat of Maratha Empire during the time of Bajirao Peshwa.
Lal Dewal on Modelinia Road is also known as Red Temple. It was built by Britishers in Neo-gothic architecture and is the largest synagogue in Asia.
Aga Khan Palace is one of the most magnificent monuments of Pune, depicting the life and career of Mahatma Gandhi. It is open on all days from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Tribal Museum on Queens Road is dedicated to the various tribes living in the state of Maharashtra.
The National Award winning Pune Heritage Walk tour through 18 landmark destinations on Saturdays and Sundays at 7 a.m. will give you an insight into the history of the city.The duration of the tour is 2.5 hrs. and the cost is 250 INR per head and are some of the best picnic spots of Pune
Absolute Scuba in Shastri Nagar offers essential guidelines and courses in scuba diving and dive travel to give away the most beautiful and safe time to the customers. The best scuba diving destinations near Pune are:
Malvan (395 km) in Karnataka is a unique experience with exploration of the marine life of Arabian Sea along with submerged parts of Sindhudurg Fort. The diving tours will cost approximately 8000 INR including pre dive training session.
Vengurla Rocks (399 km) in South Maharashtra are known for their beautiful corals and colorful aquatic animals. The booking charges are 8000 INR per head.
The most famous treks near Pune are:
Kalsubai (5400 ft.) is the highest peak of the mountain range of Sahyadri.
Lohagad “Iron fort”
There are several serene places tucked in the Sahyadri Mountains which are perfect destinations for a camping near Pune:
Pavana Lake Camp (65 km) is one of the least explored artificial lakes and is a perfect spot for camping, picnics, and sightseeing.
Camping in Karnala Bird Sanctuary in Panvel (93 km) is an enthralling experience with swaying palm trees forests and untouched splendor.
Camping in Badlapur (91 km) is an enjoyable experience with sounds of chirping birds and the music of flowing river.
There are quite a few places to visit near Pune for a short break from the monotony of city life.Lonavala (65 km) is a beautiful hill station with many trekking trails, camping opportunities, view points and majestic forts to visit.
There are several beautiful hill stations near Pune.Lonavala & Khandala are 68 km & 70 km from Pune respectively and it takes a little over an hour to get there.
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. There are several places where one can enjoy river rafting near Pune.
Sula Vineyards and Soma Vineyard Resort in Nashik provide wine tasting sessions 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 1500INR per head. The tours take place between 1130 to 1830 hrs. on all days except dry days.
There are many forts in the vicinity of the city known for their meandering trekking trails. The best are:Korigad Fort 20 km from Pune starting from Bhairavnath Temple.
Goa is 451 km from Pune.By road- There is a direct bus from Pune to Goa every day. The time taken by road is approximately 11 hrs.