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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
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
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.
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What You Should Know More About Tours in Pune
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.
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.
An hour’s drive will take you to some scenic destinations, which are hotspots for adventure junkies.
Pune has many places for a perfect outing with family
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:
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.
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.
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.
All options are available
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.
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.
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:
The most famous treks near Pune are:
There are several serene places tucked in the Sahyadri Mountains which are perfect destinations for a camping near Pune:
There are quite a few places to visit near Pune for a short break from the monotony of city life.
There are several beautiful hill stations near Pune.
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:
Goa is 451 km from Pune.
Traveller Tales From Pune
16 April 2015
Konkan Diva Fort Trek Near Pune is a great and an interesting trek. The trek was complete fun and it was interesting. I loved the whole trek. I never thought Pune is such a nice vacation spot. All I th...
01 June 2015
It was pure fun and delight for the three days. There were a lot to enjoy in these days. Sightseeing tours were so detailed and the guides too were very skilled. All the arrangements were made accordin...
14 January 2016
Konkan Diva Fort Trek was suggested by my colleagues. I was wanting to take this trek for few months now, but it kept on being postponed. Finally, I did happen to go here for a tiny honeymoon with my w...
13 October 2015
Konkan Diva Fort Trek is in Pune. Although this is not exactly in Pune, it is in a short drive distance from there. We had a great time here in this trek. The beauty of this trek lies in the rustic bea...
18 February 2016
I had a lot of fun with this trek. The trek was indeed different and unique. After moving to Pune, I kept hearing about fort treks a lot. I was initially not so interested with the idea, but gradually ...
17 January 2016
Konkan Diva Fort Trek is by far the best trek that I have ever been. Well, how shall I start? I am a huge fan of trekking and adventure activities. Mostly treks are surrounded by lovely green landscape...
16 October 2015
Fort Treks are fun. I have done them when I was working with an NGO in Jaipur. However, after I moved to Mumbai, I missed those treks or even treks as such. However, when my mom suggested that she read...
17 September 2015
I enjoyed the trekking experience. I had a great time. The fort was gigantic and beautiful. It was totally unique for me as I never even heard of Fort trek. Worth experiencing it.
15 September 2015
This trek is so nice. The biggest positive of this trek is that it is easy and doesn’t require any pro level trek experience. Although good stamina is necessary. A worthy trek.
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