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Lohagad

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

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Pawna Lake

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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Sinhagad Fort

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

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Dharavi Slum

Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, invites many curious eyes because of the sheer vastness of it. It is counted among one of the places to visit in Mumbai because of the slum houses as many as a million people crammed in pint-sized houses, dirty bylanes, open drains, and extremely filthy living conditions in average.

Located in the very heart of Mumbai, the Dharavi slum stretches between two of Mumbai’s major rail lines, which is what makes it such a convenient location to travel for work for the folk who live here. In a city where rents are sky high, Dharavi offers rather low rent for people who move into the city.

You can find a room complete with a cooking gas and a small colour TV for as low as 185 rupees a month. Dharavi has many small-scale businesses thriving, manufacturing everything from garments to pots and pans. The products are sold in local as well as international markets, where they are exported.

The annual turnover for these products is as much as 650 million dollars a year. Visit Dharavi to see the lifestyle of those living here, for it is not every day you get to step inside Asia’s largest slum.

Location: Spans over 500 acres in the heart of Mumbai
Best Time to visit: October-March
Entry fee: No entry fee
Timings: Not applicable
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 10.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central
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Raigad Fort

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

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Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves are a major attraction in Mumbai because of its archaeological significance. This is where the caves are located, must have seen early settlements from 2nd century BC. The caves, however, are estimated to have been constructed sometime between 5th and 6th century AD.

One of the biggest caves here measures about 39 metres from the front to the back. The main body of the Elephanta Cave is about 27 square meters, supported by six rows of pillars. The caves show distinct artistic features from the time of its construction.

The caves feature rock-cut architecture, which makes the entire layout of the caves very interesting. The Elephanta Caves have a combination of sculpture art and aesthetic beauty carved into the rock formations.

This is what makes it popular among archaeologists as well as historians, who wish to find out more about the natives who moved on the Gharapuri Island (Elephanta Caves) in 2nd century BC. Come here to experience the ruins of an ancient world on the Elephanta Island, and see the caves and sculptures in their natural surroundings.

Location: Gharapuri, Maharashtra 
Best Time to visit: October-March
Entry fee: INR 10 (Indian), INR 250 (foreigner), free (child)
Timings: 9AM-5.30PM
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 7.3 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central
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Panshet Dam

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.

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Red Carpet Wax Museum

As the name suggests, the Red Carpet Wax Museum is one of those tourist places in Mumbai that one simply cannot miss because the museum showcases lifelike statues of celebrities and prominent people from all walks of life, such as socialites, politicians, world leaders, scientists, social workers etc. The statues are made to be completely alike the person they have been constructed after, giving a very authentic feel to the statue.

Each statue is surrounded by the necessary ambience to give the statue and its theme a complete look and feel. Any individual can pose with the statues in the museum. The museum was constructed over a period of five years after which it opened its doors to the public in December 2016. The wax museum is one of a kind monument in the city of Mumbai, so make sure you drop by and catch a glimpse of it.

Location: 1st Floor, R City Mall, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
Entry fee: INR 250 (weekday), INR 350 (weekend)
Timings: 9.45AM-9.30PM
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 20.5 kms from MSRTC Mumbai Central

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Traveller Tales from Maharashtra

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Deeptimay Jain

11 November 2015

An amazing experience. For the first time, I got the chance of river rafting and I loved it alot. Thanks you my lovely friends for insisting me to go on this trip.

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Pritish Parekh

16 October 2018

"Rajmachi trek was an amazing experience, of course given its beauty any nature lover would get mesmerised, BUT what matters more in such trekking experience is the trekking companions. Sagar Shinde is...

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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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Ranjeet Bharadwaj

14 August 2015

We had an amazing time here with all our friends and this was an exciting experience for all of us.

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SHRIKANT HATHI

26 October 2017

Greenery every where !

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Vaijayanti Nair

04 December 2014

People who wish to try some water sports can go to mandwa beach near mumbai. Mandwa beach is an amazing location surrounded by beautiful sea and vegetation.plus it has lots and lots of water sports act...

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ALOK ANAND

09 October 2018

Amazing experience of camping and delicious barbeque. Picturesque view and amaizng host.

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Shah

08 October 2018

We were a group of 8, looking for a true camping site. We had to park our cars at base camp and were escorted up to the camp site. Had to trek about 15 minutes through dense jungle which reminded me of...

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Aditya Rauniyar

19 August 2018

"Amazing Trek, Beautiful scenes, organised trip, Night stay at Rajmachi was not that comfortable as stay was in dormitory but overall it's a good experience. Trek is full of slippery mud so better brin...

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What You Should Know More About Maharashtra

  • Q. Travel Advice

    • Be careful: One needs to be extra cautious around people like taxi drivers, auto drivers, tourist guides among others because they tend to take advantage of your lack of the knowledge of the place and seemingly try to loot you of your money.

    • Avoid unnecessary attention: Do not flash too much cash in a crowded area. You will unnecessarily be attracting attention. This way you can avoid trouble too.

    • Avoid too much public display of attention: It is important that we realize that whole the country may be advancing, the people will still take time to do so. People are slightly traditional and therefore, it is better to respect their sentiments. As far as women are concerned, it is important that they do not wear too revealing clothes and travelers should especially avoid excessive public display of affection.

    • Bottled water: As far as possible, try having bottled water and ensure that the seal of the bottle is intact.

    • Drinking laws: The legal drinking age in Maharashtra is 25. However, there are many teenagers who recklessly indulge in this behavior especially in cities like Mumbai, Pune, Alibaug and Nashik. The government requires an identity proof before folks can consume alcohol. Therefore, remain especially cautious of this. However, there is certainly no denying the fact that the nightlife in these cities is among the best India has to offer.

  • Q. What you cannot afford to miss:

    • Cultural exploration through the state of Maharashtra: The state of Maharashtra is known for many things. All the way from its food to landscapes and the different kind of people that comes from varied backgrounds. Indulge in cultural exploration of this place by visiting the primary attractions and interacting with the locals and getting to know the place a bit better. Travel from place to place and we are sure that you won’t be disappointed.

    • Embrace the flora and fauna of the state: Most people have a wrong perception about Maharshtra. They feel that the state is rather pale by nature. However, they are quite wrong about that. One can easily get up from their lazy life and find something interesting to do in Maharashtra. Whether it is exploring the glistening cityscapes of Mumbai or chilling in the serenity of Mahasbaleshwar or Lonavla. These places offer you much more than you could have expected.

    • Chill at the vast beaches of Maharashtra: Maharashtra houses mountains as well as beaches. Thus, when you’re done indulging in the beauty of mountains, you can move on to exploring the beaches of Maharashtra. Find serenity in beaches like Ganpatiphule beach, Shriwardhan Harihareshwar beach, Madh island beach, Tarkarli beach, Chowpatty beach, Juhu beach, Vengurla Malvan beach and others. This state offers much more in terms of activities to do than one can expect.

    • Hunt for caves in the state: Some of the most prominent caves like the Ajanta Ellora or the Elephanta caves fall within the jurisdiction of Maharashtra. These are perhaps, some of the most primary attractions existing in the whole of Maharashtra. It is essential that one becomes a part of these cave explorations themselves to truly understand the beauty that lies behind it.

    • Spiritual oneness by visiting holy places: For those who are pilgrims by heart, there are many places that you can visit too. For instance, the Siddhivinayak Temple or the Mount Mary Church. You have Haji Ali, the Grishneshwar Temple, Trimbakeshwar temple and more that you can visit.

  • Q. What you will like in Maharashtra:

    • Visit the popular tourist spots: First and foremost, it certainly makes sense to finish off by visiting the popular tourist spots in and around Maharashtra. Maharashtra is large state and it may take time to do so. Therefore, single out all the necessary ones and go on a trip around the place but make sure you don’t miss any.

    • Realize the historic relevance the state holds: Maharashtra comprises of endless well known destinations that hold great historic significance in India. Among the many is the city of Kolhapur that has a lot to offer to the traveler.

    • Go city hopping: A little fact check – did you know that the word Maharashtra is derived from two Sanskrit words namely, Maha and Rashtra which means Great and Nation respectively. It truly is a great nation that comprises of numerous famous, well-developed cities which you surely have to explore such as Mumbai, Pune, Thane, Nasik and so on.

    • Relaxing visit to hill stations: There are numerous hill stations that fall in the category of Maharashtra. For instance, Lonavla, Khandala, Mahabaleshwar, Matheran among others. Enjoy a relaxing stay at these places when you’re done with the bustling city life of the state. What’s more? Many of these places offer endless activities to keep you busy. Indulge in watersports too!

    • Food tasting sessions: Of course – one of the most important things to do when you want to get to know the place better is to indulge in some flavourful food tasting sessions of the place. Don’t forget to have the local vada pavs and the special delicacies in the state.

  • Q. Recommended reads for destination

    Maharashtra Govt. Tourism Website

    Places to visit in Maharashtra

    Books to read on Maharashtra: Rise of the Maratha Power, History in the Vernacular, The Fakir – Thoughts and Prayers