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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
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
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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What You Should Know More About Things To Do in Maharashtra
Whether you are travelling alone, with your better half, a bunch of your friends or with your families and relatives, Maharashtra has ample things to make your visit a memorable one. It has a complete package to allure every type of tourist. From trekking to bicycle tour it has plenty to offer to the tourists. Here are the lists of best things that every tourist should choose from:
Maharashtra is a state, in which some cities have a historical background and glamorous life. There are cities which are on the sea side, and there are hill stations too. So, talking particularly about the adventure prospect, Maharashtra has a lot to offer. Following are the some of the most prominent places which offer unparalleled adventure to the tourists:
It might take some people by surprise as the state Maharashtra gives an impression only of the glamorous city life of Pune and Mumbai. But there are other activities that can be done. Maharashtra Tourism is one of the most well established state tourism department and it has taken avid steps to occupy Maharashtra with all the exciting activities, and river rafting is one of them. Here are the famous places where you can do river rafting:
Wildlife is a special attraction when you visit Maharashtra. The national parks and sanctuaries are so large that it feels better to move in a safari. Following are the places where one can experience wildlife Safari in Maharashtra:
Camping is an important prospect in tourism. Every tourist looks forward to camping with great zeal and enthusiasm. All you need for camping is a good location. Maharashtra has plenty of good locations. Following are some of the good campsites:
Often considered as the state with the glitters, Maharashtra has much more to offer to the visitors. The lush green paradise owns some of the beautiful hill stations which are deemed best for trekking. It seems most of the visitors during winters as the weather around that time is quite blissful without causing any hurdle to the visitors by pouring in cats and dogs or hitting by the scorching sun. Here are some of the places that can be picked for an outdoor experience.
Hot air balloon rides have no doubt seeped into Indian fun zone lately but it is surely one of those sport which is enjoyed the most. This concept has slowly and eventually has begun to entertain people and that’s the reason we can find many places in our country which offers the joyous ride. Maharashtra is the richest state does offer the amazing ride at some of its prime location at an affordable cost. Let’s have a look.
Paragliding is yet another outdoor activity sought by the visitors in Maharashtra as the state serves them with the joy of spreading the pseudo wings. Located approximately 99kms away from Mumbai and 47km from Pune, Kamshet is the place where the visitors hit on to fulfill their wish to fly like a free bird. The average cost per person for paragliding on weekends is around ?2500 with the permitted duration of 1 hour. The difficulty levels are different and vary from easy to Moderate to suit every glider. The best time to get gliding is between the month of October to April. Prior to the ride, a instructor gives you the basic briefing of the flight followed by a tandem ride.
Among all the adventurous activities in Maharashtra, Scuba Diving is another exciting activity that thrills the visitors. These places are generally located near Pune and see all kinds of visitors, be it couples, families, groups taking part in this enthusiastic sport. Here is the list of places that offer Scuba diving in Maharashtra.
The most popular outdoor activity in Maharashtra includes the Bungee jumping and is often sought after by the visitor and the localities as well. This sport enthralls you and gives you goosebumps as you enjoy every second of this activity. The famous location where one can do Bungee jumping in Maharashtra is again in Lonavala. Let's look at some of its features.
Traveller Tales From Maharashtra
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.
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...
14 August 2015
We had an amazing time here with all our friends and this was an exciting experience for all of us.
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...
20 November 2017
"It was an amazing experience. The tour operators were very helpful and accommodating with respect to our needs. The sailboat was absolutely neat and clean. The guy doing the sailing for us was also ve...
20 December 2015
Malvan is such an awesome place with beautiful scenes all around. I Had visited the place with my friends during summers. It was really a great time for us, enjoyed those adventurous water activities ...
15 November 2015
It was my life long desire to experience this crazy paragliding and finally i had the fortune do this in kamshet, one of the most popular Paragliding destinations in India. This short Ariel adventure w
11 February 2018
"Awesome stay and trek."
10 May 2015
I was very scared to take this initially, but at first, we started training on flat ground. After this we met our course mates, instructors. The instructors taught us about equipments and we got famili...
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