Pune — also known as Poona — covers a large area of Maharashtra, making it the second-largest city of India. With a large number of educational centres and industrial facilities, it is no doubt that this growing country is one of the most visited cities in India. This popular tourist spot offers a range of attractions such as museums, parks, and cultural buildings. It is also home to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, an Indian lawyer who played an important role in securing India’s independence from British rule. Hence, it is no surprise that many go over to Pune due to its culture-rich heritage. If you are convinced that you should visit this city before heading out to other interesting areas, read on to find out the best day trips from Pune, Maharashtra.
1. Lonavla and Khandala (from USD 72.0)
Explore the beautiful ancient caves and fort where you will get the chance to catch the captivating sunset, stunning scenic landscape, and cascading waterfall. Lonavla and Khandala is a popular tourist destination all year round, regardless of the season. However, it is said that the monsoon period is one of the best time to visit there as the landscape displays a phenomenal beauty. The day trip brings you to one of the most iconic hill forts, ancient Buddhist rock-cut cave, and one of the highest waterfalls in India. Get ready to be awed by the beauty of nature during this six-hour long trip!
Lonavala and Khandala Day Tour from Pune
Duration: 12 hours
2. Junnar Caves
Junnar is known to have a multitude of ancient caves surrounding it, with approximately 220 caves in total. It also consists of the largest and longest caves in India. The most popular among all the caves is Lenyadri Complex, which is a series of rock-cut Buddhist caves. This place makes a great picnic spot for families and friends. The way up the fort though, depending on the individual, may be tough. However, once you get there, you will be rewarded with a breathtaking view and extremely clean air that has close to zero pollution!
A place full of lush greeneries, sparkling river, and cloudy skies, Mahabaleshwar is a popular escape spot even among the locals. It also has several historical spots and temples where you can have a better understanding of their history and culture. The perfect weather there makes the town a good place to visit all year round. However, there are different things to look out for every season. If you are a strawberry lover, it is recommended to visit during the winter so you can explore various berry gardens. Alternatively, you can visit during the monsoon period where the town will be filled with greeneries — a perfect time for the nature lover.
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Undoubtedly, Lavasa is a spot built for tourists as it consists of a range of high-spirited activities. This well-planned city will leave you in awe with its natural beauty and enchanting architecture. An ideal destination for couples or the newly wed, you will get to enjoy each other’s company here in the charm of nature or create unforgettable memories while kayaking or playing adventure sports such as paintball and rock-climbing! Lavasa is definitely a destination not to be missed.
Matheran is one of the cleanest and most beautiful hill stations in India due to its prohibited entry of motor vehicles. Just like many other hills, Matheran provides you with a breathtaking and mesmerizing view when you are at its top. However, this hill has also one of the easiest trails among all, where it is just a 30- to 45-minute trek to the top. It also has a total of 36 viewing points for you to catch the sunset and bizarre landscape. As the smallest hill station, Matheran is also the most peaceful hill and the only one where you are required to travel by toy train, which makes it an unforgettable and unique experience.
6. Tamhini Ghat
Despite being a popular destination, Tamhini Ghat is not as developed when compared to other destinations. With that being said, this place is the closest you can get to nature since there are no manmade works here. A mountain passageway located between Mulshi and Tamhini, it comprises of dense woods, picturesque waterfalls, and lakes. This enticing spot is a great escape for those who have been too caught up in life and would just like to have a peace of mind. Immerse yourself in the silence of nature and enjoy the beauty here.
Panchgani is a place for everyone. Do you love nature and want to get the best scenic view? Visit Table Land Viewpoint or Kate’s Point. Or maybe, you’re looking to have a better understanding of India’s culture and history. Then, you must explore Devrai Art Village and Kamalgad Fort. Meanwhile, Sherbaug and Panchgani Bazar got your back when you just need to relax. This hill station has everything for everyone. Plus, it has the most perfect weather you can ask for that does not fluctuate much throughout the year!
A trendy, coastal town located in western India, Alibaug has one of the most beautiful beaches and is a popular area for those beach lovers. On top of that, it also consists of numerous churches, fort, and temples waiting to be explored. The newly developed jetty area is also filled with multiple hip boutiques and eateries where multiple activities such as go-karting and horse-riding can be done!
Lohagad-Visapur is one of the highest hill forts in Maharashtra. It is also a popular destination for trekkers. Be greeted by lush greeneries and pristine clouds, as this trail is a great place to visit all year round — although it does get a little slippery during the monsoon season. While the difficulty level of the trail is between easy to moderate, it is definitely not for the weak-hearted as it is 1,000 metres (3,280 feet) above sea level! But if you’re a daredevil, you will definitely be awed by the beauty at the hilltop.
Head out to Pune and surrounding areas
This article will give you a better understanding of Pune and will provide you with good enough reasons to choose it a base for exploring other interesting areas nearby. A city with countless scenic views, beautiful weather and a place for everyone, there are not enough reason to not visit Pune. And from Pune, you can take a day trip to other landmarks mentioned on this list.
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