Pune is an important industrial and educational hub. The weather is usually pleasant. Pune is the largest noncapital city in the country. The traffic is chaotic and life can be hectic. A weekend trip from Pune is the perfect way for people living in the city to rejuvenate yourself. Here is the list of places to visit near Pune:-
- Mahabaleshwar is around 120 km from Pune is a picturesque hill station. The river Krishna is said to have originated in Mahabaleshwar. There are many places to visit in Mahabaleshwar. Tourists can visit the many strawberry farms located there. There are many stunning viewpoints with the view of the magnificent valleys and hills, ancient temples, forests. You can enjoy boating at the beautiful Lake Veena. The twin hill station Panchgani is located 19 km from Mahabaleshwar. Panchgani means surrounded by 5 hills. Panchgani is a quaint town with some beautiful viewing points and the tableland. It is a perfect place for trekking enthusiasts.
- Lonavala is a favorite place for weekend trips for young couples. It is strategically located close to both Pune and Mumbai. 66.5 km from Pune, Lonavala is the perfect escape. With forts, dams, and lakes, viewpoints, Lonavala looks especially picturesque in the monsoon. The hill station has several natural waterfalls which enthrall tourists. Tourists can enjoy the iconic chikki and fudge in Lonavala. Visitors can travel to Khandala located on the next hill. The song became immensely popular after the “Aati kya Khandala” song. Rajmachi Fort is a popular trekking route is also close to Lonavala.
- Alibaug is a small coastal town located on the Konkan coast. It is 150 km from Pune. With clean beaches, and forts Alibag is the perfect place to unwind from the hectic life in Pune. Tourists can enjoy water sports in Alibaug. Kolaba Fort is the breathtaking fort located in the middle of the Arabian Sea. Tourists can go to Alibaug beach and enjoy the sunset. You can walk to the fort in low tide but you need a boat in a long tide.
- Ajanta and Ellora caves are ancient rock-cut caves located near Aurangabad. The caves are UNESCO World Heritage sites. Aurangabad in Marathwada is 237 km from Pune. The caves are known for their intricate sculptures, paintings, and frescoes. The caves houses Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain temples and Buddhist monasteries. Ajanta Caves is 99 km from Aurangabad mainly pertains to Buddhism. Ellora Caves 15 km from Aurangabad have Jain, Buddhist, and Hindu Temples. The magnificent Kailash Temple in Ellora is said to be the largest monolithic structure.
- Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra is 144 km. Mumbai is the city that never sleeps and has something for everyone. Tourists can go to the iconic Gateway of India. South Mumbai has some beautiful blend of Gothic, Victorian and modern Indian Architecture. Visit the majestic Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus and enjoy a unique shopping experience at Colaba Causeway. A drive down Marine Drive and the new Worli Bandra Sealink will be memorable, the sea and Mumbai’s majestic skyscrapers look beautiful. Tourists love visiting the lively Juhu and Girgaum Chowpatty beach. The famous Siddhivinayak Temple and Haji Ali Darga are definitely worth a visit. A visit to Elephanta caves in a ferry will be a unique experience.