10 Best Places to see in and around Pune
The cultural capital of Maharashtra, Pune is a heartthrob among travelers across the state and the country. Pune, preserving its cultural heritage, is a growing trendy city that makes it a preferred destination for the young and the old alike. City’s scenic beauty, preferable climate, architectural feats, warm hospitality and last but not the least Puneri foods make it travelling around the city a memorable experience. If you are keen to adventure sports or water sports, or a nature’s lover willing to spend some quite moments with nature or simply wish to travel to a tranquil destination for bird watching, visit Pune and you will find the city has myriad of destination to meet your taste.
Shaniwarwada, located at Shaniwar Peth is one of the most popular historical monuments in Pune. It is also one of the major tourist attractions in the city. Originally built by the residence of Peshwas, this fort is of immense historical importance. The foundation stone for Shaniwarwada was laid down by Bajirao-1 in the year 1729 AD.
Chokhi Dhani was launched in Pune city on 9th April 2006. As the name suggests, Chokhi Dhani -” a small beautiful hamlet” , has maintained its rich art and culture image with its host of Folk Dances- Ghoomer, Kalbeliya, Bhopa Bhopi, Chaupal and many more. Chokhi Dhani gives you the complete experience of the Rajasthani village life in Pune.
Sinhagad is a fort that evidences the bravery of the Martha Warriors. The natural overwhelming beauty of the place and its close proximity from Pune city makes it an ideal tourist destination for the Puneites and visitors from all over the state. The fort lies 30km southwest of Pune and the magnificent construction lies 800m above the surrounding area. Sinhagad is a must visit place while touring the city of Pune.
Situated along 50 km away from the Pune city, Neelkantheshwar is a perfect destination for nature’s lovers. It has immense natural beauty to rejuvenate your soul from the hustle bustle of the hectic city life. The main attraction of the place is the beautiful Neelkantheshwar temple with houses the divine Shiva Linga. Neelkantheshwar is a perfect weekend retreat from Pune and come back with the blessings of Lord Shiva.
120 km from Pune and 25 km from Mahabaleshwar, Pratapgad is a preferred weekend destination for a favorite destination for many Puneite. It is considered to be one of the gems in the crown of Mahabaleshwar. The main attraction is the Pratapgad fort which stands as an evidence of Shivaji’s legendary battle against Afzhal Khan in 1656.
If a beach destination is what you desire to spend some tranquil moments with your loved ones then head to Diveagar Beach which lies in proximity to the city in Diveaghar . It is one of the cleanest beaches around Pune and loaded with several tourist attractions.
Located amidst of Sahyadri hills of Maharashtra, Kundalika is a small River, about 10 km long. The river is unknown to many Puneites, but it is becoming a preferred adventure sports destination near Pune and Mumbai. Kundalika is greatly admired for the rafting opportunities it provides.
Kashid beach lies in the Konkan region and is one of the romantic places where you can spend some secluded moments with your closed one. White sand and casuarinas groves at the backdrop set the perfect atmosphere to rejuvenate your mind and soul. Murud beach, Janjira fort and Datta Temple are some of the places to visit near Kashid beach .
Dapoli is a beach town on the west coast of Maharashtra. The most unique is that Dapoli is both a hill station and a beach destination. Dapoli is the quietest beach amongst the beaches near Pune. Other than this Dapoli is also famous for is its Agricultural College.
Shrivardhansr is a historical place known for the visit by famous Arjuna Pandav in his pilgrimage. Located in the coastal region of Maharashtra and 165 km from Pune, Srivardhan has many beaches that serve as good getaway destinations from both Pune and Mumbai. Shrivardhan is also a gateway to many other popular beach destinations.