Pune is one of the most vibrant city of India and has breathtaking & finest tourist spots in and around the place. Flooded with a plethora of scenic encounters for its onlookers, Pune is a beautiful place without any doubt. Talking about the places that the city is surrounded with, Pune basks in nature’s bounty, which happens very rarely to a city that is metropolitan.
It offers an exciting getaway for picnics with family, friends and folks, which lies very close to the city without having travel far. Punekars especially are endowed with countless places to visit places that are lies in close proximity of the city.
There are several forts, hills and lots others which is a must visit for all adventure enthusiasts who loves trekking. Entertaining all types of trotters nationally and globally, Pune is all surrounded by beauty and thrilling locations that are worth a visit once in a lifetime.
In this article, we have rounded up the list of Top 10 Places to visit in and around Pune, that you must check out if you are planning to drop by a holiday paradise.
10. Aga Khan Palace
This place is situated 2 km away from Bund Garden in Yerwada on Pune-Nagar Road ans was built in the year 1892. Aga Khan palace is a place of historic importance, which exhibits Italian arches and spacious lawns.
Known for its architectural excellence, the palace spreads out in 19-acre land which captivates the every passerby and visitor. Prince Agakhan the owner of this palace had donated it to Gandhi Smarak Samittee in 1972. And thereafter was maintained and managed by the committee itself. The place is well connected with road, air & rail with Pune and nearby states.
Many reform leaders were kept under imprisonment in this palace, during 1942- Quit India movement. It is the place where Kasturbha Gandi and Mahadev Desai took their last breath.
Ninth in the list of the Top 10 Places to visit in and around Pune stands Khandala. The place is accessible from Pune and its nearby cities. Offering a very panoramic view, the place offers a good opportunity for hiking and travellers.
It lies about 3 kms from Lonavala, and is located at the top end of the Bhor ghat, that lies between the Deccan plateau and Konkan plateau. It has many places of interest of Khandala are Tiger’s leap, Duke’s nose, Karla and Bhaja Cave, Bhushi Lake.
It is a famous hill station and one of the most popular small hill station of India. Panchgani is nestled between the Sahaydri mountain ranges, and also the places has nearby five villages around the place.
The place lies at an hour distance from the kass plateau, and lies at a distance of two hours from Pune. Panchgani is popular for its tourist attraction places such as Sydney point, Devil’s litchen, Parsi point, Mapro garden, Table’s land etc.
Attracting many tourist around India, Panchgani is famous for its strawberry farms. The place also hosts Strawberry festival.
Lavasa is a privately owned and built city near Pune. Lavasa town is based on Italian town Portofino which has street and building.
The place has been built on the area of 25000 acres project. Lavasa is the country’s first built hill station since Independence. The place is surrounded by many scenic views.
The area that was demarcated to form Lavasa was located in Pune in the Mulshi Valley and Western Ghats.
Sixth in the list of Top 10 Places to visit in and around Pune stands Igatpuri. Located at the Nashik district, nestled at the Western Ghats. The place is popular for its Vipasana International Academy, where ancient techniques of meditation are taught.
Igatpuri scenic surroundings all around, and is well known for its Bhatsa river valley, Arthur lake, Kalsubai peak, Amruteshwar temple, Ghatandevi temple, Trigalwadi fort, Camel valley.
Fifth in the list of Top 10 Places to visit in and around Pune, stands the temple town Bhimashankar. The place is all surrounded with thick green rainforest, Bhimashankar is one of the holiest place in India.
Located at a distance of 100 kms from Pune in a village Bhorgiri nestled at the height of 3,250 feet in the Sahyadri range, the place is among the twelve jyotirlinga shrine of lord shiva.
4. Shanivar vada
One of the most popular and must visit place in Pune is the historical fort Shanivar vada. Much known for its historical importance, is also one of the most haunted place in India though.
It was built in the year 1732, and its architectural style is purely Maratha imperial. The fort has suffered setbacks due to attacks in the 19th century.
This hill station lies under the municipal council of Raigarh district in Maharashtra. Matherana is said to be the smallest hill station of India. It lies in the western ghat range in the Karjat tehsil, and the name of the place means “forest on the forehead”. It is one of the most popular weekend getaway for the people residing nearby Pune. Surprisingly this hill station is Asia’s sole hill station which is automobile-free.
There are many points of interest at Matheran such as Olympia Race Course, Alexander Pt., Rambag Pt, One Tree Hill Pt, Madhavji Garden, Lords Pt, Charlotte Lake, Pisharnath Mahadev Mandir, Belvedere Pt, Pisarnath Temple, Celia Pt etc.
Sunrise points such as Porcupine Pt, Panorama Point basks in a lot of potential to mesmerize all its visitors.
Second in the list, stands Lonavala, which is the most adored hill station of Maharashtra. The Mumbai-Pune expressway pass through this place and is a breathtaking beauty.
The place is adjacent to Khandala, and lies 622 meters above the sea level nestled in the Sahyadri ranges. The word Lonavala is been derived from Sanskrit word “lonavli”. This lush green place offers picturesque sight-seeing options to the visitors.
Rajmanchi point, Valvan dam, Ryewood park, Shivaji udyan, Duke’s nose, Lonaval lake, Narayani dham, Kalra caves, Lohagarh fort etc.
Acing the list of Top 10 Places to visit in and around Pune stands Mahabaleshwar.
This hill station is located in the Sahyadri mountain ranges, it is situated at the height of 1353 meters. Lying at a distance of 120 kms from Pune, Mahabaleshwar’s has a plethora of scenic tourist spots such as Krishnabai temple, 3 monkey point, Lingmala waterfalls, Venna lake, Arthur seat point, Kate’s point, Needle hole point, Wilson point and many more.
The place is easily accessible by road, rail and air easily. It is well connected with National highway 4. Mahabaleshwar is a must visit place, if you haven’t ever been to and looking for serene beauty.