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Top 5 lesser known places near Pune | Post pandemic travel trends

BY Team ProMiller Stays 18 MAY 2021 1 VIEWS

Boredom at its epitome? Not a big deal, we all are in the same boat. Missing those zigzag patterns of roads amidst dense forests, snow capped mountains, enthralling sceneries of flora and fauna and those sunsets with the close ones is just part of our daily schedule nowadays. Well, all of us have been bracing ourselves for the ongoing pandemic which has affected our lives to a great extent. With a slight relaxation in travel restrictions across the nation, travelers in Pune are looking forward to short getaways, but safe and sound.

Hotel brands have been emphasizing on safety measures and principles in order to provide their guests with top notch luxurious staycation that has been longed for since ages now.

Since International travel still foresees travel ban upliftment, travel buffs are opting for domestic travel. Destinations that have untapped beauty, have visitors less often and at the same time, give no less gratifying experience than a full fledged international trip.

But there is no new experience in exploring overrated destinations. Rather, this time, let’s visit the untraced paths of Pune. These five hidden travel destinations will imprint on your travelogue magnificently and leave you spellbound.


1. PASHAN LAKE
PASHAN LAKE

The 300 metre long nature trail at the Pashan Lake and the clear waters embarks the neverending love of nature photographers and bird watchers for this place. This man made lake, developed during the British rule in India, has garnered attention from all the corners of the country and is one of the best escapes for travel geeks looking for a getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city. The lush greens, bamboo plantations and pleasant weather of the lake attracts many migratory birds every year. Boating here is one of the favorite activities of tourists. This Pashan suburb beauty is a must visit during the months of December to February every year.

Location: Pashan, Pune, Maharashtra

How to visit:

  • Pune International Airport: 18.1 kms away
  • Khadki Railway Station : 6.43 kms (nearest)
  • Cab services and local transport available to the lake


2. VISAPUR FORT
VISAPUR FORT

Nestled in the dense greens of hills in Ratnagiri district, Visapur Fort serves as the main attraction for adventure enthusiasts and nature geeks. The 18th century stone built consists of caves, wells and ruins of old houses which depicts fine architectural forms of ancient. The Fort is considered as the holy shrine of Lord Hanuman. What marks its great historical significance is that it is said to be built by the Pandavas. Resting at an altitude of 1084 metres ,the atop views of the Visapur Fort are breathtaking and mesmerizing giving you ‘on top of the world’ vibe. Trekking trail in winters to the fort is quite adventurous offering an everlasting and tranquilizing experience along with paragliding activities nearby.

Location: Village Visapur, Malavli, Maharashtra

How to visit:

  • Malavli Railway Station (nearest)
  • Lonavala Railway Station (From Mumbai and Pune)
  • Pune : 1 hour 50 mins drive & Mumbai : 2 hour 35 mins drive
  • Pune Airport : 60 kms away


3. GHANGAD FORT
GHANGAD FORT

Ghangad fort is one of the favorite trekking destinations for residents of Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur. The fort encapsulates caves, fortifications and the temple of goddess Garjai. This 300 years old structure dates back to the Peshwa Dynasty. The surrounding mild greens and open spaces mark one of the best camping sites away from the city hassle. It is a perfect weekend getaway with friends or even if a solo trip to the fort would leave you with cherishable memories. Bonfire nights and nostalgic conversations with friends under the wide sky sprinkled with stars makes this location an idyllic one.

Location: Tail Bhala, Pune district, Maharashtra

How to visit:

  • Lonavala Railway Station : 35 kms (nearest)
  • Ekola Village : base camp of trek (25 mins hike from Bhamburde)
  • Pune : 100 kms
  • Mumbai Airport : 3 hour drive


4. SHIROTA LAKE
SHIROTA LAKE

An offbeat destination with astounding waterfront views, Shirota Lake is a perfect getaway for weekend camping with friends. The waters support a diverse flora and fauna which offers the best scenic beauty in Pune suburbs. The nature enthusiasts and explorers find this escape into serenity absolutely amusing and enthralling to the core. After spending an entire day on watersport activities, one can pull an all-nighter by camping under the mesmerizing views of night sky. Adventurous ones additionally seek a thrilling night trek into the nearby unexplored wilderness.

Location: Shirota, Lonavala, Maharashtra

How to visit:

  • Lonavala: 18 kms drive to Shirota Lake
  • Pune: 60 kms (1 hour 40 mins drive)
  • Mumbai : 95 kms
  • Local transport available from Lonavala Railway Station


5. DEVKUND WATERFALLS
DEVKUND WATERFALLS

Amidst the towering rocks lies the astounding beauty of blue green waters of Devkund Waterfalls. This ‘off the grid’ serene cascading from hill rocks offer panoramic views to the visitors. Travel geeks ensure that they dont leave before diving into the refreshing and cool waters of the waterfall. The calm and composed beauty of waterfalls makes you fall for the divine beauty of the escape. The Devkund trek is quite on the adventurous side and will break you into the sweat. However, the waterfall is risky to visit during the flooding monsoon season. Thus the visiting is prohibited during the month of July to September. Albeit, the experience holds its unique & aesthetic vibe with a touch of lush greens, just like your dream weekend getaway!

Location: Bhira, Raigad district, Maharashtra

How to visit:

  • Mangaon Railway Station: 30 kms away
  • Lonavala Railway Station: 83 kms away
  • Pune Airport: 110 kms away
  • Local transport available upto Bhira Village


CONCLUSION

These hidden gems nestled away from the urban scent of Pune will definitely rejuvenate and refresh you to the core. Not only worth your time but also the aurora to your tomorrow. Hotels/resorts located nearby these travel destinations are already receiving early reservations as travelers are exploring more and more. However, travelling safe and ensuring adherence to all Covid-19 guidelines is equally important.

So, map out your destination and plan the itinerary. All you need to do is put on your favourite trekking shoes, grab a backpack & gather your friends.

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