Pune is the second largest city of Maharashtra state. Pune is very much famous in the field of Industry, Education and Information Technology. Pune has lots of beautiful and historical places for your weekend, where you can spend your time with your family and friends group.
Pune is one of the most beautiful cities of India. You should visit this city once in your life.
Top 10 Tourist Places in Pune for Your Vacation and Holiday
Lonavala is the one of the famous weekend getaways from Pune. Lonavala is famous for its ‘Chikki’. Lonavala to Pune distance is 64 km, which is the perfect place for the weekend. Lonavala is a town and the popular hill station in the state of Maharashtra. There are a lots of local trains available from Karjat. If you want to go by road or by car then Mumbai-Pune Express Highway as well as Mumbai-Chennai Highway is also passing through Lonavala.
Lonavala and Khandala is a twin hill stations. It is 622 meters above from the sea level. It covers an area of approx 38 km. This hill station is mostly preferred for couple because they can spend their privacy in the natural beauty. Lonavala is the best place for newly married couple’s honeymoon. Moon is the best time to visit Lonavala.
2. Aga Khan Palace
Aga Khan Palace was built in the year 1892 by Sultan Mohammad Shah Aga Khan III. Aga Khan Palace was built to help the poor people of Pune and nearby area who were hit by a deadly famine. If you are a history lover then this is one of the most important historical places in Pune.
This palace is also known as Gandhi National Memorial because Mahatma Gandhi and his wife were held under house arrest in the palace in 1940.
3. Osho International Meditation Center
The Osho International Meditation Centre has put Pune on the international map. Here, thousands of international people and the local tourists come whole year. The center is so much calm and quite. If you want to relax from your busy schedule during the week, then this place is for you.
You can also do meditation at the center. It is the recommended place for your family to progress spiritually. You can also take the kids with you because there is a beautiful garden in the center.
4. Mulsi Lake and Dam
Mulsi Dam is constructed on the Mula river. It is surrounded by the green mountains. Monsoon is the best time to visit this place to feel the beauty of nature. Monsoon falls in the months of June, July, August and September. Mulsi Dam was built to produce electricity and use in irrigation.
5. Panshet Dam
The Panshet Dam is also known as the Tanajisagar Dam. This is one of the famous hangout places in Pune. Local people mostly visit this place during the weekend. This is the suitable tourist place for friends group and family because you can enjoy water sports and leisure activities here. You can also enjoy the boating here.
6. Shivneri Fort
The Shivneri Fort is the birth place of ‘Shivaji’. In this fort, he had spent his childhood. This fort is located 105 km from Pune. One of the amazing things is that, the fort has seven doors. If you want to enter in the fort, then you have to cross these all seven gates. There is a famous ‘Badami Talav’, which is located in the middle of the fort. Do you love trekking? Then the trekking point is situated here, which is known as Jivdhan.
7. Western Ghats
If you want to visit Western Ghat, then you have to drive Mumbai-Pune Expressway via Pune Satara Road. Western Ghat is 517 km from Pune. You should have to spend two days or three days to enjoy your picnic due to its distance. This is the mountain site with lots of green trees.
The best time to visit Western Ghat is June, July, August and September months due to monsoon. Western Ghat is the most popular tourist place due to the beauty of nature in the season. You can also enjoy trekking in the Ghat.
If you want to spend your weekend in the hill station then Mahabaleshwar is the best option within 150 km from Pune. Distance between Mahabaleshwar and Pune is just 120 km. The best time to visit Mahabaleshwar is March, April and May. This tourist place is famous for holiday and honeymoon. It is the most preferred tourist place among newly married couple because it is a romantic place.
Places to visit near Mahabaleshwar :
- Venna Lake
- Mapro Garden
9. National War Museum
The National War Museum was built in 1997 to give honour the Indian soldiers. If you want to know more about the sacrifice of the Indian soldiers, than this is one of the best places for you. One major attraction of this museum is MIG 23 BN, which was used in the Kargil war.
The museum is open all days of the week. You have to visit this place between 9:00 AM to 5.30 PM. There is no charge levied from the visitors. You can spend maximum one hear while visiting the museum.
10. Katraj Snake Park
Katraj Snake Park is famous for different species of snakes, reptiles and the birds. In this park, you can see small snakes to nine feet long king Cobra. This park is situated just 8 km from the city of Pune. The park is located on the Pune Satara Highway, Near Bharti Vidyapeeth University. The organizers organize the various snake festivals to make awareness among the people.
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Katraj Snake Park is open from 10.30 AM to 6.00 PM and remain closed on Wednesday.
Article Title: Top 10 Tourist Places in Pune for Your Vacation and Holiday
Article last re-published on September 11, 2019.