Picnic Spots & Places to Travel around Pune
|Name of Place||Distance from Pune||How to Get there||Food & Water|
|ABHIRUCHI VILLAGE||5 km|
Bhide Baug, Sinhagad Road,
|AGA KHAN PALACE|
Gandhi National Memorial,
Take the Khopoli exit off the pune-Mumbai Expressway and head towards Pen.
|ANGRAAJ WATER PARK|
There are direct buses from Pune Station to Appu Ghar, located on the outskirts of the city.
Regular buses from Shivajinagar .
Campus of the SRP Group 2,
|Dapoli Beach||240 km|
Regular State Transport Buses available from Swargate , Pune
|DIAMOND WATER PARK|
Formerly Splash Mountain,
On the Pune-Nashik road turn off at Aale Phata-the road leads to Aurkuni, at the base of Harishchandragad.
|INTER-UNIVERSITY CENTRE FOR ASTRONOMY AND ASTROPHYSICS (IUCAA)|
Campus of Pune University,
|JOG BIRD PARK|
Survey No 38/2,
|KAMLA NEHRU PARK|
|KONARK BIRD PARK|
Mumbai or Pune:
From Mumbai, you can take a train to Lonavla. Malawli is the next station from Lonavla in the direction toward Pune. There are a number of local trains operating between Lonavla and Pune; you can take any of them. From Pune, you can take any of these locals.
From Malawli railway station, the fort is just 9 km away. Vehicles can go up to the foot of the hill. From here, which is near a village called Lohagaon, there are steps to the fort, numbering approximately 500.
However, people can also walk all the way till the fort. Bhaje Caves is on the way to Lohagad if a small diversion is taken. This walk is a particular favorite of trekkers, especially in the monsoon. It is a simple and easy trek and the distance from Malawli station to Lohagadwadi can be covered in around 2-2.5 hrs. The trekking route is not very treacherous even when it rains and even inexperienced climbers can easily walk till the fort enjoying the particularly picturesque scenery, lush green grass, cool mountain air, and the pleasant salubrious climate. A variety of birds and insects can also be spotted in these hills.
When it rains, the top of the fort is covered with mist and clouds and becomes particularly wet. It is advisable to carry protective gear during the rainy season (mid-June to mid-September). Further, food is not easily available on the route. Most of the food stalls sell water, poha, tea/coffee, snacks, and soft drinks.
You can take a tourist bus (Volvo) from Mumbai, departing from Dadar East, Sion or Vashi. The ride will take you 6 hours and will cost around Rs 350. An ordinary AC bus will cost Rs 200. The Volvo bus from Pune is currently operated by two private companies (Neeta and Konduskar), and they charge approx Rs 200 each way.
Mahabaleshwar is also accessible by road from Mumbai, about 247 kms. It takes about 4 to 5 hours by car if taking a route via Panvel through Mahad and Poladpur.
You can also reach Satara by train from Mumbai/Banglore. Mahabaleshwar is 47 KM from Satara and takes little more than one hour from there.
Try to arrive here in the morning because most of the hotels have a check-in time of 9 AM. If you arrive later you may have to wait until another room becomes vacant.
Mahabaleshwar is built on a plateau and getting around is quite easy. Taxis, autorickshaws and buses leave from the center of town near Irani's petrol pump opposite the Club. The main destinations are the "points", named after prominent British administrators who found these splendid locations with unbeatable views. The points are located at various edges of the plateau in different directions. Rental cars and taxis can get there quickly. For the more adventurous, horses are available in town and there are lovely shady bridle paths for delightful rides.
* Hotel Templeview - Vegetarian restaurant at old mahabaleshwar for excellent parathas Rajasthani favorites.Hotel Woodland is another good option.
Almost all the hotels here have their own restaurants.Hotel DreamLand , Hotel Panaroma & Hotel Shreyas have a nice restaurant and good food, and all thre are close to the State Bus stand.
* For early morning no fuss breakfast, do visit Hotel Rajmahal Palace on the market road. It's got a wooden roof and the menu is very simple with yummy upma, sheera & missal pav. Do try the gulab jamuns stored in a big glass jar at the counter.
Generally restaurants here do not serve liquor, but a few places close to the State Bus Stand, like Hotel Shreyas have it on menu. You can buy all the liquor you want from Imperial Stores.
Off the Mumbai-Pune highway, break away at Lonavela from where you drive down towards Khopoli and then Mahad. The Konkan railway also passes the Mahad station.
|MAJOR TATHAWADE UDYAN|
Opp Tol Hospital,
|MANAS HOLIDAY RESORTS|
Bhugaon, Taluka Mulshi,
The drivers that ply through the roads have immaculate driving skills, so a real advice here is not to keep eyeing the blind turns and foot-to-brake co-ordination, but to just enjoy the breath-taking views as you climb up towards the Dasturi point.
As motor vehicles are banned, there are two ways of getting around in Matheran.
There are all kinds of restaurants in Matheran serving various cuisines. Try the Maharashtrian style Vada-Pav (Indian Burger)which is available at the various points. Also, try the chikki which is available in different flavors in the main market.
There are all kinds of restaurants in Matheran serving various drinks, try the unique Kokam Sherbat there.
If driving, head past Hadapsar towards Loni, cross Yewat, Chauphula and Supa, before finally arriving at Morgaon.