Pune which is also known as the Oxford of the East is a bustling city in Maharashtra. Considered a paradise for retired people, the many institutes here have turned Pune into an educational hub and have brought in colour and youthful vibrancy to the city. It was once the center of power for the Maratha rule and this explains the many monuments and heritage attractions that are situated in the city's vicinity.
Other than being popular for its heritage, there are amazing getaways for adventure enthusiasts and trekkers close to the city. Here is a guide to a few places you can head out on a an adventure tour this weekend around Pune.
Rajmachi also called Udhewadi is located amidst the Shayadri mountains, and is a famous spot amongst tourists for trekking. It is about 15 km from the beautiful hill station of Lonavala in Maharashtra. The village is also known for its forts built during 17th century by Emperor Shivaji. Rajmachi has 2 fortified structures- the Shrivardhan fort and the Manaranjan fort. Travellers coming here can explore these forts and also trek around the region.
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The town of Visapur is famous for the Visapur Fort which is a part of the the forts duo of Lohagad-Visapur. Located in the city of Pune, it stands tall at a dizzying height of 1,085 mt and is built by the side of Lohagad. It was built under the first ruler of the Peshwa Dynasty, Balaji Vishwanath and is abundant with caves, pillars, sky-high walls and archaic houses. Several Hanuman Temples can be found within the fort's premises. It is also home to the grand Peshwa Palace that is presently in ruins. This historic fort has seen many dynasties and rulers over the ages, right from the Satvahanas and Chalukyas, to the Mughals and Marathas. Travellers coming here can explore the many ruins here and aslo enjoy the trek up to the place.
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Sinhagadh is one of the most popular picnic spots around Pune. While it has proper road connectivity, there are many who still prefer trekking the route to the fort. There are memorials of Tanaji Malusare and Shivaji's younger son Rajaram at the fort. The military stables are another spot worth visiting. There is also a water body called the Dev Taaki that contains fresh water throughout the year. It is a perfect place to head to and relax. Also you can enjoy the picturesque view that this place has to offer.
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Rajgadh was the first capital of the Maratha Empire. It is a trekker's paradise and sees a lot of tourists round the year. The Pani Kund and Balekilla are the prime attractions here. Tourists coming here can explore the region and also rejuvenate themselves far from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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Also known as Prachandagadh, Torna boasts of a an immense fort. Located close to Rajgadh, it is the highest fort in the district with an elevation of 1400 mt. You can trek to Jhunjar Machi and Budhla Machi from here. It is a perfect place to head to if you are looking for something adventurous to do during the weekend. Also it is a hub for historians who come here to learn more about this ruined fort.
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Shivneri is the birthplace of the Maratha leader Shivaji and hence occupies an important part in history. There are numerous water bodies and statues of Shivaji and his mother Jijabai here. For those who want to take a trip back in time this is the best place to head to. You can learn more about the Maratha leader's childhood and also see the place where he stayed.
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Located near Malavli, on the way to Lonavala, Lohagad is a part of the Lohagad-Visapur forts. Vinchu Kata is a famous spot at the fort which looks like the tail of a scorpion when seen from a distance. The Karla-Bhaja-Bedse caves are also close to the fort. It is the ideal palce for explorers who love to wander amongst nature and discover new things. Also the scenic beauty of this place will leave you mesmerised.
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