Pune is a city in the state of Maharashtra, which has a large section of youngsters and young, working professionals. The city is the abode to some of the major educational institutions and a rich cultural heritage. It was the centre of power for the Maratha Empire established by Shivaji and was also the seat of the Peshwas.
Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra and the seventh most populated in the country. The city is also known as the Oxford of the East, thanks to the large number of educational institutions. Like most other metropolitan cities, the residents here are also all set to explore places to put away the tensions of the city life. Have a look at some of the not-so-popular places near the city which would give you a rejuvenating experience.
1. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary
Located at a distance of 183 km from the city of Pune and approximately 70 km from Satara, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is spread across an area of over 420 sq km, which is not only home to a large variety of flora and fauna but also houses the eastern and western catchments of the Koyna Dam. The wildlife sanctuary was formed in the year 1985 which serves as the home for many wildlife species, such as tigers, panthers, sloth bears and many more.
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2. Dudhiware Falls
The Dudhiware waterfalls is a one-stop destination for those who are interested in water rappelling. If you are looking forward to an adventure-filled holiday, well then, this is the place for you. With the torrential volume, the force of water and the slipperiness of the slopes makes it a task for one to rappel downstream. However, it gives you the ultimate feel of adventure, which one would be looking forward to.
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Situated at a distance of about 260 km from Pune is the tiny hilly retreat of Mhaismal, which is covered in lush greenery and attracts a large number of visitors, especially during the monsoons. For those who are seeking a spiritual touch to their adventure break, the place has a large number of temples and for those looking for history, drive down to the majestic Ellora Caves and Devgiri Fort.
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Dehna is place which is well known for sighting fireflies at night. Image yourself surrounded by a large number of twinkling tiny insects, it is a truly an experience which would give you memories which would last for a lifetime. There are plenty of organisations who organise guided tours to the village of Dehna, that not only show you the fireflies but also the lifestyles of the tribes and much more.
5. Bedse Caves
The Bedse Caves are believed to be 2200 odd years old and are located at a distance of about 40 km from the city of Pune. The caves are constructed in such a manner that it can be seen only when one reaches the top, for which one has to hike up approximately around 400 odd steps. Once at the summit, you would be taken back in time to the 2nd century. The caves show patronage to Buddhism and are surrounded by lush greenery which further adds on to the charm of the place.
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At a distance of 194 km from Pune is the adventure hub of Kolad, which offers adventure sports, such as kayaking, waterfall canoeing, rafting and much more. The place is located on the banks of the Kundalika river, which has a large number camping sites that would provide a rejuvenating experience. Kolad is a one-stop destination for adventure lovers and is also an excellent place to spend sometime with your loved ones.