16-19 March 2020
IISER, Pune
Asia/Kolkata timezone
8th Annual meeting of SMRM and Mitochondira network meeting

As the second largest state of Maharashtra, Pune is a hub of multifarious activities and is fast evolving into one of the major cosmopolitan cities of India.  Pune was previously the headquarters of the Peshwa dynasty in Maharashtra, So all-in-all Pune is veritable treasure house of tourist attractions and things to do that will keep you on your toes all through your visit to Pune. The people, the places and the weather will coax you to explore all these tourist attractions that we think are a must visit in Pune.

1. Aga Khan Palace

Aga Khan Palace, Pune

The Aga Khan Palace is a testament to the architectural wonders of a bygone era. Considered as one of the largest landmarks in Indian history, The Aga Khan Palace is a spectacular building that was built in 1892. Its other claim to fame is that is served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi and other noted freedom fighters during the Indian Freedom movement. Aga Khan Palace comprises of Italian arches, sprawling green lawns and huge hallways that now house many photos and portraits that depict the life of various freedom fighters and also hosts the Gandhi national Memorial society and a shop that deals with the sales of Khadi and other handloom textiles.

2. Shaniwar Wada

Shaniwar Wada Fort, Pune Tourist Places

Shaniwar Wada served as the seat of power for Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire. This magnificent architectural marvel was an extravagant fortification effort made by Peshwa Baji Rao I following the victory in the Third Anglo Maratha War. The fort was destroyed in 1823 by a fire, since then it has functioned as a tourist attraction comprising of grand armoured gates, massive palaces and a beautiful fountain.  

3. Sinhagad Fort

Located around 30 kilometres away from Pune, the Sinhagad fort serves as an excellent destination for trekking due to its significant location on the Bhuleshwar Range of the Sahyadri Mountains. Not only can you enjoy the cool climes of Pune but you can also experience how the fort could have once acted as an active military outpost during the Maratha Empire. Sinhagad fort is a popular tourist destination for those who wish to experience the grandiose architecture of Maratha and the scenic beauty of the Sahyadris.  

4. Chaturshringi Temple

Chaturshringi temple is a Hindu temple located on the Slope of a hill on the Senapati Bapat road. The temple is a great 90 feet high and 125 feet wide structure that houses the shrine of the Goddess Chaturshringi. One has to climb 100 steps to reach the shrine of the goddess which is said to be a symbol of faith and power. The temple complex also includes shrine of the Lord Ganesha and Goddess Durga as well. This includes miniature idols of Ashtavinayaka which are all located on 4 different hillocks. Goddess Chaturshringi is said to be the reigning goddess of Pune because of which this is a major tourist hub in the city.

5. Pataleshwar

Pataleshwar, Pune Tourist Places

Pataleshwar has been declared as a protected monument by the government. This 8th century rock-cut temple built during the Rashtrakuta dynasty is dedicated to Lord Shiva. There’s a Linga situated within the inner sanctum flanked by two smaller cells on either side. In front of the cave is the Nandi Mandapa which is the most peculiar feature of the architecture at Pataleshwar. The temple is still in use and the Linga is anointed with ghee and yogurt. If you want to see ancient Indian architecture which is still prevalent in today’s day and age, then Pataleshwar is where you should go.

Pune has a host of tourist attractions that are waiting to be discovered by travel enthusiasts like you, so pick up that bag and start exploring Pune.


One day trip near Pune
There are so many popular places to see near Pune, that every weekend you will end up doing something interesting, without sacrificing either your rest or too much of your money. Whether you like relaxing on beaches, gazing at beautiful sceneries or exploring monuments and ruins, we’ve got your back. Here are some of the top one day trip near Pune ideas.

One Day Trip Near Pune – Monuments & Structures

Bedse Caves

The 2000 years old Buddhist caves are not known to many people and as a result, the sanctity of this place is still intact. Located in Maval, the Bedse Caves can be the perfect early morning visit. Their ancient and simple beauty is best reflected by the morning sun. Two of the main caves house a large stupa and a monastery, both of which are in good condition. With nearly 400 steps, the approach to the caves is relatively easy and unlike many of its counterparts, this place is not hoarded by hawkers and salesmen. Even the number of monkeys is pretty low here!

Distance from Pune – 55 km

Purandar Fort

This is the birthplace of Sambhaji, son of the warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. Visiting the Purandar Fort is one of the best one day trips near Pune you can take. This place not only offers a nice trek, but there are also plenty of adventure opportunities are nearby. Placed at a height of almost 4500 ft, it is a well-known location for paragliding. It is in fact also used by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for training purposes. The highlights of the fort include a cannon and a statue of Murabaji Deshpande, but it is the view from the summit.

Placed at a height of almost 4500 ft, it is a well-known location for paragliding. It is in fact also used by the National Cadet Corps (NCC) for training purposes. The highlights of the fort include a cannon and a statue of Murabaji Deshpande, but it is the view from the summit that make this visit memorable.

Distance from Pune – 50 km

Ajinkyatara Fort

Located in Satara, the ‘Impregnable Star’ or the Ajinkyatara Fort is one of the most important forts in the region. Its name may make it sound out of reach, but it is not. It offers a comfortable trek and in case you want to avoid even that, you can simply drive up to the top too.

This 16th-century fort has quite a history and has seen its share of battles in the past. It was under the Mughal King Aurangzeb’s control and was even named after his son Ajim, till Shahu Maharaj won it in early 18th century. So whether you are a casual trekker, a history lover or just a sucker for beautiful sunsets. Ajinkyatara Fort is definitely worth a one day trip near Pune.

Distance from Pune – 115 km

Harishchandragad

Harishchandragad is a legendary hill fort in Ahmednagar and has witnessed some of the most important events of this part of the country. Events that went on to shape the future of the region. Today, it is amongst the best places to spend a day filled with trekking, exploring and sightseeing. You can go for camping, trekking and rappelling or visit caves and temples, and you can do all of that in a single day. This is why it is one of the most famous choices for a one-day trip near Pune. It is located atop one of the highest peaks in Maharashtra, so if trekking is what you love, you’ve got yourself a good challenge.

Distance from Pune – 170 km
 

One Day Trip Near Pune – Beaches

Diveagar

Diveagar- One day outing near PuneThe biggest benefit of living in a coastal state is that you are never too far away from the beach. Out of the innumerous beaches in Maharashtra, Diveagar is one of the oldest known inhabited coastal regions in the state.

Other than its beautiful sandy terrain and a trail of trees leading to the beach, there are some famous temples you can look forward to. But don’t worry, the temples do not bring huge crowds to the beach and it remains clean and quiet for the most part of the year. There are so many accommodations and eating options here so you can look forward to a good one day trip.

Distance from Pune – 160 km

Anjarle Beach

Now, this is one beach you will enjoy watching from a distance as much you will by being there. It is surely one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire region. This is a good enough reason why a visit here should be on your list of top one-day trips near Pune.

It is a bit far from the others and might take you around 5 hours to reach here, but the way is pretty enough to be worth the effort. The white sand, the coconut trees, and turtles will keep you happy and content.

Distance from Pune – 200 km

Karde Beach

There is a good chance you might not have heard about this Konkan beach before and that’s always a good thing when beaches are concerned. It is the longest beach in the region and is still considered a virgin beach.

It is beautiful and you can do much with your time here, like swimming in the relatively shallow water, cycle drive on the beach, watch dolphins, visit historical places nearby and of course relax on the white sand while enjoying a fresh coastal meal. What more do you want from a beach? Karde surely ranks high amongst the best one day trip near Pune options.

Distance from Pune – 202 km

 

Alibaug BeachAlibaug- One day outing near Pune

If you are the type who does not enjoy secluded beaches, this is the one for you. Often referred to as the ‘Goa of Maharashtra’. Alibaug is often crowded (at least in comparison to the other beaches in the list) and doesn’t give a feeling of novelty to the visitor. But on the flip side, it is a thoroughly entertaining place, with you can stay at karpewadi and do a lot other than sunbathing or swimming.

There is a fort, a temple, a synagogue, and a tomb that you can visit. Plus you can eat what you want and it is closer to Pune than the other beaches in this list. Safe to say, a trip to Alibaug is the most popular ‘one day trip near Pune’.

Distance from Pune – 150 km

One Day Trip Near Pune – Closer to Nature

Durshet

It’s surprising how quickly landscape changes once you move a 100 km away from the city. Durshet is a fine example of Maharashtra’s diversity when it comes to landscapes. The keywords that define Durshet are dense forest, waterfalls, hills, river and birds.

This village falls in the Sahyadri ranges, gifting it a bagful of beauty and serenity for a comfortable camping. Although people come here to get away from stress, you can engage in adventure activities, go on eventful treks, explore water sports or just click away to your heart’s content.

Distance from Pune – 100 km

Tamhini Ghat

More than the beaches, I associate Maharashtra with waterfalls and greenery and that is exactly what Tamhini Ghat is known for. This mountain passage is located between Tamhini and Mulshi Villages, putting it at a perfect distance for Tamhini Ghat bike ride for a one-day trip from Pune.

The approach is one of the best parts of the trip and the 15km stretch of the passage is great for camping and trekking. You can set up the base and relax at the Mulshi Lake after you are done gazing or even bathing at the Tamhini Waterfalls.

Distance from Pune – 55 km

Kaas Pathar

Have you seen the valley of flowers? Not the one in the Himalayas, but right here near Pune. Kaas Pathar or Kaas Plateau is also known as the Valley of Flowers and makes for a top one day trip near Pune. It has more than 850 species of flowers, several species of endemic butterflies and is listed as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. Although it remains beautiful throughout the year, Kaas Pathar is at its best during August-October and around March. You will have to register online to be one of the 2000 visitors who is allowed here each day.

Distance from Pune – 135 km

Thoseghar Waterfalls

Another gem in the list of best one day trips near Pune, Thoseghar waterfalls is the least flamboyant of all, but not any less beautiful. Its beauty has long been underrated, making it a less popular spot among the locals. I’d take that as a plus point because there are no large groups to ruin your perfect picture of this truly picturesque location. When in full flow, it is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Maharashtra. There are plenty of eating options around and if you arrive bright and early, you can have the entire place to yourself.

When in full flow, it is one of the most magnificent waterfalls in Maharashtra. There are plenty of eating options around and if you arrive bright and early, you can have the entire place to yourself.

Distance from Pune – 140 km