Travel restrictions due to social distancing have made one appreciate all that is truly great about my city. I have been living here since I was small and habits make one overlook the good things around you. That is something that happened with me and #amchepune. I decided to be a traveler in my own city and discovered 9 fun ways to be a traveler in Pune!
Reasons why you should be a traveler in your own city
Here are few reasons which might convince you to be a traveler in your own city –
- You learn to look at the same spots from a completely different perspective
- It is much cheaper to travel in your own city where you know short routes, best ways to travel and your way around.
- You don’t need to plan anything in advance as there are neither any flights to book nor any hotel rooms to reserve.
- You have a better opportunity to stumble upon undiscovered gems or offbeat places no one else has been to.
- This is a chance to make your weekends more meaningful and fun.
So during lockdown 2020, I was on a mission to discover all the hidden jewels in Pune. So, I became a traveler in Pune!! Can you imagine it?
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9 fun ways to be a traveler in Pune
Here are the places and fun experiences I had while being a traveler in Pune!
1. Pashan Road
The beautiful road going from Chandni Chowk to Pashan circle and then turning right to reach the University circle is the runner’s haven. The road has beautiful trees and a walkway on both sides. You can walk, run or cycle on this road to truly experience its beauty. DRDO, NCL, IISER, ARDE are a few of the government offices and research institutes located on these roads that have huge campuses filled with beautiful trees. If you are lucky enough you will also be able to spot peacocks on some of the campuses. This is an ideal way to start becoming traveler in Pune. Take a stroll around and you will know why.
It is a small private planned city near Pune. It has eating outlets and staying options, but might be closed due to lockdown restrictions. But the drive to the place is absolutely breathtaking. The views of the lush green mountains are stunning. You can take a car or a bike. Few people ride bicycles on those roads too.
These roads will make you fall in love with Pune.
3. Tamhini Ghat
This is another beautiful road that takes you to the coastal areas of Konkan. In monsoons, you can spot many beautiful waterfalls on the side of the mountain. You need to be very careful while driving on these roads as they may get slippery and are prone to accidents. Enjoy a tasty snack of Wadapav & tea while you are here.
This quintessential road trip in Pune introduces you to the warmth and fun of Pune all over again.
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4. Necklace point
The necklace point is actually just a turn on the road to Bhor village. From this turn, you can see the Nira river and Gunjawani river meeting and forming a necklace-like shape. This is just before Bhatghar dam. The place is perfect for a photo shoot. You can carry your food for a short picnic. After this stop, you can plan to visit the Bhatghar dam to Bhoreshwar temple, an old temple dedicated to Lord Shiva.
You can manage this road trip even when you have just half a day to spare.
5. Independence point
A few km after you pass our favorite joint at Quick Bite, there’s a turn on MKCS Ahram Road which leads you to Independence point. You pass MKCS Ashram and dense forest as you go towards the place. Although roads are not good, biking is still fun. Its 360 degrees view of cliffs and deep gorges of Tamhini ghat are scary but beautiful.
When we visited the hills were showing off beautiful flowers – yellow and white and we could steal some pretty cool pics with them.
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6. Lohagad fort
Lohagad or Iron fort was built in the 15th century is an easy fort for hiking with kids. It is very interesting for the kids as they can see the fortifications, wells, tanks, and water storage areas. It is very easy to experience the history when the structures, even the secret ways, are all there in front of you. The top gives you an awesome view of the Pavna lake and Indrayani basin.
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7. Korigad fort
This fort is close to Lonavla near Pune. The fortification of the place dates back to the 13th – 14th centuries when it was ruled by the Bahmani Sultanate of Delhi. It was briefly with Marathas in the 16th – 17th century but they were taken over by Moguls only to lose it to the British in 18th century. The fortifications are still intact i9n spite of attacks by various foreign invaders. Maybe each stone has a different story to tell – of courage and of loyalty, of deceit and cowardice.
8. Tung fort
The hike at Tung fort is short but very steep. Tung means difficult and the hike on this fort can be really so. Tung fort hike can be combined with Tikona hike which is closeby. Or it can also be combined with Pavna lake camping, which is also close by.
9. Quick bite at Tata Talav
Food is essential in a road trip! And you get many options – small and big. Believe me when I say the smaller the place, the more fun you will have! Quick Bite is our favorite eat-out spot near Tata Talav in Tamhini Ghat. Do not miss their yummy food items – Wada pav, misal, and Pithala Bhakari!!
I had so much fun exploring all these places around Pune as a traveler! I am sure you would have fun exploring these spots in Pune too.
If you have any other suggestions drop in your comments below! Do tag us #femmefiesta in your travels in and around Pune!