The metamorphosis of Pune in the past few decades has been amazing as the city has transformed itself from a sleepy town to a vibrant city. Blessed with a salubrious climate and a historical and proud past, Pune is strategically located in close proximity from cities like Mumbai. It is the perfect stopover for travellers who want to explore the glorious Maratha past of Pune and travel to nearby places of interest.
There are many popular weekend getaways available as options with easy travel choices. Let us explore them, in brief, to help you plan your next holiday:
Mumbai: The vibrancy and pulsating energy of this Maximum city are hard to be missed when one travels here for a fun and exciting weekend. Since Mumbai is only 150 kilometres from Pune, the convenient drive down the Mumbai-Pune expressway using Pune to Mumbai cabs makes it a popular destination.
What to do in Mumbai: The expansive Arabian Sea, the iconic Marine drive and the historical Gateway of India are some of the most loved tourist attractions for holidayers in Mumbai. While you enjoy the delectable street food this city is famous for, do not forget to sample the diversity of cultures this city offers in abundance.
Goa: If sun, sand and fun are what comes to your mind when you think about Goa, then think again as there is much more to Goa than this. This beautiful city has been blessed with some wonderful landscapes and a shoreline that’s worth dying for. It is about 450 kilometres away from Pune and you can opt for one of many Pune to Goa cabs if you are planning a long and lazy weekend.
Things to do in Goa: You cannot miss fabulous beaches like Chapora, Miramar, Vagator, Baga and Anjuna while forts like Aguada and Reis Magos are worth exploring too. The seafood is truly delectable and so is the boat ride down the majestic Mandovi River. If you are an adventure sports fan, the amazing options available on every beachfront will surely have you hooked during your holiday to this laid-back city.
Mahabaleshwar: Pune is lucky to have this serene and green hill station of Mahabaleshwar at a distance of just 120 kilometres. Mahabaleshwar is a massive plateau that is surrounded by mountains and lush green valleys and is the place where Krishna River originates from the ancient Mahadev temple. There are many transport options to reach Mahabableshwar but Pune to Mahabaleshwar cabs are surely the most preferred option for most weekend holidaymakers.
What to see in Mahabaleshwar: Pratapgad Fort is undoubtedly the most popular attraction for those who come here and it certainly lives up to the expectations. This fort was built during the reign of Shivaji and it’s exciting to explore this looming structure built in stone. Boating at the pristine Venna Lake and scenic points like Arthur’s Seat, Kate’s Point and Needle Hole Point are other activities you must try during your weekend trip.
With all this information at hand, there is nothing that can stop a true blue traveller from planning a trip to any of the above-mentioned weekend holiday destinations near Pune.
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