Labeled with multiple titles such as 'Financial capital of India', 'The Maximum City', 'Land of Bollywood', 'The dream City' and much more, Mumbai is Maharashtra's capital and India's most populous city which has multiple faces making it all things to all people.
Karjat, a quaint little village is the last station of Thane district in Maharashtra. The river Ulhas finds its origin in Karjat and trekking and historical spots make it a popular destination for trekkers and adventure enthusiasts.
With the hills of the Western Ghats and surrounding lush greenery, it is an ideal indulgence into the wild side for a tourist and its Portuguese heritage makes it famous amongst the history enthusiasts as well.
Surrounded by four hills and with river Savitri flowing through the town, Harihareshwar is famous for its temple of Lord Harihareshwar and is a popular weekend beach destination for people in Mumbai and Pune.
Known for its cascading waterfalls, green meadows and picturesque backdrop of Sahyadris, Kolad is gaining traction as an adventure sports destination with provisions for rafting, rappelling, kayaking etc.
Gleaming white sand, pristine blue water, swaying coconut palms and betel nut trees and gentle breeze producing a serene and calming effect, this is not a dream but the enchanting place called Diveagar.
Raigad, is a historically rich district is situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra. Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, renowned Maratha ruler, won this place in 1656. His prized win, the Raigad Fort is one of the main attractions of this place.
Pune is perfectly located for a traveler looking for weekend getaways in the South Western part of India. This is why it attracts a lot of tourists, who visit Pune as well as places around Pune. The destinations are attractive and variegated - ranging from Hill Stations to Resorts to Picnic Spots.
Among the places within 200 - 300 km from Pune, the popular ones include Mumbai, Mahabaeshwar, Alibag, Lonavla and Shirdi, etc. These places take 1-2 day(s) and make for a perfect weekend getaway from Pune. The lesser known places to visit near Pune are the quaint hill-stations like Raigad, Jawhar, Suryamal, Bhandardara, Lavasa and Durshet and treks like Bhandardara, Suryamal, Ratanwadi, Rajmachi and Chiplun. There are amazing wildlife sanctuaries close to Pune like the ones at Surat, Dandeli, Bhimshankar, Bombay and Panvel.
Tourist Places near Pune like Goa for the beaches and activities like water sports, scuba diving, cruises, elephant rides, Tarkarli for snorkelling and its backwaters, Kolad for rafting, Malvan, Alibagh and Ganapatipule for Water scooters, banana boats, etc. are the premier destinations for the adventure enthusiasts. Aurangabad, Ratnagiri, Pattadakal and Hampi on the other hand, are more lucrative destinations for people who want to just relax. Cheap alcohol in Goa, delicious dosas at Halebid and the Konkani meals in Tarkarli are favourites among college friends who usually look for a budget friendly weekend getaway from Pune.
Families which prefer visiting the tourist destinations near Pune are bound to visit Mumbai and the Ajanta and Ellora Caves in Maharashtra, the banks of the Arabian Sea at Goa and Gokarna, the places of historical significance like Bijapur and Champaner Pavagadh, to name a few.
Others who look to extend their weekend getaways, however, travel to the Holy city of Ujjain, Hyderabad, Shirdi, Murudeshwar or even Jog Falls in Karnataka. Some of them can even try the various picnic spots near Pune which are rife with people every other weekend.