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Pune is a great place for youngsters. A lot of good universities, colleges, and IT companies attract the young brains of the country and world, who come to this city to study and work. Often overshadowed by the glory of the glamorous Mumbai and the cosmopolitan Bangalore, Pune is rarely put on the same pedestal as these two; when in fact Pune has more than enough to boast of and is a great city to reside in. A hub for college students and a youngster’s abode, you will also find some of the best hostels in Pune. Check out our your-space PG in Viman Nagar if you are looking for PG Rooms in Pune close to Symbiosis university. With your stay and basic amenities taken care of, you can actually enjoy all that this city has to offer. Our PGs in Pune are ideal for young students and working professionals – comfortable, hygienic, and affordable.
Apart from the coolest workplaces, universities, and hostels in Pune, the city has amazing weather and a lot of places to explore in and around the area. It is the best time for one to travel solo. Travelling solo has its own benefits – everything can go at your convenience and you also get to meet some amazing like-minded fellow travellers. It is also a great way to get to know yourself. Lucky for you, Pune’s location is ideal for these solo trips. It is located in close proximity to some of the most amazing destinations where you can camp, trek, party, and eat your heart out. This weekend, get out of your hostels in Pune and explore some of these cool places.
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Mahabaleshwar is one of the most popular hill stations in Maharashtra. It is situated in the Sahyadri range and boasts of some mesmerizing views and the best strawberries in the country. It offers the goodness of nature, is a very picturesque place, and can offer the much-needed serenity. Its green valleys, rising peaks, lush forests, and sparkling rivers make it a sought-after weekend getaway. The first place you need to go to is Bagicha Corner where you can hog on some fresh strawberries and cream. Mahabaleshwar has multiple viewing points such as Arthur’s Seat. You can also visit the famous Pratapgad Fort which is balanced atop a mountain spur. Then there is the Lingala Waterfall, the Venna Lake, and the Panch Ganga Temple where five rivers meet.
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About an hour away from Pune is another famous hill station. Lonavla. It is situated at an altitude of 2,047 feet above sea level and is the perfect escape from the hectic city life. People from Mumbai and Pune often visit Lonavala due to its proximity to the two cities and its easy accessibility. The road to get to Lonavla – Mumbai Pune Expressway is almost as beautiful as the hill station itself, paving a scenic way to welcome you to it. Lonavla is enclosed by green valleys and gets its name from the Sanskrit word lonavli, because of the many caves that are near Lonavla. These include the ancient Buddhist caves – Karla Caves and Bhaja Caves.
Travelling to Bombay is a whole new experience. One can easily get there by car, rail or the numerous buses that ply between the two cities. When you go by road, you get to enjoy the pleasant views of the ghats and green mountain tops, along the way. Once you get to Bombay, there is more than enough to do. You can get on an open deck bus tour that starts from the Prince of Wales Museum to get an overview of South Bombay in all its glory. Grab a beer at Café Mondegar, eat at a local Parsi restaurant, shop at Colaba Causeway or Fashion Street and try visiting the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum in Byculla. You can take a walk from Churchgate to Colaba and gaze at the beautiful Gothic architecture, Gateway of India, and other historic monuments. You can even walk along Marine Drive at sunset and admire the Queen’s necklace and Art Deco buildings.
Aurangabad is a car or bus ride away from Pune. It is known for its cultural diversity, prosperity, and rich heritage, deeming it one of the most historical cities of Maharashtra. A must-visit in this beautiful city is the Bibi Ka Maqbara, an imitation of the renowned Taj Mahal of Agra, built by Aurangzeb. Other top places to visit are of course the famous Ajanta and Ellora caves, the Tomb of Aurangzeb, the Chini Mahal, Nizamshahi Mahal, and the Alamgir Dargah. Once you get to Aurangabad, why skip Daulatabad? This too like Aurangabad is an enchanting place with historical monuments to enjoy. Chand Minar fort, Sunheri Mahal, Naukonda Palace, and Ramkrishna Mission are some great sightseeing locations. Make sure to relish the Mughlai delicacies such as the Mughlai kebab, paya, mawa jalebi, sheermal, and other mouth-watering Tughlaq food at the local eateries.
Famous for the Sula Vineyards, Nasik is yet another must-visit city from Pune. It is one of the original cities of Maharashtra, that has to date managed to retain its cultural and traditional spirit. This city runs along the banks of river Godavari and is lined up with ancient carved temples that narrate age-old tales. If you want to get acquainted with typical Marathi culture when it comes to food, clothing, lifestyle, jewellery, and houses – strolling through the lanes of Nasik is a must. While it retains its rich heritage, it also has a very modern side to it – because here is situated the renowned vineyard – Sula. Do book a wine tour for yourself and try and stay at beyond by Sula for the entire experience.
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For nature lovers, Wai offers the most breathtaking views of valleys, lush forests, and the Western Ghat mountain ranges. If you want to be in the lap of nature, head off to Wai. It is scenic, has fresh and pleasant air, unmatched greenery, and a lot of natural wildlife to boast off. It is also historically prominent due to the Pratapgad Fort where the legendary meeting between Shivaji Maharaj and Afzal Khan took place. Don’t forget to enjoy the local Konkani food here.
This is a picturesque place to enjoy an all-encompassing view of nature. From chirping birds, endless flora, and mountain ranges to waterfalls flowing, green valleys, and the beautiful clouds, Karnala offers a panoramic view of all this and more. You can hike to the Karnala Fort to get acquainted with the history and also visit the Karnala Bird Sanctuary which is home to rare and endangered species of birds. You can hop over to Panvel and grab a bite post your sightseeing.
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Around 143 kms away from Pune, is the beautiful Alibaug beach. Unlike Bombay beaches, Alibaug has a scenic coastline and clean sands. This place has holiday homes of various Bollywood celebrities who also head over to spend some peaceful time away from the city’s hustle and bustle. You can try the water sports and enjoy some peaceful quality time here. Don’t forget to get a taste of all the local food – poha, seafood thalis, missal pav, etc.
A lesser-known beach of Maharashtra, the Harihareshwar Beach is about 175 kms away from Pune in the Raigad district. This pristine beach is clean as it has not been commercialized. Perfect for some peace and relaxation, this beach has smooth black sand and has the most stunning morning walks to offer. You must try their version of misal pav for breakfast and a Konkani thali for a meal.