Pune, additionally referred to as ‘The Oxford of the East’, is a metropolis finest identified for its quite a few academic establishments and analysis centres. It’s also a superb vacationer vacation spot, each for the historical past it gives via forts and buildings of historic worth, and the pure magnificence it gives, each inside the metropolis, and round it. Aside from the Shaniwar Wada Fort inside Pune, there are different forts surrounding town which are of significance. Sinhagad, previously referred to as Kondhana, actually reads ‘The Lion’s Fortress’. This fort, situated round 25km from Pune, has modified arms quite a few occasions. The fascinating story that’s related to it, is the legend based on which Shivaji’s basic, Tanaji Malusare scaled the steep precipice with assistance from a large monitor lizard. The fort is now a well-liked trekking vacation spot as nicely.
Different forts round Pune embrace the well-known Murud-Janjeera Fort that stands within the Arabian Sea, and was as soon as thought-about invincible. Sudhagadh, Raigad, Pratapgadh, Tung-Tikona, Lohagadh-Visapur and Shivneriare different equally necessary forts that stand witness to Maratha historical past, and now supply gratifying treks. Exceptionally stunning seashores round Pune give added causes for a weekend getaway from city-life. Diveagar, Alibag, Nagaon, Ganpatiphule, Dapoli and Harihareshwar are some seashores discovered alongside the Konkan coast, and are only a few hours’ drive from town. For the extra adventurous types, there are journey sports activities that embrace river rafting in Pune. Nature Trails Group gives this expertise on the Kundalika River, with the rafting web site in Kolad. You might have a protected, moist and wild journey on an inflatable raft, down a 14Km stretch of the river over thrilling class III rapids.Rafting is assumed protected in all seasons besides through the Monsoons. There are additionally locations round Pune that deserve point out in a travellers checklist of stops. These embrace the journey trekking factors and hill stations which are situated at driving distance from town. Maybe the most well-liked hill station close to Pune stays Mahabaleshwar. It’s the good getaway from the hustle and bustle of town and is an exquisite hill resort. A few of the locations of curiosity in Mahabaleshwar embrace the Morarji Fortress, by which Mahatma Gandhi as soon as lived, Panchgani, a spot of immense magnificence, Pratapgad Fort, which was constructed underneath the command of ShivajiMaharaj, and Arthur’s Seat.
Lonavala, additionally referred to as the ‘Jewel of the Sahyadri’, is one other hill station in shut proximity to town. It sees folks flocking to it particularly through the wet season owing to the quite a few waterfalls and the pure scenic splendour throughout that point of yr. The Bhushi Dam is a well-liked vacationer vacation spot. Khandala, made well-known particularly by the Amir Khan Tune from the film Ghulam, is one more hill station situated near Pune, that shows pure magnificence, parks and gardens. Pune is a traveller’s delight, housing some necessary locations inside and across the metropolis, and a go to does a lot to refresh Indian historical past in a single’s thoughts, and to rejuvenate, via the sheer magnificence and greenery of its environment.