A charming city of much history and character, Pune serves as the cultural capital of the state of Maharashtra. It served as the administrative headquarter of many dynasties and is today an important economic and educational hub in India. With a tropical climate and easy access by road, rail and air, Pune boasts enviable tourist density throughout the year. It isn’t just Pune, but the places around it that attract travelers. Here is a compilation of a few for your daily excursions while you enjoy a stay at Fortune hotels in Pune.
As India’s youngest hill station, Lavasa made waves in the world of travel and lavish lifestyle. Facing a waterfront that is formed by the backwaters of Varasgaon Dam on the River Mose, Lavasa is unlike any other city in India. Privately developed and stylized on the Italian town of Portofino, the city is still in its formative years. Nonetheless, it makes for a popular tourist destination with the best of nature, adventure, luxury and comfort.
Originally called Kondhana, and literally translated to mean ‘The Lion’s Fort’, Sinhagad has significant historical relevance in Maharashtra. The steep slopes of the mighty Sahyadri Mountains leading up to the Sinhagad Fort make for a challenging trek for adventure lovers, and a serene destination for nature lovers.
Enveloped in the embrace of the Western Ghats, Kamshet is a picturesque hill station about 56kms from Pune. Perched at 2200ft above sea level, this town looks like a carpet of green, only interrupted by pockets of placid lakes. What served as an ancient trade route between the Konkan region and Pune is now a popular adventure spot for travel enthusiasts. Trekking, picnicking, and paragliding make for unmatched options during a trip to this town of ancient cave temples and historical fortresses.
A destination that inspired Bollywood, Khandala, along with its twin Lonavala, is the pride of Maharashtra. Located at the top end of the Bhor Ghat, this town is a trekking destination on account of its altitude and natural beauty. The Karla and Bhaja Caves, the Bhushi Lake and Tiger’s Leap are few of the famous attractions at Khandala.
- Lohagad Fort
Captured by Shivaji Maharaj in 1648 CE, the Lohagad Fort stands at an altitude of 3389ft above sea level. A treat for history enthusiasts, the Lohagad Fort also makes for a great trek with a trail that is picturesque and moderately challenging.