Pune is a city in the Western Indian state of Maharashtra. It has been one of India’s fastest growing cities and it continues to attract entrepreneurs, businesses, and job seekers from all over the country. The city is known for its greenery, wide roads and excellent educational institutions. With so many advantages Pune has to offer we have compiled a list of places near Hinjewadi that will make you fall in love with this place!
Kasarsai Dam is a popular tourist spot. The boat house and scenic views are the highlights of this place. Tourists can enjoy watching beautiful sunsets while sitting on the banks of the dam, though they need to be careful not to get too close to it as there has been cases in which people have slipped into water following low tide levels.
Rajmachi fort is a 900-meter-high mountain with two water tanks at the top. One of them has an iron pillar in it. The Shrivardhan Fort, one of the two hill forts that constitute Rajmachi fortification, was named after Shrivardhan Ganpatrao Patwardhan who was the patel (landlord) of this region way back in 18th century. There are no visible signs of construction on this peak but according to local villagers there used to be a rampart which has now collapsed.
Baneshwar is one of the oldest temples in Nasarapur, Maharashtra. It was constructed by a king who had won many wars and hence was bestowed with the title ‘Bhanbharsi’. The Bhanbharsi temple has been hosting a decent number of rare birds such as Malabar Grey Hornbills which are usually seen in dense forests located at elevations between 2,000 and 3,000 meters above sea level.
The forest area behind this ancient temple is home to many species such as the Red-eared slider and soft-shell turtle that can be found near the holy pond in this temple complex. Tourists from all around come to visit Baneshwar.
Location: Baneshwar Temple Access Road, Nasrapur, Bhor, Maharashtra 412213
In the foothills of Western Ghats on the banks of Indrayani River, Lonavala stands a Bhushi Dam. Legend has it that in 1860s, British engineers came across this magnificent reservoir during their railway survey and eventually set up irrigation project nearby to satisfy the thirst for water by local villages. One such village was named after the dam “Bhushi”. Over time, as people started settling down around its vicinity with development of infrastructure in rail communication sector, it became a tourist spot with more than 500 meters above sea level.
The dam is now under Central Railway zone wherein buses are not allowed to enter except those operated by CRZ (Central Railways Zone). The ban was enforced for safety reasons.
Location: Lonavala, Maharashtra, India
Tourism has increased exponentially in recent years in and around the Pavana Dam area. Around 4,000 people from Pune and Mumbai visit the lake every weekend. With increasing numbers of tourists coming to this region, there are various camping-site businesses that have been started around the Pavana Lake. Agro-tourism too has flourished, with many visitors opting for boating rides or treks on weekends. There are also a number of restaurants by the lakeside serving delicacies such as Kheema pavs and Fish Tikkas which make it an ideal destination for families who wish to enjoy quality time together amidst nature’s splendor.
Location: Maval taluka, Pune district, Maharashtra, India
The Bhor Ghat is well known for its scenic beauty. It has a forest cover and the Western Ghats are visible from here. It was an ancient trade route connecting India with Sri Lanka, parts of South Asia and Southeast Asia. The ghat also serves as a passage to reach the Pune-Mumbai Express Highway, which connects Mumbai to Pune and other cities on Maharashtra’s coast like Goa; it now offers six lanes in two directions versus four lanes before this expansion project.”
“The new tunnel will bypass the bottleneck created by traffic congestion at this 18km long mountain pass between Khopoli and Khandala on Mumbai-Pune express highway which is used by more than 3 lakh vehicles every day.”
Lonavala Lake is a popular tourist spot in the outskirts of Lonavala. It gets filled up during monsoon and dries up during winter season. The lake is one of the best places to visit all year round, but especially on rainy days, when it’s beautiful natural surroundings are even more impressive than usual. One can see birds of different species and fauna at this tranquil place. There’s Mumbai’s vada pav, smoked corn, shaved gola with chaat and hot ginger tea to eat here too!
The Bhaja Caves were the most prominent aspect of a small village called Bhaja, located in India. The caves are dated to be about 2,000 years old and they stand at 400 feet above sea level. They have been carved out of rock and are situated on an important ancient trade route running from the Arabian Sea eastward into the Deccan Plateau.
The largest monument is the chaityagriha that contains two circular pillars with carvings of both Hindu and Buddhist deities flanking either side of its entranceway which has an open horseshoe-shaped archway for entry. According to Indian archaeologists, this was one of the first examples of such architectural designs made by man.
Location: Bhaje Caves Road, District, near Bhaja Village, Maval, Lonavla, Maharashtra 412106
Tulapur is a village in Pune, Maharashtra whose history is associated with Sambhaji Maharaj, son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
Sambhaji was captured by the Mughals and brought to Tulapur. There he was tortured and executed in a merciless manner. When his body was about to be cremated, it burst into flames emitting an aura of light which could not be extinguished even by water or earth. The scene is said to have been so terrifying that all present fled from there, abandoning Sambhaji’s corpse to consume itself in the fire.
The Bedse Caves are an important cultural site in India and a major tourist attraction. A number of Buddhist rock-cut monuments from the Satavahana period is found at the caves. Located about 9 km from Bhaja Caves, these caves provide evidence that Buddhism was practiced here during this time. There are two main caves including Chaitya (prayer hall – Cave 7) with a comparatively large stupa and Vihara which has many wooden carvings on pillars, beams, walls and even ceiling.
Location: Maval taluka, Pune, Maharashtra 410405