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Lohagad Scenic View. Lohagad Trek. Lohagad Fort Stairs. Lohagad Scene. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Nearby Escapes from Pune, India

It’s almost monsoon hitting the Deccan part of India. Pune, is one of the most happening places in Maharashtra, and across India is an excellent place to start with weekend escape plans during monsoon.

Mulshi Ghat/ Mulshi Dam

A nice escape for a day from Pune. It has got a real natural beauty comprising of a huge lake, which gives a sense of infinite water body and is surrounded by lush green hills. During monsoons, you can see several waterfalls around.

Mulshi WaterFall. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi WaterFall. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Water fall. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Water fall. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Lake. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Lake. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Garden Field. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Garden Field. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Village. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Village. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Lake. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Mulshi Lake. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Best Conveyance: Mulshi ghat is 43.6 km from Pune. It is better to have your own conveyance or book a cab from Zoomcar or Drivezy. The scenic beauty of the route itself makes the journey beautiful.

Best Season to visit: July to April is the best season. But this place can be visited at any time of the year.

Accommodation: There are various resorts around the place, so you can plan your stay during night, and wake up at sunrise. The place is situated around a village, it could be adventurous to take a tent and have a bonfire there.

Lonavala-Khandala-Lohagad

Lonavala is the most popular place around Pune. Foggy green mountains at 2,041 ft above sea level gives an adrenaline pump. There is a lot to do around Lonavala, as Khandala and Lohagad are nearby places. You can go to:

  • Tiger point and lion point – the two most popular peak points in Lonavala.
  • Bushi Dam – a small dam with a scenic view between mountains.
  • Sunny’s Wax Museum – you’ll find wax statues of popular Bollywood celebrities, politicians, and influencer.
  • Lohagad Fort – This can be a one-day trek.
Tiger Point, Lonavala. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Tiger Point, Lonavala. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Tiger Point, Lonavala. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Tiger Point, Lonavala. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Sunny Museum. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Sunny Museum. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lonavala Dam. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Bushi Dam. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lohagad Trek. Lohagad Fort Stairs. Lohagad Scene. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lohagad Trek. Lohagad Fort Stairs. Lohagad Scene. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lohagad Fort Stairs. Lohagad Scene. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lohagad Fort Stairs. Lohagad Scene. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lohagad Scene. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lohagad Scene. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Best Conveyance: Lonavala is 64 km from Pune. It is better to have your own conveyance or book a cab from Zoomcar or Drivezy. Riding on Mumbai Expressway itself is an adventurous trip if you have a  love for riding.

Best Season to visit: June to April is the best season. Can be visited at any time of the year.

Accommodation: Being the most popular place around Pune, you can get accommodations easily. But do book in advance as the pricing might be higher at peak times.

Lavasa

It is known as India’s newest hill station. Lavasa is an amazing blend of beauty and modern infrastructure. Lavasa is a privately planned hill city located near Pune in Maharashtra. It is situated in Mose Valley.

En-route Lavasa. Photo by: vkpriyesh

En-route Lavasa. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lavasa. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lavasa. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lavasa Lake. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lavasa Lake. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lavasa. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Lavasa. Photo by: vkpriyesh

Best Conveyance: Lavasa is 60 km from Pune. It is better to have your own conveyance or book a cab from Zoomcar or Drivezy.

Best Season to visit: June to April is the best season. Can be visited at any time of the year at the stroke of sunrise or sunset.

Accommodation: Lavasa can be pretty costly during weekends and peak season (monsoon). Pre-booking can be done.

Osho Park Pune

Top 5 Things to Do in Pune

Pune is known as the Queen of Deccan and is one of the most happening places in Maharashtra. Surrounded by lush green hills, lakes all around, it is a city of youth. From historical places to crazy party places, you can find everything inside it.

1. Peace out and chill

Osho Meditation Park

You’d love to start your day with a walk or meditation at Osho Meditation Park. With a lush green garden, Osho and Buddha statues, you’ll find people attaining bliss for their day. A really good place to connect with like-minded people as well. The place is open for public from 6-9 AM, and 3-6 PM every day.

Osho Park, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Osho Park, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Pune Hip Hop Art, Osho Park. Photo source: shotbyvk

Pune Hip Hop Art, Osho Park. Photo source: shotbyvk

Breakfast in Viman Nagar

You can hit Viman Nagar at any point of the day, and you’ll find delicious food with wide variety. You can try out tea, coffee, buns at Irani Cafe, or you can go for street food as well.

Irani Cafe, Pune. Photo Source: Zomato

Irani Cafe, Pune. Photo Source: Zomato

2. Experience historical Pune

Shaniwarwada

It was the seat of the Peshwas of Maratha Empire until 1818 when the Peshwas lost control to the British East India Company after the Third Anglo-Maratha War. This palace became the centre of Indian politics in the 18th century. The fort itself was destroyed in 1828 by an unexplained fire. The remaining structure serves as a tourist attraction now.

Shaniwarwada, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Shaniwarwada, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Shaniwarwada, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Shaniwarwada, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Dilli Darwaja at Shaniwarwada, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Dilli Darwaja at Shaniwarwada, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Dagdusheth

The temple is really beautiful which boasts a rich history of over 100 years. The construction is so simple that all the proceedings in the temple along with the beautiful Ganesh idol can be seen even from outside, which is adorned with nearly 40 kilos of gold. The temple is situated in the centre of the city, local shopping market is also the nearby temple. Ganesh Chaturthi is THE BEST time to visit this place.

Dagadusheth, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Dagadusheth, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Dagadusheth during Ganesh Chaturthi, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Dagadusheth during Ganesh Chaturthi, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Pataleshwar Caves

You’ll be amazed by the serenity of this place amid the city’s rush. Its cold ambience makes it a good to chill place in summers.

Pataleshwar Caves, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Pataleshwar Caves, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Pataleshwar Temple, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Pataleshwar Temple, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

 

Aga Khan Palace

This place is of a great importance for Indian Freedom Movement as it served as a prison for Mahatma Gandhi, his wife Kasturba Gandhi, his secretary Mahadev Desai and Sarojini Naidu. It is also the place where Kasturba Gandhi and Mahadev Desai died. The palace was an act of charity by the Sultan who wanted to help the poor in the neighbouring areas of Pune, who were drastically hit by famine.

Aga Khan Palace, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Aga Khan Palace, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Aga Khan Palace, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

Aga Khan Palace, Pune. Photo source: shotbyvk

3 & 4. Shopping and Try Puneri Food

FC Road

One of the busiest places in Pune, where you’ll find a lot to shop and hop upon. The street is full of restaurants, street food, and street vendors selling all kinds of stuff. If you are into street shopping, this place is perfect for you. Some of the places where you can try eating out are Roopali, Vaishali, Barbeque Nation, Good luck Cafe, and Wadeshwar.

FC Road, Pune. Photo Source: shotbyvk

FC Road, Pune. Photo Source: shotbyvk


Sukanta

With an amazing ambience, spectacular service of waiters whistling, and awesome delicious food, you won’t regret doing a full thali lunch at Sukanta. Normal Thali would be more than sufficient for a single person’s appetite for the whole day.

Sukanta, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

Sukanta, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

 

Aaoji Khhaoji

A restaurant where you can only go with a group because you can’t eat there alone. This place offers a food as if you are hungry from ages. Their food (thaali) packages are named on Bollywood actors/actresses.

Aaoji Khhaoji, Khadki, Pune. Photo Source: Zomato

Aaoji Khhaoji, Khadki, Pune. Photo Source: Zomato

5. Party

Clubbing at Koregaon Park (KP)

SWIG Bar and Eatery, High Spirits Cafe, are some of the topmost clubs/pubs in KP to see the exciting nightlife of Pune. If it’s a Saturday, then it’s a cherry on ice-cake for crazy partying. You can also find one of the best hotels for dinner there.

Swig Bar and Eatery, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

Swig Bar and Eatery, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

 

High Spirits, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

High Spirits, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

Balewadi High street

You can visit BHS in Baner if you are bored off KP. Incognito, Playboy and Urban Foundry are some really amazing places to spend an amazing night.

Incognito, BHS, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

Incognito, BHS, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

 

Playboy Beer Garden, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

Playboy Beer Garden, Pune. Photo source: Zomato

Outside the Irani Cafe in Pune. Photo © Karl Rock.

The Irani Cafe, Pune Review

I love Iranian food. When I worked in IT, my 2 Iranian colleagues and I would order from an Iranian families home delivery service once a week.

During my last week at the office, I told the guys, “We’re ordering Iranian every day this week!” That was a tasty week.

The Iranian Cafe in Pune isn’t strictly Iranian though. It’s more a Parsi Cafe (the Parsis came to India from Iran). I’m a sucker for Parsi food too because it’s very similar to Iranian but with a slight Indian twist.

The area I was staying in Pune was close to the NH7 Weekender Music Festival I was attending. Within walking distance there were very few clean places to eat though. But there were not one but two Irani Cafes. So I ended up having breakfast at both.

Chicken Kheema Gotala at the Irani Cafe Pune. Photo © Karl Rock.

Chicken Kheema Gotala at the Irani Cafe Pune. Photo © Karl Rock.

The Food

Here’s the low down on what to try:

  • Bun Maska: a huge bun with a sweet cream filling.
  • Chicken Kheema Gotala: spicy chicken and egg mince served with bread. Gotala means “fake” because they add an egg to the chicken mix instead of using 100% chicken.
  • Tea: just a good old sweet Indian Chai without the spice.
  • Chicken Berry Palau: I didn’t get to try this, but see my review on Britannia & Co. for the best Chicken Berry Palau in India.
  • Joojeh or Kubedeh Kebab: BBQ’d chicken or Mutton pieces in Persian spices and served with saffron rice. An Iranian staple.

Service is fast, the restaurants are clean with a Parsi Cafe vibe, and the food and cheap and tasty. What’s not to like?

Irani Cafe Pune Menu 1. Photo © Karl Rock.

Irani Cafe Pune Menu 1. Photo © Karl Rock.

Irani Cafe Pune Menu 2. Photo © Karl Rock.

Irani Cafe Pune Menu 2. Photo © Karl Rock.

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