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5 Places Near Pune That You Need to Explore This Long Weekend

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We all know how boring it can get if we have a long weekend and we are stuck in the city, doing nothing but just lazing around at home. Why waste the time we have got, when we can indulge into something way more fun and valuable, like travelling? This holiday, escape to these amazing places close to your city. 

5 Places Near Pune That You Need to Explore This Long Weekend:

  1. Maharashtra
  2. Madhya Pradesh
  3. Goa

1. Visit the land of Sai: Shirdi

Visit the land of Sai: Shirdi
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Meenakshi Chavan from Pune shot this in Shirdi

Mostly known for the great saint Shirdi Sai Baba, the town is a popular destination for pilgrims throughout the year. It's colourful, vibrant and very essentially Indian. Nikhil shares on HolidayIQ, "When people visit Shirdi they should also visit Shani Shegnapur where lord Shani's temple is located. Ellora caves are also in the vicinity."

HolidayIQ reviewer Charanjit says, "Since 1983 till today we have seen a lot of changes in this city. We have seen this village converting into a town. All type of touring facilities are available here and a lot of eating places." The temple complex includes Khandoba, Gurusthan, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai, Chavadi and Lendi Baug Maruti Temple and Shani Temple, constructed under the supervision of Shirdi Sai Baba, are the other places of attraction in Shirdi.

How to get there: 4h 39 min (186.4 km) via NH60 - You could either hire a car or take a bus from Pune to Shirdi

2. The seat of Lord Indra: Indore

The seat of Lord Indra: Indore
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Pramod Pandey from Bhopal shot this in Indore

Indore is said to have derived its name from the temples of Indreshwar and Indrapur. The city is brimming with history and legacy. The founder of Indore was Rao Nandlal Chaudhary. It changed hands numerous times - from the Rajputs to the Mughals, and the  Marathas, until they lost it to the British. Sandeep shares on HolidayIQ, "It is situated on the banks of the River Khan and Sarawati. The two rivulets unite at the centre of the city where a small temple of Sangamnath or Indreshwar exists."

HolidayIQ traveller Pritvi says, "The must-visit attractions around Indore include the Patalpani Waterfalls, Central Museum and the Pipliyapala National Park. The Patalpani waterfall is located 36kms from Indore. Here, water falls from a cascading height of 300 feet." you should also visit Omkareshwar temple and the Rajwada palace.

How to get there: 11 h 6 min (606.2 km) via Solapur - Dhule National Hwy and NH52 - You could hire a car and drive down, fly into the Devi Ahilyabai Holkar Airport. Or you could take a bus and it would cost you INR 500-1000 depending on the rush

3. An amalgamation of three villages: Mahabaleshwar

source: HolidayIQ reviewer Nikhil shot this video review in Mapro Garden

Mahabaleshwar constitutes of three villages – Malcolm Peth, Old ‘Kshetra’ Mahabaleshwar and some parts of Shindola. River Krishna originates from the mouth of the legendary statue of a cow in the temple of Mahadev situated in Old Mahabaleshwar and flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

HolidayIQ reviewer Amitav says, "Wonderful experience to visit the PratapGarh Fort from where Shivaji fought and defeated the Adil Shahi general Afoul Khan using a brilliant strategy of luring the invader general to the dense jungle of Mahabaleshwar and then routeing him completely. There are other places like Veena Lake and the Mapro garden, Panchagani area which are also good to visit." Other places to visit are the Elephant's Head PointArthur's Seat and the Krishnabai Temple.

How to get there: Being just 3h (120.5 km via NH48) away from Pune, you can hire a car and drive down. The journey is scenic. You could also take the train or the bus

4. Water sports and dolphin cruises: Baga

Water sports and dolphin cruises: Baga
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer Kev Hall from United Kingdom shot this in Goa

Baga is located in Goa, which is an extension of the Calangute village. The beach, situated just opposite the hamlet, is known for its brown sands and the Baga Creek. HolidayIQ reviewer Karan says, "It is one of the cleaner beaches of Goa. All sports activities available there including sunbathing facility." HolidayIQ reviewer Ratnesh, "Beach is certainly very beautiful although the reach is a bit messy, but once there it's beautiful. Food and drinks are available in plenty. Drinks are rationally priced."

The Mandovi River and Zuari River flow on the sides of the beach with backwater crocodiles and dolphins attracting tourists year-round. It is a popular fishing beach, with black rocks bordering the coastline.  Anup shares on HolidayIQ, "Jetski, banana and parasailing rides were awesome." The Baga beach is famous for its nightlife, shopping and food joints as well.

How to get there: 8h 7 min (423.3 km) via NH48 - if you take a car. Dabolim Airport serves as the closest airport to reach Calangute, which is 29 km away from PanajiKarmali is the nearest railway station at a distance of 11 km away from Panaji.  

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5. The wine capital of India: Nasik

The wine capital of India: Nasik
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source: HolidayIQ reviewer akash from Bangalore shot this in Nasik

Who hasn't heard of the Sula Vineyards? The wine capital of India, Nasik is also a great place for a religious tour. According to the legends, Sri Rama with his brother Lakshman and wife Sita spent 14 years of their exile at Tapovan near Nasik. Lord Lakshman slashed off the nose of Surpanakha here and therefore this place is named as Nasik which means nose. HolidayIQ reviewer Parag says, "Nashik is surrounded by natural beauty from all sides. It is enclosed by the Sahyadris on all sides, which makes it one of the many favourite trekking destinations for nature lovers."

Tejas shares on HolidayIQ, "In Nasik there are many places you can enjoy with your family such as Falke Smarak, Pandavleni, Someshvar, Trimbakeshavar, Anjneri Hill, Chamar leni, Nehru van-udyanRamkundTapovanPanchavati," among othersOh and don't miss out the Dudhsagar waterfalls!

How to get there: 4h 58 min (209.9 km) via NH60 - if you are hiring a car. There are plenty of buses frequenting between Pune and Nasik, you can hop on into one of them. You can also fly to Mumbai and then take a car to the city. 

The views above are collated from opinions expressed by travellers on www.holidayiq.com

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