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Hey Punekars! You Are Completely Unaware Of These Secret Hideouts Near Your City

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HolidayIQ Travellers share their experiences about these secret getaways near Pune.

Hey Punekars! You Are Completely Unaware Of These Secret Hideouts Near Your City:

  1. Alandi (Maharashtra)
  2. Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary, Sangli (Maharashtra)
  3. Malshejghat (Maharashtra)
  4. Harihareshwar (Maharashtra)
  5. Kaas Plateau, Satara (Maharashtra)
  6. Kashid Beach (Maharashtra)
  7. Karjat (Maharashtra)
  8. Panchgani (Maharashtra)
  9. Kolad (Maharashtra)
  10. Pune (Maharashtra)

1. Alandi

Alandisource: googleapis.com

HolidayIQ Traveller Dimpal Panchal shares, "A serene place. Alandi is a small town ahead of Pune, Maharashtra. It is a religious place famous for Jalaram Temple. We had rented a car since we wanted to continue the journey further to Shirdi. Alandi is a nice weekend place. There are many ashrams and the famous Jalaram Bappa Temple which offers free stay and food as well. They have limited rooms and hence it is on first come first serve basis. For Gujaratis it is a place like heaven because of ambiance of temple and also food served in temple. Rooms are very well-maintained and clean. Also there are few more temples nearby like Sant Dyaneshwar. I visited in July while it was raining but weather was nice to enjoy. It took almost four hours from Thane to reach Alandi."

2. Sagareshwar Sanctuary

Sagareshwar Sanctuarysource: HolidayIQ

Apart from being home to several species of animals, the premises of this sanctuary also consists of many places of religious, archaeological and cultural importance. The hill top of Sagareshwar Wildlife Sanctuary also provides a panoramic view of the Krishna River and the surrounding sugarcane and grape vineyards. The forests of this sanctuary have a mix of southern dry deciduous trees with species like tamarind, khair, agave, neem, nilgiri, and acacia.

HolidayIQ Traveller Umesh shares, “First man-made wild life sanctuary of India. It has wild animals such as deer, sambar, wild cows, peacocks foxes, wolfs etc.”

3. Malshejghat

Malshejghatsource: mygola.com

Monsoon is considered to be the best time to visit Malshejghat because the hills are covered in green during this time. The weather of the region is mild from the months of August and September. The region becomes misty during the winters especially the forest regions. It is during the same time most of bird watchers come here to conduct research on rare varieties of birds such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos, cuckoos and other fauna.

HolidayIQ Traveller Ravi Iyer shares, "Heaven on earth! That's what Malshej ghat is all about. Blissful, easy going. Ideal for a weekend getaway with family or with friends. Especially during the monsoons. Ideally take lots of battery power banks and a pack of playing cards. The electricity at the MTDC resort is erratic. And if your smartphone battery runs out you may want to do something. Go the analog route and play a game of cards with your spouse and child or friends. A bottle of rum with roasted american corn would be a great combo to try out here. Although you are not allowed to drink alcoholic beverages in the MTDC resort - and I wouldn't advise you to try it on the road either. So sip a cutting chai instead and eat that bhutta and make it a safe road trip."

4. Harihareshwar

Harihareshwarsource: shrivardhankatta.com

Other attractions include Kalbhairav Temple, Somaja Devi Temple and Ganesh Gully. There are a number of small shops set up in along the street to the temple, where visitors can have different flavored sherbets and purchase various kinds of locally made jewellery. Travellers can visit Harihareshwar during the months of October and March when the weather conditions are pleasant and ideal to explore the destination.

HolidayIQ Traveller Arpit Rohatgi shares, "Serene and rejuvenating. We visited this place in a college group. The place is exhilarating, the beach, the trench and the beach side maharashtra tourism resort just makes your day. There is nothing more to the place than the beach itself. Konkani beaches have these awe struck views that you would love to spend the whole day there only."


5. Kaas Plateau

Kaas Plateausource: 365hops.com

The place is known for its rustic nature. The region of Kamshet comprises of several small villages with traditional styled houses that are built using thatches, mud and reeds.   

HolidayIQ Traveller Tanya Agarwal shares, "Mood relaxing place. Kamshet is a place to visit again again once in every season you'll feel good. Try to trek at paragliding point or do paragliding. Rates of Paragliding is 3000 when I was there. And try to glide alone after training not with trainer because you will get less time about 15 min. Nice play to enjoy. Kamshet is about 80 km from Pune."

6. Kashid

Kashidsource: travelmaharashtra.com

Kashid Beach is popular for its white sand, blue waters, lakes, water streams and green mountains in the surroundings. The beach stretches for about 3 km and lies amidst two rocky hills. There are casuarina groves throughout the seashore.

HolidayIQ Traveller Samudra Chaudhury shares, "Kashid is a nice beach with silver sand which offers something for both the adventurous and the relaxing types of travellers. The beach is clean and nice. There are various water-sports like Para-sailing, Banana boat ride, water scooters available. Beach scooters, horse and camel rides, tanga and bullock cart ride is also available. However, for the relaxed and lethargic type there are nice quiet patches on the beach where there is no disturbances at all. The weather is fantastic as the climate bares a combination of both the coasts and hills."

7. Karjat

Karjatsource: HolidayIQ

A beautiful tourist outpost in the backdrop of Bhor Ghat, Karjat is sought after by trekking enthusiasts. The undulated green plains, hilly terrains and valley slopes form trekking trails, which range from medium to very demanding.

HolidayIQ Traveller Abhishek Singhal shares, "Located in a peaceful corner in Maharashtra, its a nice getaway with all the modern amenities that you might need for a weekend. Got loads of activities to do if you're interested and loads of lazing time & places if thats your idea of a restful weekend."

8. Panchgani

Panchganisource: makemytrip.com

Sydney Point is a well known tourist attraction of Panchgani. This is situated on a hillock facing the Krishna Valley. Table Land and Parsi Point are also famous for their scenic beauties. Kamalgadh Fort, Rajapuri Caves, Mapro Gardens, Dhoom Dam etc. are some of the major sightseeing options. The serene climate in the region has resulted in a number of health resorts.

HolidayIQ Traveller Vidhya Shah shares, "Rejuvenate yourself with the awesome experience of Panchgani. Nice atmosphere with fresh air, calm and peaceful. It feels wonderful when you see the sights of the beautiful city with your loved ones. Hills and a lot of natural view will drive you crazy. You will fall in love with this place."


9. Kolad

Koladsource: kundalikarafting.co.in

Jungle camping is also available at Kolad for travellers coming to this small village. In addition, this village has numerous tourist sites including Bhira Dam, Ghosla Fort, Tala Fort, Dholwal Dam, Kuda Caves, Tamhini Falls and Sutarwadi Lake.  

HolidayIQ Traveller Neha M shares, "A weekend getaway. This place is perfect package of everything, be it adventure, be it nature, family time or leisure time. Water Rafting is the best part of this place. A medium grade white water rafting perfect for first timers. Amazing single lane road to the destination, greenery and flowers both the side makes the journey dreamy! We literally parked our cars and had a photo shoot for hours."

10. Mulshi

Mulshisource: mouthshut.com

Mulshi is a vast expanse of water body surrounded by hill and a favorite spots for bird watchers and photographers.

HolidayIQ Traveller Shivam Gupta shares, “If you want to go for a picnic with the family or a day out with friends, this is the place to be. I have been to Mulshi many times, the best time to visit is in the monsoons. During monsoons, the area is lush green and you can sit by the lake and enjoy the view. There are a few shops in the area, if you want to have a light lunch or buy cold drinks, chips, cigarettes etc. Overall, a good place to go for a day trip.”

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

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