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One-day Treks Locations near Pune

As in many things, Punekars also take pride in the huge and historic forts that are located in the close vicinity around Pune. As each city has its tradition, Pune has the tradition of taking trekking tours to these forts over weekends. Though the number has lessened in some recent years, some of these forts attract huge crowds of youth from Pune. While we are afraid to start traveling again after the Pandemic, here we suggest you some of the extremely adventurous yet joyful treks for the trekker hidden inside you. All these 8 Treks are within 100 km from Pune, they all are amazing one-day destinations, especially in Monsoon. Just take some food and water with you, and let’s go to explore new terrains and experience the adventures we are missing out on for almost 2 years.

Lohagad Fort

Lohagad Fort can be the quintessential one-day destination for those all who seek weekend pleasure in various adventurous activities or treks. This lovable fort lies merely 66 km away from Pune and 11 km away from Lonavala. Easy to climb, readily approachable from Pune and Mumbai, and Ariel view of Pawna lake establishes itself to be very demanding in people of all age groups.

Sinhagad

The fort that has a very special place in heart of every Marathi person for its tragic history, is Sinhagad. Shivaji Maharaj renamed this fort “Sinhagad” after the loss of Maratha warrior Tanaji Malusare while fighting for the victory, it was called “Kondana” earlier. Located 30 km from Pune, it offers a quick getaway from the city bustle despite the increasing commercialization.

Shivneri Fort

Another fort that is immensely popular amongst trekkers in Pune is Fort Shivneri for its close relevance to Shivaji Maharaj. Built in the era of Satavahanas, Shivneri Fort is the birthplace of Shivaji Maharaj and he spent his entire childhood here as well. Around 94 km away from Pune, this fort is situated near Junnar in the Pune district.

Tikona Fort

At a distance of 25 km from Lonavala and 53 km from Pune, Tikona Fort is said to be structured in the ‘Maval’ region. As the name suggests, this fort was constructed in a triangle shape and is situated near Pawna lake. Difficulty-wise, this Trek ranks on the easier scale and can be enjoyed with families, however beloved amongst trekkers from all over Maharashtra.

Rajgad Fort

Termed as Murumdev formerly, Rajgad served as the capital of the Maratha Empire for 25 years, before shifting to Raigad. Set at 54 km from Pune, this enormous fort acquires an area of 40 km at the base. Suvela Machi, Padmavati Machi, Balekilla, Pali Darwaza are some of the places on the fort that you would not want to miss at any cost while climbing up here.

Rajmachi Fort

Rajmachi Fort was strategically constructed to control the Borghat. Borghat is located between Khopoli and Khandala; that served as a trade route historically. Located at the distance of 15 km from Lonavala and 82 km from Pune, there are two routes to climb up the Rajmachi Fort, one from Lonavala and another from Karjat. However, it is advisable to take a Lonavala route for beginners. Camping is preferred here at night by many trekkers.

Visapur Fort

Built by the first Peshwa of the Maratha Empire, Balaji Vishwanath, Visapur Fort is 18 km away from Lohagad Fort. Being larger and having higher elevation than Lohagad Fort, Visapur Fort was constructed to guard the Lohagad Fort. Having two trekking routes, trekkers absolutely love this fort as it offers excellent panoramic views.

Tung Fort

Hardly 67 km from Pune and 24 km from Lonavala, Tung Fort was built by the Adil Shahi dynasty. Also known as Kathingad in Marathi, meaning “difficult fort”, it is actually difficult to climb up due to steep climbs and narrow routes. It offers stunning panoramic views of the Maval region, Pawna lake, Mulshi valley, Tikona Fort, Lohagad Fort, and Visapur Fort, this fort also served as a watchtower for many years.

Near Pune

‘Must-Visit’ Places around Pune (within 100 km)

The beautiful city of Pune! Want to look beyond the stunning skyline of the city? Don’t worry, The Oxford of East is gifted with the most amazing gateways and tourist destinations that will make your weekends special. There are a lot of places to visit near Pune under 100 km including spots with forts, alluring hill ranges, natural waterfalls, and various picnic spots which are perfect for your weekend getaways and family get together. While we prepare to welcome the rainfalls, we too are drawing up a list of places for you to visit with your kin.

Sinhagad Fort

Sinhagad Fort is situated atop a cliff on the Bhuleshwar range of the Sahyadris, about 36 kilometers southwest of Pune Sinhagad road. Sinhagad Fort, which means “Fort of the Lion,” has a long and illustrious history. It was originally captured by the Mughals before falling into the hands of the Marathas. Tanaji Malusare, a courageous Maratha warrior who fought alongside Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and helped him win the fort, eventually giving his life in the conflict, is honored here. After the defeat of Malusare, Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj famously said, “Gad Ala Pan Sinha Gela,” and the fort was renamed Sinhagad. It has recently become a popular tourist destination, especially among trekkers and adventure seekers.

Lonavala-Khandala

Lonavala, a hill station near Pune and Mumbai which is extremely popular with hikers and trekkers, is undoubtedly one of the most popular places to visit within 64 kilometers of Pune mainland via Mumbai-Pune Highway. It is well-known for its medieval caves, spectacular forts, and splendid lakes. Sir Elphinstone discovered Lonavala in 1871, and it was previously known as Lonali, which means “surrounded by caves.” The Yadava dynasty originally dominated the sparsely populated hill outpost, which is surrounded by deep forest. The Mughals and Peshwas are responsible for the majestic forts’ existence. The territory near Khandala was dominated by Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the founder of the first Maratha Empire. It was afterward ruled by the Peshwas. When the British vanquished the Peshwas, they took control of the city.

With its scenic valleys, grassy hills, serene lakes, and misty waterfalls, Khandala, perched on the foothills of the Sahyadri, offers an excellent weekend full of tranquility and places to discover.

Matheran

Known as the “forest on the forehead”, Matheran is merely 81 km away from Northwest of Pune. Your wonderful journey begins from Mote Mangal Karyalay Rd connecting to the main Mumbai-Pune Highway. It’s believed that Hugh Poyntz Malet, Thane district collector, discovered Matheran as a wonderful place in 1850. He was camping around the village Chowk when he paused on a hilltop for a drink of water from a spring that carries his name.
Matheran welcomes by stretching its arms of green mountains, scenic waterfalls, and tourist spots around the town for you to enjoy sunsets and sunrises. A place for you to click memories without the honking and flashing of cars. The most eco-friendly place in Maharashtra, Matheran has been free of pollution and vehicles for decades. A mecca for trekkers, your weekend will definitely have a series of fun trekking activities and tranquility from the panoramic scenery.

Pawna Dam

A paradise situated 40 km away from Mainland Pune city via Aundh – Ravet BRTS Road., Pimpri Chinchwad, Kamshet, and Pawannagar.
 An artificial lake built in 1974, Pawna Dam was built primarily to generate hydroelectric power and supplying water and since then, Pawna Dam has been a weekend getaway paradise.  The presence of various tourist attractions including Lohagad Fort, Tikona Fort, Tung Fort, and Visapur Fort adds to the beauty of the Pawna Lake setting. Its soothing ambiance makes it a lovely weekend getaway spot near Lonavala and Khandala.

Panshet

Established in the 1950s, Panshet and Panshet Dam is a charming tourist spot 40 km away from the southwestern region of Pune via Sinhgad Road. Earlier known as Tanajisagar Dam, Panshet is a perfect getaway to relax and soak in lush greenery and clear waterfalls. Panshet makes the list because of the various water sport activities that you can enjoy all year round. From banana boat riding to kayaking, this spot has everything. Surrounded by the alluring verdant hills, Panshet also offers you many hiking and trekking activities! A picnic spot suitable for all ages, Panshet is also a very picturesque place to enjoy camping with your family.

Mulshi dam

A green utopia situated 35 Km away from the Mainland of Pune via Paud Rd and Mulshi Rd/Mulshi-Paud Rd, Mulshi Dam is a hotspot to visit during Monsoons. The Paud Road route is the shortest. To get to Nandivali Road, use Paud Road, Mulshi Road, and Dattawadi Road/Lonavala Road west of Shivaji Road.
This marvelous destination has everything for you to enjoy in your monsoons. Blessed with magnificent mountains, Mulshi Dam is a splendid place to trek and camp overnight. You will always be surrounded by refreshing weather and a panoramic natural view.

Khadakwasla

The peak season of monsoon beautifies Khadakwasla to give you a memorable getaway. Just 20 Kms away from Pune mainland via Narveer Tanaji Malusare Rd/Sinhgad Road. Your monsoons are empty without hanging out by Khadakwasla. The dam was built on the Mutha River, which flows from the junction of the rivers Ambi and Mose, on which the Panshet and Varasgaon Dams are built, and the outflow from Temgarh Lake into Khadakwasla Lake via Temgarh Dam, which is located about 15 kilometres  north of Varasgaon Dam. The Khadakwasla backwaters are almost 22 kilometres  long, with widths ranging from 250 to 1,000 metres .With various destinations just a ride away, Khadakwasla is a picturesque spot to enjoy local eateries and watch the sunset.

With so many places to visit near Pune within 100 kms, weekends in this city will never be monotonous. There are diversified places which not only hold historic value dating back to centuries, but also have a tenacious religious importance as well. So matter what your quirk is, these tourist spots will cater to all.

Dal Lake Srinagar

Things to know before traveling to Kashmir valley

The land of Kashmir, which abundantly offers you the ultimate happiness, comfort and, a rejuvenating experience of being in the lap of alluring nature. This land is a home to mighty Chinar trees, fascinating snow-capped mountains, serene lakes, tempting apple orchards, the violet fields of saffron, pretty Shikaras and Houseboats, dazzling Tulips in spring that keeps you intrigued throughout your visit to this mesmerizing land. Behold the captivating snow- the White Mountains turning golden at the dawn while indulging the warm cup of Kashmiri kahwah Tea. For the ones who adore natural beauty, the enchanting land of Kashmir is, truly, a feast for the eyes. Experience and cherish the heavenly beauty of Kashmir with GoParyatak’s tailor-made packages. GoParyatak’s packages have carefully planned itineraries that will let you relax and cherish the surroundings.

Here is the list of some frequently asked questions by tourists while traveling to Kashmir.

Frequently asked questions by tourists while traveling to Kashmir

What is the ideal tour duration to visit Kashmir?

8 Nights – 9 Days is ideal duration for a Kashmir visit. You can visit all the important places in the Kashmir Valley in 8-9 days.

What is the ideal season to visit Kashmir?

To enjoy fresh snowfall, visit Kashmir between December to February. To witness beautiful landscapes and greenery, visit in between March to August.
If you want to visit the annual Tulip Festival, the ideal duration is from March to early April. 

What is the off-season for tourism in Kashmir?

The month of August & September are called as off-season period due to heavy rains in the region during this period.

What is the name of the nearest airport to Kashmir?

Srinagar International Airport (Sheikh-ul-Alam Airport) & Jammu Domestic Airport (Jammu Civil Enclave)

What are the names of the states sharing borders with Kashmir?

Kashmir is a land-locked Union Territory of India. The state borders the Indian union territory of Ladakh to the east, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab to the south, Pakistan to the southwest, and the Pakistan Occupied portion of Kashmir to the northwest.

Kashmir is famous for which activities and monuments?

Kashmir is famous for the following activities and monuments:
Serene lakes
Snow-clad mountains
Lush Green Forests
Apple Orchards
Tulip Gardens
Temples, Monuments, and shrines
Saffron fields
Shikara rides
Houseboats
Gondola(cable car) ride

What things to buy when you are in Kashmir?

You can buy the following things when you are in Kashmir:
Pashmina Shawls, Woollens, and Blankets
Rugs and Kashmiri Carpets
Paper Mache Products
Traditional Jewellery
Kashmir Willow Bats
Spices
Dryfruits
Saffron
Apples and various other fruits

What all experiences to enjoy when you are in Kashmir?

You can enjoy the following activities when you are in Kashmir:
River-rafting
Paragliding
Skiing/Snowboarding
Golfing
Camping by the lakes and valleys

What all things to carry while traveling to Kashmir?

Carry the below-listed things/products while traveling to Kashmir:
Medical kit (Including the Band-Aids, Medicines for a headache, fever, stomach ache, cold and cough syrup, vomiting/dizziness, enough supply of any special medicine that you require.) 
Sunscreen lotion
Torch with extra cells, 
Insect repellent
Warm jackets
Thermal wear/Sweaters
Woolen socks
Scarf/muffler
Caps
Umbrellas
Shoes
Sunglasses
Sanitizer
Water Bottle
Snacks
Phone Charger
Adapter
Power Bank
Spacious bags
Enough Cash
Tissue papers
Mouth Fresheners
Flight tickets
Detailed Itinerary.

What are some ‘must-visit’ famous tourist destinations in Kashmir?

Kashmir has long been synonymous with vibrant nature, crystal clear lakes, lush green meadows, and gleaming rivers, warm and friendly locals. You can see and enjoy plenty that ensures you fly home with a basketful of sweet memories. Here is a list of “Top places to visit in Kashmir”.

Srinagar: Srinagar is the capital city of Jammu and Kashmir and one of India’s most gorgeous capital cities. Take a Shikara ride on the peaceful Dal Lake, stay in the cosy houseboats, and enjoy the enchanting landscapes surrounding it. Explore and shop Pashmina Shawls, Woollens, Rugs, Kashmiri Carpets, saffron and take back home precious memories of your trip to Kashmir. Visit the Shalimar Gardens and experience the pristine beauty of nature.

Sonmarg:  Sonmarg, truly known as ‘the meadow of gold’ is one of the most spectacular places in Kashmir. Taking a pony ride to Sonmarg is a great way to enjoy the real beauty of Kashmir. Nestled between snow-clad mountains, Sonmarg is surrounded by serene lakes and green grasslands. If you love camping and trekking, and adventure sports it’s an ideal destination.

Gulmarg: Translated as ‘Meadow of Flowers’, Gulmarg is, undoubtedly, the snow paradise of Kashmir. Gulmarg is a beautiful town located, in a district called Baramulla in Kashmir. Gulmarg is popular for a ski resort, the Gulmarg Gondola -Asia’s second longest cable car ride and the highest golf course in the world. This is the most popular destination for adventure seekers which offers various adventurous activities and sports options such as skiing, snowboarding, horse riding, heli-skiing, snow scooter, etc. 

Pahalgam: The picturesque town, Pahalgam, is blessed with nature’s finest landscapes, the dazzling meadows, pristine water rivers that make Pahalgam, a must-visit destination in Kashmir. Visit Mini Switzerland to witness the epitome of natural beauty. Visit Aru Valley, Lidder Lake, and Betaab valley, to experience clear water rivers and enchanting deep valleys.

What are some important things to keep in mind while travelling to Kashmir?

Please keep these below-listed things in mind while traveling to Kashmir:

If you’re flying out of Srinagar airport, do reach the airport with plenty of time to spare (at least three hours before departure), as there are time-consuming and multiple security checks before you receive your boarding pass. There aren’t any restrictions on cabin luggage when flying into the airport. However laptops, cameras, and ladies’ handbags when departing.

Only post-paid mobile connections work in the area of Kashmir. One can buy a new post-paid sim card from a local market for temporary use.

The entry tickets and activity charges at sightseeing places will have to avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses. Local activities at Pahalgam and Gulmarg can only be done in the local vehicles and ponies. Travelers can not book them in advance. Travelers have to book these cabs and pony rides locally on a direct payment basis.

The meals included in the package will start from the dinner on Day One which will be served at restaurants of hotel of stay. The en-route meals have to avail by a guest on his/her arrangement and expenses.

Alcohol is not served in restaurants.

Most businesses shut for prayer at lunchtime on Friday in Srinagar.

There are many hotels along the way, most of which cater well to vegetarian travelers.

Due to a shortage of power or power cuts, the guest might have to bear with candlelight.

Once the package is booked & confirmed no refund will be entertained.

The guests are advised to maintain the schedule given for the sightseeing/ transfers.

Travel Agents reserve the right to make changes or omit any place of a visit, if it becomes necessary due to bad weather, bad road conditions, etc.

The guests are advised to inform if the guests are senior citizens or have health-related issues (like arthritis, heart problems, etc.) or any such matter which might need special arrangements. Some itineraries will not be suitable for them.

The security concerns, driver’s working hours, etc. will be kept in mind while planning the tour and sightseeing.

In case due to an inevitable situation, if the sightseeing falls on a closing day, it will have to be left out. Conducting that particular tour or sightseeing point the next day can be subject to time availability

The mesmerizing Nature and eco-friendly atmosphere are the region’s prime tourist interests. The facilities available here cannot be matched with other developed destinations.

What are some ‘not-to-do’ things while traveling to Kashmir?

Avoid indulging in the following things when you are traveling to Kashmir:
Do not carry unwanted baggage.
Avoid Smoking and drinking.
Do not swim in rivers, lakes, or glaciers.
Avoid the use of slang and touching the locals while talking and maintaining a healthy distance when in and around the city.
Avoid wandering alone at night.
Stay away from drugs.
Avoid insisting your cab driver take you to the restricted areas. Follow the safety rules and protocols.
Avoid venturing into the old city by yourself. Find a guide who can take you to the places you want to explore.

What are the local languages of Kashmir?

Local languages of kashmir:
Dogri
Urdu
Hindi
English

What all documents are required while traveling to Kashmir?

Indians: Four passport size photos and Original Photo ID proof with photocopy like passport, voter’s ID card, driving license, etc.
Foreigners: Passport, valid visa, Overseas Citizen of India (OCI)

What are some reliable airlines connecting Kashmir with the rest of the world?

All major domestic airlines such as Indigo, Spicejet, Vistara, Air Asia have established good connectivity with the rest of India.
Both, Srinagar and Jammu airports have good connectivity with Delhi (IGI) Airport, Mumbai Airport, Bengaluru Airport, Ahmadabad Airport & Hyderabad Airport.
In most of the cases, one has to book flight having layover at Delhi.

What are some Public Holidays (Regional) Tentative* causing closure of activities and local sightseeing in the region?

The Sightseeing points may remain closed on:
Central Government & Bank National Holidays.
Jumat-ul-Vida (7th May)
Shab-i-Qadr (9th May)
Mela khir Bhawani (18th June)
Urs Shah-I-Hamdan sahib (16th July)
Eid-ul-Azha (20th and 21st July)
Ashoora (19th August)
Urs Sheikh Noor-ud-din-Sahib (4th  October)
Eid-i-Milad-ul- Nabi (19th and 22nd October)
Shab-i-Miraj(1st march and 4th march)
Please check with your travel planner before travel.

We hope our Kashmir Travel Guide will help you to plan your Kashmir tour hassle-free. Just drop a message and we will help you explore and relish the mesmerizing land of Kashmir.