Latest Information on Travelling to PUNE?

Entry is open from all domestic states, however, every international tourist will have to provide a negative RT-PCR report which must not be older than 72 hours at the time of arrival. In case of domestic tourists, visitors coming from NCR/DELHI, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, and Kerala to carry RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours before the scheduled time of landing. Passengers not having RT-PCR reports must undergo RT-PCR tests at the airport at their own expense.

All major districts of Maharashtra, including Pune are experiencing night curfew in which:- People can move about at night, but gatherings of more than 5 people in public places will not be allowed.- Shopping malls, restaurants, auditoriums, theatres, and other public places such as beaches and gardens will remain closed from 8 pm to 7 am. (Restaurants can continue home delivery and takeaway services).- Social, political, cultural and religious gatherings will be allowed during night curfew.- Weddings will be restricted to 50 attendees and funerals and last-rites ceremonies to 20 attendees strictly.Violators will be fined up to Rs 1000.

No quarantine & hand stamping for asymptomatic domestic passengers.International travellers have to home quarantine or do self-health monitoring for 14 days, or as warranted.Travellers coming to Pune from the UK, Europe, and the Middle East will have to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for 14 days at their own cost. They may take the RT-PCR test on the 5th to 7th day, and if confirmed negative, they can spend the remaining days in home quarantine.The following categories of travellers will be exempted from institutional quarantine if they produce the relevant documents:- Passengers above the age of 65- Women in advanced stages of pregnancy- Children below 5 years of age and accompanying parent- Passengers requiring medical attention for serious ailments such as cancer, cerebral palsy, physical disability- Extreme case of family distress i.e., father/mother/son/daughter in critical condition, severe accident in family, death of an immediate family member- Passengers who have been administered both the doses of the COVID-19 vaccine- Medical professionals travelling for surgery/attending critical patients

Flights

Flights are available from Delhi, Lucknow, Jaipur, Kolkata and 5+ other destinations for Pune.Passengers must take the test 72 hours before landing in Maharashtra and produce the report on arrival. Travellers without the certificate will have to take the RT-PCR test at the concerned airport at their own cost.

Trains

COVID special train is available from Ajni, Howrah, Mumbai and Indore to Pune.Passengers arriving from trains which have originated or had a stop in either of the four states should carry a negative RT-PCR test report. The sample collection should have been done within 96 hours before scheduled arrival in Maharashtra. Symptomatic individuals identified in the screening process will have to take the Antigen test.

Local Transport
  • Local transport like cabs, four wheeler and auto rickshaws are operational
  • Cabs and four wheeler are allowed with only 3 passengers apart from a driver
  • Auto rickshaws are allowed with only 2 passengers apart from a driver

Thrillophilia recommends you follow all guidelines issued by the government and practice personal hygiene to keep yourself safe.

Night curfew imposed in Pune Updated: 08 Apr 2021

With recent surge in COVID-19 cases, night curfew has been imposed in Pune from 8:00 PM to 7:00 AM till further notice.

A negative RT-PCR report needed for various domestic tourists. Updated: 08 Apr 2021

Mandatory for passengers arriving from NCR/DELHI, Delhi, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Goa, and Kerala to carry RT-PCR report not earlier than 72 hours before the scheduled time of landing. Passengers not having RT-PCR reports must undergo RT-PCR tests at the airport at their own expense.

No Quarantine needed for domestic travellers. Updated: 08 Apr 2021

No quarantine & hand stamping for asymptomatic domestic passengers.

Malls and Hotels are open and running and are following all the rules by PMC guidelines Updated: 08 Apr 2021

Standard operating procedure with strict instruction issued by Pune Municipal Corporation for residential hotels and malls to make them safe for all the guests. Proper precautions like thermal check and regular cleanup are made mandatory.

14-day home quarantine mandatory for all international travellers entering Pune Updated: 08 Apr 2021

A 14-day home quarantine is mandatory for all international travellers visiting Pune.

Inter-district train travel running seamlessly across Maharashtra Updated: 08 Apr 2021

The inter district train travel has been running seamlessly without any e-passes required and with safety measures in place.

Malshej Ghat Tourist Attractions

Malshej Falls, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam, Harishchandragad Fort, Ajoba Hill Fort, Konkan Kada, Pawna Lake Camping, Lonavala, Mumbai, Pune, Igatpuri, Kolad, Matheran, and many more.

Magnificent waterfalls, lush greenery, rolling hills, and secluded beaches — places to visit in Malshej Ghat come in various forms. Malshej Ghat, a spectacular mountain pass in the Western Ghats, is blessed with numerous go to places for city dwellers in Maharashtra. Whether you are seeking a getaway with your best buddies or you are planning a peaceful picnic with your family, these places promise to make your outing a memory worth cherishing.

With a wide array of choices like Malshej Falls, Bhandardara, and Igatpuri, there is no dearth of
places to see in Malshej Ghat that fascinate photographers and nature lovers with their alluring scenic beauty. From hillocks ornamented with dense vegetation and roaring plunges to beaches allowing you to enjoy scenic sunsets, it is all there in and around Malshej Ghat.

Furthermore, to add more fun to your vacation plan, there are quite a few amazing places to visit near Malshej Ghat if you do not mind a long drive. You can spend a laid back break in Lavasa, enjoy the misty atmosphere of Khandala, or experience the thrill of adventure in Kolad.

Places to Visit in Malshej Ghat

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Malshej Falls

Malshej Falls

A unique spectacle created by gorgeous streams plummeting from rocky hillocks, lush greenery, and layers of mist – Malshej Falls is an ideal spot for all kinds of outing plans wherein you seek nature and tranquility.  The proximity of this cluster of waterfalls from various major cities in Maharashtra makes it a popular choice among weekenders.

While most of the waterfalls are located within the woods, a few exhibit their fervour on the highway.  To catch these waterfalls at their full potential, plan a trip to Malshej Ghat during the monsoon season. Spend some moments here making memories with your loved ones because it is definitely among the best places to visit in Malshej Ghat.

Best time to visit: June to September.

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Pimpalgaon Joga Dam

Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
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Located at a distance of 18 km from Malshej Ghat, Pimpalgaon Joga Dam is a vast dam with a stunning backdrop of hillocks, built over the Pushpavati River. If you want to capture some breathtaking sunset frames with colourful skies and silhouetted hills, this dam is certainly one of the finest places to visit in Malshej Ghat.

Being one of the lesser-known tourist spots in the region, the site exhibits a peaceful aura which makes it an ideal spot for escaping the hubbub of urban life. Owing to its scenic beauty and secluded nature, the dam is visited by families and couples.

Best time to visit: July to September.

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Harishchandragad Fort

Harishchandragad Fort

Built in the 6th Century during the reign of Kalachuri Dynasty, Harishchandragad Fort sitting at an altitude of 4665 feet is one of the most fascinating places to see in Malshej Ghat. Challenge yourself for an adventure that will truly test your mettle and give your adrenaline the pump that you crave – a trek to the fort is a perfect plan for thrill seekers visiting Malshej Ghat.

Apart from that, the fort has several temples and caves that make it a site of importance from religious as well as archaeological point of view. On your visit to the fort, you can spend some quality time staring at the panorama laid out in front of you or explore Kedareshwar Cave, Konkan Kada, and Sapta Tirta Pushkarini.

Best time to visit: October to March.

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Ajoba Hill Fort

Ajoba Hill Fort

Counted among the most stunning places to see in Malshej Ghat, Ajoba Hill Fort is a fortress sitting atop one of the highest peaks in the Sahyadri mountain range. Though the spot does not have much for sightseers as the fort is in ruins, it is a sheer delight for adrenaline junkies.

Countless people enthusiastic about trekking and rock climbing take up the challenge of conquering this majestic peak. An ashram and a cave with religious significance to Hindus lies on the trail. The view from the top is truly breathtaking as you lay your eyes on endless layers of grand hills playing hiding and emerging from behind thick mist.

Best time to visit: October to March.

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Konkan Kada

Konkan Kada

If you are an adventure freak looking for a thrill-filled getaway in the mountains, Konkan Kada is among the top places to visit in Malshej Ghat. This 3500 feet tall cliff is known by the name of Konkan Kada due to its shape as the name literally translates to Cobra’s Hood.

Attracting daredevils from all over Maharashtra, this spot is widely famous for trekking and camping. Furthermore, the cliff sometimes offers a breathtaking sight of a circular rainbow  which also motivates trekkers to climb up here. So, pick a weekend and trek to Kokan Kada with your friends to spend some moments of pure exhilaration and create new memories with them.

Best time to visit: October to March.

Places to Visit near Malshej Ghat

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Lonavala

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Lonavala city is one of the most beautiful retreats, that takes you away from the maddening rush of the metropolises. It is located in the western part of India in the Pune district of Maharashtra. This hill station lies 96 kilometers east to the metropolitan city of Mumbai and 64 kilometers west to the modern-day Pune city. Therefore, a profound location on the Mumbai-Pune expressway makes Lonavala cater to both the cities with the smoothest connectivity through roads.

The Lonavala City is popularly called the “city of caves' ' and the “Jewel of Sahyadri”. That is because the hill station boasts of some of the most spectacular settings that include luxuriant green valleys, remarkable caves, serene lakes and stunning waterfalls. The spectacular rock-cut Bhaja and Karla caves in Lonavala have been amazing tourists with their old beams, motifs and inscriptions.

The surrounding regions of Lonavala are blessed with an unbeatable collection of waterfalls that include the Kune waterfall, Bhivpuri, Bhagirath and Jummapatti waterfalls. The refreshing ambiance of the postcard-perfect landscape of Aamby Valley, Pawna Lake and Lonavala Lake are bound to impress you. Lonavala is also famous for its natural wonders, religious attractions, and historical sites. These include the Tikona Fort, Duke’s Nose, Lohagad and Rajmachi forts.

Lonavala hosts an array of fun activities for the tourists and these include rappelling, camping at the Pawna Lake, hiking to the Tikona Fort, trekking to the Rajmachi fort and riding the Imagica slides.

Lonavala has a tropical climate but the weather is an all-time maritime one. However, all the stunning places and sites of Lonavala come alive during the winter and monsoon seasons. Thus, pack your bags and come here because Lonavala has something for everyone, from quiet time to adventure.

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This exquisite camp site is situated on a lush green landscape along side the banks of Pawna lake and surrounded by misty valleys of the lush green Western Ghat mountain range. Stay in comfortable multi sharing tents pitched just 15-20 steps away from the lake. The guests can indulge in multiple indoor/outdoor games or they can either plunge into a musical bonfire session with their friends or loved ones and enjoy the views of Pawna lake in the backdrop.

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Mumbai

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Mumbai, the city of dreams. Mumbai, the city that never sleeps. Mumbai, the old world charm and fast pace of the modern life. There is so much that one can say in the praise of the one city in India that everyone wants to visit at least once in their life. That maybe because of the grandeur of this city or because of the history it has seen. Nonetheless, this city has a lot in store for everyone who visits. The USP of places to visit in Mumbai is that they are all iconic and all you need is a picture to recognize them, that is the charm of this city. Some places here are pieces of history, some are spiritual hotspots, and others are mesmerizing places to relax, chill or munch on the famous streets of Mumbai, like the ever famous Chowpatty Beach.

You can see the Gateway of India, Marine drive or the film city of Goregaon, or visit the Siddhivinayak temple and Haji Ali Mosque for your fill of the spiritual. You can even get to see the new addition to the roster of mesmerizing and intimidating places in Mumbai, the Bandra Worli Sealink. And be it a group hangout, a solo search of solace or just a couple's getaway, Chowpatty, Juhu, and Aksa Beach are names that almost everyone in the city knows and crowds on various occasions. They are equally coveted by the many who come to Mumbai from outside for the frolicking and snacking experiences that are available at these locations. One more thing that Mumbai is famous for is the shopping district at Colaba, where you can get everything from high brand store clothes to cheap knock-offs to add to your wardrobe as part of your fashion statement.

 Always bustling with energy, a trip to Mumbai should be on your travel list to understand the best way of how India portrays unity in diversity. Visit the hidden temples or pay a visit to famous monuments to explore the most cosmopolitan city in India. Enjoy the perfect blend of festivities, religions, music, food, music and theatres with a trip to Mumbai. Some of the best places to visit in Mumbai are the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Girgaum Cave, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel world, Elephanta Island etc. 

While you are in this amazing city you can also visit the Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mount Mary Church, Banganga Tank etc. Make a stop at the Marina Beach in the evening and have lip-smacking street food while you witness the best sunset being greeted by splashing waves of the sea. Find out all you need to know about the best places to visit in Mumbai on your vacation here.

And that is not just it. If you are looking for things to do and places outside the city, there is a lot of scope to plan weekend getaways near Mumbai. At just a small drive away from the city is the favourite picnic and night stay spots of Lonavala and Khandala. You can even visit the famous Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. With so much to offer, there is no wonder why Mumbai has been a favourite of everyone in the country for so many decades.

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Pune

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If Mumbai is the most happening place in Maharashtra, then it’s neighbour Pune is the cultural hub and the biggest city in the state. An upcoming IT centre and a fascinating city, Pune has no shortage of things to intrigue the interest of almost anyone who has ever been here or has heard of the city. With being in the proximity of many major cities and acting as a centre seat for when getting to major attractions of the state is concerned, the places to visit in Pune and around will never cease to amaze you with their unique roster of features. 

From treks to Lohagarh and Rajmachi Forts, to the canoeing and white water rafting adventures in Kolad River, from a fascinating Scuba Diving experience to the unique experience of trekking in Andharban, the city is in a proximity of some of the most fascinating things to do in Pune and near.

Adventure never stops in Pune as you can embark on an exhilarating underwater experiences in the Sangam safari and maybe, if you are a daredevil, pay a visit to the Crocodile Island. And even if you are not well acquainted with the adventures around, don’t be disheartened as there are many places near Pune where you can take on things at a beginner level, like the Kundalika river that serves as the perfect place for beginners in rafting or the famous Rajmachi fort which is most suited for people who wish to start on an easy trek

And for places to stay in Pune and around, there are innumerable options to choose from. You can choose to stay in a luxurious resort in Pune or go for a hillside resort in the embrace of Maharashtra’s favourite hill stations like Khandala, Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar for the true weekend getaway from Pune, not so far away from the city. And for the ones who like mix adventure with their stays and take it all to a whole new level, Pune is not going to disappoint you. With options ranging from a camp stay on the banks of Pawna Lake to a village stay experience in Junnar, there is just no stopping the fun that one can have in Pune. Pune is the whole deal, everything around it is just a pleasant add-on, and who doesn’t like freebies, right?

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Bhandardara

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Perched beautifully amidst the Sahyadri ranges in the state of Maharashtra, Bhandardara is a wonderful hill station for nature lovers. It is often called the Queen of Sahyadri ranges for its lush green natural landscapes. The name Bhandardara literally translates to valley of treasures and it is not a doubt to say that the natural beauty of this place certainly justifies the name. It is a picturesque retreat for the backpackers in Ahmednagar district and boasts of some scintillating natural attractions for those who are fond of raw beauty of nature.

The village has prominent places like Wilson Dam, Umbrella Falls and Arthur Lake where you can plan a picnic with your loved ones. The village is also a delight for history lovers as there are places like Ratangad and Harishchandragad Fort. Another famous tourist attraction of Bhandardara is Mount Kalsubai which is also hailed as the highest peak in Maharashtra. There are also many local villages where one can visit to relax and enjoy the pleasant weather of this scenic hill station in Maharashtra.  

For the adventure lovers, there are some enthralling activities where you can explore Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks to soak in the serenity of nature with the views offered by Sahyadri ranges. 

There are numerous trekking and hiking places in the Sahyadri ranges where you can savour an adrenaline rush. Bhandardara also has various resorts where one can enjoy the panoramic views and just relax with their loved ones. The gorgeous hill station offers a soothing environment with a cool climate throughout the year where you can refresh yourself and see some of the most eye-catching vistas of the Sahyadri ranges. 

Bhandardara is a small village where the tourists are in for a treat as they are surrounded by mountains and enchanted by gurgling waterfalls away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The place is a wonderful respite when you are looking for a rejuvenating weekend getaway near the city of Mumbai.

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Igatpuri

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Nestled in the bosom of the Western Ghats, Igatpuri is a little hill station in the state of Maharashtra. Igatpuri is surrounded by some of the highest ranges of the Sahyadri Ranges, making it a haven for trekkers and nature lovers alike. The little town acts as a popular weekend destination around major cities like Pune and Maharashtra, and is often sought after for its serene ambience. Offering an ideal getaway in the very heart of nature, the little city is a perfect escapade from the hustle and bustle of the busy city life.

With its numerous little hills, clear streams and thundering waterfalls, the beauty of Igatpuri city is quite unparalleled. Ancient fort ruins and historic temples add to the charm of the little town. Although little in size, the places to visit in Igatpuri are many. While lovers of history will have the time of their lives exploring the ancient forts of Tringalwadi and Avandha, nature lovers can spend a quieting time in the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary or the Vihigaon waterfalls. The little town is also extremely well known as the home to the world’s largest meditation centre, the Vipassana Academy, which acts as a wellness retreat.

Whether you’re a nature lover or an adventure enthusiast, you will never run out of things to do while in Igatpuri. The adventure sport options in the city are many: from river rafting in the rapids of the Vaitarna, to camping under the open stars, Igatpuri has it all. The area is of a special interest to trekking and hiking enthusiasts, with its slopes and waterfalls offering an ideal location for the sport. Being located at a high elevation, Igatpuri enjoys pleasant weather throughout the year. The temperature generally remains on the cooler side. The hill station enjoys significant rainfall throughout the year, with the dry season spanning between November to March.

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Kolad

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Located around 110 kilometres from Mumbai, Kolad is a small hamlet in the beautiful Raigad district of Maharashtra. Often called the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, the village boasts of numerous scenic valleys, which offers stunning views of the surrounding mist-laden hills and dense evergreen forests. The verdant greenery, clear streams and a peaceful ambience add to the beauty of this quaint hamlet.

Kolad is a treasure trove of sightseeing attractions, and caters to all kinds of tourists. Some of the best attractions in Kolad City include the Kundalika River, which is the hub of white water rafting in the region. You can also visit the serene Tamhini Ghat, and soak in picturesque views of the surrounding hills. Or you can enjoy a fun-filled and memorable picnic at the Bhira Dam, while enjoying views of the gorgeous Devkund Waterfalls. Other famous attractions of Kolad include the ancient Ghosala Fort and the Kuda Caves. You can also enjoy camping and bird watching at the tranquil Sutarwadi Lake, or enjoy the history at the Talgad Fort. For adventure sports lovers, you can go trekking at the Plus Valley, or hike to the Devkund Waterfalls.

From water sports like white water rafting and boating, to adventure activities like hiking, camping, nature walks and trekking, Kolad has a lot of thrilling activities for travellers. Due to its advantageous location, you can also enjoy paragliding in Kolad when the day is clear.

Kolad experiences a typical tropical climate, with pleasant weather throughout the year. While the summers here are a little humid as compared to the other seasons, the monsoons are the best time to enjoy a river rafting experience in Kolad. Furthermore, the rains during this time make the entire region come to life, with the waterfalls and rivers flowing at their full speed, the forests and valleys experiencing the blooming of flowers and plants and an overall soothing and calm atmosphere. The months from November to February make up the cold winter season in Kolad, when the village transforms into a winter wonderland with dipping temperatures and beautiful sceneries. This is also a great time for sightseeing, hiking and other activities.

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About the Kundalika Activity & Campsite:
- The Kundalika rafting camp is the perfect choice for anyone looking to indulge in adventure in the green escapes of nature! Located at just a couple of hour's drive from Mumbai, it is the preferred hotspot for all those eager to escape the mad rush of the city.
- The Kundalika rafting camp gives you a rare opportunity to engage yourself in a multitude of adventure activities in the engaging company of nature. As you take a quiet drive down to the campsite, you can check-in and indulge in the beauty of nature while munching on some yummy snacks and refreshing tea. Fortify yourself and embark on a vast range of activities like kayaking, jet ski, and archery!
- Get your tired but excited selves back to the campsite and relish a delicious dinner before calling it a night. The next day indulges in rafting and other activities post breakfast.

Package Types:
Kundalika Rafting With Meals
Kundalika Rafting With Meals & Water Activities-  Jet ski, Kayaking, Bumper ride, River crossing & Banana boat ride

Stay:
Tents are available at the campsite. You can choose between Tents on 2 or 3 sharing basis


Meals: 
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and in the evening, Tea and snacks will be served during the stay at the campsite.

How to reach:
Kolad is 120 km away from Mumbai and 145 km from Pune. You can easily reach here by public or private transport. 

Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 3:30 pm

NOTE: Transportation charges to and from the rafting point is not included. Kids below the age of 14Years will not be allowed for rafting.

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Matheran

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Known as the” cutest little hill station of India”, the Matheran hill station is the best place to enjoy the sunset and sunrise view along with some mind blowing sceneries to keep you fresh and up front. This extraordinary hill station offers the best tourist places in Matheran which are untouched and undisturbed by the rustling city life that surrounds the town. The place is actually located on the Western Ghats that ranges in an elevation of around 800 meter above the sea level. The place always has a pleasant weather to enjoy during any time of the year, but its beauty gets added up during the season of rain and thunderstorm.

 Another thing about the beautiful hill station is that it is eco friendly and has no rush of cars and buses honking on the street. The major was taken by the government of Maharashtra in order to protect Matheran. The best thing about this place is that it is like a quiet and relaxing place with no buzzing of horns and pollution and along with that it contains some mesmerizing places and views of the extraordinary nature that will leave you bewitched of its beauty and make you feel relax and stress free.

 Just not only trekker, Matheran is a treat for the photographers also to explore and capture the best of the beauty of the beautiful hill station. The beauty of Western Ghats, Matheran is the smallest hill station of India. Travellers and tourists who visit the place love exploring the place by walking on foot. By which it becomes more exciting to get lost in the scenic beauty of the town while finding your way. Plan your trip to Matheran and indulge yourself in various activities that Matheran provides like camping, trekking, rappelling etc.

Matheran town is the best option for a person who loves getting lost in the nature and also for those who wants to take a break from their busy city life. The tourist places in Matheran are absolutely breathtaking.

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Mahabaleshwar

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Nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, tourist places in Mahabaleshwar will captivate your imagination with their natural splendor. Mahabaleshwar is well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades, and majestic peaks. The city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys that will take your breath away on your visit. The city is definitely among the most sought-after weekend getaways from metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Pune. Once, a summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, the city has British influence of in its architecture. It is a very popular hill station that offers a plethora of tourist activities and attractions to avid travelers and nature lovers.

Amid your visit to Mahabaleshwar witness the alluring dawns and dusks from the slope, in the midst of the rich green vista. Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. The hill station in the Western Ghats is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Known for its captivating beauty and the stunning strawberry farms, Mahabaleshwar boasts of zigzagging roads, a calm breeze at all times, vantage points offering stunning views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and the main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks.

There are numerous enchanting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar exuding charm and elegance. Bordered by a few murmuring waterways, evergreen timberlands, captivating slopes and mountains there are some mesmerizing tourist places in Mahabaleshwar. Arranged in the Satara region in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar will get you near the captivating excellence of nature. The wonderful hill retreat brags of being one of the most splendid evergreen slope stations in India.

 

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Lavasa

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Located at a distance of about 65 km from Pune, the beautifully planned city of Lavasa is surrounded by the majestic Western Ghats. The city is constructed in the Mulshi Valley and covers a sprawling 25,000 acres. With such mesmerizing views of hills, valleys, and lakes, the city has gained immense popularity among different types of travelers. The beauty of this privately planned city lies in the seamless blend of stunning infrastructure and the enrapturing beauty of nature. Here, you will find different topographical variations such as the lofty Sahyadri range, the beautiful rivers, and gorgeous valleys.

The serene ambiance coupled with the raw beauty of nature soothes the soul from the stressful chaos of daily life. The magnificent city of Lavasa boasts of numerous attraction sites. You can explore the enigmatic beauty of nature in the form of Tikona Fort, Devkund waterfall, Dasve Viewpoint, and the Tamhini Ghat. However, if you seek adventure, then you can visit the Xthrill Adventure Academy, Vortex Splash Pad, etc. No matter your traveling preferences, rest assured your wanderlust will be satisfied. There are a plethora of activities that you can indulge in Lavasa. I

f you are an adventure fanatic, then there are various exciting adventurous activities for you. You can try out rappelling, hiking, camping, raft building, biking, etc. However, if what you seek is peace and the chance to admire nature, you can do that too. Now, if you are a foodie, then Lavasa will definitely not disappoint you. Here, you will find different regional and global cuisines. With an altitude of about 3000 sq feet from the sea level, Lavasa enjoys a tropical climate. It means that the weather is pleasant throughout the year. However, the best time for a visit is between the months of September and March.

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Khandala

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Khandala City is a hill station that is located on the Western Ghats Mountain Range of Maharashtra. It is about 3 km from Lonavala, 12 km from Khopoli and about 33.4 km from Karjat region. Located at the top of Bhor Ghat, this place serves as the main link between the major cities of Maharashtra - Mumbai and Pune.

Khandala is a beautiful place and has got a good share of nature’s alluring beauty. As it is surrounded by lush green forest covers, misty valleys, and cascading waterfalls, this place serves as a great weekend getaway as well as adventure hotspot for travellers from various parts of the country. Khandala is mainly famous for hiking tours to sight panoramic views of the Sahyadri mountain ranges in Western Ghats.

Khandala is home to some of the wonderful tourist attractions in Western India. You can visit the vantage spots like Rajmachi Point and Sunset Point, dramatic three tiered Kune waterfalls, serene Tamhini ghat mountain pass, and ancient caves of Bhaja and Karla which are adorned with the etchings of Buddhist religion. You can also visit Lohagad which is known for its serene environs, Bhushi Lake for its peaceful ambience, Duke’s Nose for its impeccable beauty and many other brilliant attractions.

Khandala is also a dream destination for adventure lovers. You can trek to the summit of the Tiger’s leap to sight pristine sunrise and sunset views, trek to the top of the Rajmachi fort to sight alluring natural beauty, relish the mesmerizing ambience at the reversing station, and trek up to the Shrivardhan Fort to glance the beautiful Sahyadri Mountain ranges.

As Khandala lies about 571 meters above sea level, the climatic condition here remains tropical. Khandala receives significant rainfall in most months with a very short dry season. The average temperature of this place is 24.3 degree celsius and the annual rainfall is recorded at 4541 mm per year.

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Panchgani

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Named after the five majestic hills enclosing it, Panchgani makes for a renowned hill station in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Perched at an elevation of around 1,334 meters above sea level, this hill town is packed with towering mountains, serene valleys, cascading waterfalls, and dense forests.

Overlooked by the Sahyadri mountains, this town served as a beautiful summer retreat for the British officials in the bygone times. At the present day, Panchgani is visited by a plethora of tourists seeking peace, romance, nature, and adventure. Enthralling local destinations such as Sydney Point, Table Land, Rajpuri Caves, and Dhom Dam form the major attractions of Panchgani and add to the beauty and charm of the place. Panchgani is not limited just to a few picturesque sights, but also goes beyond to offer its visitors a plethora of mind-boggling activities.

From shopping at Shivaji Circle to admiring nature at Wai and from exploring history at Kamalgad Fort to boating at Venna Lake, this place has everything to let you experience an action-packed holiday. If you are a daredevil and seeking adventure activities, Panchgani can offer you a plethora of adrenaline-fuelled sports including paragliding, rock climbing, trekking, speed boating, and horse riding.

One of the top aspects that adds to the pleasurable vacation at Panchgani is the availability of top-class accommodation facilities in this town. Panchgani is bestowed with a plethora of budget-friendly as well as luxury resorts and hotels that are suitable for families, couples, and friends. These hotels are well-equipped with modern amenities and offer amazing facilities including thrilling outdoor activities. Furthermore, packed with many nature-friendly camping destinations, this place also allows the travelers to enjoy surreal night camping opportunities.

So, no matter the kind of traveler you are, pack your bags to Panchgani and discover an exquisite holiday brimming with history, adventure, nature, and a lot more.

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Rajmachi Fort trek takes you on a tour through tranquil hidden landscapes of Maharashtra. This ancient fort of Rajmachi is located in the Karjat region and is a perfect example of lost beauties in today’s hustles. These beautiful forts were built by Shivaji Maharaj during the 17th century and strive for a favourite trekking destination amongst ardent adventure seekers.

Delight in this awe-inspiring quaint Rajmachi fort which provides you with pleasant views of Borghat, a historic trade route located in this region of Maharashtra. Admire the beauty of Shrivardhan Fort and Manoranjan fort crowned at the pinnacle with this amazing Rajmachi fort trek. This stunning ancient beauty can be reached via two ways, while Kondivide village route might get tricky at times, however, the most preferable route is from Lonavala as it is much easy and provides the best of the views.

Standing amidst the dense forests, Rajmachi trek provides you with some amazing sceneries, this stunning place is a beauty to the eyes especially in the winter season as you will be witnessing random waterfalls and lush greenery at every turn while trekking. Rivet in this amazing experience with friends and family like never before!

We meet sharp at 17:20 hours at Lonavala Railway station

Travel Help [Train Schedule]
*Catch 12125 PRAGATI EXPRESS*
Departing from CSTM at 04:25 PM
• 04:25 PM CSTM
• 04:37 PM Dadar
• 04:54 PM Thane
• 05:29 PM Panvel
• 06:07 PM Karjat
• 06:48 PM Lonavala.

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Karnala city is located in the Raigad district  of  Indian  State  Maharashtra. The city is about 65 km from the  city centre  of Mumbai and about 16 km from Panvel. The city has also got very good connectivity with the nearby metropolis. You will on no occasion face any kind of difficulties reaching your favorite place of interest. Karnala is loaded with bountiful natural beauty in terms of both flora and fauna. Coming over to this place especially in the monsoon time would be the best to spot alluring lush greenery all around.

Karnala city is very well known for its bird sanctuary which is home to more than 150 species of birds and many other wild animals like rhesus monkeys, wild boars, etc. Karnala is  also widely popular among the history and architecture lovers because of its ancient fort that was constructed under the Devagiri Yadavas and Tughluqs in 1400 BCE. In the course of  your stay in Karnala, you can also visit Prabalgad Fort, Adai Waterfall, Khandala, Ambarnath Shiva Temple, and Elephanta Caves. Karnala is not  only visited by nature lovers and architecture lovers, but it is  also visited by avid adventure lovers. Karnala is a popular trekking paradise from a considerable time in the past.

Apart from trekking to the Karnala Fort, you can also indulge in hiking to Kalavantin Durg, visit the Smart Eco-park, spend some relaxing time at Sagar Vihar Garden, view the sunset from Little Chowk Point, explore the beauty of the Kharghar Hills, and take a boat ride to the Khanderi Fort. Karnala has got a moderate climatic condition all through the year. The monsoons are bit severe and it is at times suggested to be very careful  while carrying out outdoor activities in this phase of the year. The best time to come over to Karnala to enjoy its pleasant weather would be from the month of October to the month of April.

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22 July 2019
Excellent
Place: The scenery there is really breathtaking. All the hills and the lake view is amazing. The place makes you stay there for life long. If you really want a peaceful, beautiful and close to nature place then this place should be on your bucket list. Hospitality: The host Rahul Slave was really humble and a cheerful person to talk. They will try to give their best by providing all kind of basic needs and anything you could ask for at such a remote place. Food: The starters are really amazing. I enjoyed the food as a non-vegetarian. I was really impressed with the tea and poha breakfast. I recommend you to try the breakfast. Activities: They have multiple activities including DJ, Bone Fire, Cricket, Archery, Boating, Badminton, Karaoke etc.
06 May 2015
Excellent
We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so worth every penny spent. The trek trails, the surroundings, the backdrop were all just WOW! It was completely worth every penny spent. I personally want to visit here again. The trek was well organized too; thus enhancing the whole trek experience. Thinking back there are no negative experiences at all. It was perfectly a great and a nice experience. The rates were also not that costly and it was definitely worth the time and money we spent on this vacation. I am so recommending this to everyone out there.
"it was an excellent trip.well organised. food was excellent"
"For a long time I was planning to go for a trek but could not find the time. this independence day I just booked a trek to andharban trough this app. the place is wonderful I would say this is the best trek if you are a beginner. Going through dense forest through Giant waterfall and breathtaking scenery. This place Will defenately make you hungry for more of such beautiful exploration. Believe me it is lot better to go out and do something rather than just sleeping in weekends. Go Green."
10 August 2015
Excellent
We had a good trekking experience here in Lonavala. Pune and Lonavala are places that can be viewed in a couple of days. While we planned for a long vacation here, we chose to have a beautiful planned itinerary which involved this trek, and we are super glad that we took it. Regarding the trek, it was a great experience.
I booked the Ashtavinayak trip from Pune and we visited all the eight temples of Lord Ganesh and the temples were renovated very well and there is also a lake Shree Vighnahar Ganpati Temple where boating is available.
17 February 2020
Excellent
It was our first experience there on trekking. Thrillophilia package includes guide so we have a good guide there and he helped us well during this entire trek. The food they gave is quite nice and delicious. Bhimashankar was my personal favourite place in this trek. Our group was of 12 people but we all enjoyed it nicely. Good place and Highly recommended.
21 February 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place with lots of scenery, the relaxing and calming sunrise was mesmerizing and we loved it. Our guide was a funny and amazing person, he was also taking care of the group and briefed us well about the way and do’s. we had a group photo at the top and the trek was very memorable, will look to do these types of treks again. Thanks
26 February 2020
Excellent
Nice place with a well-mannered guide, I booked it from Thrillophilia for me and my sister, the trek went super fantastic and we had a good company there with us. The only problem was waking us early but as u reach the Bhimashankar, you will feel alive. Must try.
13 March 2020
Excellent
The guide was nice and the food was also up to the mark. The trek was amazing and you must carry your torch with you as the place needs your full attention. Thanks to Thrillophilia and the guide because without them it wouldn’t be possible.

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