Maharashtra’s second largest city, Pune, has developed on the Deccan plateau and on the bank of Mutha River. Though the city at present is a huge IT and industrial hub, yet there are plenty of historic imprints of Maratha, Bhosale and Peshwa during their rule which draws attention of the tourists. If you want to enjoy a great weekend then you need to make a couple of hours drive to reach some really fascinating and picturesque destinations. You can enjoy a relaxing time with your family and friends in the wilderness, calm and rejuvenating tourism centres away from the hustle and bustle of the metro-city. Some of the most enticing picnic spots in Pune or around are:
Parks and zoo
If you are not ready to go for a short ride to explore the beauty adjacent to the city then there are plenty of parks and zoos that will satiate your day trip thrill. Some of the noted parks are Kamala Nehru Park, Peshwe Park, Sambhaji Park Shahu Udyan, Saras Baug, Empress Garden, Bund Garden, Pu La Deshpande Udyan, etc. The Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park can also offer the tourists a refreshing day trip within a close territory.
At 20 Km way from Pune you can reach Khadakwasla. Khadakwasla is a huge water source, which is encircled by beautiful natural landscape. The water activities and evening snacks, especially chats are most popular in this site.
For a day picnic near Pune, Panshet is the one of the best alluring place. The extraordinary place is located only 50 Km from Pune in between the Panshet and Varasgaon Dams. Good news for water sports lovers; you will get all the facilities to have adventurous experience of kayaking, speed boating, banana ride, water scooter ride and so on. Cyclists may also find the place interesting due to winding roads near the dam.
Nearly 30 Km from Pune, this outstanding picnic spot located near Khadakwasla Dam attracts people from far and wide to explore the natural beauty.
Sinhagad- the Lion fort
If you plan a 35km ride from Pune, you will reach a 17th century place, commonly known as Sinhagad. The name actually means the Lion fort. More so, this fort was used by Bal Gangadhar Tilak as his summer house.
The Valley of flowers
In August, if you are planning for a trip to Picnic spots Pune, Kas Valley can be the best place. Located only 135 Km from Pune, visitors can see more than 150 varieties of flowers, orchids, shrubs grown all around the plateau.
Karnala- the bird sanctuary
Who would love to miss the beautiful Karnala fort and bird sanctuary while you are in Mumbai? Karnala, the day picnic near Mumbai, is only 48km away from the city through Sion-Panvel Expressway.
A tranquil location and the gateway to birds’ nests, Karnala is only 120 Km from the core city. More than 150 species of permanent birds and 40+ species of migratory birds flock here and make bird watching splendid during November and February.
Only a couple of hours drive from Mumbai and you can reach this most popular and charming hill station. You can also visit Duke’s Nose, the Lohgad, Korigad Fort, the Karla, the Tiger’s Leap and Bhaja caves here.A tranquil location and the gateway to birds’ nests, Karnala is only 120 Km from the core city. More than 150 species of permanent birds and 40+ species of migratory birds flock here and make bird watching splendid during November and February.