Monday, February 19, 2018

Mount Kalsubai - The Challenging Trekking Destinations of Maharashtra

State: Maharashtra

Location: 12 Km from Bhandardhara

Famous for: Highest Peak in Maharashtra, also known as 'Everest of Maharashtra'

Serves as: Trekker's Paradise

Height: 5400 feet

Base Village: Bari Village

Best Time to Visit: Best in monsoon and winters

About Mount Kalsubai 

Located in the Western Ghats, Kalsubai is a famous trekking destination in Maharashtra. It is the highest peak of Maharashtra with an altitude of  5400 ft and hence Mount Kalsubai has been lauded with the title of 'Everest of Maharashtra'. Mount Kalsubai is located 165 km from Mumbai and 174 km from Pune. The peak of Kalsubai rests on a small plateau which offers breathtaking view of the neighbouring area which comprises the Sahyadri Mountain Range perched happily amidst the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary. Once on top of the summit, the captivating view mesmerizes you. Mount Kalsubai attracts too many visitors comprising of trekkers, wildlife enthusiasts, nature lovers and devotees of the deity Kalsubai. Small temple perches on the hilltop which is the temple of deity Kalsubai. The temple has great significance among locals and many of visitors trek the Kalsubai Peak just to offer prayers at this temple. There is a religious fair held here every year on Navratri Utsav.

Kalsubai Trek

Settled amidst the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary, the Kalsubai Peak offers a real challenging trek. The difficulty level of Kalsubai Trek is medium to hard. Frequent trekkers may find the trek moderate but novices could find the difficulty level high and challenging, especially the stairs at the end.The total trek distance is around 15 to 17 km and would take 3 to 6 hours to complete. There are many spots where you could rest in between. The trekking of Mount Kalsubai is one of the most popular treks of Western Ghats. Just 12 km from Bhandardhara the Kalsubai trek offers a perfect trek with well marked route. There are numerous trekking routes to reach the mountain peak though. The base village for Kalsubai Trek is Bari, which is 10 km from Bhandardhara and all the trekking routes for the summit start from here. The most promising route for the Summit of Mount Kalsubai starts from the Hanuman Temple, which is an important landmark for the trekkers. It also serves as a resting point for those who have made back from the trek. This route takes you directly to the summit. The traveling route to reach the base village Bari is pretty scenic, especially during and post monsoon. The wide expanse on either side of the tar road to Bari is abounded with countless fields of wheat crop.

Best Time to visit Mount Kalsubai

A visit to Mount Kalsubai or Kalsubai Peak is ideal post monsoon as the lush greenery adds to it's existing beauty. One gets to enjoy series of streams, waterfall all over the hills post monsoon and the lush greenery of the forest below adds to it's beauty. Hence the best time to visit Kalsubai Peak is Mid September to early March.

What One Can Do At Mount Kalsubai

- Trek to the summit and enjoy the mesmerizing view.

- Offer prayers at the Kalsubai Devi Temple.

- Attend local religious fair during Navratri.

- Camp overnight.

- Capture some amazing beauty and memories in your camera.

- If some time in hand, then pay a visit to BhandardharaNaneghatHarishchandragad, Ratangad and MalshejGhat

How to Reach Kalsubai Trek 

Mount Kalsubai is located in the Ahmednagar districts of Maharashtra. It is 165 km from Mumbai, 174 km from Pune, 61 km from Nashik and 12 km from Bhandardhara. The nearest airport for Mount Kalsubai is Mumbai Airport, from here you have the option of continuing your journey by road to Bhandardhara. Once in Bhandardhara you have the option of taking bus, hire a private cab of even walk towards Bari Village. One can reach Mount Kalsubai from Igatpuri on the Mumbai - Nashik route via State Highway 44, from Ahmadnagar via Ahmednagar - Loni - Dhanora  Road, from Pune via NH60 and from Kalyan via NH160 and State Highway 44. The route from Pune to Mount Kalsubai by road is Pune – Nashik Phata – Alephata – Sangamner – Bhandardara – Bari. One can hire private cabs from all these stations to Bhandardhara from where one can reach Mount Kalsubai base village . Bus services are also available from all these stations to the base village. The nearest station for Mount Kalsubai  is Igatpuri. One can reach Igatpuri station via train from Kalyan Station. Buses that ply to Malshej Ghat from Kalyan are the perfect option for Mount Kalsubai . You also have the option of hiring private cabs and travel up to the base village.

Distance from Malshej Ghat to Mount Kalsubai - 105 km

Distance from Igatpuri Station to Mount Kalsubai - 31 km

Distance from Ahmadnagar Station to Mount Kalsubai  - 183 km

Distance from Pune Station to of Mount Kalsubai - 179 km

Distance from Kalyan Station to of Mount Kalsubai - 123 km

Distance from Harishchandragad to Mount Kalsubai - 51 km

Tips to Remember During Kalsubai Trek

1. Start early.

2.  It is advisable to carry enough drinking water if you plan to camp overnight.

3. There is a lunch house on the way up towards the summit, which can work as a resting area and also you could order lunch here for nominal charges.

4. Carry sunscreen, goggles and hat.

5. Do not carry lot of eatables and if you do carry, see that they are well packed inside. There is lot of monkey trouble on route the trek.

6. Iron railing is been provided on few trek routes along the vertical hill slopes for safe trekking.

Monday, February 12, 2018

Amber Farmstays near Mumbai

Settled amidst 5 acres of lush greenery, Amber Farms is a luxurious villa available as a homestay or a farmstay near Karjat. Amber Farmstays is a perfect and delightful option for those who wish to get away from maddening crowd and settle into a weekend or small vacation of luxury and serenity. The farm is settled within a forest area abundant with flora and fauna. Though away from the hectic city-life, Amber Farms is easily accessible by train as it is closer to Karjat Railway Station. Apart from that, various facilities such as market, restaurants and cafe are within walking distance from the homestay. The place is luxuriously maintained and promises good hospitality.

Accommodation and Facilities at Amber Farmstays

Amber Farm is settled within 5 acres of forestation with two large manicured lawns and a fruit orchard. The villa itself is equipped with 3 bedrooms, one large open kitchen and a living area. Free private parking is available within the premises. Each bedroom is equipped with a attached bathroom. The open kitchen is equipped with kitchenware, dining table, microwave and a refrigerator. The outdoor area is equipped with appropriate outdoor furniture and an outdoor dining area. The living area is carpeted and air-conditioned. There is a designated smoking area. The best part is the entire unit of three bedrooms, kitchen and living area is located on the ground floor making it easily accessible for people of all age group. The only point to be taken into consideration is pets are not allowed in the premises.

Facilities at Amber Farmstays

- Free parking

- Cable channels

- Extra long beds

- Garden area

- Manicured lawns

- Fruit orchard

- Well equipped kitchen

- Fold-up bed

- Designated smoking area

- Mosquito nets

- Outdoor dining area

- Entire unit located on ground floor

- Security

- Wheelchair access

- Hot water supply

- Children's play area

- Balcony garden


The bookings can be done through Velvett Homestays. For rate inquiries and booking please check details on Amber Farmstays

Activities at Amber Farmstays

- Fishing

- Jungle walks

- Nature trails

Other details of Amber Farmstays

Check in time - 10 am

Check out time - 12 noon

Price Range - INR 18000

Minimum night stays - 1

Standard occupancy - 6 people

Maximum guest occupancy on the premises at a time - 16

Drinking - allowed

Smoking allowed within the designated smoking area

Parking available, both covered plus open parking

Pets not allowed.

How to reach Amber Farmstays

Amber Farmstays is located in Karjat and can be easily accessed by train, road and air. The nearest railway station is Karjat. which is 2.9 km from the farmstay. The nearest airport for Amber Farmstays is Mumbai Airport which is 53 km and Pune International Airport which is 71 km. From their one has the option of hiring private cabs and reach by road or by train. Karjat Train is available on Central Railway. Amber Farmstays is 19.3 km from Lonavla and 33.8 km from Navi Mumbai.

Places of Interest near Amber Farmstays

One can visit Karjat Lake which is 3 km, Karjat caves which is 10 km and Bhivpuri Waterfalls which is 4.6 km from the farmstays.

Address and Contact Details of Amber Farmstays

Amber Farms
Chatterjee Farms,
Lila Wadi,
Karjat - 410201

Telephone number: +91 97680 66448

Monday, February 5, 2018

Trekking in Maharashtra

Maharashtra, itself is an adventure zone which offers tremendous outdoor sports activity to people who are ardent adventure sports lover. The treks available in Maharashtra are less risky and hence worth giving a try. Maharashtra is known to have some great trekking zones which vary in locations. The treks not only enthrall an adventure sport lover but also offer him or her a great satisfaction for its worth locations, which are put through historical forts, natural locations and ancient caves. A trekker not only gets to enjoy the trekking experience but also ends up spending some great time amidst varied natural and historical beauty. The trek options available in Maharashtra suit to individual needs when it comes to level of difficulty. For example the Rajmachi Fort Trek is often considered as a suitable trek option for novice or beginners. On the other hand trekking of Konkan Kada on Harishchandragad  within the Western Ghats is considered to be an extremely challenging trek.

Trekking in Maharashtra

 Maharashtra is a land of the great warriors Marathas, who have been known to reside amidst hills and dotted forests. The presence of historical forts and monuments provide an ample proof of life existence on high mountains and forests. Sahyadri Ranges - the Pride of Maharashtra also known as a Trekker’s Paradise, has a lot to contribute when it comes to trekking. There are many treks available on the Sahyadri Ranges, which have trekkers for a thrilling experience. Hence one gets to enjoy fort trekking, natural trekking and forest trekking in some of the exotic locations in Maharashtra. The current trekking scenario that the Western Ghats of Maharashtra offer is pretty promising.

Other than Himalayan Range, Maharashtra is the only state in India which has such abundance treks to offer - especially winter treks. The weather within the Sahyadri Range maybe awfully dry and hot during summers, but post monsoon the whole scenery changes to set a mood. The weather during day on few of the popular treks such as Kalavantin Durg, Harishchandragad or Naneghat could be dry and humid, but the scenario changes to cool and breezy during night. Hence most trekkers prefer a night camping on these treks. The post monsoon trekking experience of some of the lush green hill forts of Maharashtra are popular among trek enthusiasts.

This is exactly just 5% of what is actually out there in Maharashtra.  Maharashtra in its own has so much to offer. It is indeed a beauty in itself. The tremendous potential of Maharashtra seems to enthrall every tourist to want to have more. And hence given it's varied options for adventure sports, treks, natural and historical beauty, Maharashtra seems to be one of the popular choices when it comes to Indian tourism.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Harishchandragad - A Trekking Delight in Maharashtra

State: Maharashtra

Location: 50 km from Bhandardhara

Famous as: Historical fort, hill fort

Serves as: Trekker's paradise, Ideal picnic spot, adventure sports, caves

Height: 4510 ft

About Harishchandragad

Other than a fantastic trekking opportunity, Harishchandragad has lot of historical importance to boast about. Located 50 km from Bhandardhara, Harishchandragad is one of the famous hill forts located in the Ahmednagar districts. Thus it is part of the hill forts within the Western Ghats. This fort was ruled by Moguls until 1747 after which the Marathas captured it. The caves within the Harishchandragad find their mentions in ancient scripts and Puranas. It is said that during the 14th century, Maharshi Changdev resided in one of these caves and used it as a place for meditation. More and more caves could be found within this hill fort which claim to be carved out in the 11th Century AD. The fort gets the name due to the presence of Harishchandreshwar Temple within.  This temple finds it's place in one of the holy places visited by Hindus. Towards the east side of this temple is a beautiful lake named Saptathirtha Lake. Other than this temple, there are many temples such as Nageshwar Temple, Kedareshwar Temple and caves within the hill fort of Harishchandragad that depict intricate carvings found in the Medieval Period. The highest peak of Harishchandragad is Taramati. Taramati Peak offers scenic view of the surrounding expanse and one can see Kalsubai,  Malshej Ghat, Ratangad, Jivdan and Naneghat from here. Few other peaks apart from Taramati peak include Rohidas and Harishchandra.

Trekking in Harishchandragad

The famous Konkan Kada of Harishchandragad is considered as one of the most challenging trek till date with it's altitude height of 3500 feet. This also happens to be the most famous peak of this hill. Other than Konkan Kada there are many treks available with so many amazing peaks all over the hill fort. Each hill peak offers mesmerizing view of the beautiful scenic surroundings below. And hence trekking through this hill fort is really worth it! There are in all seven routes to trek on this hill fort. The trekking to Harishchandragad suits everyone from novice to a champion trekker. The closest base village for one of the treks in Harishchandragad is Khireshwar. Khireshwar village is at a distance of 8 km from Harishchandragad. This trek route is a straight trail which passes through Tolar Khind and straight away leads to Harishchandreshwar Temple. The route timing is roughly three hours and one passes through rocky patches, small hills and streams in between. Other than Khireshwar, one can also trek to Harishchandragad from Paachnai Village which is about 48 km from Bhandardara. This is one of the most scenic trek and the difficulty level of this trek is easy to medium with forest path, rocky patches and steep climbs. This trek from Paachnai Village is considered to be the best for beginners. The third base village to Harishchandragad is Walhivale Village from where you can carry on trek through Nalichi Vaat. This trek leads you to Konkan Kada and is considered one of the trickiest climb. The difficulty level of this trek is medium to difficult and one needs safety gear such as ropes for the trek as there are steep climbs and rocky patches all throughout. Overnight camping is allowed on the peak.

Best Time to Visit Harishchandragad

Harishchandragad is at it's best post monsoon as the lush greenery adds to it's existing beauty. One gets to enjoy series of streams, waterfall all over the hills post monsoon and thus the experience of this trek is exhilarating. Hence the best time to visit Harishchandragad is Mid September to early March.

What can one do at Harishchandragad

Trek to Konkan Kada and Taramati Peak.

Visit the ancient caves and temples carved out in the 11th Century AD.

Enjoy majestic view from the top which include glimpses of Malshej Ghat,  Naneghat, Jivdan, Kalsubai Peak.

Camp overnight.

Capture some amazing beauty in your camera

How to Reach Harishchandragad

Harishchandragad is located in the Ahmednagar Districts of Maharashtra. It is 50 km from  Bhandardhara, 166 km from Pune and 218 km from Mumbai. The nearest airport for Harishchandragad is Mumbai Airport, from here you have the option of continuing your journey by road. One can reach Harishchandragad from Igatpuri via State Highway 44, from Ahmadnagar via NH61, from Pune via NH60 and from Kalyan via NH160. One can hire private cabs from all these stations to reach Harishchandragad. Bus services are also available from all these stations to this hill fort. The nearest station for Harishchandragad is Igatpuri. One can reach Igatpuri station via train from Kalyan Station. One can also take buses from Kalyan Station to Harishchandragad. Buses that ply to Malshej Ghat from Kalyan are the perfect option for Harishchandragad. If you ply by this bus, get down at Moroshi Naka and then walk down to Walhivale Village or get down to Khubi Phata and walk down to Khireshwar Village. You also have the option of hiring private cabs and travel up to the base villages. From Pune you have the option of travelling to Khireshwar Village by buses that ply regularly from Shivajinagar bus stand.

Distance from Igatpuri Station to Harishchandragad - 80.7 km

Distance from Ahmadnagar Station to Harishchandragad  - 159.6 km

Distance from Pune Station to of Harishchandragad - 172 km

Distance from Kalyan Station to of Harishchandragad - 173 km

Tips to remember while trekking on Harishchandragad

1. Trekking to Harishchandragad during monsoons could be tricky. The steep slopes and loose rock patches could get slippery during monsoons.Try it at your own risk and use proper safety gear.

2. Nights get cold at the top of Harishchandragad with freezing and windy air. Hence it is best to carry some warm clothing.

3. It is advisable to carry enough drinking water if you plan to camp overnight.

4. Start early.

5. Tread carefully while descending. Balance each step downwards and hang on to the rocks and then stabilize your footing. 

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Bhalekar Khanawal in Sawantwadi

About Bhalekar Khanawal in Sawantwadi

Shree Mahalaxmi Bhojanalaya, popularly known as Bhalekar Khanawal is a local eatery that serves authentic Malwani cuisine. This eatery is located within a old-styled house right on the Sawantwadi - Amboli Road. The Bhalekar Khanawal is popular among local and tourists for its sumptuous meals and homely feel. The eatery is open only for lunch and dinner and is usually crowded. You may have to wait in a queue during weekends or holidays. But the wait is worth it! The food portions are large and more than enough for one person. Other than A La Carte menu the Bhalekar Khanawal also serves varied Thali comprising of Fish Thali, Chicken Thali, Mutton Thali and Vegetarian Thali. Fish Thali is popular among all these thalis and it comprises of  two types of curries, a big piece of fried fish, a dry fish accompaniment, chapatis and rice. Each thali is served with sol kadhi - a drink made with kokum and coconut milk. A La Carte menu includes varied dishes like Mutton Sukkha, Tisrya Masala, Fish fry and Prawns Fry.

Regular tourists traveling on the Mumbai - Goa route make it a point to enjoy at least one meal here at Bhalekar Khanawal. The fish thali is charged at about INR240, but with such large portions is welcomed! The food served here in this family run restaurant is freshly prepared and has the touch of authentic home-cooked Konkan meal. Being on the main road near the Sawantwadi bus stand, one may face parking problems usually on weekends and holidays.

Suggested: Fish Thali comprising of Fish fry, two curries, sol kadhi, dry fish accompaniment, chapati, rice.

Restaurant Specialty: Seafood Restaurant / Malwani Cuisine / Konkani Cuisine

Average meal for two: INR500 to INR600

Open for: Lunch and Dinner

No Breakfast

Timings: 12:30 to 3:30 pm and 7:00 to 11:00 pm

Landmark: Near Sawantwadi bus stand

Contact details of Bhalekar Khanawal

Mahalaxmi Bhojnalaya
Amboli Road,
Opposite Gymkahana Ground,
Maharashtra 416510

Telephone number: +91 - 09421145184

Friday, November 3, 2017

Select CityWalk Mall in New Delhi

About Select CityWalk Mall in New Delhi:

Located in South Delhi, Select CityWalk is one of the best shopping destinations spread over an area of sprawling 6 acres. Select CityWalk is combination of all, be it street shopping, food court, clubbing, nightlife, clubbing, restaurants, bars, movies or even  Live Events! Additionally Select CityWalk also includes serviced apartments and amphitheater.

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Few known brands at Select CityWalk:

Men and women apparels: Bossini, CK Jeans, Derhy, ED Hardy, EDC BY ESPRIT , ESPRIT , Forever New, Mango, Mustard, NEXT Nine, Pantaloons, PEPE JEANS LONDON, Punk, S.OLIVER

Sport Equipments: Taylormade Adidas, ADIDAS, NIKE, PUMA, REEBOK

Electronics: Axiom Telecom, Gizmos, NOKIA, VU

Kids apparels: Gini & Jony, Hangout, Kool Toyz, Lilliput, MOM & ME, Monnalisa, Mothercare, Okaidi, Reebok Kids

Serviced Apartments: Svelte

Departmental Stores/Grocery/Food: Cookieman, Donut Factory, Gourmet Food Bazaar, Modern Bazaar, Passion Cheese, Patchi, SNAX.COM, Sweet World

Restaurants: AMICI, CHI Kitchen and Bar, Foodtalk - The Food Court, Goffreys, Joy Luck Moon Chinese Restaurant, KFC, Mamagoto, Pizza Hut, Punjab Grill, Sattvik, Spagetti Kitchen

Timings: 10:00 am to 11:00 pm (all days)

Landmark: Near Sheraton

Contact details of Select CityWalk:

Select CityWalk
A3 District Centre Saket
New Delhi - 110017

Telephone number: +91-11-42114211

Fax: +91-11-42114222


Friday, October 27, 2017

15 Best One Day Picnic Spots Near Pune

Instead of planning those predictable and boring weekend plans such as visiting malls or window shopping, plan a one day picnic to beautiful and enchanting places nearby Mumbai and Pune for a relaxing and creative weekend experience. There are numerous picnic spots in the vicinity that can turn your boring weekends into something magical. Not more than 100 km from Pune, these picnic spots are just couple of hours drive away. Here's a list of such relaxing and best one day picnic spots near Pune.

15 Best One Day Picnic Spots Near Pune

1. Matheran

One of the smallest hill station of India, Matheran is a unique one day picnic spot due to it's proximity to cities like Mumbai and Pune. Matheran is enchanting and can be visited throughout the year. It is well known for it's lush greenery, waterfalls and panoramic points. Matheran is popular among tourists as it serves one of the best one day picnic spots due to it's accessibility. The walking trail from Neral to Matheran is also an enjoyable experience. One can also enjoy a relaxing weekend in Matheran as there are best accommodation facilities available such as Hotel Rangoli Retreat and Hotel Panorama.

How to Reach Matheran: Matheran is 121 km from Pune City and 95 km form Mumbai. It can be easily reached by train and road.

Learn more about How to Reach Matheran

Places of Interests in and near Matheran: In Matheran the Panoramic points such as Monkey Point, Sunset Point, Sunrise Point, Panorama Point and Khandala Point are worth visiting. Also there is picturesque Charlotte Lake and Pisarnath Temple.

Learn more about Matheran

2. Malshej Ghat

Malshej Ghat is a perfect monsoon one day escapade. It is famous for it's curvy ghat, misty mountains, pristine lakes and huge waterfalls. Malshej Ghat is popular among nature lovers for it's enchanting beauty and accessibility from cities like Mumbai, Pune and Ahmednagar. Malshej Ghat is also popular among trekkers. The MTDC Malshej Resort serves as an excellent accommodation facility.

How to Reach Malshej Ghat: Malshej Ghat is 130 km from Pune and 154 km from Mumbai. It is easily accessible from Mumbai and Pune via road and train. The best option however is to drive down to Malshej Ghat as the drive is thoroughly enjoyable.

Learn more about How to Reach Malshej Ghat

Places of Interest in and around Malshej Ghat: Enjoy the scenery, lush green and misty mountains, waterfalls, hiking and trekking trails.

Learn more about Malshej Ghat

3. Bhandardara

Located in the Ahmednagar districts, Bhandardara is an ideal getaway for people who wish to spend time away from the hustles and bustles of the city. Bhandardara is nestled within the Sahyadri hills and is famous for the roaring waterfalls, lush greenery and picturesque beauty. More of an part of an eco-tourism, Bhandardara is an ideal picnic spot for people who enjoy being amidst nature. Other than MTDC Holiday Resort, the accommodation facilities also include various hotels and resort such as the Yash Resort.

How to Reach Bhandardara: Bhandardara is around 170 km from Pune and 163 km from Mumbai. There are various road routes to reach Bhandardara.

Learn more about How to reach Bhandardara

Places of Interest in and around Bhandardara: One can visit the Arthur Lake, Wilson Dam, Randha Falls, and and various other fishing activities could be carried out in Bhandardara. Trekking in Bhandardara attracts several tourists throughout the year.

Learn more about Bhandardara -- The ideal monsoon getaway

4. Alibaug

People crazy about coastal food and beaches should head to Alibaug for a wonderful coastal fare and an ideal one day picnic spot. This is a beach where one can reach in just a couple of hours, enjoy splash in beach, grab some delicious seafood and have great fun. Alibaug Beach is a popular beach among people from Mumbai and Pune due to it's proximity. It is quite populated during weekends and holidays. Also Alibaug promises a delectable coastal cuisine and comfortable accommodations such as the Radisson Resort & Spa.

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How to Reach Alibaug: Located in the Raigad Districts of Maharashtra, Alibaug is just 141 km from Pune and 110 km from Mumbai. It is easily accessible by road and rail. But the ferry rides from Gateway of India to Mandawa Jetty is one of the most popular traveling option.

Learn more about How to Reach Alibaug

Places of Interest in and around Alibaug: Alibaug is popular for its beach and the water sports. One can also enjoy the panoramic sunset as well enjoy the authentic coastal food. Many beaches stretch near Alibaug such as the Kashid BeachKihim Beach and the Revdanda Beach.

Learn more about Alibaug Beach

5. Harihareshwar

One of the nature's unexplored beauty, Harihareshwar is a perfect one day escapade for people in love with pristine beaches and soft sands. Harihareshwar is also one of the most important pilgrimage for Hindus as it houses the famous Harihareshwar Temple. Harihareshwar Beach is also attached to two more beaches located on the northern side and the southern side of the Harihareshwar Temple respectively. This indeed adds to it's charm and works well to drive out people to itself. Also the coastal food one enjoys here is amazing and mostly home-cooked. There are many accommodation options available in Harihareshwar including the MTDC Harihareshwar Resort.

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How to Reach Harihareshwar: Harihareshwar is 170 km from Pune and 200 km from Mumbai. It is easily accessible by road and train. The nearest rail road for Harihareshwar is Mangaon and from there one can continue the journey through the sharing auto-rickshaws or buses.

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Places of Interest in and around Harihareshwar: Apart from the beautiful Harihareshwar Beach, one can visit the famous Kalbhairav Temple also known as the Harihareshwar Temple, Bankot Fort, Bagmanadala Beach and Ganesh Gully. You could also visit Diveagar Beach and Shrivardhan Beach nearby.

Learn more about Harihareshwar

6. Kaas Pathar

Just 133 km from Pune, is this flower valley known for it's hundreds and hundreds species of flowers. These wildflowers blossom only for a specific period of time annually and hence find its place in the UNESCO World Natural Heritage. The plateau of Kaas Pathar is popular among tourists for it's carpet of flowers and the trekking. Also this place is favorite among the nature lovers and science enthusiasts for the wide variety of flora. Over 624 species out of the 850 species listed to be found in Kaas Pathar are listed to be part of the red data species. Kaas Pathar is an ideal monsoon escapade and serves as an ideal picnic spot for nature lovers. There are accommodation facilities near Kaas Pathar such as the Hotel Radhika Palace, Motel Swagath Plaza and Camp Koyna Riverside Eco-Resort.

How to reach Kaas Pathar: Kaas Pathar is just 133 km from Pune and can be visited by road as well as trains.

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Places of Interests near Kaas Pathar: Other than visiting the flower valley, one can also visit Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, Vajrai Waterfalls, Kanher Dam, Thoseghar Waterfalls, Sajjangad Fort, Yevteshwar Temple and Ghatai Devi Temple.

For more details about booking, timing and entry fees read Kaas Pathar

7. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

Nature enthusiasts could head up to Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary which is known as home to tigers and other wildlife. Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is an ideal picnic spot or a weekend getaway. One can enjoy safari, nature walks and bird watching. The sanctuary is bordered by Shivasagar Lake and Chandoli National Park. The sanctuary is nestled amidst Western Ghats and this protected forest zone is home to tiger, leopards, sambhar, flying fox, barking deer, and may other wild animals and birds. Hotels near Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary include Motel Swagath Plaza and Camp Koyna Riverside Eco-Resort.

How to reach Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary: Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is 143 km from Pune and is easily accessible via road or train.

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Places of Interest near Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary: Apart from the wilderness that Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary has to offer, one can visit Kaas Pathar , Vajrai Waterfalls, Kanher Dam, Thoseghar Waterfalls, Sajjangad Fort, Yevteshwar Temple and Ghatai Devi Temple.

Learn more about Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

8. Revdanda Beach

Revdanda Beach is one of the unexplored beaches of Konkan Coast just 16 km from Alibaug. This beach boasts of sparkling sands, clean water, beautiful climate and authentic coastal food. There are many small eateries in Revdanda where you get to taste wonderful fish curry and rice. Revdanda Port was one of the significant port during the British Rule. The town though small has much history attached to it which one can learn during his visit. There is a certain appeal to this town which manages to impresses you. There are many lodges in and around Revdanda where you find accommodation such as Hotel Shiv Parvati Guest House or Uday Holiday Home.

How to Reach Revdanda Beach: Revdanda Beach is 154 km from Pune and just 16 km from Alibaug. Ferry services are available from Gateway of India to Mandawa Jetty. Travelers from Pune can drive down through through Alibaug as the beach is one the same stretch.

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Places of Attraction in and near Revdanda: Other than Revdanda Beach, one can visit the Rameshwar Mandir and Datta Mandir in Revdanda. Other than that, the places to visit nearby include Alibaug BeachKashid Beach and Kihim Beach

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9. Vajrai Waterfall

Located within Kas Pathar - The Flower Valley, Vajrai Waterfall is listed as one of India's tallest waterfall. It is perennial in nature and can be visited throughout the year. The lush vegetation around Vajrai Waterfall add to it's beauty. The Vajrai Waterfall is a three stairs waterfall and cascades into the lush green valley with roaring waters. The place is definite visit among nature lovers. It is also popular among trekkers. There are accommodation facilities nearby such as the Hotel Radhika Palace, Motel Swagath Plaza and Camp Koyna Riverside Eco-Resort.

How to reach Vajrai Waterfall: Vajrai Waterfall is 137 km from Pune. It is easily approachable by motorable roads via NH48 through Pune and via Satara towards Kaas - Bamnoli Village.

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Places of attraction near Vajrai Waterfall: One can plan a trek to Vajrai Waterfall which goes through forest trails and lush greenery. Other than visiting the cascading waterfall itself, one can visit  Kaas Pathar , Kanher Dam, Thoseghar Waterfalls, Sajjangad Fort, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, Yevteshwar Temple and Ghatai Devi Temple.

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10. Kihim Beach

Just 13 km from Alibaug is Kihim Beach,one of the well known and popular beach among tourists. It is an unspoiled beach known for it's magical sand, beautiful sunset and safe waters. The Kihim Beach is crowded usually weekends and on holidays. One can enjoy water-sports during holidays. There are endless options of staying as there are many resorts and hotels nearby including the MTDC Approved Arte Cottage.

How to reach Kihim Beach: Kihim Beach is 140 km from Pune and 13 km from Alibaug. One can reach Kihim from Pune via Pune via the Bangalore - Mumbai - Pune Highway. The route is Pune - Hinjewadi - Talegaon - Khalapur - Pen - Poynad - Choronde - Kihim

Places of attraction near Kihim: There are many beaches nearby Kihim and one can visit the same. This includes Versoli Beach, Awas Beach, Alibaug, There is a Kanakeshwar Devasthan Temple around 6 km from Kihim.

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11. Thoseghar Waterfalls

Thoseghar Waterfalls is a series of waterfall located just 20 km from Satara. One of the waterfall from the series falls from a height of 500 meters while the rest fall from 20 meters in all. The water collected throughout Kas Plateau falls through Thoseghar Waterfalls. Locally this waterfall is also known as Ram and Lakshman Waterfall. A drive to Thoseghar Waterfall is an awesome experience, given to it's panoramic beauty, vast windmills, curvy roads and cascading waterfalls. There are accommodation facilities nearby such as the Hotel Radhika Palace, Motel Swagath Plaza and Camp Koyna Riverside Eco-Resort.

How to reach Thoseghar Waterfalls: Thoseghar Waterfalls is 139 km from Pune. There are many buses from Swargate Bus Stand that ply at regular intervals.

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Places of attractions nearby Thoseghar Waterfalls: Apart from the cascading waterfalls, panoramic view, scenic beauty, beautiful drive and windmills; one can visit the Bhairavnath Temple which is just 1 km from Thoseghar Waterfalls. Other places of interest include Kaas Pathar , Kanher Dam, Vajrai Waterfalls, Sajjangad Fort, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, Yevteshwar Temple and Ghatai Devi Temple.

12. Kashid Beach

Kashid Beach is one of the small hamlet beach located on the beach stretch when you drive down to Alibaug. The beach is popular among picnic goers, who enjoy some splash, water sports and beautiful sunset. One can find many small eateries right on the beach stretch where you get to lay down on the hammock and relax a bit. Apart from the swimming and surfing, water-sports is quite enjoyable here in Kashid. Various accommodation options such as the MTDC Resort and the Kashid Beach Resort are available.

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How to reach Kashid Beach: Kashid Beach is 170 km from Pune and 150 km from Mumbai. From Pune one can follow the route to Kashid via Pune - Khopoli exit - Pen - Alibaug - Revdanda - Kashid.

Places of Interest near Kashid: Apart from the water sports and splashing and surfing in Kashid beach, one can visit Kihim Beach , Revdanda Beach and Alibaug Beach

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13. Kalavantin Durg

Trekkers get to enjoy a one day trekking escapade at Kalavantin Durg, which is an enjoyable trek. Due to it's proximity to Panvel, Kalavantin Durg is popular among locals and tourists from Pune and Mumbai. The impressive feature of Kalavantin Durg is it's massive steps cut out with the huge rock itself. The best time to visit Kalavantin Durg is from October to May. The base village of Kalavantin Durg is Thakurwadi, where accommodation arrangements can be made.

How to reach Kalavantin Durg: Kalavantin Durg is 115 km from Pune. Due to its proximity to Panvel, one can easily reach Kalavantin Durg either via road or by Panvel bound trains. From here there is an option of taking state transport buses or local tum tums.

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14. Rajmachi Fort 

Located 7 km from Lonavla is Rajmachi Fort, one of the most favorite trekking opportunity near Pune. Due to it's accessibility and moderately tough difficulty level Rajmachi Fort is popular among beginners. The best part about Rajmachi Fort is the view that it offers from the mountain top. The climate is overall enjoyable and the breathtaking view of the valley is pleasant to eyes. The base village of Rajmachi is Udhewadi and where one can enjoy good homemade food as well as accommodation arrangements.

How to reach Rajmachi Fort: Rajmachi Fort is 58 km from Pune and 77 km from Mumbai. One can reach here either by car or by trains from either Lonavla Station or Karjat Station. From here state transport buses or tum tums would take you to your destination.

Places of attractions near Rajmachi Fort: Apart from the trek to Rajmachi Fort, where one comes across two forts, i.e. Shrivardhan and Manaranjan; One can also visit Kondhane Caves, Bushi Dam and many other tourists spots of Lonavla and Khandala.

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15. Naneghat

Closer to Malshej Ghat, is Naneghat - one of the ideal picnic spots located closer to Pune and Mumbai. Naneghat is popular among trekkers too, for it's 5 km trek. The best part about Naneghat is that it is easily accesible by car right upto the hilltop. The difficulty level of Naneghat is easy as the stretch is small and takes only 1 to 2 hours to finish. The view that awaits from top of Naneghat is breath-taking. From the top, one can see Bhimashankar, Harishchandragad, Mahuli Plains and Matheran.

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How to reach Naneghat: The best option to reach Naneghat is to drive down via Malshej Ghat.

Places of attractions near Naneghat: Apart from the beautiful trek and breath-taking valley view, one can visit the Jivdhan Fort, Bhairavnath Temple and caves located on the Naneghat.

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