Outings to the neighbouring areas

Sinhagad or Sinhgad , the Lion Fort in English, dates back to the 14th century and was the scene of many important wars. Situated atop a 1350 metre high hill on the outskirts of the city of Pune, the fort offers a breathtaking view of the surrounding countryside. Definitely worth a visit.

Karla Caves

The Karla Caves, situated on the hillsides of Karla, Bhaja and Bedsa (160 BC) are examples of the earliest Buddhist cave architecture and are located around 40 km away from Pune. The main cave is extremely well preserved with many intricately carved reliefs. The caves can be reached by a 100 metre climb up many steps, so one should be a good walker.

Karla is situated on an important ancient trade route which ran from the Arabian Ocean eastwards towards the Deccan. The early Buddhists found a suitable location in this area for many of their monastic establishments.


Lohagad (“the iron fortress“) is one of many hilltop forts of Chatrapati Shivaji, the great king, general and national hero of Maharastra who lived between 1630-1680. (The Mumbai International Airport and the main train station – formally known as Victoria Station – are named after him). The fort is situated 52 km west of Pune at a height of 1052 m.

Lonavla and Khandala are two little towns in the Western Ghats between Mumbai and Pune within a short distance of each other (64 km from Pune). At an elevation of 600 metres, they are situated on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and are also connected by rail.

During the monsoon the landscape turns into a garden blooming with countless little waterfalls and pools. Lonavala and Khandala attract many short stay visitors from Mumbai and Pune during this season.


Mahabaleshwar is another favourite picnic spot, around 120 km southwest of Pune. The surrounding hills reach heights of 1438 m (Wilson / Sunrise Point). Mahabaleshwar is also known for its strawberries and its honey. The Mahabaleshwar Temple is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. The Venna Lake is especially popular with tourists as it offers boating.



Lavasa is a completely different India – a town designed along western lines and modern ecological principles. It is situated adjacent to a reservoir in the Western Ghats, around 50 km away from Pune. Lavasa is a newly founded city and is still in the process of being developed with just the initial phase of construction completed. By 2021, over 100,000 people will live and work here. Lavasa is, today, already a centre for many institutes, academies, schools and hotels. Specialty clinics are being planned by large healthcare providers. Lavasa is planned as a city for education and research as well as a health resort and retreat for old people. Admittance to the city is being restricted in order to keep unwelcome guests (beggars) at bay.

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