Karle and Bhaje caves situate near Lonavala on Pune -Mumbai old highway. It is just 60 km from Pune and you can reach in 1.5 hours (Yes! It takes that much time in all major cities in India for that small distance due to traffic).
During the monsoon season, a lot of tourists visit these places to see the natural beauty waterfalls are a major attraction. If it’s raining heavily during your visit days (even a couple of days earlier to your visit), you will have to walk through knee height water to reach the caves. It is safe as long as you don’t fall! 🙂 If you take proper precautions and select nonslippery road, it could be fun. People go for visiting the caves and come back getting wet in the waterfall. Don’t forget to see the Caves!
Whether you are an Indian or a visitor to India, I am sure you know about Ajanta and Ellora caves. These are indeed major tourist attractions and famous archaeological sites near the Aurangabad City of Maharashtra State. But once you see the caves, what you remember permanently is the Art & Craft! You will remember the paintings, carvings on the wall and sculptures for all your life. Handicraft is a key art in Indian culture.
Art and Craft are not just topics of discussion and to be taught in Schools and Colleges in India. These are part of life ana a major Industry as well. Every state in India has something specialty. The traditional Craft is producing over there for years and years. It could be machine made or hand made but the items made are still of the export quality. Though each state has their own hand-craft items on sale in their state emporium, Assam and Rajasthan produce more of these items. You will have specialties from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Himachal Pradesh and Utter Pradesh also.
As you start travelling in the interior of different States, you will realise that small towns and villages also have their own unique way of making particular items and the places are famous because of these items. The items could be clothing, earthen pots, show pieces, utensils, toys, purses and handbags or even nicely crafted stationery. No doubt the tourists from different countries buy these beautifully crafted items back home as memories of visiting India but when India tourists travel to different states, they also get attracted towards the local craft shops.
‘Paithni’ is a famous expensive Indian Saree which is handcrafted in a town named as Paithan in Maharashtra. Sawantwadi in Konkan part of Maharashtra is famous for producing Wooden Toys. These are just examples and you will find such places in each and every state in India.
Kolhapur Chappals (Sandals), Savantwadi Wooden Toys, Rajasthan Murals and Woodcraft elements, Paithani Saree from Paithan, Kanjivaram / Kanchipuram Saree from Tamilnadu are World famous handicraft items.The tourists visiting India always like to buy them.
There are special markets to sell just these beautiful handicraft items. It is an amazing experience to see these craft items being made and even just own them! You can have this fun of Travelling and Shopping together across entire India!
Travel time from Pune: Four and Half to Five hours by Car Mumbai to Harihareshwar: 200 Km
Route Details from Pune: Pune City – Chandani Chowk – Mulshi / Lavasa City-road – Pirangut – Paud – Shere – Jamgaon – Male – Mulshi Dam – Tamhini Ghat – Nive – Posco Steel Factory – Nizampur – Mangaon (here you reach Mumbai Goa National Highway) – take a left and immediate right towards Harihareshwar – Nigdi – Harihareshwar.
Road condition: Road surroundings are green & beautiful post monsoon. Road condition for the above road is not great, but it is the shortest path to reach from Pune to Shriwardhan / Harihareshwar / Diveagar / Raigad Fort. Harihareshwar is also known as ‘Dakshin Kashi’. Here you can visit famous Harihareshwar temple of 3 gods Brahma, Vishnu, and Mahesh and another god ‘Kal bhairava’.
This small town in Konkan part of Maharashtra is known for Lord Harihareshwar Temple (Shiva / Shankar) and the clean Harihareshwar, Shrivardhan, and Diveagar Beaches. The three beaches together is a weekend trip from Pune and Mumbai.
Beach is the main attraction here
The beach at this destination is clean white water. You can book a resort very close to the beach and can see a great sea view from the resort. There are few resorts and restaurants at this place. When you circle the temple, you will see a honeycomb-like rock structure created by Sea waves (see picture). Sea Beach is beautiful and at walkable distance from small hotels in the town where you can stay. There are houses where stay and food arrangements are possible. The town is small and can accommodate limited guests, so avoid ‘public holidays’ while visiting this place.
Precaution: You can have a ‘pradakshina’ (meaning having a circular walk around the temple) which goes half way around the hill and from the rocky beach. Avoid this route in monsoon / rainy season.
Hyderabad Tourism is currently a part of Andhra Pradesh & Telangana Tourism. Ramoji Film City is just outside Hyderabad City. A City which has a lot of tourist attractions and it is an IT hub as well.
Pune to Hyderabad – 550 km.
You can travel by Train, Bus or your own vehicle.
Pune to Solapur via NH65 is a very good highway (as of 2016)
Mumbai to Hyderabad – 695 km.
Bangalore to Hyderabad – 570 km.
Hyderabad to Ramoji Film City – 25 km. Local transport is available or you can drive.
Hyderabad is currently the Capital City for Andhra Pradesh and the new state of Telangana. Eventually, Amaravati will be the capital of Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad will continue to be the Capital for Telangana. So, Hyderabad is going to be the starting point for Telangana Tourism. Charminar is a famous mosque and monument & a global icon for Hyderabad.
Ramoji Film City is a well-known attraction in Hyderabad, the capital of Andhra Pradesh in the southern part of India. You will have great fun spending an entire day here with live music show, stunt show, playing some amazing games, having a tour of the Film city area and having good food. A destination for a one-day family trip. One or two nights stay at Hyderabad is a must if you want to cover all tourist places in the City.
The zoo is also known as Nehru Zoological Park. It is an exciting place for family visit. The Zoo is located near Mir Alam Tank and is really big and you can walk around the park or rent a bicycle or ride the non-polluting (battery operated) vehicles to see the Zoo. The Giant Turtles, Giraffe, Lions are main attractions of this Zoo. Keep sufficient time to see the Zoo as the area of the Zoo is 380 acres. Children can enjoy a Toy train ride. There are food courts available within the Garden and you can’t carry disposable plastic bottles inside the Zoo.
Salar Jung Museum:
Salar Jung Museum is the largest one-person collection of antique pieces in the World. It is a large museum with 38 galleries and one of the three National Museums in India. You can see a fabulous collection of paintings, sculptures, carvings, ceramics, and much more. A must visit location during your Hyderabad visit.
The ‘Birla Foundation’ in India constructed several ‘White Marble’ temples all over India. These all temples are known as ‘Birla Mandir*. You can see one such magnificent Birla Mandir in Hyderabad also. This temple is dedicated to Lord Venkateshwara (of Tirumala Tirupati in Andhra Pradesh). The temple took 10 years to complete, and about 2000 tons of white marble was brought from Rajasthan for building it. This is located on the top of a hill of 280 feet, also known as Naubat Pahad. The temple is open at the specific time and you can get a good view of the Hyderabad City from this temple. You need to deposit the cell phones at the counter while entering the temple. The temple is open since 1976 and like all other Birla Mandirs, this is also a must visit part of the trip. (*Mandir means Temple)
You have a choice of various hotels to stay in the City. Veg and Non-veg food available in several restaurants and a special type of rice called as ‘Hyderabad Biryani’ is a food item you must taste! This post was originally written for Ramoji Film City visit and then was updated to add many other places of Tourist Interest in Hyderabad also. Some more places to visit are:
It is the main attraction of Pune. It was the stately mansion originally built as the residence of the Peshwas. The foundation of the mansion was laid by Bajirao 1 in the year 1730 AD and construction was completed in 1732 AD. This is a fort on the ground and is in the middle of Pune City. This is well preserved and is open daily during their visit hours.
Saras Baug & Peshwe Baug
The twin gardens are at the heart of the City. The Ganesh Temple from Saras Baug is very old & famous. Peshwe Baug was the old Zoo which is a children’s play park now. Both gardens are worth visiting. Parvati Hills (Temple cluster from Peshwa regime on top of Parvati Hills) is five minutes distance from these twin gardens.
Khadakwasla Dam (The Dam which supplies drinking water to Pune City). We can’t upload the actual Dam photo on this Blog for security reasons, but showing the backwater of the dam. This dam is part of a series of dams built for supplying water for the needs of Pune City and surrounding area. The other dams on the same route are Panshet and Varasgao. They are the source of drinking as well as agricultural and industrial usage in this area.
Rajiv Gandhi National Park (Zoo)
A large Zoo and much comfortable place for Wild Animals than the Old Zoo of ‘Peshwe Baug’. A family picnic place where you will be able to see a variety of snakes, reptiles, monkeys, Tigers, Bears, Elephants, etc. The special attraction of this park is a separate Snake Park where you can see hundreds of snakes and reptiles.
One more famous temple in Pune is Shrimant Dagdushet Halwai Ganpati. This Ganesh Temple is at the heart of the City. There are many temples in the City and you can spend a full day visiting this beautiful temples. Chaturshrungi Temple on Senapati Bapat Road & Laxmi Road (Largest shopping market mainly for clothes) is another place you may like to visit.
Pune is known on the World map because of being a large IT hub in India (Hinjewadi IT park, EON IT Park). The City has hundreds of Educational Institutes (Pune University, College of Engineering Pune) and many Hospitals. Pune is a City of several Resorts, Hotels & hundreds of Restaurants. Staying and eating in Pune should never be a problem for anyone. From morning 6 AM till midnight, you will be able to get food in this City. Fast food joints, Tea stalls, and South Indian restaurants are present in large number. Consider for Weekend Trips near Pune.