Wai Panchgani Mahabaleshwar Pratapgad
Panchgani: A beautiful place for nature lovers and a hill station. You can take a halt at Panchgani for famous ‘Mapro Garden’ for refreshments & for buying ‘Mapro products’ (Jam, Jelly, Squash, etc). Panchgani table land (famous for horse riding), cave, garden are good places to visit. Many restaurants are available at Panchgani. Many good hotels are available for overnight stay. Cool place to visit during summer.
Drive on NH4 from Pune towards Kolhapur. After 100 kilometers take a right turn to Wai under a huge flyover. Keep going from Wai towards Panchgani and then the same road will take you to Mahabaleshwar. While entering Mahabaleshwar, you can take a boat ride in the famous Venna lake. Mahabaleshwar is famous hill station and you can visit many points (from where you can different valley views) and do some local fun shopping. Several hotels for an overnight stay and good restaurants are available. Strawberry is famous fruit over here and you can buy it in the local market almost throughout the year.
Venna Lake at Mahabaleshwar: Enjoy boating and horse riding here. Horse riding is available in Panchgani and many other places in Mahabaleshwar also.
If you bypass Mahabaleshwar and drive another 25 km on Poladpur Road, you can reach fort Pratapgad. Pratapgad fort has proper stairs to go till top and should not take more than a couple of hours to explore the fort. A historical place and a prime fort in the kingdom of King Shivaji. Vehicles go till the base of the fort and this is one of the easiest forts to visit. All these are famous picnic spots (crowded during School holidays) for people from Maharashtra and Gujarat. You can also visit Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC) website for more details.