While Pune is popular for its student culture and never-ending list of universities, the city is also loved for its natural beauty. Unlike Mumbai and many other metropolitan around the nation, Pune is a must-visit if you want to get away from the everyday rush of life. A city in the process of becoming a top tier city, Pune offers unconditional beauty in every one of its corners. Here is a list of places in and around Pune that one shouldn't miss. These are places that offer the most mesmerising viewpoints and offer an opportunity for a conversation with nature.
A hillock in the Pune, Parvati Hills is a popular location among the locals. Offering an epic panoramic view of the city, the hill is named after the Parvati Temple built here during the rule of the Peshwa dynasty. After a relatively simple 30-minute climb to the pinnacle, one can see the skyline of Pune merge with its low-lying skyscrapers. Elegantly weaving a harmony between its man-made structures and natural wonders, the view from here enigmatically captures the calm and order that encapsulates the lives of the locals.
A 45-minute drive from Pune, the Khadakwasla Dam was recently completed and is now a major water source for the city and its nearby areas. Drive through the lush green hills of Lonavla on the way while munching on the Maharashtrian special vada pav or
some pakodas (highly recommended during the monsoons). Safe for visitors during the heavy rains, the site is a visual treat to the eyes as the vastness of the sea captures the imagination. Close to the dam is the Sinhagad Fort, which should also be on list of places to visit.
Located in the heart of Pune, the Vetal Hill is the highest point in the city. A favourite of early morning joggers and walkers, there are several trails laid across the hill. Follow the trails leading you to the top; once you are there you'll be able to see that landscape of the hills. A small lake coloured of cobalt blue takes its place between the low lying shrubs and weed. Look further beyond, you can see a trail of mountain ranges that extend beyond the city.
Often overlooked as a destination, Pawna Lake is a must-visit for a scenic viewpoint around Pune. A 2-hour drive from the city, the best time to be here is during the monsoons when the rains add life to the sun-soaked lake. Surrounded by a lush green foliage and an array of mountains, one can feel at home here. Sunrises from Pawna are highly recommended, watch as the sun rises from the protection of the mountains and unravels itself in all its glory while lifting the blanket of mist and darkness. You can also climb up to the Tunga Fort near Pawna lake for an even more elevated view.