Lake City, Pune!

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With the lockdown restrictions being eased, travel becoming a little less limiting you may finally be able to step for a breath of fresh air. But remember, #SafetyFirst always.

In any case, you don’t want to travel far with things not exactly normal yet. Fear not! Us Punekars have been blessed with an abundance of beauty around our city and the monsoon is just making it prettier! So get ready, plan a drive or even a cycle ride to these places and soak in the beauty of green and blue for the first time in months! We have so many lakes around the city outskirts that visiting every one would definitely deserve a day!

Pavana Lake: Artificial lake formed by the Pavana dam, it is picturesque and home to a lot of camping sites, which may start opening soon! It is just perfect for a long drive or even an overnight stay, surrounded by hills, far from the chaos of the city!

Mastani Talav: A pleasant drive through Diveghat towards Saswad via Hadapsar to the village of Wadki will bring you to this waterfront. Believed to have been visited by Shrimant Bajirao Peshwa and Mastani, it is a sight for sore eyes! The sight of temples adjoining this lake makes it all the more stunning.


We have so many lakes around the city outskirts that visiting every one would definitely deserve a day!

Harantale, Lohegaon: A small lake with a pathway around it makes it worth a visit for some peaceful time or probably an everyday one for your evening walks.

Pashan Lake: Close to Mumbai-Pune Expressway and well within the city now, Pashan lake has been a haven for just hanging out for many years now. A man-made lake to provide water to the surrounding suburbs, it is a very peaceful bird lovers paradise since the bamboo plantation and water attracts migratory birds!

Jambhulwadi Lake: Located near Ambegaon, with hills on one side and the city on the other, it is a perfect spot to spend your evenings and becomes even more special during monsoon, thanks to the abundant greenery.

With so much choice around us, it is perhaps time to rechristen Pune a lake city?

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