With the growing need to take short refreshing breaks amid hectic schedules, two-day destinations are much desired. Whether you are living or are a tourist in Pune and looking for such two-day breaks, there are many easy-to-access places nearby. You can quickly travel over the weekend or during any two-day holidays to these places by hiring affordable and comfortable cabs.
Mumbai is a great two-day trip if you like to get a pulse of the fast, big city life once in a while. It takes approximately 2.5 to 3 hours if you take Pune to Mumbai cabs via the expressway connecting the two cities. This expressway is the first six-lane, a concrete freeway with a toll system in India. Traveling down this road is a high-speed experience of sorts. There are many things to see on the way: Neelkantheshwar Temple, Ekvira Devi Temple, Lohagad Fort, etc. At Mumbai you must see:
The Gateway of India, built by the British in 1924, arching by the Mumbai Harbour. From this gateway, you can take a boat ride on the Arabian Sea to the Elephanta Island with ancient cave temples dedicated to the Hindu God, Shiva.
To get an idea of the religious mix of Mumbai, you could visit Haji Ali Dargah, an island mausoleum of Muslim saint Pir Haji Ali Shah Bukhari and Mumba Devi Temple, dedicated to the Goddess after which Mumbai is named.
Other sea views you must not miss are the Juhu beach, famous for Mumbai’s local street food and the 3.6-kilometre Marine Drive along the seascape.
For Mumbai’s flora and fauna, visit Sanjay Gandhi National Park,with the 2400-year-old Kanheri caves.
Mumbai is also the hub of the Indian film industry, famously known as Bollywood.
Mahabaleshwar is a picturesque hill station in India’s Western Ghat’s Sahyadri mountain range. Travel time, if you take a cab from Pune to Mahabaleshwar, is around 3 hours via NH 48 and 4 hours via Hadapsar – Saswad – Jejuri/Saswad Road. Hotspots at Mahabaleshwar are:
- Arthur’s Seat, 3 Monkey and Elephant viewpoints
- Ancient Pratapgad Fort on a mountaintop
- Lingmala Waterfall
- Venna Lake
- Five rivers confluence at Panch Ganga Temple
- Krishnabai temple
Mahabaleshwar is famous for its strawberry cultivation.
Bhimashankar is an ideal two-day pilgrimage destination, famous for a temple (with a unique Big Bell sculpture) dedicated to Hindu God, Shiva. It takes approximately 3.5 hours from Pune to Bhimashankar by cab.
The top tourist spots are:
- Bhimarathi river
- Nagphani Point
- Hanuman Lake
- Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary
- Kothaligad fort
- Bhairoba cave
Lavasa is a luxurious two-day getaway if you want a feel of the hills in an urban setting. This is India’s biggest planned hill-top city, architecturally inspired by the Italian town Portofino. It takes around 2 hours via Temghar-Lavasa Road from Pune to Lavasa by cab. Lavasa is by the Baji Pasalkar Reservoir near the Varasgaon Dam.
In Lavasa, you can engage in adventure activities like camp stays, indoor golf, watersports etc. You can also shop for local bamboo crafts.
So, ready for a memorable monsoon road trip, people? Let us know where you’re headed!