Trip to Purandar fort – A Must visit place near Pune

Purandar Fort
Purandar Fort is known as the birthplace of Sambhaji, the son of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj.
The fort of Purandhar stands at 4,472 ft (1,387 m) above the sea level in the Western Ghats, 50 km to the southeast of Pune.
The twin forts of Purandar and Vajragad (or Rudramal) of which the latter is the smaller of the two, is located on the eastern side of the main fort.
The village of Purandar takes its name from this fort.

Distance from Pune:
Distance from Hadapsar via Diva Ghat: 40 KM
Distance from Katraj via Bopdev Ghat: 40KM
Best time:
July -october

Time Needed:
0.5 day Half trek
1 day Full trek

How to reach Purander fort?
Reach saswad. From saswad just before the Narayanpur temple there is left turn for Purnadar fort.


Pune Hadapsar Purandar


Pune Katraj Purander

Details at fort:
We started our joureny from Hadapsar around 9:15 AM and reached saswad via Deve ghat around 10 PM.
Few of my friends from Katraj were also joing us at Saswad so we had to wait. They came around 10: 30 PM

From saswad we reached base of the fort in another 20 mins. Just before the Narayanpur temple there is left turn for Purnadar fort.
We enquired for trekking and they said it is difficult to trek from base as we went with family and small childrens. They suggested to take vehicle up the fort and park it there.
Just like singhagad fort, road is constructed to reach the top of the fort. That raod is constructed and maintained by Army and therefore is in very good condition.
Fort is under Army territory and enterance is based on ID proofs. They register each and every visiter.

From enterance gate, it is around 1 KM or so to the parking. There is only 1 hotel present at the top and you willget snacks at decent price.
From there it’s 1 hour journey with kids.

Places to see Purandar fort:
Murarbaji Deshpande stattue
Old Church
Small water tanks/old new
Beautiful view
Cloudy wheather.

Places near by
Narayangaon Dattamandir
Balaji temple Ketkavla

Few pics

Trip to Mahableshwar 2018


Mahabaleshwar is a hill station in Maharashtra forested Western Ghats range, south of Mumbai. There are list of points to view named by British’s with some history around each. Colorful boats dot Venna Lake, while 5 rivers meet at Panch Ganga Temple to the north.

Recommended Min and Max stay:

I would say you need minimum 2 days and maximum 4 days as there are plenty of options to see. It all depends how you want to plan things.

Route and Time taken to Travel:

There is 1 mode of transport:

By Road:  Pune to Mahableshwar ( 125 KM)

Time Taken : 3 hrs 15 minutes from Pune

Best Places/Points in and around Mahabaleshwar:

Elephant head

Lodwick point

Arthur’s Seat

Wilson Point (Sunset point)

Elphinstone point

Castle rock Point

Savitri Point

Table land point

Parsi point

Mapro garden

Lingmala Waterfall

Panch Ganga and Krishnabai temple

Pratapgad fort

Mahabaleshwar Entry Tax:

INR 50/- (For Car); Entry tax: INR 20/- per person Forest tax: INR 15/- per person

Panchgani tax :

Pachgani Entry tax
INR 50/- (For Car); Entry tax: INR 20/- per person

Pune to Malshej ghat, Shivenri fort and Lenyadri Ganpati

Malshej ghat
Malshej Ghat is a mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in the Thane-Pune district of Maharashtra, India.
The site is nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats.
The site is home to hundreds of different kinds of flora and fauna especially the avian population such as quails, rails, crakes, flamingos and cuckoos.
Pune to Malshej ghat distance:
It is around 138 KM from Pune.

State Bus Station is right next to the railway station. Any Ahmednagar Bound Bus will stop at Malshej Ghat.
From Kalyan Rail Station, one can take state buses that commute frequently between Kalyan and Ahmednagar.
It will approximately take 1.5 hrs by Bus from Kalyan.

Route From Pune :
Hadapsar -> Vishrantwadi -> Bhoseri -> Rajgurunagar -> Manchar -> Narayangoan -> Junnar -> Malshej Ghat


Best Time to Visit:
July to September(Monsoon season)

Other places:

  • Shivneri fort
  • Lenyadri Ganpati
  • Ozar Ganpati


Snow Town, Downtown seasons mall, Pune

Snow Town season mall review

Starts from 12 AM till 10 PM.

Booking can be done from below website:

Ticket : 390/- for all
Kids below 2 yrs age not allowed.
Check for offers on there website

Snow Town season mall Pune review

It’s small place for kids to enjoy.
Average place for adults to enjoy.
Its very chilled so kids are to be packed up accordingly.
They provide jackets, hand gloves and gum boots. Boot quality is not that good.
Don’t forget to carry your own pair of socks, all-though one can be purchased there.
The slots are of 45 mins, but one cannot stay long inside.
You can enter as and when you reach though the timing mentioned on website is as 12,1,2… o Clock

Pune Municipal Corporation Election 2017 | PMC Election 2017

In Pune District there are 11 Municipal Council, 18 Census Town and 3 Cantonment Board.

Sr No. Taluka Status
1) Alandi Municipal Council
2) Baramati Municipal Council
3) Bhor Municipal Council
4) Chakan Census Town
5) Daund Municipal Council
6) Dehu Census Town
7) Dehu Road Cantonment Board
8) Hinjavadi Census Town
9) Indapur Municipal Council
10) Jalochi Census Town
11) Jejuri Municipal Council
12) Junnar Municipal Council
13) Khadkale Census Town
14) Kharabwadi Census Town
15) Kirkee Cantonment (Khadki) Cantonment Board
16) Koregaon Bhima Census Town
17) Kusgaon Budruk Census Town
18) Lonavala Municipal Council
19) Manchar Census Town
20) Medankarwadi Census Town
21) Nanekarwadi Census Town
22) Pirangut Census Town
23) Pune Cantonment Cantonment Board
24) Rajgurunagar (Khed) Census Town
25) Sanaswadi Census Town
26) Sasvad Municipal Council
27) Shirur Municipal Council
28) Shivatkar (Nira) Census Town
29) Talegaon Dabhade Municipal Council
30) Wadagaon (Vadgaon) Census Town
31) Wagholi Census Town
32) Yewalewadi Census Town

Pune Municipal Corpration (PMC) was established on 15 February 1950.The PMC controls the whole administration of Pune.

PMC Election Results 2012

Party Seats
Shiv Sena 15
Bharatiya Janata Party 26
Indian National Congress 28
Nationalist Congress Party 51
Maharashtra Navnirman Sena 29
Others 3
Total 152

Map of Pune Administrative Wards/Prabhags:


Pune Prabhag List

Aundh Ward Office: Prabhag 6 , Prabhag 7, Prabhag 8, Prabhag 9, Prabhag 10
Bhawani Path Ward Office: Prabhag 39, Prabhag 47, Prabhag 48, Prabhag 59, Prabhag 60, Prabhag 65
Bibwewadi Ward Office: Prabhag 64, Prabhag 70, Prabhag 71, Prabhag 72
Dhankawadi Ward Office: Prabhag 69 , Prabhag 73, Prabhag 74, Prabhag 75, Prabhag 76
Dhole Patil Road Ward Office: Prabhag 20, Prabhag 21, Prabhag 22, Prabhag 23: Prabhag 40
Ghole Road Ward Office: Prabhag 11, Prabhag 12, Prabhag 13, Prabhag 24, Prabhag 25, Prabhag 36
Hadapsar Ward Office: Prabhag 42, Prabhag 43, Prabhag 44, Prabhag 45
Kasba Vishrambagwada Ward Office: Prabhag 37, Prabhag 38, Prabhag 49, Prabhag 50, Prabhag 51, Prabhag 58
Kondhwa Wanawadi Ward Office: Prabhag 41, Prabhag 46, Prabhag 61, Prabhag 62, Prabhag 63
Kothrud Ward Office: Prabhag 26, Prabhag 27, Prabhag 28, Prabhag 29, Prabhag 34
Nagar Road Ward Office: Prabhag 2, Prabhag 3, Prabhag 4, Prabhag 17, Prabhag 18, Prabhag 19
Sahakarnagar Ward Office: Prabhag 57, Prabhag 66, Prabhag 67, Prabhag 68
Tilak Road Ward Office: Prabhag 52, Prabhag 53, Prabhag 54, Prabhag 55, Prabhag 56
Warje Karvenagar Ward Office: Prabhag 30, Prabhag 31, Prabhag 32, Prabhag 33, Prabhag 35
Yerwada Ward Office: Prabhag 1, Prabhag 5, Prabhag 14, Prabhag 15, Prabhag 16

Nature Trails | Durshet – Nature Trails | Review of Durshet Nature Trails

Durshet – Nature Trails

Nature Trails is one the best outing spots for corporates or group of individuals. It is placed against beautiful Sahyadri range. They have developed the place quite well from last 2 – 3 years.  This place is near to adlabs imagica, which is very well know to most of us by know. This place is know by different names like Durshet Forest Lodge or Durshet – Nature Trails. The Natural Waterfall that appears in the monsoons is one of the best thing to enjoy.

They also provide A/C and Non A/c accomodation. They have 16 Premium A/c Rooms 11 Non A/c Rooms. 4 Bunk houses and 8 Tents accommodation. It is ideal for day picnics, corporate outdoor training programs of longer duration and for families over the weekends.

Distance of Nature Trails from Pune/Mumbai:
Durshet Nature trails is around 100 km from Mumbai and less then that from Pune. It is around 10km ahead of adlabs imagica on Pali road.

For adlabs image refer Trip to Adlabs Imagica in 2015.

For Aqua Magic refer Wonderfull day at Adlabs Aquamagic

For Imagica Snow world refer Imagica Snow Park



Nature Trails Address
Village Durshet, Khopoli Pali Road, Taluka Khalapur, District Raigadh, Maharashtra

Other sight seeing options:
Pali Ashtavinayak Ganpati (Around 20 km)
Mahad Ganpati
Adlabs imagica
Aqua Magic
Unhere Kund near Pali

Activities at Nature Trails
Burma Bridge,
Tarzan Swing,
Wall Climbing (Only in Winter/Summer)
Kayaking ( only in monsoon),
Night walks in the forest,
Barbecues and campfires.

Swimming pool

Note: we had top 4 activities included in package and we enjoyed them a lot.


We started from Pune around 6:45 AM and reached there around 10: 20 am. Our total group was around 75 people. Had breakfast there. We requested for changing rooms 1 for ladies and another for gents. Changed clothes and got ready. Then we have to walk to other side to start the activities.

Activities starts with Tarzan Swing then we had Burma Bridge. After that Zipline and finally Rappelling. After that we enjoyed lot under waterfall and had photo session. All the activities completed by 3:30 PM. Then we had lunch. Even after lunch we enjoyed in swimming pool till 4:30 PM.

Then they provide evening snacks. Tea/Coffee and bhel or something.

Review of Durshet Nature Trails:
-Ideal place for day picnics for corporates/families
-Climate/Nature is awesome there.
-Do carry extra pair of clothes/shoes. They provided couple of rooms for changing on request.
-Heavy rain in monsoon season, so plan accordingly.
-We did not stay however accommodation looked good.
– Breakfast and lunch was good. Had multiple options like idli, wada, sandwich, shira, egg omlett and bananas.
-Confirm which all activities are included in you package.


Below is the addresses and map of  D marts in Pune:


  • D-Mart Survey No. 169/1, Aundh Gaon 020 3016 7500
  • Baner Rd, Laxman Nagar, Baner, Pune, Maharashtra
  • Hinjewadi Rd, Hinjawadi Village, Hinjewadi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra 411057
  • Hedgewar Path, Thergaon, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra 411017
  • Service Rd, Chinchwad, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra 411019
  • Sector -29, Near Dmart, Akurdi Railway Station Rd, Sector No. 26, Nigdi, Pimpri-Chinchwad, Maharashtra 411044
  • Sector No. 29, Nigdi, Ravet, Maharashtra 411044
  • Pune – Satara Hwy, Sant Nagar, Parvati Paytha, Pune, Maharashtra 411009
  • Ambegaon BK, Pune, Maharashtra 411046
  • Tyni Audyogic Wasahat, Kondhwa, Pune, Maharashtra
  • 411060, Dorabjee Paradise, Mohammed Wadi, Pune, Maharashtra 411060
  • Sasane Nagar, Hadapsar, Pune, Maharashtra

Must visit Ganpati Pandals in Pune | Manache Ganpati Pune | Ganpati Pune 2016

Ganpati Festival:

Ganpati festival was started by Lokmanya Bal Gangadar Tilak in Pune, Maharshtra(“Sarvajanik Ganeshotsav”). His idea behind it was to unite people and strengthen the patriotic fervor in Indians. Ganesh Utsav is now celebrated not only in India but all over world.

5 Manache Ganpati: 
Pune City is well know for celebration of Ganpati festival with different decorations(Halta dekhava’s) in front of Ganpati. Everyone is aware of Dagdusheet ganpati however many are unaware of 5 Manache ganpatis in Pune which have important place in the minds of the devotees. Dagdusheet ganpati is not included in that list.

So we are describing below 5 Manache Ganpati in Pune which you must visit for sure.

Kasba Ganpati:
An idol of Lord Ganesha was found near the house of Vinayak Thakar, who used to reside close to the residence of Masaheb Jijabai Bhosale.

The temple was built by Shivaji Maharaj & Jijabai Bhosale
in the year 1638.The immersion process on Anath chaturdashi starts with this Ganpati.

Tambdi Jogeshwar

Tambdi Jogeshwari is 2nd respected ganpati in Pune.Here the specialty is that, the statue of Lord Ganesha is immersed every year at the end of Ganesotsav and re-established again in the successive year.

Guruji Talim

  Guruji Talim is the 3rd respected Ganapati in Pune. It was first established in 1887 by two Hindu & Muslim families of Bhiku Shinde and Ustaad Nalban. This is the reason why Guruji Talim symbolizes Hindu-Muslim unity in Pune.

Tulshibaug Ganpati
Tulshibaug Ganpati is the 4th respected Ganapati in Pune. It was first established in 1901. This mandal holds the honor of establishing the first Glass Fiber statue since 1975.

Kesariwada Ganapati
Kesariwada Ganapati is the 5th respected Ganapati in Pune. Since its inception in 1894, the Kesari Trust’s Ganesh festival used to be organised at Vinchurkar Wada, off Kumthekar Road, which was then the ancestral home of the Tilaks. Then in 1905, it was shifted to Gaikwad Wada, presently known as Kesariwada.


Most popular Ganpati in Pune:

Dagdusheth Ganpati is one of the most popular Ganpati idols in the city. It is known for “Navsala Pavnara Ganpati”
It is famous for being the richest Ganesha of Pune and has existed since 1893. This temple is visited by thousands of devotees every year which also includes many famous personalities.

Below is the map for your reference to visit this Ganpati mandals especially during Ganpati festivals:



Things to remember:

  1. Heavy crowd on weekends during Ganesh festival.
  2. Take care of your belongings
  3. There is lot of distance to walk if you are planning to see all ganpati’s mentioned above. If you reach 1 ganpati then from there relative distance to other ganpatis is less.

Sinhagad Fort

 Sinhagad Fort:

Sinhagad is very well known fort near Pune for one day picnic spot, for trekking and place to spend time with your loved ones.  One of most popular weekend destination around Pune.

Sinhagad Fort history:
Singhagad Fort was earlier known as Kondana fort.After one the most famous battle at singhad by Tanaji Malusare, one of the sarder of Shivaji Maharaj this fort was recaptured from Mughal.He lost is life in that battle. There is an anecdote that upon hearing of Tanaji’s death, Shivaji Maharaj expressed his remorse with the words: “Gadh aala, panh sinha gela” – “We gained the fort, but lost the lion” It was therefore renamed as Singhagad (lion’s fort).

Sinhagad fort height:
4304 feet from sea level.

How to reach Sinhagad fort:

Singhad is around 28 kilometers from Pune in southwest direction. From Pune you need to travel towards sinhagad road -> Khadakwasla dam -> Singhagad

From Hadapsar we can go via Katraj by pass road -> Katraj -> singhad road -> Khadakwasla dam -> Sinhagad

There is entrance fees at entrance road of singhagad fort of 20/- for 2 wheeler and 50/- for 4 wheeler.


Singhagad fort
Details at fort:

The weather at sinhagad in monsoon season is just beautiful. You will experience mixed climate. You will seen nice greenary all aroud with fog in between and drizzle in between. Singhad fort is also famous for kanda bhaji and onion chatney (40/-) served with it. Apart from that you will get
pitla bhakri (30/-), wange bharit (40/-) brinjal sabji and matki dahi (30/-)

Places to see sinhagad fort:
Kalyan darwaja
Pune Darwaja
Tanaji malusare samadhi
Khadkawasla Dam back water

Order online food pune

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