Ask any regular trekker to draw up a list of some of the popular destinations for trekking in Maharashtra, Rajmachi will definitely figure on it. Although just a small village in the rugged mountains of Sahyadri, it has been a favourite tourist spot for the two forts, namely Shrivardhan and Manaranjan, both of which are located amidst a green canopy offering amazing views of hills and valleys.
Pune is a metropolitan city in Maharashtra. There are two climbing areas at about 90 minutes drive from the city. The climbing season is roughly November through March. April, May is usually too hot to climb and June through October is the rainy season. The rock is basalt, and usually a little brittle, so care has to be taken. Most routes are single pitch sport climbs, but there are a couple of 3 or 4 pitch climbs too in Plus Valley.
The Sawai Gandharva Sangeet Mahotsav, one of the most prominent and sought-after Indian classical music festivals in India, is held in Pune every year in December. It commemorates the life and achievements of Pt. Sawai Gandharva and has witnessed the participation of some of the most talented exponents of Indian classical music such as Pt. Bhimsen Joshi, Pt. Ravi Shankar, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Ustad Zakir Hussain, Ustad Vilayat Khan and Pt. Shivkumar Sharma, among many others.
What is it about Pune saris that give them such a singular image The saris are woven with an intricate checked field, detailed borders with multiple bands of different designs, striking colour combinations, good quality and finer yarn, and a higher thread count in the weave. These are considered ideal as gifts.
The Pune Darshan tour starts at 8:30 am every day and is conducted by the Pune Mahanagar Parivahan Mahamandal Limited (PMPML). It begins with the Lokmanya Tilak Museum at Tilak Wada which was the house of the great nationalist leader Bal Gangadhar Tilak. A few minutes from here is the Shaniwarwada, a fort that used to be seat of the Peshwa rulers of the Maratha Empire. Next is Lal Mahal which was built by Shivaji's father Shahaji Bhonsle for his wife Jijabai. It was here that the great Maratha warrior spent his formative years. The tour also includes social activists Mahatma Jyotirao Phule's cottage, the Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum, the Chaturshringi Temple and the Ambedkar Museum. The second part of the tour covers the serene and colourful Pune Okayama Friendship Garden, modelled on the lines of the famous 300-year-old Korakuen Garden of Japan's Okayama City. From there it is to the sprawling Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and the Shinde Chhatri Temple. The Aga Khan Palace where Mahatma Gandhi was placed under house arrest is a part of the Pune Darshan tour.
If you are looking for a quick getaway from the monotony of city life then you must visit the white sand beaches and shimmering waters of Tarkarli. The water sports activities will charge you up with excitement of a lifetime. The place offers Banana Rides, Kayaking, Jet Skiing, and scuba diving. All activities are performed under expert guidance.
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