Junnar is another winner when it comes to weekend getaways from Mumbai. The place is serene and thus offers one a time to relax and be one with nature and enjoy the blessings it bestows. This historical city at the foothills of the Sahyadri Range is home to the Shivneri Fort and a weekly vegetable market is the most happening event here that draws tourists from all across the country to visit the place. At Junnar one can get involved in milking a cow at daybreak for one’s own benefit (milk tea or coffee) and then go about picking from the freshest of vegetables for one’s daytime meal. Enjoy watching the locals dance during the night time as they try to appease the local deity or Devi. One must pay a visit to this place sometime to enjoy the best of what Mother Earth has given to us.Distance from Mumbai - 155 Kms
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One of the major attractions of the city of Ahmednagar, this is an ancient fort and a favourite of adventure lovers. This is mainly famous for the Konkan Kada which is like a challenge for trekkers and also the temples inside. The Harishchandra Temple inside is a favourite of tourists and the other temples here include the Nandi and Shivline Temple. This fort covers a large area and encompasses a number of other ancient buildings and palaces. The three peaks here are the Taramati, Rohidas and Harishchanra and the Taramati peak is the higehest one. The Harishchandragad Fort is on the Malshej Ghat banks of the Junnar Region. As you reach the top of the peak and stand in front of the fort, you will be able to enjoy the beautiful views of the Malshej Ghat, Jivdhan, Nane ghat, Kalsubai and many other places. So if you want to make your tour a little more thrilling then this is a must visit.
Distance from Pune: 100kmStarting Point: Junnar VillageDifficulty Level: Moderately difficultTrek Length: 1hrBest Season: All year (monsoon preferred)Sightseeing options: Such as the Lenyadri Ganesh Temple, which makes up for one of the Ashtavinayaka Temples. The trek also exposes the beautiful landscape of the Konkan plateau. 6. Lohgad Trek
Another one among the famous Buddhist caves discovered around the 2nd century CE, the Lenyadri caves are beautiful and are about 30 in number. Excavations have revealed that some of these caves were used as monasteries and praying halls while others used to be the dwelling places for the Hinayana Buddhist monks. Some of the famous caves here are No 7 that contains a shrine dedicated to the Elephant God Ganesha. This shrine happens t o be a part of a group of 8 such shrines which are together known as the Asthavinayaka. The caves are a treat to visit and one will relish the sights here.