Season : - The monsoons are here and it is the perfect weather to go on a long ride. If you're not sure about where to start, try these scenic routes around the city. While you don’t have to be in a group to enjoy the open road, experts recommend it for safety.
1. Sinhagad : -
A starting point for newbies from Pune, you’ll find lovely views around Khadakvasla Lake on your way there. The hill-climb to Sinhagad can be a little tricky given the often-broken terrain, but be assured that you’ll be rewarded with some great local fare like the zunka bhakar and the gavran chicken curry that is definitely worth trying.
There are 2 routes to reach Sinhagad from Pune. The shorter one includes traveling via NH4. One has to head west towards Shivaji Road from Pune, continue onto Shivaji Road and then drive from Chandrashekhar Govind Aapte Road to Narayan Peth. After that, take Narveer Tanaji Malusare Road/Sinhagad Road, NH4 and Khed Shivapur-Kondanpur Road to Sinhagad Ghat Road in Ghera Sinhagad. The other route involves driving via Katraj Ghat Road.
Distance From Pune: 41 km
2. Pavana : -
Located around 15 km from Lonavala, the Pawana Lake is one of the least explored artificial lakes in the vicinity of Pune. Nestled amidst the scenic locales of Kamshet, this lake came into existence after the construction of the Pawana Dam, and now it plays a scenic host for camping, picnics and sightseeing.
Cossetted by the pristine and untouched beauty of the nature, the lake is now gaining attention of the mass and caters to the need of a quick weekend getaway for the locals and the guests as well. In addition to its scenic beauty, the fact that it is located in a close contact with historic forts like Lohgad, Tikona and Tungi, it also makes it for a delightful treat for the holiday mongers.
The Pawana Lake, with its rustic settings and quaint charm, is all set to amaze you during this exciting sojourn. In addition to the pristine beauty of the lake, you will also get to spend overnight in a camp located just beside this water reservoir.
Distance from Pune: 61 Km
3. Tamhini Ghat:-
Tamhini Ghat just beyond the Mulshi Dam. Though the roads through this ghat are at best bad, the scenery around would make you forget the bumpiness of the ride. A ride through this ghat is good even during the summer. But, this place opens up in the rains. Waterfalls all around, greens of the like rarely seen, you have to go there to experience this.
The road was quite bad for a large part of the journey and was almost non-existent at some places. The view started getting increasingly good, with towering mountains crowned with thick clouds and lush greenery all around with just the right amount of mist, to make it look beautiful without obscuring things.
Distance from Pune: 80 Km
4. Mulshi: -
A good option for lakeside camping and photography, as the destination has lakes and multiple waterfalls – you should go there during the daytime, as evenings can get a little tricky. The ride is best enjoyed on a motorcycle, but it is also a great route for all-terrain cyclists. For those looking for a really good meal, Basho’s Restaurant overlooking the lake is a really good pick.
The distance between Pune and Mulshi Dam is 53 km and it can be covered in 1.5 to 2 hours, depending on the flow of traffic and the route you choose. The shortest route is the one via Paud Road. You have to head west towards Shivaji Road and follow Paud Road, Mulshi Road and Dattawadi Road/Lonavala Road to Nandiwali Road.
Distance From Pune: 53 km
5. Wai: -
A straight road with a majority of the way in good condition, this route is a regular haunt among super-bike groups, who like the rev it up. Start your journey early in the morning and be careful on the Ghats section, which is a bit tricky because of its lane allocation and sharp corners. Surrounded by hills, you can proceed to Panchagani and grab a bite at Mapro or Lucky for breakfast. You can also check out Veer Dam if you take left turn just ahead of Shirval on the Pune-Bangalore Highway and proceed for 10 km towards Veer village. A popular temple town with ancient mythological links, Wai is also a favourite tourist destination because of its scenic ambience and the fact that it can be a stop-over on the way to the hill-stations of Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar.
Distance From Pune: 92 km
6. Madhe Ghat: -
Hit the Mumbai-Bangalore highway (NH-4) towards Satara. At the Nasrapur Phata, take a right and follow the road to Velhe village and then to Kelad village. Alternatively, take the Khadakwasala Dam Road and continue on to Panshet Road at Donje Phata and then on to Pabe Ghat, Velhe village and finally to Kelad village.
Madhe Ghat is located around 70 km from Pune near the Torna and Rajgad Forts and is surrounded by dense forests. The main attraction is the stunning waterfall which drops for almost 400 feet into the Shivthar River in Konkan. This drop, off the cliff, makes Madhe Ghat one of the most beautiful places around Pune. You can explore the area on the plateau and enjoy the stunning views of the Konkan valley from atop the plateau. For the adventurous lot, make your way through a ravine into the valley and find yourself right at the place where the water falls!
Distance From Pune: 70-80 km
Tips: - Carry cash while visiting these places. Not every place has card swiping facility. Always refuel whenever your bike is low on fuel and you see fuel station as fuel station are hard to find in these places.