Bookmark This List: Here Are The Best Spots For A Solo Trip From Pune

Travelling solo has its perks. You get to do all the things you want, instead of tending to someone else’s whims. Plus, it’s a great way to get to know yourself, meet fellow travellers and simply explore. Pune’s location allows it to be in close proximity to some beautiful destinations where you can go camping, trekking, eating and have the kind of solo trip you want.

Mumbai

Mumbai

Travelling to Bombay or Mumbai is a different experience. You can travel by car, bus or train and both of them can give you pleasant views of the green mountain tops and valleys along the way from Pune to Mumbai.

When in the city of dreams, you can: Shop cheap jewellery, clothes, footwear on Hill Road in Bandra, or along Colaba Causeway. Visit the Modern Art Gallery in Fort or tour the Dr. Bhau Daji Lad (aka city museum) in Byculla. You can walk from Churchgate to Colaba and gawk at  Gateway Of India and other historical monuments along the way or stroll Marine Drive by evening and admire the Art Deco buildings along the Queen's Necklace.

Eat street food in Mumbai, obviously; and try iconic and legendary cafes and restaurants like Cafe Mondegar and Leopold in Colaba, Gomantak for a fish thali in Dadar, Gajalee in Lower Parel for fried bombil or Bombay Duck, and a lot more. For more recommendations, you can always check out LBB Mumbai.

Aurangabad

Aurangabad

Known for its rich heritage and cultural diversity and prosperity, it is indeed the historical city of Maharashtra. You can take a bus, car or train to watch this beautiful city. A must visit is the Bibi Ka Maqbara built by Aurangzeb, a replica of the famous Taj Mahal of Agra. The Ajanta and Ellora caves, the Chini Mahal, Tomb of Aurangzeb, Alamgir Dargah, Nizamshahi Mahal are one of the top places you must be paying a site to.

Very close to Aurangabad, Daulatabad is another place full of historical enchanters like the fort, Chand Minar with other places. Sunheri Mahal, Ramkrishna Mission, Naukonda palace are other sightseeing locations. Have the Mughlai kebab, mawa jalebi, paya, naankhaliya, sheermal and other Tughlaq food in the local restaurants.

Nashik

Nashik

One of the most ancient cities in Maharashtra, Nashik has managed to maintain its old cultural and traditional essences alive in its lanes. Established along the banks of river Godavari, there are centuries old carved temples telling the age old stories and tales, holding a significant place in the Hindu Mythology. The lanes will give you a slice of a typical Maharashtrian or a Marathi culture in everything; the clothing, jewellery, hairstyle, food, lifestyle and even the housing conditions.

You can enjoy a good stroll in these by lanes. Do dip your legs in the Godavari river. On the completely modern side though, lies the famous, well-renowned Sula Vineyards, a reputed wine brand in India. Book a wine tour for yourself here.

Wai

Wai

Filled with breathtaking views of the surrounding fresh and green forests, valleys and mountain ranges of the Western ghats , Wai is one of the most scenic places, with pleasant and fresh air, lush greenery with nature wildlife, a perfect place to unwind and reconnect  with nature. You can travel by a direct bus or car.

It is also a historic destination, known as the Kashi of the south. Hike up the famous Pratapgad Fort and get to know the famed stories of the meeting that happened between Shivaji Maharaj and Afzal Khan. The chilling stories of bravery, guerrilla tactics and heroism are sure to fill your heart with pride with a chill down the spine. Take blessing at the Dholya Ganpati, the village deity and other pristine temples on the Ganpati ghat. Watching scores of fertile lands, lush green crops swaying with the wind, golden sun rays kissing the crops is a sight to behold. Have food at the local khanawal or nearby restaurants to enjoy the typical Konkani food.

Karnala

Karnala

A perfect place if you enjoy the panoramic view of the endless flora, chirping birds, mountain ranges, valleys waterfalls flowing down the steep ridges and the clouds with the mist floating on them; indeed a sight to behold. Hike up the Karnala Fort to get a slice of history. Watch the colourful, rare, endangered and varied species of birds in the Karnala Bird Sanctuary of 12.11 sq.km. It is home to 222 species out of which 161 are resident while others are migratory birds. If you are lucky enough, you can also spot a leopard.

Panvel is very close to Karnala, making it a great option to eat around. 

Alibaug

Alibaug

Approximately 143 kms from Pune, Alibaug beach is known for its clean sands and undeterred coastline. Take a walk down the Alibaug beach and book yourself an Air BnB to stay at. The place is also famous for water sports and sight-seeing. You can spend time in solace and have a balmy getaway here over a weekend.

Try local food, which includes a fish thali, misal pav, pohe and other items. If you don't want to simply relax with cold beer, then check out the Kulaba Fort, Magnetic Observatory and the Tower of St.Barbara.

Harihareshwar

Harihareshwar

One of the lesser-known beaches of Maharashtra, Harihareshwar Beach is located in Raigad district and is 175 kms away from Pune. Untapped and unpolluted, the beach is surrounded by four hills – Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri. Known for its black, smooth sand, it is a perfect retreat for those willing to spend a quality time alone. The early morning walks by the beach are the best. 

Try their Konkani misal pav for breakfast and definitely get some fish to eat. Perhaps, trying out a Konkani-style thali is a good bet. There is a Harihareshwar temple too which is an architectural marvel.