Long vacations are great but at times we come home feeling more exhausted than rested. But weekend getaways are rejuvenating experiences. You come back feeling refreshed because a rest is what your mind and body occasionally need. Some of the benefits of weekend getaways are:
- Family bonding,
- Rekindling romance,
- Fresh air and greenery,
- Relaxation of the mind,
- Rest for the weary body, etc.
I live in Pune and the city has an abundance of weekend getaways that are within a distance of 50 to 200 kilometres. You can pick and choose the places depending on whether you have senior citizens and little children in your group. There is a choice for every age group. Most of us have gone to Lonavla-Khandala-Matheran and Mahableshwar-Panchgani. So let’s see what else is there around Pune…
This is a beautiful resort built in an ancient fort just 30 Kms from Pune city. It is surrounded by pristine forest land and has awesome landscape. We started from home at 6 am and reached in time for breakfast. This place is away from the maddening crowd and is great for families as well as couples.
DIVEAGAR (SHRIVARDHAN TALUKA)
Just 160Kms from Pune is a wonderful, unspoilt beach called Diveagar. The place is safe, clean and perfectly suited for family groups. Being a fishing village there is no 5-star accommodation and choice is limited. But you will still be very comfortable because of the hospitality of the people and the clean sea breezes that are an essence of Diveagar. Don’t miss out on the local cuisine…it’s superb!
Another attraction here is the Suvarna (Gold) Ganesha Temple which is more than 300 years old. The 24-inches tall Ganesha is carved out of a solid lump of 24 carat gold. So Diveagar is worth visiting at a weekend for its golden Ganesha as well as golden sands.
SULA VINEYARDS & RESORT (NASHIK)
Sula is a connoisseur’s delight. It has amazing scenery, peaceful surroundings, attractive resorts (Beyond Sula), and their restaurant. You can go on a tour of the vineyards and also take part in the wine tasting session. This is a very popular with families as well as youth.
AJANTA & ELLORA CAVES (AURANGABAD)
Situated about 200Kms from Pune, Aurangabad is the home for the most beautiful pair of caves in the world – the Ajanta caves and the Ellora. Famous for their carvings and murals, tourists come from all parts of the world to see these wonders. There is a constant stream of visitors all year round. If you haven’t seen them you have really missed a crucial part of ancient Indian culture.
Nearby is also the Shri Grishneshwar Temple. It is one among 12 Jyotirlingams and only the truly blessed will get a chance to visit the temple. There is a dress code to enter the temple so make sure you find out about that. I have performed abhishek there and it is an awesome experience. Aurangabad has many resorts from medium priced to 5-star so there is no shortage of accommodation. The locals are polite and helpful.
All the places mentioned above are a photographer’s delight. A weekend getaway is the perfect break one needs from the hectic life of the city. The pure clean air, beautiful surroundings what you need to get rejuvenated. Enjoy little breaks and enjoy life.
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