How do I plan three days trip around Pune?

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You should always plan to visit pune during monsoon preferably July and August.There is nothing much within pune but places around pune are beautiful during monsoon.Those lush green mountains, amazing weather, chilled-out people and roaming around late nights without fear is what I love about Pune. You should hire a cab/ self-drive car(if you are comfortable driving in Ghats) for all three days, which is very convenient way. If you need any help with getting a cab in genuine rates, I can help you with that. You can plan your three days trip as:

Day1: Visit Mahabaleshwar , spend the night there. It will be all foggy and green. Must visit strawberry farms and have strawberry cream.

Day 2: Early morning leave for Panchgani and visit mapro garden and have sandwhiches there and if time permits visit Table land and leave for Korigad, it is a unexplored yet wonderful place to visit. If you need more details about Korigad, visit my story for korigad here. It is near famous Tiger’s point in lonavala.

At night, visit Tiger’s point and stay at a resort at Ambey valley.

Day3 : Must visit Matheran. Enjoy horse ride from parking lot to reach Matheran. It is sort of a Jungle trek. There are beautiful resorts to stay too.

A birthday surprise: Trek to Kodigad/Koriagad Fort.

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For a traveller like me, nothing can be more special than a b’day surprise to explore a new place.

Ah, this time I am definitely going to reach the destination unlike last time. I planned this trip few months ago but unfortunately we had a bad luck; our car got puncture and there were many more circumstances.

He-he so yeah!! finally Paresh planned a surprise trip to Korigad fort on my birthday.

Dated 02 Oct,2016:

I will start with the beginning of my b’day. The day is already special, as my birth date is same as that of great personality of India “Mahatma Gandhi”. woo-hoo! I do not possess those great qualities though.

Anyways, so where I was? Yeah my first b’day gift was a surprise candle light dinner ( won’t go in much detail now #personal 😛 ). All planned by my one and only partner (wink!!). Then we returned back and went to Nikhil’s (One of our bestie) place, where all my friends did beautiful decorations. As I entered his flat along with Paresh, everyone started wishing me with hugs. There were heart shaped balloons all over the place, two cakes ( one from my all friends and one came from my best friend Ekta aka “Eku”from Delhi ) on the table lighten with candles. I was so happy and excited. The cake was yummy but we ended up playing holi with the cake. Oops!! Again lost in writing, this blog is more about the trek to Kodigad. So here we go.

About Kodigad:

Kodigad fort, also known as “Koraigad fort”, is a one-day easy trek situated at a distance of 90kms from Pune and located at height of 3,028 feet approximately.

Although the place is known to a few, perfect to go for hiking during light rain. If you move a little ahead of most famous point of Lonavala “Lions Point”, you will find Korigad fort on the way to Aamby valley.

How to reach(from Pune):

Basically, to reach korigad you need to reach Lions point, Lonavala and then move ahead towards Aamby valley until you find a V-shaped road. You will see a direction board showing Korigad on it, go straight on the path for around 12 kms. There is a car parking on the left, you will find a trek to Korigad fort beside the parking area.

Also, you should have your own vehicle as there are very few transportation sources such as shared buses and autos available for the place.

My travel Experience:

We started off at 11 am (a bit late. Hehe actually very late). Nobody woke up as we slept late due to my my birthday bash as I mentioned. We hired a car on rent ( ZoomCar ). We were five people which includes me, Paresh, Nikhil, Rupal and Ruchi. After about an hour, we moved out of city towards Lonavala. It was raining slowly, romantic music in the car. After every 20 mins, I was getting a rose and a tiny letter with something written on it about me (“Love in the air”). I was excited and surprised as I had no idea where we were heading usually my journey is well planned, but honestly I loved this unplanned journey. I was curious to know about the place but nobody told me about it. Still I was happy as I was going on a trip and that too with the best company of friends. Also It is well said:

“For my part, I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.”

After a while we stopped to have fresh Coconut water ( Rupal being crazy about, nowadays ).


Mostly, when we go on Lonavala route, all the ghats are covered with fog. But this time( due to less rain ), we could see huge lush green valleys reflecting peace. Once we reached Lion’s point, there was huge fog all over the place. It kept becoming dense as we moved towards Aamby Valley road. There were sharp turns and fog, it was a bit difficult to drive as well.

Finally, we reached the base village of Korigad Fort, known as Peth Shahpur village, at 2 pm . We parked our car on the parking provided near a bus stop. It was raining outside. We started wearing the raincoat, kept phones in waterproof cases / covers and good to go now.

Wait a second, there gotta be something tragic(Paresh+Ani = pareshani) with this trip too, right ?  Oh yes, length of my raincoat and end of my hot pants was at a same level. It seemed more like I am 4 year old kid wearing only raincoat and forgot the bottoms. Duh! I realized it later, when all of them teased me. Anyways I was laughing at myself too and yes Rupal was also wearing her “Jhola” ( extra large ) raincoat, ha-ha So I had a company with someone.

It was all muddy as we started trekking and me being extra scared, when it comes to trekking, took every step slowly with everyone’s help. Fortunately,  I have amazing friends.

As we moved ahead, there was this area full of dense black-rooted half cut trees without leaves on them, even on such a green plateau. It looked creepy.


I wanted to go to the loo. Ah, but I couldn’t find any place so there was no option but control. Moving ahead there was one very slippery path where Rupal fell off and 😛 she was not able to get up. Paresh helped her to get up. Then suddenly one uncle came and he fell down at the same place. He was old, so we ran towards him to help. Surprisingly, he denied with a smile and requested, ”Let me do on my own”. I was amazed to see his enthusiasm and positivity.I hope to have such enthusiasm when I am this age.

Pheeewww! finally found a place full of trees and sheds, where I could go for the loo. Rupal waited for me just near the shed and meanwhile, she was jumping in excitement.



As we started moving ahead, there were brambles all over the place, muddy land and it was raining continuously. It is more a jungle trek.

Finally, we found old black-stoned stairs. The stairs are covered with tiny waterfalls.


First you will see a big area where Korai Devi Temple is located. There is a big tree shed and a view point nearby, which has a beautiful view of the valley. We captured some pictures over there.


As we climbed up we found the gate of fort and some caves.


The caves are all dark, filled with water and they are all very creepy. We saw few bones inside some caves. My legs were paining a lot. It felt as if those stairs kept increasing and still no sign of fort.


But you know “To travel means to discover” and suddenly this thought filled me with energy and this time I took a breathe only after reaching on top. The feeling was intense, I was so relaxed and sat on a corner of the plateau, where I could see the whole view of the way through which we came all the way to top.


I could feel the wind on the hair, rain on the face, shivering on the body ( as I was totally wet ) and smell the mist of fog and flowers.

There was a huge plateau on top. It was all covered with mud and tiny yellow flowers.



While I was lost in nature's beauty, my crazy friends were clicking pictures and were enjoying like kids. Ha-ha I just love this picture.


There is also one snack shop on the top.We ordered some food.But the biggest weakness I always find about India is waste materials lying here and there instead of dustbins. I cannot go and ask everyone to keep cleanliness but at least I would really like to request my readers including travellers like me to carry forward my message and put the waste materials in dustbins and if you do not find any dustbin where you ate, please always carry paper bags with you to take the waste and throw it at nearby dustbins/garbage bins available.In short,"Clean India Green India".

Instead of waiting for our order to come we started capturing snaps. Paresh and Nikhil made a crown with those yellow flowers on all of three girls hair. Ha-ha! though It was totally unexpected from them to do such a lovely thing for us. The crowns looked beautiful and so were we. Maybe I am a bit crazy, but these small things make me feel so special and lucky.


Then we had those hot and crispy corn and onion pakodaas were mouth watering with a perfect hot cup of tea.

There is no sign of fort left except some boundaries and a small temple with an idol of Lord Vishnu. We visited the small temple and there we found two cute puppies. I was just looking at them and all of a sudden rupal  started playing with them and fed them with biscuits. And when it comes to puppies, she behaves as if she is their mother and starts caring for them. As it was raining and puppies were shivering, she took them inside her raincoat (as I mentioned previously, extra large in size) and started cuddling them (whispering “ale..le..le”).

There are two ponds just behind the Lord Vishnu temple. I was amazed to see the ponds at such a height and that too on plateau. The water was so pure and clean. I was just gazing at the waves forming in the pond due to rain drops. It was a perfect bliss to eyes to see the serene beauty of nature with layers of fog, water and mud. We spent some hours there and then started returning back capturing beautiful pictures.

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As we moved downstairs, we started singing loudly with full energy. It took only 15 minutes approx to move all the way down. We were just about to reach parking area, Ruchi fell down at one very slippery patch covered with shallow and wet soil.

That’s how our trip ended with lots of memories and a crave to explore next destination.

Points Covered: 

2 Large ponds on the top of beautiful plateau, View of Aamby Valley, Korai Devi temple, Ganesh temple, Lord Vishnu’s Idol, lotus flower, some tiny yellow blossoms and some old creepy caves and few chunks of fort left.

Best route from Pune: Reach Lion's Point Lonavala through expressway and from lion's point go straight upto 13kms till car parking area of Koriagad base village.

Photos taken: 230

Money spent:

  • Car Rent: Rs.3000 included round trip from Pune to Kodigad fort including petrol.

Miscellaneous:Food on the road trip including breakfast, lunch , and dinner: Rs.2000.

Total amount spent: Rs.5000(for 5 people).

See you guys soon with my next travel story.Till then keep exploring love, life, food, and wanderlust.

One day unplanned but worth remembering trek to Lohagad Fort, Pune

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Lohagad Fort, also known as “Iron Gate” in Marathi, is located on side range of Sahayadri hills near Western Ghats and Lonavala(Maharashtra,India). It is at an elevation of 3,450 feet but is an easy trek and a wonderful picnic spot. The fort is well maintained as it is under government.  We can still see some Cannons, flags, ponds, walls on the edge of the fort, and places to drop stones to prevent people from climbing through ropes.

Although it is famous for visit in winters but what I feel is during monsoon, It is one of the best place to visit. Lush green walls of fort covered with grass and fog all over the fort just makes the place a beautiful spot.


Lohgad was one of the most important forts of Satwaahan Period(2000 years back). The Buddhist followers who traveled all over to spread Buddhism carved it Just like other Forts of Shayadri, it was built to protect the 60ghats in Shayadri. The main aim to build this fort was to keep eye on people like Nane Maval, Korbaarse Maval and Andhra Maval.

Ah, I am not into history much. Therefore, to find more history about the fort , you can visit:

My Travel Experience:

June 26,2016

Trip to lohagad fort was actually not in my travel plans but was a sudden plan. Argh!! I was so frustrated with work whole week that I was waiting eagerly to relax and take rest on weekend. I was at home for whole Saturday doing nothing , which made me even more frustrated and bored. I was unable to stop my lust for wandering somewhere.

Finally I called my always ready for travelling buddy, ha-ha who else can it be and we made a quick decision to go somewhere on Sunday. Ah, Finally we had  a place to go for and its “Lohagad Fort”.

It was 5:30 am when my alarm started buzzing, I woke up at one go with excitement and sneaked out of window to check the weather. It was a light shower of rain outside. We packed our bag with a water bottle, 2 rain coats, glucose biscuits, 2 small polybags to cover our mobile phones from rain.

We left from Pune at 7 am sharp and also it stopped raining. The weather was just perfect with fresh air and a earthy smell after rain.  For one day trips we always prefer to go by bike to save money, also it's fun to have road trips on bike.

Ways to reach Lohagad from Pune:

Through the Mumbai-Pune Expressway:

It is the fastest route to reach base village of Lohagad known as “Lohagadwadi”, also the route given by Google Map. Start from Pune Expressway and as you see sinhagad institute on the side of highway, ask someone over there for exit or way to reach Lohagadwadi. As it is not very obvious to find the exit from there.

After crossing the narrow street, take a right onto main road and after travelling for 5-6 kms , you will reach the base

Through Bhaja Caves:

This route is mainly preferred by professional trekker groups and those who do not go by personal vehicles. Well, I am not quite a trekker like Paresh So We preferred not to go by this route. Also we had a bike. Anyways, You need to go to Lonavala by local train and take another local to reach Malvali Village and then head off to Bhaja village which is 2 kms from Malvali. From there , stairs will take you to bhaja caves and if you follow the wider path next to stairs, It will take you to the base village “Lohagadwadi”.

Through Old Mumbai-Pune Highway(Paud-Dudhiware Khind route):

This is the route we took. This was one of the easy yet green  and beautiful route to reach Lohagad during monsoon. From Magarpatta city (in Pune, where we stay), we headed towards old mumbai-pune highway. Just after crossing toll plaza before lonavala, we took left turn on Y shaped road and after 200 meter take first left again. From there, Lohagad was around 8-10kms. As a road side local person told, we came across Mumbai-Pune highway twice and also there was a railway crossing.

On our way we found a beautiful and clean lake under the bridge.Infact, that beautiful lake surrounds the Lohagad Fort. There was broad slabbed boundary on the bridge. I asked paresh to sit on it, as the view behind that was eye-popping and I could not resist myself from capturing it.


We could see the complete side view of lohagad fort.


The walls looked as if they were covered with green blanket of grass.  Continuing on the way to Paud, Just before lohagadwadi (the base village), we crossed Dudhiware Khind  “the mountain pass”.

Just after the mountain pass, there was a tea and snacks shop. We stopped by for tea. Having tea with parle-G biscuit and maharashtra’s famous Kanda bhajji is just a delight to your mouth. Behind the shop there was a perfect scenic view of huge green valley. I could not stop myself but capture the moment. Oh yes, how can I forget the tragedy of this trip.

Trip tragedy:

“Trip tragedy or you can call it a mistake from which we learn something not to forget in future trips”.

Ha-Ha it is so lame but we together make (Paresh + Ani) “Pareshani” (Trouble). So You will almost always find a small or large tragedy in our travel stories. Oops We forgot to check the petrol when we left and once we crossed toll plaza, It just came through Paresh’s mind. He checked the petrol and it was almost empty. Moreover, there was no petrol pump nearby.

We were totally clueless and freaked out. Thanks to God, we somehow reached the tea shop after mountain pass. I tried searching for nearby Petrol pumps but unforuantely, the mobile network had weak signal strength. We asked the Chai wale bhaiya about the petrol pump.

From that tea shop, Loahagad was 4km on right Steep patch. On the other hand Lonavala was on left side road where there was a petrol pump after 6kms.  We had to go to Lonavala for petrol and then we returned back. But the good thing was  petrol got over when we reached petrol pump.

Trip Continues… :

Continuing further, we took the steep patch and moved towards Lohagadwadi. We parked our bike at Lohagadwadi parking at around 11 am and started trekking to Fort. Many people who do not have vehicles prefer to go on foot till base village too.You must carry your rain coats if you visit the place during monsoon.There are stairs all the way to the top of the fort but the steepness keeps increasing.



There were hawkers selling  guava, cucumber with masala on them, raw mango pieces and a lot of tamarind. Yum!! It filled my mouth with water, I could not resist and bought some raw mango pieces and cucumber. Oh! Yes you have to be very careful with eatables, as there are many groups of monkeys on the side walls of fort. I was just watching a monkey and her baby. She was pulling head lice of her baby. Aw, they looked so cute. Suddenly, one other monkey came and snatched food from a person’s hand standing near to me.

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Moving ahead we found a corner view point. It was not having any boundary and was at a different path from the way to destination. From the corner point , We could see the whole valley from top. It looked beautiful. There was light rain, cold wind, mist fog and wonderful valley made me fall in love with the place.

At the side of stairs, there was mud and a lot of trees. It was creepy but wonderful view having trees at such a heighted place and that too on Fort.


The most interesting thing about the place is close interaction of natural rock and man-made architecture. There was a huge gate also known as “Ganesh Gate” with two lion reliefs.


After entering the gate after 3-4 stairs there are stairs on the right to go down to the small Tomb which belongs to “qubba” (a commandor). The place is bounded by a wall. The wall has small holes like window which were used to fire on  enemies during the war.


Through those walls we could see the whole deep valley.There are caves filled with water and shivalingas. From the vast open space at the top, you can see the whole fort.


Also I have heard some people camp in that vast open space. At the end of this vast space, there is a narrow strip of the hill which is not more than few meters that take you to the edge of the hill as well as the Lohagad Fort.As it was all cloudy and fog all over the place, we cannot see the sunset by any chance. We returned back to the base village at around 4:00 pm.