Pune Trip : Tragic Start But Happy Ending

Pune is a sprawling city in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. My brother lives their so the main reason for my mum to go their with me was to see her  son ,which wasn't my purpose at all .You guys know how bro-sis relationship is like . All I was excited about was that I'll get a new place and people to experience .

So ,me and mum packed our bags and head to pune from jodhpur in train which takes almost 22 hours to reach Pune Junction.

The journey was pleasant until  a little robbery thing happened with us during sleep at night. Yeah! someone stole mums handbag and other passengers purses and stuff too at kalyan junction . My mum just freaked out with the incident and I didn't knew what to do . I called the helpline number they have written in every coach for emergencies but nobody answered that so I used social media twitter  to get in touch with the railway authority.

I twitted the incident to Railway Minister and instantly I got a reply from them asking my phone number and current location. I instantly got a call from Maharashtran Railway Police , on the next station they came to our coach and asked all the details and told us to file a complaint in Pune Police station .They were really kind and polite . They also said its a main area for robbers, many cases has been registered daily, so if you are going by train please be careful and keep your costly stuff safe.

We felt releaved although we knew we are not going to get back the money that we lost that day but still its a relief when someone is doing something to easy the situation.

So after all this drama, panicking and  lost sleep we finally reached the destination Pune. We head to the railway police station which is at the railway station only and filed a complaint.

We were really tired so we directly head to my brother's place and took a long peaceful sleep after all the chaos.

Day 1 Pune:  A little roam around.

Picture taken from Google

We started our day with the places nearby. First we went to Amanora Mall which is one of the biggest mall in Pune. There are different section of this mall all filled with shops of different brand, some entertainment centers and food courts. We took a round around the mall and did some shopping too. It took almost 3 hours to roam around every corner of it. 

Picture taken From Google
Picture taken From Google

We head to the food court to have some lunch. We went to Chopstick Spice Malabar to have some Keralian food, the malayali girl in me was missing eating typical Keralian food so we ordered Malabar paratha, vegetable stew, rice and  buttermilk. The buttermilk is not the typical sour buttermilk we have here in north India . In Kerala we have it spicy  as they add green chillies and chopped onion in it. It's really good for digestion. The food was really yummy and my inner malayali girl was satisfied. I recommend you guys to try food from here.

Day 2 Pune: Site seeing

Pic Credit :NIkhil Nair
Rajmachi Point ,Lonavala

So the next day we started our day little early at about 6 in the morning we already had our Ola  cab booked . We stared our journey to Lonavala. We were half way to reach Lonavala and we saw a car rushing towards us in full speed and overtaking us . The guy who was driving that car told our driver to stop on the side of the road . We were surprised and confused by the event that just happened . We didn't knew what was wrong why he stopped us . Then the driver told us he was some private cab driver .He said that the company cabs like  ola and uber are not allowed to drive outside Pune .

So we asked how can we continue our journey then ? He arranged a private cab for us and we continued from there .We asked what was it all about why didn't they allow other company cab outside Pune ? He told us that it's effecting the wages of private cab drivers these companies are making profit and the private drivers are not getting any money these days. So they just don't allow these ola drivers .He also told us that usually they break the glasses of cars or puncture the tire of cars , we were really lucky that didn't happen with us . So I would suggest to choose private cab to go outside Pune.

This driver was actually nice he told us that he will show 4 major tourist points to us .

So out first point was Rajmachi Point . It is located on the way to Mumbai from Pune, just before the starting point of the ghat in Khandala. This place was really beautiful with the mesmerizing view from above. This place also have a temple and children's park . There were monkeys roaming  all around the place.

Pic Credit : @niks_nair (brother)
Pic Credit : @niks_nair (brother)

Next we head to see Bhushi Dam which was 30 km from rajmachi point another famous place filled with tourists and locals. The water falling from the dam to the steps looks really pretty. Its a must see place.

Bushi Dam ,Lonavala
Bushi Dam ,Lonavala
Pic Credits: @niks_nair
Pic Credits: @niks_nair

Next we went to Lion Point which was 5.9 km from bushi dam. This was again a sight seeing place. With a mesmerizing view of waterfall and mountains. You can also do camel riding here. We had some nimbu pani(Lemonade) and soak ourselves into the view.

Lion Point, Lonavala
Lion Point, Lonavala
Pic credit : @niks_nair
Pic credit : @niks_nair

Before heading to the next spot we stopped at Hotel Rama Krishna which was recommended by our driver. They had both north and south Indian food, we south Indians prefer dosa where ever we go as its comfort food. We ordered a plain and a masala dosa and coffee. The food was really good and the rates were cheap too.

Next our driver recommended to visit Narayani Temple. This temple is really beautiful and well maintained it has rooms for staying purpose for pilgrims. It's a must visit  place highly recommended. The idols of goddesses were really breath taking and the environment was really calm and soothing. It just take away  all your stress and worries. They have food arrangements also inside the temple premises.

Narayani Temple , Lonavala
Narayani Temple , Lonavala

Day 3 Pune: Trip to Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar Temple
Mahabaleshwar Temple

We started our trip early at 6 am this time too as we had to go a long way to Mahabaleshwar which is 200km from Pune. We again booked a private cab and head to Mahabaleshwar. We had our breakfast from Vithal Kamat's where we had Poha and upma, the food was great but the service was really slow, in the end we had go by our-self to the counter to take our order as their was no one to bring it to us.

On the road to mahabaleshwar you will see boards of the company called Mapro all over the place. Their is a Mapro garden which is a famous tourist attraction. They have a beautiful garden filled with flowers. This garden is actually famous for strawberry cultivation. They have a food court also where they serve fresh strawberry ice-cream and jams which are cultivated in the garden itself. You can have the true taste of strawberries here and you can take some with yourself too. It's a strawberry heaven.

Mapro Garden , Mahabaleshwar
Mapro Garden , Mahabaleshwar
Strawberry Ice Cream
Strawberry Ice Cream

After having ice-cream from mapro garden . We head to the mahabaleshwar Shiv Temple. There are so many tourists and locals coming to visit the temple, it almost took an hour extra to reach there because of the rush. Finally we reached there and we went inside the temple you are not allowed to take pictures inside the temple.  There's a alley of shop surrounding the temple. People selling different decorative items, clothes and hats .

A little walking distance from the shiv temple there is The Panchganga Temple which  is constructed at the confluence of five rivers, Krishna, Veena, Savitri, Koyna and Gayatri.You can drink the holy water inside the temple  .

After the darshan of Lorn Shiva we continued our journey back covering one more point which was Venna Lake another tourist Spot which is 500 km from Mahabaleshwar Temple, gokran.

Venna Lake
Venna Lake

This place offers boating in Venna Lake. You can rent a Family boat, Semi -automatic boat or you can have a pedal boat for yourself for 3 hours. Its risky with no professional with you to guide to help in any dangerous situation. But if are careful you can easily handle it. I would recommend the family boat or semi-automatic for the people who don't know swimming at all and for those are with small kids. As the water is really deep you can easily drown in it and they don't provide any safety jackets so basically you are at your own risk.

It's a mesmerizing view if you can really be careful with handling the boat.

So this is how our journey ended with the beautiful misty clouds and the soothing waves of Venna lake.

This was a really great experience for me we enjoyed alot and had a family time together after so long. Hope, you guys enjoyed reading it too 🙂

 

Happy Traveling!

Written by

A Fashion Enthusiast , MCA and a web developer would easily define me - Kartika Nair, a blogger who writes about fashion , travel , food and lifestyle .

18 comments / Add your comment below

  1. Narayani Temple , Lonavala last time I was there I really loved this place. Looks like you had an amazing stay there. Pune is a lovely city and I so love the food in India!!! Best in the world !!!!

  2. Oh no! How terrible that your Mom was robbed. 🙁 But I’m glad it wasn’t trip-ruining, and your photos look absolutely beautiful! That camel looks like he’s having fun too.

  3. Oh Pune! Such a covetable town! I’d really love the trip to Mahabaleshwar Temple…I love visiting flower gardens and I’m sure this one is as pretty…and I mean, that ice cream too!Yummy! Glad you had such an experience!

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your mums purse getting robbed that must have been so frightening but well done for having such a positive mindset and focusing on the highlights of your trip. I am most certainly entranced by Mahabaleshwar Temple as while I am not religious I find religious buildings fascinating as they have centuries of history to be explored within its walls.

  5. My goodness, what a journey! I’m so sorry your mom’s purse was stolen. Not only does it make you feel violated, but my life is in my purse and I’d be so lost without it. Darn it all. The good news is it sounds like you had a wonderful rest of your trip. So many cool things to see and do in Pune. If my husband and I are ever lucky enough to go, you can bet we’d stop at Narayani Temple (for him) and eat our weight in strawberry ice cream (for her). x

  6. This is such a pretty place to enjoy fantastic views and marvel at the beauty of nature. It just made me sad that your mom had such a horrible experience. I hope she has recovered from the emotional trauma. Oh, BTW, I wish I could have some of that yummy strawberry ice cream. My favorite flavor! Love it more than chocolate ice cream.

  7. So sorry to hear that you had to experience such an awful incident with the robbery, however it is good that you put that behind you and had a lovely trip. All the places you have visited are really lovely and the scenery is beautiful. The temple sounds beautiful too.

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