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#1 Jun 23rd, 2010, 13:51
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Hi,

I need to plan a trip for a family of NRIs for a few days in the 1st half of August...
They would be reaching Pune on a monday afternoon and will here till the thursday...so considering i would have say, 2.5 days at the most...was wondering how i could take them on a trip that covers some beautiful places around Pune, keeping it un-touristy hop-in-hop-off kind but relaxed and enjoyable and still visit more than one place (meaning they have to be close to each other...would be great if we could mix locations like hill stations/dams/beaches/waterfalls/forests etc(only if possible!)...So i need suggestions on what places to catch up on...on what could be best possible...and where we could lodge for the night enroute etc...
Having said they are NRIs (with kids), we're looking for decent,very clean and comfortable (not luxurious) lodging...
Was that too many questions ?

Pls let me know your thoughts...i'd be happy to add more details if required.(Do we need to also keep in mind, that it would still be raining heavily in some places ?)

Thanks a bunch !
Anne
#2 Jun 23rd, 2010, 14:01
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You can enjoy the spectacular waterfalls and mountain scenery of Malshej Ghat. There is a recently refurbished MTDC hotel there.

Bhandardara is another place with a better selection of hotels.

Bhimashankar.

Mahabaleshwar has the best choice of hotels but you can expect incessant rains.

Amboli and the Konkan region.

If all else fails, try Lonavala and Khandala.

Since your trip is on weekdays, you will at least avoid the weekend crowds.
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Another usual tip of mine (and no, I don't own stocks in them, I just find it a good series, that's why I often advertize them) would be to get a hold of Outlook Traveller's Weekend Breaks From Mumbai http://traveller.outlookindia.com/bookdetail.aspx?id=7, which should cover that region. The series is widely available in India.
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Yes, I agree with you Mach. Their series is pretty useful though not entirely accurate in all cases, but the point is that it gives you reasonably good ideas with lists of hotels, maps and what have you. I must have been one of the first to have bought their Weekend Breaks from Mumbai when it was just released. I have quite a few now, the latest being their Himachal book which was quite useful for our Himachal trip in April.

Another place you might like to consider Anne, is the Aurangabad Ajanta Ellora Lonar circuit.


Also, look at the Maharashtra forum.
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Originally Posted by snonymous View Post Their series is pretty useful though not entirely accurate in all cases
True (and/but happy to meet another happy customer I've found them not at all bad to get a general idea no, and it's a refreshing take from some of the usual "biggies" out there. Rather more in-depth, too, not surprisingly, those big titles just don't have the room for it); as usual with any travel guidebooks, it pays, too, to look at their publishing dates. One title of theirs I have was published in the earlier 2000's or so, then republished in the later 2000's; but it specifies nowhere was it merely republished then, or in fact updated, and if so, to what extent.

But and as usual, it should still give you an idea of some places you might like to go; just hotel and transport info and stuff may then be off the mark.
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Anne,
I do not think a combination of Dam/Forest/Beach/Waterfall etc is possible in such a short duration

If the guests are not too westernized (No offence intended- just focusing on the comfort of eting adn drinking at different places) to eat in smaller towns with no jazzy cuisines then I suggest stick to the safer options of Lonavla, Matheran or Mahabaleshwar.

If they can eat at any small dhaba or restaurent suggest you can aso think of Koyna Dam (I think they have a MTDC guest house here) and then hop either to Amba ghat, pavan khind, vishalgarh circuit OR go to Kaas, Thoseghar near Satara.

The amba ghat circuit is too remote and do not expect BIG restaurents or hotels here where as you can find some decent places in satara.
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Thanks for all the information everyone ! Keep them coming !

I'l defintely check out the outlook site machadinha & snonymous, thanks !

hi new_traveller...yea, they're not too westernised, but have been away too long, so i'm thinking better to be safe than sorry...(there is also a hidden reason that i can rarely tolerate people grumbling about cleanliness in India etc etc. especially when they travel from abroad)

Also, I just received some correspondence from them...and looks like they might prefer the sea shore...is there any place we could go to, not further than 4-5 hours from Pune where we could enjoy the sea and a little of the ghats too (maybe enroute?)

I'm reading Alibaug, Dapoli, Diveghar, Ganpatipule, Kashid and more...any suggestions ?
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Originally Posted by anne.fonseca View Post I'l defintely check out the outlook site machadinha & snonymous, thanks !
Y'r welcome, but while the site is of some use, what we're talking about is really a series of good old-fashioned printed guidebooks. Like I said, they're widely available in India, and not just in major or fancy bookstores, either; though you may not always find all of their titles everywhere, of course (conversely, titles listed as out of stock on the site you may very well come across on the ground still). They cost just some Rs. 250-450 or so.

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Also, I just received some correspondence from them...and looks like they might prefer the sea shore...is there any place we could go to, not further than 4-5 hours from Pune where we could enjoy the sea and a little of the ghats too (maybe enroute?)

I'm reading Alibaug, Dapoli, Diveghar, Ganpatipule, Kashid and more...any suggestions ?
Yes, that Maharashtran coast (and stretching down over Karnataka to Mangalore) is known as the Konkan coast, Snonymous touched on it above. So you could search around the site some on that name, too. It looks like it gets covered in that Outlook guide, too, and naturally. I've never been there; it's said to be not all that developed and so making traveling around a little harder, but said to be rewarding for it, in terms of being not overly touristy & quite simply beautiful.

I'm sure if you could pick just one or two destinations there, that could be very much worth it. Maybe combine it with one of the hill stations out there, indeed (and for which it is indeed said to be good to visit on weekdays, lest half of Mumbai hangs out there. And then the other half of Pune, no doubt.)
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lol, thanks machadinha...would love to get my hands on the book too !

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