Pune or Poona as we may call it is another one of those places near Goa, which is worth a visit. It is a few hours drive from Goa and can easily be clubbed together. There are special packages available for both the cities.
One of the leading factors that make Pune all the more famous is its climate. Since it is located in the valley, it always has a pleasant climate. In fact there are plenty of hillocks and small mountain ranges around Pune that you may have a look at.
If you want to go to such places that can offer adventure activities as well the Pune is the place to be. The small hills and ranges around Pune are a part of the Western Ghats. These hills are famous for trekking, hiking and also rock climbing. There are also waterfalls and small streams which are good for water/adventure sports as well as rafting. Along with this you can also go boating as well as parasailing and paragliding.
Pune is pretty close to Mumbai, which is also a favored entry in the list of places near Goa that one must absolutely visit. While Goa has a beach advantage, for Pune it is the nearby hills and forests that make up for the beach. Also, lying in between Mumbai and Pune is the hill station of Lonavala as well as Khandala. They are located on the Mumbai to Pune expressway and are famous destinations. The most famous crowd that comes here are the honeymoon couples who find it really romantic and a good place to spend time together. Apart from honeymoon couples, other people such as working professionals as well as families from the city of Pune and Mumbai also go to these hill stations. In fact these places are famous weekend getaways when it comes to looking up for places near Goa. Lonavala and Khandala are also places where a lot of residents of the big cities in Maharashtra have built their holiday homes and visit once in a while to relax and unwind.
Apart from all the regular tourist spots, Pune tourism has something more to offer which most places near Goa do not offer. This is the spirituality and serenity which is sought by many people who visit the Osho Ashram in Pune. This ashram is famous and people visit it from within the country as well as abroad. In fact the maximum number of foreign tourist that Pune receives is because of the Osho Ashram. They come here in search of salvation and peace.
Pune is also known for a number of colleges, universities, as well as big firms and as a result it has a lot of people coming in from all parts of the country who come here and settle down for work as well as education. And in order to cater to this group, there are a lot of malls, pubs, eateries and multiplexes that have sprung up.
Thus, the next time you want to visit these two destinations, do not hesitate and catch that next flight and enjoy the happiness in Pune.