Instagram has, without a doubt, changed the way we take photos. For those who love keeping a track of all that they do, this popular application is a great way of photo-journalising all your experiences and interests. You can easily hire a cab service in Mumbai and be on your way. All you IGers out there, here’s a little list of the Top 5 Instagram Spots on the way to Pune.
This famous hill fort located about 20 km south of Lonavla in Pune is an absolute beauty. It’s plethora of scenic landscapes and peaceful atmosphere is the perfect setting to get a few pictures. A monochrome filter for the vast spread of greenery would make for a very eerie yet scintillating photo. The planned township of Amby Valley will also make for an interesting walk around as you see the locals go about their daily routine. You could also make this trip by using a taxi service in Lonavala.
- Bhaja Caves, Malavli – These caves are considered to date back all the way to 1st century AD and are said to be one of the oldest religious sites for Buddhism. The sheer elegance of the caves’ architecture and simplicity will leave you stunned, as will the general ambiance of this humble little place. The base village of Baja has all the makings of a classic Indian village stereotype – chai shops, Dhabas and not to mention, Mother Nature all around. Whatever be the interest of the photographer in you, there’s plenty in and around Malawi to capture.
About 10 km from Panvel lays the serene lands of Karnala Fort, a landmark of historical significance for Maharashtra. History claims that this fort was built under the watch of the Devagiri Yadavas and later under the Tighlaq rulers. In between the two forts is a gorgeous watchtower also known as ‘Pandu’s Tower’. If you’re a history nerd, this is one place to be. The other common tourist spot in this area is the Karnala Bird sanctuary, which is a highly protected zone. Animals are always a beautiful subject for photography so for all the budding ornithologists, this is definitely the place to be with your smartphone.
- Tikona Fort – Another beautiful spot near Lonavla is the magnificent hill fort in Maval, which stands at a height of 3500 ft and has a pyramid shape (hence the name Tikona which means ‘Triangle’). Put those Nike’s on and trek through the hills in this area which are also well-known for the Satvahan caves and Trimbakeshwar Mahadev Temple and take a few shots of all that that greenery. A taxi from Mumbai to Pune is sure to let you relax and look out for those “post-worthy” snaps!
- Kamshet – If you’re cruising down the Mumbai-Pune Highway, this is a must on your list. Tucked away in the Pune district of Maharashtra, Kamshet is known for its natural beauty. Again, if nature and history are your interests, then this is the place to be. It’s about 20 km from Lonavla and Khandala and is perfect for instant uploads on Instagram. For a hassle-free trip, hire a Mumbai-Pune taxi service.
The Mumbai-Pune route is one fine example in India of why mobile phone pictures and instantly clicked and ‘filter-ed’ offering some of the most beautiful sights and views in the state.