Khadakwasla with the peacock bay is one of the favorite evening hang outs of puneites. On weekends the atmosphere in Khadakwasla is more like a village carnival with numerous 'chat stalls' and villagers selling the roasted 'Bhutta'. Very near the base of the Sinhagad Fort Khadakwasla is also enroute the favourite cycling routes of Pune cyclists - 'Pune to Sinhagad' and 'Pune to Panshet' and is a must stop during the ride!
Khadakwasla is one of the major sources of water supply to the city of Pune. Khadakwasla is the chowpatti of Pune. Khadakwasla is popular for the 'bhelpuri' and 'bhutta' by the lake and the merry atmosphere, more like a carnival, with camel rides and numerous chat stalls along the bay. Khadakwasla, on the way to Sinhagad, is a popular stop over on the way to Sinhagad. Very popular especially during weekends Khadakwasla is like a evening hangout for the punekar.
About 30 Kms from Khadakwasla dam is Varasgaon dam. Built on the Mose river Varasgaon dam is also called Veer Pasalkar dam. Panshet and Varasgaon together with Khadakwasla form the major water reservoirs near Pune supplying water to the city. With many small farmhouses dotting the small hamlet Varasgaon is a popular hiking place near Pune.
Nestled picturesquely between Panshet Dam and Varasgaon Dam, Panshet is a nice place for a one day excursion. If you are a water-sports freak, this is the place where you need to hit. There are facilities for kayaking, speed boat rides few water rides like 'banana' ride and water scooters. Panshet is just about 50Kms from Pune which makes it an attractive one day picnic spot from Pune.
Easily the most popular getaway from Pune with Khadakwasla Lake on the way and the lovely drive makes Sinhagad a popular picnic and getaway spot. The Lion Fort, as it would quite literally translate into, is located 25 kilometers South of Pune perched on a steep hill. Once known as Kondhana. There are a few monuments, samadhi of Tanaji Malusare and also a summer house of Bal Gangadhar Tilak.
Water Sports in Panshet..
Water sports is the primary attraction in Panshet apart from trekking the hinterland around the Panshet reservoir. Water scooter rides and boating is quite popular here. There has been a few unfortunate incidences here due to negligence so be careful while you have fun!