The journey from Mumbai to Pune, also previously well known as Poona, is not just any rugged ride. This stretch between the political capital and the cultural capital of Maharashtra is one that boasts of one of the newest roadways in the state – The New Mumbai-Pune Expressway. However, this path of convenience offers no comfort to bikers, whose rides are strictly banned along this route. A parallel route, via the Old Mumbai-Pune Highway, may alternatively be used by those who would like to make the journey on two wheels.
Option 1: Mumbai – Vashi – Belapur – Wahal – Lodhivali – Khalapur – Vadgaon – Wakad – Pune
- Starting point: Kurla (Mumbai, Maharashtra)
- Ending point: Pune City (Pune, Maharashtra)
- Via: NH48
- Distance: 151kms
- Duration: Approximately 4 hours
- Type of Road: Follows the old highway and has Ghats along the way
The NH48 bike route spans a distance of 151 kilometers, and can be covered in approximately 4 hours of continuous riding. You might take a little longer to get there if you stop for breaks on the way, but it will be completely worth it if you try the famous vada pav with a steaming hot cup of tea on one of your breaks.
Being such a quick ride, it can easily be done without stopping for much more than a cup of chai, and maybe some spicy mouth-watering vada pav or missal pav. If one were, however, to stop for a meal, both vegetarian, as well as non-vegetarian food, would be easily available at both A/C as well as Non-A/C restaurants. You could either set out on Friday evening or early on Saturday morning to enjoy both Saturday and Sunday in Pune and then begin your return journey on Sunday evening to reach by nighttime, reat well, and begin the next week on a good note.
Given that Pune is surrounded by some lovely camping and trekking locations like Pawna Lake, Kamshet and Lohagad, motorcyclists would find it most sensible to avoid summer visits and traveling in the hot afternoons.
If you find yourself left with a lot of time to spare, it would be a great idea to set off on the 3 hours added journey to Mahabaleshwar, to take in some of the cool and relaxing hill-station breezes.
For motorcyclists who would like love adventure on their rides, BforBiker suggests that the travel from Mumbai to Pune be carried out in the monsoons for the best views of greenery and luscious natural settings.
Once again, get down to revising your safety rules, plug in your earphones to some lovely highway songs and get going set to enjoy a safe and happy trip. A beautiful adventurous motorcycle road trip awaits you!