Riding a bike from Mumbai to Pune is an enthralling experience but it is not without its challenges. The biggest one is definitely the new Mumbai-Pune expressway which isn’t very accommodating to two-wheelers. But this doesn’t mean that you can’t go on a bike trip from Mumbai to Pune, it just means you have to do some jugaad.
There is a route parallel to the much hallowed Mumbai Pune Expressway, partly formed by the NH4 and Old Mumbai Pune Highway and partly by other side-roads, and it happens to be a biker’s delight. This route is definitely longer but on the plus side, it is devoid of heavy vehicles and cars who, understandably, prefer the expressway.
This is a guide of the route from Dadar in Mumbai to Koregaon Park in Pune which takes approximately 4 hours to complete. You can view it in detail here: http://bit.ly/2d6qknq.
1. From Dadar to Panvel Naka:
Reach RK Studios and head on to Sion Panvel highway – keep on driving, you’ll hit NH4 at the Panvel Naka. After you reach here, head for the McDondald’s in Panvel and be sure to avoid the flyover which takes you to the mouth of the expressway.
2. From Panvel Naka to Lonavala:
NH4 is your best friend here and make sure you don’t desert it. Once you reach Lonavala though, you’ll find yourself riding on the aforementioned expressway but only for 6-7 kms. You can take the Lonavala exit ramp after that and ride on the curvy and mesmerising AH47.
3. Lonavala to Pune:
Keep on the AH47 and pass through Vadgaon. Keep heading on and you’ll soon reach Dehu Road. Congratulations, you’re now in Pune.
The best part about going on a Mumbai to Pune bike trip is that you have your vehicle to explore the places around Pune once you reach. Hill stations like Mahabaleshwar and Kamshet are a short ride away and you can also go sightseeing around the city known as the ‘Oxford of the East.’ Sounds brilliant doesn’t it?
If you want to embark on this awesome Mumbai to Pune road trip but don’t have a bike, you can rent a bike from Wheelstreet at the lowest rates instead. Go ahead and take a look. You just might decide to go this weekend.
source: The Motorcycle Diaries