The second largest city of Maharashtra, Pune is fondly called Poona by the locals. The city of Pune has often been called the ‘Oxford of the East’, owing to the number of educational institutes that are present in the city. Pune has a record of having the largest youth population, including students and working individuals. For all the students crunching under exam pressures and those burdened with office stress, I’ve put together a list of the top ten weekend getaways located close to Pune that make sure you bounce back in full action!
Lonavala is the most visited weekend getaway destination from Pune and Mumbai. In the months of monsoon, Lonavala transforms itself into a beautiful little town where you can savour some garam garam cheese pakodas and Maggi while you enjoy the views from Tiger Point. Pack in some famous chocolate fudge from Cooper’s for everyone back at home.
Best time to visit: The best months to visit Lonavala are from October to March and of course, the monsoon months.
Distance from Pune: Lonavala is located at an approximate distance of 90 kilometres from Pune.
Located very close to Pune, Khandala has some very fun things to do that include sightseeing as well as trekking. You can go trekking to the Duke’s Nose in Khandala, one of the best treks near Pune. Don’t forget to eat some corn pakoras and sip on hot tea while you are at the Bhushi Dam.
If you are looking for stay options and have a relatively bigger budget, stay at Fariyas hotel in Khandala for a taste of luxury.
Best time to visit: The best months to visit Khandala are from October to February and even the monsoon months.
Distance from Pune: Khandala is located at an approximate distance of 70 kilometres from Pune.
Kamshet is the best place to go paragliding if you are in Pune and are looking for a fun weekend getaway. You can choose from various courses in paragliding that will help you sharpen your paragliding skills or you can just go paragliding with a trained pilot.
Best time to visit: Ideal months for visiting Kamshet are from October to March.
Distance from Pune: Kamshet is located about 48 kilometres away from Pune.
Sinhagad is a lesser known place close to Pune, offering great trekking opportunities to travellers coming in from Pune and Mumbai. So whether you are travelling with friends or family, Sinhagad is a good option if you are looking for a place to trek near Pune.
Best time to visit: The best months to visit Sinhagad is from June to March.
Distance from Pune: Sinhagad is located at an approximate distance of about 30 kilometres from Pune.
Lavassa is the Indian version of Europe. With amazing views of the man-made lake in Lavassa that is lined with antique looking lamposts, colourful buildings and cobbled streets. Lavassa also has fun things to do for adventure enthusiasts including trekking, camping, rappelling and zip lining.
Best time to visit: The best part about Lavassa is that the place is suitable for travel all round the year.
Distance from Pune: Lavassa is located at an approximate distance of 60 kilometres from Pune.
6) Rajmachi Fort Trek-
The Rajmachi Fort is a historical structure right from the era of the Marathas. The Rajmachi fort makes for a great spot for treks near Pune with friends and family. When you visit the Rajmachi Fort around the monsoon season, you will see a lush green blanket that covers the areas surrounding the fort and the fort itself, making it one of the most beautiful trekking options..
Best time to visit: The best months to visit Rajmachi are from June to March.
Distance from Pune: Rajmachi is located at an approximate distance of 84 kilometres from Pune.
7) Kalsubai Trek-
The Kalsubai peak is the highest trekkable peak in all of Maharashtra and is nestled at a mighty height of 5400 feet above mean sea level. The hike is a mix of difficult and moderately difficult trails and so, is suitable for habituated trekkers or people with relatively good fitness levels. There are a few tour groups that organize night treks so, if you are feeling a little extra adventurous, sign up for one of these treks.
Best time to visit: Ideal months for visiting and trekking Kalsubai are from October to March.
Distance from Pune: Kalsubai is located about 180 kilometres away from for Pune.
Tarkarli is the best weekend getaway destination for people who are looking at indulging in some water-sports like scuba diving, snorkelling, zorbing, rafting, jet skiing, banana boat rides and kayaking without travelling to far-off locations. Visit the Padma Garh fort and the Sindhudurg fort to dive into the history of the place or visit the Tarkarli beach for a chilled-out evening.
Best time to visit: Ideal months for visiting Tarkarli are from October to May.
Distance from Pune: Tarkarli is located at an approximate distance of 388 kilometres from Pune.
Known for its pristine beaches, Diveagar is spread over 15 kilometres between Harihareshwar and Shrivardhan. The village has come to be one of the most-visited spots by youngsters who head to the place for beach walks and surfing. Among other things that you can do at Diveagar is visiting the beautiful temples such as the Suvarna Ganesh Temple, Somaji Temple and the Jiwaneshwar Temple.
Best time to visit: The ideal months for visiting Diveagar are from October to March.
Distance from Pune: Diveagar is located at an approximate distance of 170 kilometres from Pune.
Kolad is blessed with the gurgling waters of River Kundalika and is the best getaway for those who are looking for a fun adventurous weekend, off. Kolad is especially known for giving the best white-water rafting experiences to visitors but you can also look forward to kayaking, canoeing, laddering, rope climbing and rappelling when you are in Kolad.
Best time to visit: The ideal months to visit Kolad are from June to March, when the river is filled with water.
Distance from Pune: Kolad is located at a distance of about 194 kilometres from Pune.
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