Best Weekend Getaways Near Pune

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Pune is in Maharashtra, India. It is the second largest city in the state and is considered the cultural capital of the state. Pune is being called “Oxford of the East”. Put simply, Pune is a 100% true university city, even if it seems too hard to call a university city. There are colleges and institutes galore here. From Engineering to Medicine , from the Arts (FC) to Science (SP), Pune has it all. And it has the greatest variety of students in India; on top of that, there are students from outside India. Here’s a list of amazing weekend getaways near Pune that you can plan to visit.

Pawna Lake

One of the quintessential night picnic spots near Pune, Lake Pawna is a must visit for nature lovers and peace seekers. While camping under the starry sky you can cook your own food which would be a memorable experience.

  • Distance from Pune: 52km
  • Best Time to visit for a weekend trip: October to May
  • Activities for Weekend Holiday: Camping, Bonefire and natural beauty of sunrise and sunset

Lavasa

Lavasa is a private hill town located near Pune in Maharashtra. This modern hill station is an enjoyable retreat for all its visitors and has a lot to offer its tourists, from picturesque landscapes to extremely well-developed infrastructure, including hotels, resorts, educational institutes, shopping centers. commercial, residential properties, IT companies, etc. Lavasa is proving to be a new hangout for people looking for a little trip away from the hustle and bustle of hectic city life. It is absolutely a leisure vacation destination set amidst green hills.

  • Distance from Pune: 60 km
  • Best Time to visit for a weekend trip:  September and March
  • Places to Visit:
  • Sightseeing
  • Lakeside Promenade: No entry fee, 24 hours open
  • Bamboosa: 10 a.m to 6 p.m
  • Temghar Dam: No entry fee, 24 hours open

 Lohagad 

Once you reach the fort, you can admire the deep history of the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj era as he used this edifice to keep all of his treasures safe. Another great aspect of this place is the proximity to Pune and Mumbai which attracts visitors throughout the year. The climb to the fort is quite easy and can be completed in a few hours. This powerful structure of the Maratha Empire is linked to the Fort of Visapur and is one of the best hill fortresses in the region. Whether you are looking for a weekend getaway or an adventurous getaway, this site is worth it.

  • Distance from Pune: 64km
  • How to Reach Lohagad: by road: Reaching out to the Lohagad Fort from Pune and Mumbai by train is quite easy as you can take a train to Lonavala and then opt for a local train to Malavli station. From here the fort is 5 km away and you can book a shared auto or taxi to the base. there is no direct bus from pune.
  • Best Time to visit for a weekend trip: March to June and july to august
  • Places to visit around Lohagad Fort: Della Adventure Park, Narayani Dham Temple, Celebrity Wax Museum, Bhaja Caves

Lonavala

Lonavala is a city of escape from the hectic and extreme conditions that inhabit both Mumbai and Pune. It offers the perfect retreat for city dwellers thanks to its serenity and peaceful atmosphere. Several places of interest around Lonavala and Khandala attract tourists throughout the year. They include lively and picturesque lakes, cliffs, evaded caves and magnificent forts. Dams and waterfalls are a pioneering attraction during and immediately after the monsoon.

  • Distance from Pune: 66km
  • Best Time to visit for a weekend trip: during and immediately after the monsoon.
  • Places to visit around Lonavala: Rajmachi point,  Lonavala Lake, and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Ryewood Park, Duke’s Nose
  • How to reach lonavala from pune: There is/are 3 direct train(s) from Pune to Lonavala.

Khandala

Khandala is a popular hill station in Maharashtra, perched on the foothills of Sahyadri in the Western Ghats. Khandala provides a perfect weekend respite for the people of Mumbai, with its scenic valleys, grassy hills, serene lakes and misty waterfalls. The place immortalized by the popular Bollywood song, “Aati Kya Khandala“, is a must-visit destination for everyone looking for beautiful nature, pleasant weather and the feeling of mist in the air.

  • Distance from Pune: 70km
  • Best Time to visit for a weekend trip: during and immediately after the monsoon.
  • Places to visit around: It is a popular hiking spot from nearby cities. The Duke’s nose peak and Karla Hills are the two popular spots for rock climbing.
  • How to reach khandala from pune: The fastest way toreach from Pune to Khandala is bus to Khandala and takes 40m.

Wai 

Wai was also known as Viraatnagari, as it was believed that the Pandavas stayed with King Viraat of Wai, when they were in exile. An important center for business and commerce with traders heading to Satara and Kolhapur or Konkan Port. A popular temple town with mythological links, it is also a favourite tourist destination because of its scenic ambience and the fact that it can be a stopover on the way to the hill stations of Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. Wai is truly a pilgrim town with almost 100 temples.Most of them are constructed in the Hemadpanthi style of architecture which uses huge stone slabs and without mortar.

  • Distance from Pune: 88km
  • Best Time to visit for a weekend trip: all over the year
  • Places to visit around: Nana Phadnavis wada, Wildberry Beverages, Kalubai Temple
  • How to reach Wai from pune: By Air: Lohegaon Airport of Pune is the nearest airport to Wai, which is located at a distance of 66 km away from Wai.

    Panchgani 

    Located at an altitude of 1334 meters, Panchgani is also known as Paachgani as the five hills that form the Sahyadri mountain ranges give its name to Panchgani. The picturesque backdrop of rolling hills on one side and coastal plains on the other provides stunning views. During British times, the place was treated as a seaside resort and as a result, many settlements from the colonial era can be seen here. Mahabaleshwar is like a twin city to Panchgani. Rightly known as the ‘Strawberry Garden of India’, the farms of Panchgani are full of enchanting views of luscious berries.

  • Distance from Pune: 100km
  • Best Time to visit for a weekend trip: February and March.
  • Places to visit around: Kaas Plateau, Paragliding in Panchgani, Mapro Garden
  • How to reach Panchgani from pune: The fastest route reach from Pune to Panchgani is bus to Panchgani and takes 2h 3m.

Karjat 

Located near the Ulhas River Basin, Karjat is a popular weekend vacation destination from Mumbai. Picturesque natural vistas, mountains, forts and ancient rock temples make Karjat, 68 km from Mumbai, a popular spot among hikers. Karjat has an average elevation of 636 feet. Its climate and scenic splendor make it convenient for adventure sports like trekking, waterfall climbing, abseiling and rafting on the Ulhas River.

  • Distance from Pune: 107km
  • Best Time to visit for a weekend trip: june to october
  • Places to visit around: It is a great place to picnic with your family and friends or go hiking and rock climbing. The must-see places in Karjat are Ulhas valley, Bhor Ghat, Kondana Caves and Peth Fort.
  • BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KARJAT: There are many budget and mid-range options for accommodation near the railway station and bus stand though you should seriously consider camping.

 

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