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Discover the Traveller within You: 10 Best Weekend Gateways from Pune

September 7, 2018

Hear that sound?? Yes, the sound right there, that of hundreds of raindrops hitting the ground all at once, soaking the scorching heat off the ground. Its Spetember now and the monsoon have already made its way through the many lanes of Pune. While most parts of India are now cuddling back to their residents it’s a bit different for Punekars. It’s time for taking an off from the busy schedule of life and enjoy the drizzle. Here is a list of the budget and best weekend getaways from Pune that you Punekars can drive off to in your upcoming weekend:  

Lonavla

Weekend Getaways From Pune A thick green blanket speared by scenic peaks – this is enough to describe Lonavla which resides within 100 kms of Pune. Known for chikki, a traditional sweet prepared with groundnuts and jaggery, this is one of the most sought-after destinations for a short trip for the locals. Distance from Pune: 66.7 kms Best Time to Visit: October to March Activities: Trekking, hiking, camping    

Bhandardarah

Now it’s time to relax in the lap of nature. Off from the hectic hustle-bustle of the city life, welcome to abode of Mother Nature – Bhandardarah. Waterfalls, lush greens, and mountains – it’s the nature at its serene beauty. Distance from Pune: 172 kms Best Time to Visit: June to March Activities: Camping    

Kamshet

A conglomeration of beautiful small villages and a paragliding hub, Kamshet is an offbeat albeit magnificent choice to spend you weekend. The place is known for paragliding activities organized by several adventure camps located in the vicinity. Distance from Pune: 48 kms Best Time to Visit: October to February Activities: Paragliding, trekking    

Maval

This is for the ones who are exclusively seeking a quiet and peaceful place to spend their weekend. Located along the Sahaydris, Maval is one of the flourished biodiversities of Maharashtra brimming with flora and fauna. Distance from Pune: 66.7 kms Best Time to Visit: October and June to September Activities: Kayaking, adventure activities    

Khandala

The twin town of Lonavla, Khandala is located on the expressway connecting the cities of Mumbai and Pune. It is one of the most popular weekend destinations among both the Punekars and Mumbaikars. Distance from Pune: 69 kms Best Time to Visit: October to April Activities: Trekking    

Lohagad Fort

Weekend Getaways From Pune One of the several magnificent forts around Pune, the word Lohagad means ‘iron fort’. Located atop a hill, the fort overlooks the Pavana River flowing down the lush greens. It is the best place to visit if you want to sniff the dust of the glorious past and taste the rich Maratha history. Distance from Pune: 74 kms Best Time to Visit: June to August Activities: Trekking, photography, historical research    

Pawna Lake

Weekend Getaways From Pune One of the lesser known gateways from Pune, Pawna Lake is located near Lonavla. Home to the Pawna Dam, the lake has a majestic charm about it. And enchantress during the night, the best time to visit the place is during the monsoons. Distance from Pune: 61.1 kms Best Time to Visit: Throughout the year, from sunrise to sunset Activities: Camping    

Tamhini Ghat

Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage lying between Tamhini and Mulshi. Surrounded by beautiful waterfalls, dense dark forests, and numerous lakes, it is one of the best gateways for long drives from Pune. Distance from Pune: 53 kms Best Time to Visit: June to August Activities: Long drive, photography    

Andharban

With literal meaning as dense dark forest, Andharban is a natural bounty. Offering breathtaking views of numerous waterfalls, it is one of the most sought-after destinations from Pune. Distance from Pune: 70 kms Best Time: August to January Activities: Trekking    

Lavasa

Weekend Getaways From Pune If you are looking for a more urban setup but with nature’s touch, Lavasa is the place for you. Located in the Western Ghats and known for offering mesmerizing views of the nature around, Lavasa is a well-developed destination with malls, hotels, resorts, educational institutes, and IT companies. Distance from Pune: 57.5 kms Best Time to Visit: July-September and October-March Activities: Hiking, camping   Contributed By: Srija

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