Getting away from the vibrant metropolis city of Pune must have crossed your mind this summer. And you are not alone in weaving up the fantasies of lounging around in picturesque landscapes, exquisite valleys and grabbing every photo op near a waterfall. Those who crave for some water adventures have a lot to look forward to experience plenty of adrenaline rushes. An escape from your busy life essentially calls for a fun-filled weekend getaway from Pune. Below we list our top 5 preferences around the city.
1.Lonavala: The Hilly Paradise
Lonavala is the most gifted place if you ask us. Your entire trip to this famous hill station will revolve around dense forests, glittering lakes, meandering waterfalls and, of course, hills. And on the top of that, its allure multiplies during the monsoon season. Nonetheless, travel to Lonavala is perfect for a trip throughout the year for nature lovers and seasoned hikers & trekkers. Go for it if you picture yourself amidst lush greenery with a mild sound of waterfall striking against the ground in the backdrop.
Places to see: Imagica Adlabs, Bushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Tiger’s Leap and Amrutanjan Point
How to reach: It is in close proximity with Pune, located just 68 km away from it. It would take a 1.5 hr journey by road via bus or private cab. Flights are also available.
2.Mahabaleshwar: Rainy with a Chance of Strawberries
The best way to summarize this nature’s treasure is through its magnificent valleys and majestic cascades strewn under the umbrella of clouds. But what really takes the cake and makes this place stand out are its vast strawberry farms. Its charming views will keep you hooked throughout your trip. Views of far spread serene valleys and lush green forests are untradeable against all the wealth. Places to see in Mahabaleshwar
Places to see: Panchgani, Elephant’s Head point, Arthur’s seat, Venna Lake and Chinaman’s falls
How to reach: Located just 88 km away from Pune, bus routes are the best option to get here from Pune.
3.Khandala: Misty and Magical
For those who think mystical magical lands don’t exist should visit Khandala and see the heavenly landscapes depicted through grassy hills and misty waterfalls. Its natural beauty blooms throughout the year and draws a large number of tourists from all around the country. Walking by the sinuous, glittering lakes and meandering waterfalls while feeling the mist in the air is a priceless experience. Plus, trekkers have something to be happy about as rock climbing is a popular sport here.
Places to see: Bedsa caves, Kune Waterfalls, Tiger’s Leap, Lohagad Forta and Rajmachi Fort
How to reach: Most people prefer to drive to Khandala from Pune, as it is just at a distance of 65 km from there. Nonetheless, direct trains are also available between the two.
4.Kolad: For the Water Sports Bug in You
Not just a weekend getaway, this place can easily qualify for a month-long holiday destination as well. From vivid green meadows to an exclusive backdrop of Sahyadris, this place has it all. Kolad is also extremely popular for water sports such as rafting and kayaking. The Kundalika river there flows at high speed giving the rafters an exuberant experience. Among other attractions, there are also numerous forts and dams to visit.
Places to see: Plus Valley Trek, Ghosala Fort, Tamhini ghat waterfalls and Sutarwadi Lake
How to reach: Located just 86 km from Pune, it is best to reach there by car, bus or via rail routes.
5.Mumbai: The city of Daydreams
How about you move to a more flourished and livelier city than Pune for the weekend? Mumbai has it all whether you want a vibrant nightlife, sky touching skyscrapers, architectural wonders, mouth-watering street food, spirited street bazaars, Fashion streets and much more. And it is expected from a place which is famously called the city that never sleeps.’ Nevertheless, you can still find peace and calm in this always-on city at Marine Drive and temples.
Places to see: Gateway of India, Juhu Beach, Colaba Causeway and Siddhivinayak Temple
How to reach: All three routes: rail, road, and air, are available to reach this 146 km away larger-than-life destination.
Don’t just keep sitting there, start planning your next trip now. There’s only one 2018 summers you will get in your life, so make the most out of it!