Looking for best places to visit near pune? then these weekend getaways will bring the biggest smile on your face.
Pune - The ONLY city which is not the capital of any state but still listed in Top 10 cities of India.
A place which is popularly known and famous for its weather. With emerging IT hubs and more of young and enthusiastic city dwellers, this place has been attracting people of all age groups since ages.
But it is not just Pune, the places near Pune also has some picturesque scenic views waiting for you.
So say bye bye to that boring life and head on to Pune to explore and admire its beauty.
Now, let’s start the investigation to know what are the best places to visit near Pune that you guys must to visit once in your life.
"Jab Monsoon Ho Aane Wala, Chale Aao Lonavala."
And I mean it because visiting here during the monsoons is so pleasurable and relaxing that you won't feel like going back.
The magnificent and lush green peaks are completely a mood buster. It is located at a distance of 65 km from Pune so you can easily plan a one day trip to Lonavala with your friends and family.
Its name is derived from a Sanskrit word called 'Lonavali' which means a group of caves, and therefore this place is popular for the amazing caves like Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves, Rajmachi and Kondane caves present here.
Apart from caves Bushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Lion Point and forts like Koregad Fort, Tikona Fort, and Lohagad Fort also holds a special position in the hearts of people.
So all in all whether you want to go for a picnic or want to enjoy trekking Lonavala is the ultimate destination and is the best as well as most visited place near Pune.
I would recommend you to do camping and trek up to the Tikona Fort & Duke's Nose.
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A place about which we all are aware of since that 'Aati Kya Khandala' song. But now let’s not just confine ourselves to this song and explore more about of it.
Khandala popularly called as twin hill station of Lonavala is located at a distance of 69 km from Pune and therefore it can be considered as an option if you are looking for one day near trip from Pune.
The tourist attractions of Khandala are Tiger's Leap, Visapur Fort, Kune Waterfalls, Pavana Lake, Bedsa Caves, Shooting Point, Duke's Nose and Shiv Linga.
Out of these, you must visit the Shooting Point and Tiger's Leap. Why?
Shooting Point because it will give you a panoramic view of entire Khandala in one go and Tiger's Leap also called the Echo Point you would get to look the magnificent Sahyadri Hills and develop an everlasting love for nature.
Lavasa is the newest hill station of India and is the first private and well-planned city of India.
You can work here, live here, learn here or enjoy a trip here, Lavasa will never let you down. It is situated at a distance of 57.5 km from Pune.
This hill station is getting famous as one of the best tourists attraction near Pune as well as in India. It offers a complete package that a hill station should. From trekking to camping to adventure activities Lavasa has all in store for you. For camping, the Swiss AC tents are an add-on because of the top class facility that they provide when it comes to comfort or elegant bathroom.
Adventure activities like Rappelling, Burma Bridge, and Zipline are quite fantasizing and will make your trip to Lavasa even more memorable.
It is indeed a city that all of us dream of.
There are very few places that have favorable weather throughout the year, and Panchgani is one of them. It is located at a distance of 100 km from Pune and is perfect Holiday destination near Pune.
The thing to notice about this place is that it is set in the middle of five hills of Sahyadri and therefore it is called as Panchgani where Panch means five and Gani mean hills.
The various tourist spots of this hill station are Table Land, Parsi Point, Sydney Point, Kate's Point, Bombay Point, Dhom Dam, Devil's Kitchen Caves and Lingmala Falls.
The best part is that if you are planning to visit Mahabaleshwar, then you can visit Panchgani too because you can find this place on your way.
When at Panchgani you can even try para-sailing and trekking for some thrilling experience.
Theme parks are love, and this is the case with all of us. Right?
And when it comes to Imagica then no one could say NO.
Sometimes planning a one-day outing to a theme park could be so refreshing and fulfilling that you never get bored of it.
Located at a distance of around 92 km from Pune which can be covered in approximately 2 hours and is again one of the major places to visit around Pune.
With 25 thrilling rides, dance floor, eating joints and shopping outlets you will enjoy each moment here.
Also, different packages are available here so you can purchase any of them and enjoy a day full of amusement.
Where can an adventurous person like me find Heaven? Della Adventure Park which is India's Largest Adventure Park.
Before visiting here, I never knew that such a place exists in India and that too at a distance of just 70 km from Pune. And if you love adventure sports then bang on to this place it’s worth it.
Out of all the activities, I loved the Della Swoop Swing where you are released from 100 ft in a bag (Superb feeling and it's a must try).
They have a proper safety system, so you don't need to get afraid of anything. However, there are activities which are not safe for children, so you need to take care about that.
Also, the rooms that are allocated to you are located on hills. So it adds flavor to your camping experience.
A lesser known hill station situated at a distance of 88 km from Pune city. If you want a short and efficient break from the bustling city life, then Wai comes to your rescue.
The pleasant weather and lush beauty will leave you spell-bound.
This place is also popular among the film stars because often they are found shooting over here. So if you are lucky, you can spot them.
Apart from the weather and nature's beauty, Wai also offers adventure sports to the courageous people out there.
You can take part in adventuresome activities like Kayaking, Raft building, ATV rides, river crossing, and trekking.
A religious person can also enjoy by exploring the beautiful caves situated in Wai.
There are many adventurous places near Pune and Maval is one such place. At a distance of 50 km from Pune, you can find this marvelous place.
Best out of the rest when it comes to camping. An experience that will bring you closer to nature and revive you completely.
Activities included in the camping package are Kayaking, River swimming, River crossing, etc.
While in the morning waking up to the cooing of bird will make you happy more than anything. At night you can enjoy dancing around the bonfire and singing songs.
So visit Maval for experiencing best of nature.
Are you looking for a perfect hub spot for Paragliding? Your search ends here.
As Kamshet, a small town located 45 km away from Pune has something waiting for you. It is probably the best option when you are looking for a short one day trip to get a break from your hectic schedule.
Glide through the sky between mountains and feel like a bird. Apart from paragliding, you have other options like camping at Pavana Lake for some awe-inspiring experience.
At some distance from Kamshet, you will also be able to locate other popular tourist attractions like Vadivali Lake, Bedsa Caves, Kondeshwar Temple and Vidveshwar temple.
The best time to visit this place is October - February. So when winters are approaching means Kamshet is calling.
Drive 48 km from Pune and land to Jejuri which is a temple where followers of Lord Khandoba come for seeking blessings. But for that, they have to climb steps to reach the temple. Therefore at times, you will feel that you are going to Vaishno Devi 😀
And it is also said that after marriage, a couple should visit this temple and also according to an old tradition the husband has to carry the wife in his arms and climb at least five steps.
There are various other stories associated with this place. When you reach the top of the temple, get ready for some breathtaking views of the surrounding areas.
Jejuri can be considered as an excellent option if you are longing for a religious outing.
Do you know which is the smallest hill station in India?
Yes, Matheran it is.
But when it comes to weather or other excursion activities, Matheran never lets you down.
Want to know what will you get to experience here?
A pollution free environment (vehicles are banned in this hill station), excursion activities like paragliding, parasailing and ride on toy trains or trekking up to the hill top.
Other attractions are lakes and temples.
To experience all this, you need to travel 126 km from Pune and trust me you will get spell bound.
The distance of 120 km from Pune can never be long when it comes to traveling a beautiful hill station like Mahabaleshwar. And it's not just the Puneites instead people from all over India give this place a visit for sure.
It is certainly the best place to visit for a nature lover and a photographer. The scenic views will leave you stunned once you visit here.
Some of the tourist spots are Arthur's Seat, Needle hole point, Tapola, Pratapgarh fort, Lodwick point, Chinaman's fall, Wilson point, Venna lake and the list doesn't end.
Also if you are looking for thrilling experience then trekking up to Pratapgarh would be the most memorable part of your trip. Best time to visit is between October and June.
Capture the picturesque beauty of Satara by traveling a distance of 112 km from Pune.
A hill station which has rich historical past and has various tourist spots that attract tourists.
Some of the major attractions are Sajjangarh and Ajinkyatara Forts, temples like Koteshwar and Karad, Kaas lake and Vajrai and Thoseghar waterfall as well.
Also viewing the beautiful scene where River Krishna meets its tributary Venna could be delightful for the eye.
So spending a weekend with your friends and family in Sitara can be considered a good option. And if planning to visit Satara then I would recommend you to visit during monsoon or winters that are from July to February
Enveloped in the dense and lush green Western Ghats, Malshej Ghat located at a distance of 120 km from Pune is the most favored place where people like to travel for watching birds like Flamingo.
For the adventure buffs, it would be enthralling experience trekking up to Harischandraghad and other forts while falling in love with nature. Other things that will steal your attention are waterfalls, Shivneri Fort, Jivdhan fort, Lenyadri caves and the Pimpalgaon – Joga Dam.
Also, the waterfalls that you will spot here are so inviting that you won't be able to resist yourself and plunge into them.
A coastal town located in Raigad district of Maharashtra is situated at a distance of 142 km from Pune.
This place is a complete package because it has tourist spots that will attract you if you are beach lover or an adventure buff or a religious tourist or love trekking.
The recreational activities like parasailing and trek to uninhabited Sagargard is a redefining experience for all those who do it.
Various beaches that can be found here are Akshi Beach, Kihim beach, Versoli Beach and many more.
Other not to miss tourist spot in Alibag is Colaba Fort which is situated in the sea and to reach there; one has to cover a distance of 1-2 km by walking into the sea.
If pleasant weather and trekking up to the peaks is something which you are looking for, then give a shot to Kalsubai Peak. The greenery, the cold breeze, and pollution free air will make you fall in love with nature.
The main attraction is the temple situated at the top of the peak and the trekking route that one has to take to reach the top.
It is located at a distance of 170 km from Pune and the best time to visit here would be from June - December.
Imagine a scene where waterfalls are roaring and presence of green paddy hills in the background. What a picturesque scene it would be to capture. Right?
And if you think that such views can be seen in imagination only then wait because I don't think you have heard about Bhandardara yet.
Bhandardara is one such place where such scenic views can be seen in reality.
Located in Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra and at a distance of 165 km from Pune is an ultimate destination to satiate longing to visit a hill station near Pune.
The various hot spots that you can find here are Amruteshwar Temple, Arthur Lake, Wilson Dam and Ratnagad Fort.
Dapoli is a small town located in Ratnagiri and placed at a distance of 184 km from Pune. It is sometimes called as mini-Mahabaleshwar too. Water sports and watching dolphins during a boating trip are one of the best things that tourists enjoy doing here.
The best time to visit here could be from October to December. To experience a serene environment and clean and untouched beaches, you should include Dapoli in your itinerary.
Visit the nearby temples that are famous here for seeking blessings.
Of course, how can we forget? You can reach Mumbai from Pune by covering a distance of 150 km in 2.5 - 3 hours.
For experiencing the nightlife, enjoying at the beaches and craze for Bollywood drives people all the way from Pune to Mumbai.
The happening life of Mumbai attracts all the visitors from Pune as well as nearby small towns.
Dotted with tourist spots like Gateway of India, Film City, Marine Drive, Juhu Beach and many other attractive places, one could never get bored of from staying in Mumbai.
The delectable and scrumptious vada pav, the bhelpuri, panipuri, pav bhaji are something that you must try on your visit to Mumbai
It is one of the most pilgrimage towns of Maharashtra where people from all over India visit to pay homage to Lord Sai Baba.
A beautiful, serene and surreal place to be. Out of the many attractions found here, Sri Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir is must visit. It is believed that if you pray here with a pure heart, all your wishes comes true. Apart from that Dwarkamai Masjid, Maruti Mandir,
Khandoba Mandir and Dixit Wada Museum are some of the other places that you can visit.
And one more place that comes to my mind when I talk about Shirdi is Shani Shingnapur which is located in a village near Shirdi and its a holy place popular not among only the dwellers of Shirdi but among people of other states too.
I am sure you all must be aware of this beautiful city which is at a distance of 220 km from Pune. It is also called as Grape City or Wine Capital of India because of the presence of vineyards and wineries.
Once you visit here, you can even spot river Godavari which runs through the city of Nashik.
Other most visited places in Nashik are Muktidham temple, Sita Cave, Kalaram temple, Pandavleni caves and many more.
Trekking up to the Pandavleni caves could be kind of interesting especially for the adventurous people.
I would recommend that once you visit there, you must taste the wine in the vineyards, it's worth it.
It is the smallest city in Maharashtra which is located in Kolhapur district of Maharashtra
The eye pleasing scenic views and the pleasant weather is something which attracts tourists from Pune and other cities.
The major tourist spot is Panhala. It is believed that Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj stayed 16 months in this fort.
The other monuments that one can consider visiting is Andhar Bavadi which is a hidden well, Sajja Kothi, Teen Darwaza, Ambarkhana and Dharma Kothi, and Parashar caves.
And you can plan to visit there any time of the year because throughout the year the weather is pleasant.
If you are one who would love to feel the cool breeze from an altitude of 1067 meters, then you must visit Mhaismal to experience this.
Mhaismal is the greatest attraction for religious travelers because it houses temples like Goddess Girija temple, Balaji temple and Ghrishneshwar temple that exists here.
While on your way to Mhaismal which is 263 km away from Pune, you can even explore the Ellora caves and Devgiri Fort.
It will be a pleasure visiting here falling in love with nature and witnessing the beautiful lush green padded hills.
Aurangabad also called as City of Gates or The land of Ajanta & Ellora is at a distance of 232 km from Pune.
The Bibi ka Maqbara is the crowd puller tourist spot which is styled like Taj Mahal. Two famous rivers Godavari and Tapi also flows through this city.
The few highlights of Aurangabad are the monuments with architectural work showcasing Mughal era and the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga which is Hindu pilgrimage.
If you like Photography then you would certainly enjoy being here. Also, the best time to be here is the winter season because in summers it is too hot here.
How about spending your vacation in a wildlife sanctuary?
Yes, Dajipur offers you a similar experience where you can go for a safari inside the Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary.
It gives you an opportunity of real offroading. However, you won't be able to spot a single animal, but it could be a thrilling experience for those who are looking to spend their time uniquely.
Overall it would be a good experience for you to visit here if you are a nature lover or if you love trekking.
Igatpuri, another beautiful hill station which is located at a distance of 250 km from Pune is famous for lakes, rivers, dams, forts and adventurous sports.
A place which attracts people of all age groups with different interests because it has something in the box for each one of us. If you love visiting temples, then I would recommend you to visit Ghatandevi Temple.
To an adventurous person like me trekking up to the elevated fort called Tringalwadi Fort would be challenging and to peace, lover spending some time near Tringalwadi Lake in a calm and serene environment would be quite inviting.
A welcoming retreat from the hectic and stress full life of the city located at a distance of 233 km away from Pune city.
You must have heard about the famous Kolhapuri Chappal from Kolhapur, but it would be interesting to know that apart from that Kolhapur has much more to offer.
Let us see some of the things that you can do in Kolhapur.
Visit Jyotiba and Mahalakshmi Temple, Maharaja Palace in Kolhapur, and Vishalgarh Fort. These are the few favorite tourist spots in Kolhapur.
On your trip to Kolhapur don't forget to try Kolhapuri cuisine and gur and also buy the famous Kolhapuri Chappals.
Sangli is located in Sangli district of Maharashtra and is about 230 km from Pune. This place is known for wine growing regions and turmeric production. You must try the wine in the wine park located 30 km away from Sangli.
Some of the popular places that will attract tourists are Sangli Fort, Sangameshwar Temple, Ramling Temple, Dattava Temple, Chandoli Dam, Dandoba Hill Forest Reserve, and Sangameshwar Wildlife Sanctuary.
Also if you are planning to visit there, then the best time is from June - October.
A beautiful port city which can be located at around 303 km away from Pune. Ratnagiri is dotted with some popular tourist spots.
The sandy beaches with clean water and the lush green paddy hills are the best place to spend time with the loved ones.
Mandavi Beach, Ganapatipule Beach, Pandre Samudra, Swayambhu Ganpati Temple, Jaigad Fort, Ratnadurg Fort, and Jaigad Lighthouse are some of the crowd-pullers.
Planning a vacation to Ratnagiri will prove to be fruitful.
Planning a short vacation with your family or friends then head on to this weekend gateway destination which around 289 km from Pune.
It is also called the 'Banana Capital of India' and is known for various tourist places found here.
Whether you like temples, gardens, forts or caves, you will find all kind of tourist spot in Jalgaon.
For Temples Omkareshwar Mandir, Sri Padmalaya, and Manudevi Temple are the famous one, and for forts, gardens, and caves you can locate the famous Ajanta caves, Parola fort, Swinging Towers of Farkande, and Bahinabai Udyan.
So many weekend gateways from Pune that you didn't have an idea about, Right? But now that you have got to know about them where are you planning to head?
Well, I would suggest visiting any of the places according to experience you are looking for with your friends or family, and you will surely enjoy the trip.
And do let us know if you find this list useful. Also if any of the place is missing in this list do comment down below in the comment section.
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