5 Weekend Getaways from Pune that you Should Know4 min read
Weekends are a blessing and the only time when we can unwind completely after a hard week at work or at college. For Pune dwellers, it is extremely easy to go somewhere for the weekend to chill and relax because there are a ton of destinations to go to from Pune. Therefore we bring you 5 places which are perfect for a cosy little getaway from the city during the weekend.
Kamshet is located just 50 km away from the main city of Pune. Just a convenient one hour drive away, Kamshet is the most common weekend getaway. The hilly terrain is filled with large expanses of green cover like dense forests. Along with the forests, there are various lakes sprawled here with their sparkling clean water. Kamshet is the perfect place to go for an adventure enthusiast because there is plenty to do like trekking, paragliding and cave tours. Adding to the natural beauty, Kamshet is also filled with historical sites and temples, so there is plenty of touring to do.
Lonavla is the ‘to go’ weekend getaway place for Punekars. If there is a long weekend, then even Khandala becomes the part of the weekend getaway. Located just 67 km from Pune, Lonavla is filled with lush green scenery dotted with lakes and gardens. The famous point of Lonavla is the Lion’s Point. The view of both the sunrise and the sunset is pretty amazing from here. Other good places to visit include Duke’s Nose, Bhushi Dam, Lonavla Lake, Aambhy Valley, Sunset Point and Scorpion’s Sting.
Khandala is just 3 km from Lonavla and has its own assortment of lakes and gardens. Set in the foothills of the Sahyadaris, Khandala is best visited during monsoons. During Monsoons, it seems as if the entire valley comes alive with greenery. Khandala is also famous for adventure sports like paragliding and trekking. In addition to all this Lonavla and Khandala have their own share of historical forts like Visapur, Lohagad, and Rajmachi along with various temples.
Mahabaleshwar is famous for being the point where five rivers, Vienna, Gayatri, Savitri, Koyna and Krishna originate. It is known as the ‘Land of the Five Rivers’for this reason. Located 120 km away from Pune, Mahabaleshwar hosts some pretty fascinating sights. It is a part of the idyllic Western Ghats and has a variety of waterfalls, forests, and valleys which are sure to blow your mind away. Mahabaleshwar is extremely famous for its strawberries. Some of the major attractions include The Wilson Point, Arthur’s Seat, the Connaught Peak, Marjorie Point, Castle Rock, the Babington Point, the Elphinstone Point, Bombay Point, Carnac Point and Falkland Point offer a spectacular view of the horizon. Venna Lake is also popular for boating.
Famous for the tablelands, Panchgani is 107 km away from Pune. Located about 2 hours away, Panchgani is known as the ‘Place of Five Hills’. The terrific view from these tablelands is sure to leave you stunned. Panchgani is the perfect blend of a hill station on one hand and coastal plains on the other. Panchgani is known as a camping site. It will be amazing to lie on the ground and see the millions of stars that lit up the Panchgani sky. Panchgani has its own set of historical caves and monuments.
The name of Alibag can be literally translated to ‘Garden of Ali’. Located 3 hours away from Pune, Alibag is visited for its beach feels. Alibag is a coastal town, situated 140 km away from Pune, surrounded by Arabian sea on all three sides. Nicknamed as the ‘Goa of Maharastra’, Alibag is visited for its historical monuments and amazing beaches. Alibag is a hidden gem in terms of natural beauty and is a perfect place for a weekend getaway.
These places are sure to relieve you of the stress of the week and allow you to come back fresh and re-energized for the next week. Pune is well connected with a lot of destinations which can become weekend getaways but these destinations are the more popular and commonly visited ones. Also, do not forget to take a weekend getaway to any of these exotic retreats.
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