Luckily for Pune dwellers, there’s a host of destinations near Pune that are just begging to be visited every odd weekend. While there’s much and more to be seen and done in Pune, sometimes the city limits just don’t cut it. You just have to get out.
Lonavala And Khandala
One of the more popular holidaying destinations for both Mumbai and Pune dwellers, Lonavala offers a clean break from the concrete jungle of the city, thanks to its lakes, gardens and lush greenery as far as the eye can see. Situated around 67 kilometres from Pune, Lonavala has enough forts, caves and temples to keep the most ardent tourist busy for the weekend. Add to that the quaint hill-station charm of the place and you have got yourself a weekend getaway to remember
At a height of 2516 feet above sea level, Matheran offers a kaleidoscope of plunging cliffs, toy trains winding past gushing waterfalls and forest canopies making natural tunnels through the mountain mist. Matheran has a strict anti-vehicle policy, which helps keep its environs pristine and pollution-free. There are 38 peak points in the region, encouragement enough for mountain lovers. Add to that a cave and a park and you can see why Matheran is a destination Puneites love
It’ll take you about 2 hours to cross the 107 kilometres from Pune to Panchgani, also called ‘Place of Five Hills’. An amalgamation of hill-station on one side and coastal plains on the other, Panchgani is an excellent camping destination with scores of photo-ops for the taking. You don’t want to forget your camera behind for this one, we assure you!