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iXiGOers May 13 2013

Which are the best hill stations near Pune?

Rupali Khanna May 15 2013
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Did you always want to know about the best hill stations near Pune? If you are nodding your head in approval, then the following words are going to be totally worth it. Plan a vacation or a quick getaway at these popular hill stations near Pune.

Lonavala/Khandala (62 km)

Khandala (by Alosh Bennett)

The twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala are one of the most ideal choices for a quick, rejuvenating weekend trip. Situated about 88 km from Mumbai, the beautiful hill stations offer awe-inspiring views of the Sahyadri Hills on one side and the Konkan Coast on the other. The popular getaway has slowly become a favourite among tourists, yet it retains its peaceful calm and charm.

Lohagad Fort (by Himanshu Sarpotdar)

With umpteen sightseeing spots, trekking trails and scenic walking paths, this beautiful hill station is a wise option for a short two day trip. Karla Caves, Lohagad Fort and Ryewood Park are some of the famous places to visit in Lonavala.

Panchgani (101.6 km)

Panchgani (by Balaji.B)

Nestled between the five majestic hills of the Sahyadri range, this is one of the best hill stations near Pune and is famed for it's unparalleled beauty. A perfect getaway for rejuvenation, the air in Panchgani is said to have healing attributes. A pleasant summer retreat for the British, this place has an exotic array of fauna, thanks to its initial inhabitants. Bestowed with both hilly terrains and coastal plains, a trip to Panchgani offers dynamic and scenic surroundings. Enjoy paragliding on these alluring hills or visit attractions like Rajpuri Caves, Parsi Point, Serbaug, Tableland and Lord Karthikeya Temple.

Mahabaleshwar (119.6 km)

Mahabaleshwar (by Nishanth Jois)

The hill station of Mahabaleshwar is an alluring canvas of vibrant colours and subtle hues--a great summer retreat. Captivating and enthralling, Mahabaleshwar was referred to as Malcolm Perth during the English rule. Famed as a religious spot, a trip to Mahabaleshwar offers a lot more on its platter, including a plethora of attractions.

Krushna Devi Temple (by UrbanWanderer)

An ancient temple here is associated with an intriguing legend, according to which River Krishna and four other rivers spout from the mouth of a statue of a cow. Known to be the summer capital of Bombay during the British era, it is marked by various points which offer spectacular views of the majestic Western Ghats. With all this and more, it is definitely one of the famous hill stations near Pune.

Matheran (127 km)

Matheran (by Harsha S)

With the ever changing climate and increasing population, most hill stations are losing their pristine character. On the contrary, Matheran hill station has been successful in maintaining its pure, untouched beauty. Literally meaning the “woodland overhead”, Matheran is unique in the fact that it does not allow any vehicles inside its city limits. On a trip to Matheran, you’ll find a dense forest cover and unmatched cleanliness--thanks to its conscious effort to maintain the ecosystem here. The hill station is famous for its various lookout points, the most popular being Panorama Point that gives a 360-degree view of the surrounding region. In the lush and pristine lap of nature, Matheran is a perfect retreat from the heat and madness of your daily city life.

Tapola (132.8 km)

Also known as Kashmir of the west, Tapola is a rustic hamlet on the banks of the Shivsagar Lake. Tapola has several attractions for visitors. If you are into water sports, Shivsagar Lake provides you an opportunity to try out boating, water scooter rides, kayaking and swimming.

Hanuman Temple at Vasota Fort (by Omkar Pendse)

You can also go on jungle treks, visit the Vasota Fort and the Nageshwar Temple, pluck delicious strawberries from the nearby farms or see the most beautiful flowers at Kas Pathar. Of course, if you aren’t feeling particularly active, you can just lie back, smell the fresh flowers and listen to the birds chirping around you.

Bhandardara (163.2 km)

Bhandardara (by Elroy Serrao)

The hill station of Bhandardara, situated against a mountainous backdrop, is the perfect hangout for spending some relaxed moments away from your hectic schedule. The picturesque beauty and interesting trekking options play a perfect host to the tourists who want an ideal blend of adventure and tranquility. Also, the place has several historical temples and magnificent forts which have interesting stories attached to them. Bhandardara can be visited during anytime of the year, it looks even more beautiful in monsoons with rain soaked trees, mist-kissed leaves and flowers. Other attractions like Mt. Kalsubai and Bhandardara Lake make it one of the best hill stations near Pune.

Panhala (231.1 km)

Fort Panhala (by Ankur P)

The beautiful hill station of Panhala was once a favourite with emperors and continues to offer rejuvenation and adventure to the modern traveller. Situated north of Kolhapur, Panhala is a serene hill station. The Panhala Fort, though in ruins now, and the fort of Shivaji is one of the main attractions here. The Panhala Fort is one of the largest forts in the Deccan and continues to be a grand testimony of the Maratha Empire. The Archaeological Survey of India characterizes the Andhar Bavadi, Teen Darwaza and Kalavanticha Mahal as important parts of this fort among others. The Parashar Caves located here also provide the opportunity for exploration and are considered the home of Maharishi Parashar. Apart from this, this place is known among trekkers due to the abundance of greenery. Panhala with its pleasant atmosphere makes for a refreshing break from the hustle and bustle of city life ideal for long walks and relaxing in the lap of nature.

Jawhar (241 km)

Jawhar (by Abhishek Kumar)

Situated in Thane District, Jawhar hill station is nestled in the hills, covered with lush greenery and nourished by the many waterfalls. Jawhar was once the natural habitat of the Warli tribes and is even today renowned for the traditional tribal paintings. Major attractions of Jawhar are the Dabdaba and Dabhosa waterfalls, the Shirpa Mal structure built as a defence by Chhatrapati Shivaji, Sunset Point and Hanuman Point. With its panoramic views, fresh mountain air and cool weather, Jawhar is among the best hill stations near Pune.

Amboli (345.8 km)

Village in Amboli (by UrbanWanderer)

A relatively unexplored hill station, Amboli lies in the Sahayadri Hills of Western India. A trip to Amboli will take you to one of the world's "Eco Hot-Spots" and abounds in a wide variety of unique flora and fauna. The hills of Amboli Village are sources of the Krishna River and an ancient Shiva temple (Hiranyakeshi) exists at the cave from where the water emerges. Amboli’s claim to fame is its incredibly high rainfall, waterfalls and mist formed during the monsoons. It is believed that there are 108 Shiva temples in and around Amboli of which only a dozen have been uncovered uptil now. It may not be abuzz with tourist sites and activities, but that’s what makes this quaint and quiet town all the more charming.

Toranmal (378 km)

Sita Khai at Toranmal (by cool_spark)

Nestled in the Barwani Hills of the Satpura Range, Toranmal is one of the lesser known hill stations of Maharashtra. It has been named so by the tribals because of the tall Torna trees that cover the area. We recommend that you visit Toranmal after the monsoons, when the waterfalls are brimming with fresh water--a sight worth seeing! Yashwant Lake, Torna Devi Temple, Lotus Lake, Shiva Temple, Gorakhnath Temple, Sita Khai, Kalapani Waterfalls, Machhindra Cave and the Forest Park are some main attractions of Toranmal. A delightful getaway that ensures solitude and serenity, Toranmal is the perfect getaway.

Chikhaldara (594.7 km)

Melghat Tiger Reserve in Chikhaldara (by Alosh Bennett)

Chikhaldara is named after King Kichaka, who was killed by Bhima, one of the Pandava brothers in the Mahabharata. It is not only one of the coolest areas in Maharashtra (literally) but also the only coffee-growing region there. While on a trip to Chikhaldara, you will be exploring attractions such as Melghat Tiger Reserve, Bhima-kund (the place where Bhima washed his hands off the blood of Kichaka), forest garden, the wildlife museum and Galiwad Fort. This little known hill station was first discovered by an Englishman during the British rule. He was so enchanted by it’s untouched beauty that he developed it as a summer retreat. Chikhaldara is sure to have you enchanted by its beauty as well!

So now that we have given you quite a handful of options for hill stations near Pune, we wish you a rocking vacation!

Prakash Gupta May 25 2014
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"Weekend in a Nutshell!" Awesome collection of places and description adds a beauty to it! The places listed must be visited atleast once. 
Abhay Ganoje May 07 2016
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How many days require to see hill stations Lonavala/Khandala to Panhala from
Akola (Vidharbha ) pl confirm asap.
Abhay Ganoje May 07 2016
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Huyền Thoại Việt (Cà Phê Chồn) Jun 02 2017
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Great, it was wild. I think I will go to this place once. Please give me more information about these places
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Nandy sak Nov 11 2017
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Mahabaleshwar - Most Famous Tourist Place and Hill Station in India.

Mahabaleshwar is favorite weekend place for people in both cities.Mahabaleshwar contains three villages: Malcolm Peth, Old Mahabaleshwar, and Shindola Village.

In Mahabaleshwar there are many beautiful places to visit like: Panchgani,Tapola, Pratapgadh, Old Mahabaleshwar etc.
Kate Point:

lodwick point

Mahabaleshwar Temple

Sunset Point

Parsi Point

Pratapgadh Fort

Venna Lake

You may hire Balaji Cabs for Pune to Mahabaleshwar Tour Package at Affordable Cost.

-- Read more: https://www.ixigo.com/suggest-a-1-day-tour-itinerary-for-mahabaleshwar-fq-2002642
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