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iXiGOers Apr 12 2013

Which are the popular weekend getaways from Pune?

Kshitiz Ahuja Apr 12 2013
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Take a break from your hectic schedules and escape to one of these weekend getaways to unwind and relax. These places are good for a visit anytime of the year:

Kamshet (47 km)

If you have a special corner in your heart for activities like paragliding , tandem flights or joy rides amidst soothing greenery, Kamshet is waiting for you. This picturesque hill station is a perfect host for exciting and thrilling adventure activities and that is why it is a hot favorite among adventure enthusiasts. Don’t lose heart if you are not too much into these activities as you will find many other interesting things to explore. Pay a visit to the beautiful ancient caves which have amazing images and sculptures of Buddha or visit the imposing and attractive mounts which date back to as long as the medieval era. One of the major attraction of Kamshet is the picturesque Vadivali Lake, which is home to several rare species of birds. With so much to discover and experience, it’s time to pack your bags and head to this little hamlet of nature.

You can easily cover the distance of Pune to Kamshet by car, as there is an easy availability of taxi and cabs vendors. It takes around an hour to reach Kamshet (via road) which is at a distance of 47 km from Pune.

Panvel (116 km)

A great place to experience the old world charm of colonial era, Panvel is mainly famous for its grand ancient monuments and imposing havelis, which date back to more than 3000 years ago. Also home to beautiful temples, namely Balaeshwar Pali and Varadavinayaka as well as a bird sanctuary, the place is an interesting blend of attractions with something for everyone. If you are planning a trip here, don’t miss the majestic Karnala Fort which is a major tourist draw here. It may not fit into your regular tourist destination, but is worth visiting due to its unexplored natural beauty and a glorious past.

It is located at a distance of approx 116 km from Pune and it takes around 2 hours via road. To know more about this beautiful hill town (about, how to reach, places to visit, etc), read our Panvel travel guide page!

Malshej Ghat (124 km)

A nice retreat from the maddening city life, Malshej Ghat is a place of aesthetic natural beauty and a haven of serenity. If you are looking for a holiday full of relaxation in the lap of nature with its share of adventure activities, come to Malshej Ghat. Also a trekkers' favourite, it offers infinite possibilities of natural exploration. Decked in thick green foliage, the hills of Malshej Ghat offer the city-worn traveller the opportunity to lose herself in the charm of nature. Though it is thronged by tourists all year long, monsoons take the allure of Malshej Ghat to another level, releasing a new life on these weathered hills of the Western Ghats in the form of gurgling streams and lush greenery. It is also a preferred place for hiking and trekking as there are several exciting opportunities which need to be explored by the adventure enthusiasts.

Located at a distance of 124 km from Pune, it takes around 2 hours to reach Malshej Ghat. To know more about Malshej Ghat (about, how to reach, places to visit, best time to visit etc), check our Malshej Ghat Travel Guide Page!

Silvassa (296 km)

A haven for backpackers and trekkers, the green environs of Silvassa make for a perfect retreat. Abode to numerous gardens, this city also offers the titillation of lion safaris and deer parks. The city is abound in Portuguese heritage, and also has a Roman Catholic Church depicting the architectural designs of the same. Another tourist attraction is the Madhuban Dam which provides the facility for boating and is an ideal picnic spot. For a better understanding of the culture, history and people of Silvassa, one must visit the Silvassa Museum. The water sports complex at Dudhani draws one and all with the thrill of activities and the utter peace found in letting your boat gently dance over the water in this lake. Popular excursions from Silvassa include Kauncha, Dadra and Khanvel.

Located at a distance of 296 km from Pune, the driving time is around 4 hours. There is a good availability of Pune to Silvassa cabs. To know more about Silvassa (about, how to reach, restaurants, hotels etc), read our Silvassa travel guide page.

Offbeat Destinations

Alandi (24 km)

A perfect blend of spirituality and natural beauty, Alandi calls out to the religious devouts and nature lovers alike. Situated on the banks of Indrayani river, it is home to several temples and the samadhi of Dnyaneshwar, the saint poet who wrote Dnyaneshwari, which is considered to be the Marathi counterpart of the famous epic Bhagavad Gita. Some of the popular temples adorning this quiet and serene village are Muktai temple, Ram temple, Vitthal-Rakhumai temple and Krishna Temple. Other major attractions of Alandi are the grand fairs, which are celebrated twice a year on Ashadhi Ekadashi and Kartik Ekadashi. It is an ideal place to spend some moments of relaxation in complete solitude, away from the maddening rush of city life while you seek some divine intervention.

It is located at a distance of 24 km from Pune and you can easily reach here by cabs or taxis. To know more about Alandi (about, how to reach, best time to visit etc), read our Alandi travel guide page.

Bhuleshwar (68 km)

Mainly famous for its 1100 year old hill Bhuleshwar temple , Bhuleshwar is a quiet hamlet in Maharashtra. The exquisite stonework and patterns inside the temple are a sight to behold. If you are planning a trip here, you will be happy to hear that the place has many unexplored and untouched terrains which are worth visiting. You won’t find many people around and all you'll want to do is just sit for hours and contemplate about the scenic natural beauty here.

The place is approximately 60 km via Saswad and you will be accompanied by splendid scenic beauty across your journey. You can easily hire a cab or a taxi from Pune to Bhuleshwar and be rest assured, you are in for a fantastic experience!

Rajmachi (80 km)

A place for history buffs and trekkers, Rajmachi calls for a wonderful vacation amidst lush greenery and serene ambiance. Mainly famous for its magnificent fort, imposing peaks like Shrivardhan and Manaranjan and nice as well as challenging trekking trails, Rajmachi is still unexplored by tourists and that add charm to it. If you are visiting the Rajmachi fort, don’t miss the Kondhavi caves which are a sight to behold. Wrapped by lofty mountains and lush landscape, Rajmachi would soothe your senses like never before. Ulhas River is another major attraction here and it would be a nice idea to enjoy a splash in the unpolluted and crystal clear water of the river. Plan a trip here and go back with wealth of memories.

It is located at a distance of about 80 km and it takes around an hour and 30 minutes to reach there. If you have decided to cover the distance between Pune to Rajmachi by car, it is certain that the road trip will be memorable. To know more about Rajmachi (how to reach, best time to visit, hotels, places to see etc), read our Rajmachi travel guide page.

Bhandardara (137 km)

Bhandardara, situated against the mountainous backdrop, is a perfect hangout for spending some relaxed moments away from your hectic schedule. The picturesque scenic 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 are Mt Kalsubai and Bhandardara Lake (Lake Aurthur Hill).

Located at a distance of 137 km, it takes around two hours via road to reach there. To know more about Bhandardara (how to reach, hotels, local attractions etc), read our Bhandardara travel guide page.

Ganapatipule (235 km)

Tucked away along the Konkan coast, this scenic town has a strong mythological connection. According to local tales, Ganapatipule owes its name to an interesting episode between the Hindu God, Lord Ganesh, and a native lady. Lord Ganapati took offence to a remark made by a native lady and decided to move to Pule from his original abode of Gule. Intricately intertwined with intriguing stories, this little town upholds its subtle charm and culture. Widely known for the 400 year old Swayambhu Ganpati, which is believed to be a self created statue, the temple here is highly revered. The unexploited beauty of the beaches around the village offer tranquility and peace to its visitors. Come and explore this serene town and take home cherishable memories with you.

It will take around 3 hours by road to reach here if you are travelling from Pune. To know more about Ganapatipule (how to reach, best time to visit, restaurants etc), read our Ganapatipule travel guide page.

With so much to explore around, it's time to pack your bags and head to these places for a wonderful vacation. Also, don't forget to explore and discover the popular places to visit in Pune.

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