Pune is one of the most beautiful city of Maharashtra, surrounded by picturesque hills, waterfalls, ghats and mountains with pleasant climate.
The green city of Maharashtra has number of weekend monsoon getaways in and around the city, Most popular one day picnic spot around Pune includes Lonavla-Khandala Hill Stations, Sinhagad Hill Fort and sacred hill temples of Parvati, 8 Ganpati temple and many more- Follow the link to know 25 Must See Place to Visit in Pune.
Bhuleshwar is a Hindu temple of Lord Shiva, situated around 58 kilometres from Pune on the Pune Solapur highway. The temple is situated on a hill and a must visit place around Pune, declared as a protected monument.
Places to Visit Around Bhuleshwar – Bhigwan Bird Sanctuary and Mayureshwar Wildlife
Kanifnath temple is situated near Saswad on top of a small hillock near the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. A short drive around 30km from Pune through the dive ghat section,Mastani Lake view and the Sahyadri Mountain range. Image placesnearpune
Places to Visit Around Kanifnath – Dive Ghat and Mastani Lake
Sinhagad Fort is located on a isolated cliff of the Bhuleswar range of the Sahyadri Mountains near Pune and one of the best monsoon tekking place in Pune. People can trek anytime of the day from a village besides Khadakwasla Lake to Sinhagad Fort.
Places to Visit Around Sinhagad – Khadakwasla Dam and Panshet Dam
Purandar Fort is about 40kms south-east of Pune and 10 km from Saswad village. There are twin forts named as Purandar and Vajragad stands 4,472 ft. above in the Western Ghats and a favorite destination for paragliders and trekkers.
Malshej Ghat is a high mountain pass in the Western Ghats range in the Pune district and one of the developing hill station in Maharashtra. The mountain pass is 120 km form Pune near the borders of Thane and Ahmednagar districts and nestled in the lofty rugged hills of the Western Ghats.
Tamhini Ghat mountain passage is situated on the crest of the Western Ghat mountain range between Mulshi and Tamhini. A drive through tamhini ghat road is just 40 km away from chandani chowk and one of the beautiful spot for picnic in rainy season.
The Kune Falls is a 14th highest waterfall in India, at Lonavla in Pune and very easy to reach and is one of the most popular. A three tiered waterfalls located centrally within the Lonavala Khandala valley and known for its majestic splendor.
Places to Visit – Lonavala and Khandala
Lonavala and Khandala host so many waterfall during the monsoon and Zenith Falls is one of them, located in Khalapur taluka of Raigad district. Zenith Waterfall in Khopoli is a mind blowing place to visit in heavy monsoon season along with a trek on the hills.
Mulshi is one of the major dam on the Mula river in Maharashtra,located in the Mulshi taluka administrative division of the Pune district. The lakeside weekend getaway area near Pune offers nature centric experience,landscape and natural beauty.
Khadakwasla is a dam on the Mutha River situated 20 km from the City of Pune, along with Khadakwasla, Panshet and Varasgaon are the three major dams near Pune. The Khadakwasla Dam is one of the most beautiful scenic places around Pune and people come here on weekends and during the monsoon season.
The Karla Caves are ancient Indian Buddhist rock-cut caves,located in Karli near Lonavala and approximately 60 km away from the city of Pune on the Pune-Mumbai Road. Karla Caves are one of the ancient caves in Maharashtra and one of the most famous centres of early rock-cut architecture in India.
Bedsa Caves are situated in Maval taluka near Khandala and famous for its rock cut sculptures,monastery and pillars. The less known and less visited, Bedse Caves can be reached from Pune via Kamshet on the Pune-Mumbai NH4 Highway.
Lavasa City is a private planned hill city being built in the Mose valley of the Western Ghats near Pune. The city has a better view of surrounded seven hills,a long lake,Mose valley and a striking tourist destination for Pune people.
Aamby Valley City is another planned hill city in Maharashtra,developed by the Sahara India Pariwar in Pune district. Aamby Valley is situated about 23 km from Lonavala and 87 km from the city of Pune and has an average annual rainfall of 4,000 mm in hilly terrain.
Kashid beach town is situated on the shores of the Arabian Sea in the Konkan region and ranked as one of the best beaches on konkan belt. Kashid is 170kms from Pune city and one of the most popular beaches near Pune and Mumbai.
Diveagar is one of the nearest beach near Pune, situated on the grand Arabic sea on the coasts of the Konkan. This beach town is famous for its exquisite beaches, blue waters and black sand.
Matheran Hill Station in Karjat Tahsil is a popular weekend getaway for people from Pune, located on the Western Ghats range of Maharashtra. The smallest hill station in India is located at an elevation of around 800 m (2,625 feet) and at the look-out points in Matheran offers panorama view of surrounding area and mesmerizing view of sunset and sunrise.
Lonavala and Khandala are twin hill station situated about 60 km from Pune on the Mumbai-Pune Highway in the Western Ghats. Places of interest around Lonavla and Khandala are famous Kune waterfalls, Rajmachi Point,Shooting Point, Lohagad Fort,Tiger’s Point and Karla Caves.
Baneshwar Shiva Temple via NH 48 is located in the village of Nasarapur, The temple is a must visit jungle near Pune, declared as a small bird sanctuary and wildlife sanctuary for variety of birds and small animals.
Ancient temple of Lord Shiva is a must visit temple in Saswad along with near by Changa Vateshwar Temple, Bhairavnath Mandir and near by Ek Mukhi Datta temple in Narayanpur.
Changa Vateshwar Temple is located near to Sangameshwar temple and also dedicated to Lord Shiva, Both the temples are build in similar architectural style.
Ramdara Temple is dedicated to Lord Ram and one of the popular Ram temple in Maharashtra, located near Loni.
Palasdeo or Palasnath Temple remain underwater during most of the year except in summer, Located near the Bhigwan village and a must see temple near Pune.
Above list of perfect weekend getaways near Pune is based upon the choices of individuals, Adventures sports like waterfall rappelling, Monsoon trekking, scenic drive and nature photography includes Amboli ghat, Bhimashankar drive and monsoon road trip to Satara.