Pune is surrounded by the mountains and offers wide range of opportunity for hiking, trekking, camping and adventures travel especially during the monsoon.
Apart from the regular beach destinations around Pune like Kashid, Alibaug, Diveagar etc, Pune is dotted with list of hill forts like Sinhagad, Purandar, Rajmachi and various monsoon destinations to visit, listed below.
Sinhagad is the most famous historical place near Pune and must visit during the monsoon for adventures drive, trekking and a popular weekend destination for Punekar.
Tamhini Ghat via Mulshi dam side drive is around 80 kms from Pune, offers best view of mountain ranges, hill passage and natural greenery in monsoon season along with scenic waterfalls, lakes and dense woods – Photo credit – Prasad Datar
Lonavla and Khandala can be combined together for list of places of interest during the monsoon. Bhushi Dam, Tiger point, Rajmachi fort, Kune falls and the surrounding valleys are visited by most number of tourist from Pune and Mumbai.
Bhimashankar is located deep into the Ghat region of the Sahyadri hills, home to one of the three Jyotirlinga temples in Maharashtra and also the source of the river Bhima.
The Ghat region of Bhimashankar offers very attractive natural beauty during monsoon and the wildlife sanctuary is habitat of the Indian Giant Squirrel, state animal of Maharashtra.
Mahabaleshwar hill station was the summer capital of Bombay Province and receives very heavy rainfall during monsoon. Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar are 125 km from Pune and offers mesmerizing view of the Magical Monsoon in Maharashtra.
The climate is suitable for strawberries and other berries as well, received the geographical indication tag and must visit place includes Venna Lake, Elephant Point, Lingmala Waterfalls and Pratapgad fort.
The magic of monsoon bring back the natural greenery, rainbows, raindrops and waterfalls. Satara is a mountains surrounding city with moderate rainfalls and home to Thoseghar Waterfalls, Vajrai Waterfall and Kaas plateau flower valley of Maharashtra, should be visited late monsoon.
Matheran hill station on the Western Ghats range is a popular weekend getaway from Pune and Mumbai. The look out points offers breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains, astonishing waterfalls, Mist Valley, sunset and sunrise.
Raigad hill fort rises 2700 ft above in the Sahyadri mountain range was built by Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj and one of the must visit forts of Maharashtra, especially during the monsoon.
Amboli is the last hill station of Maharashtra in the Sahayadri Hills before the coastal highlands of Goa. This place receives incredibly high rainfalls and home to 108 Shiva temples in and around, numerous waterfalls, Malabar rock pit viper and part of the bio-diversity hot spot of India. Photo credit – AmboliTourism