Pune is a city that is always vibrant and thriving. At one point of time, it was known as a pensioner's paradise and is home to those who come seeking a peaceful life in a luxurious environment. It is also heaven for those who love food; one would come across varieties of delicacies which begins with the patties from Santosh bakery to burgers and many more.
Well now Pune, like any other metropolis has grown with time and from pensioner's paradise it is now a vibrant city that has become a major hub for education, entertainment industries, and not to forget the IT giants.
With all of this happening in a small city like Pune, it is essential toventure out of the city to put a temporary rest to the city life. Come weekends especially the long ones, the people here are on the lookout for a place to get going.
We bring you 10 destinations which are perfect for a weekend getaway. Don't wait further, start reading and get your bags together.
Located at a distance of about 112 km away from Pune is Satara, a place which a perfect mixture of heritage and nature. The forts of Ajinkyatara and Sajjangarh offer you trails which take through some ancient pathways that lead you the gorgeous Kass plateau and the confluence of the Veena into river Krishna. This place would for sure will offer you a quite weekend in the lap of Mother Nature.
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Bhandardara is the highest peak in the state of Maharashtra which is around 162 km from Pune. It is a tourist hotspot for its majestic mountains, the cascading waterfalls add on to the lush greenery.
The hill station has plenty of water bodies which are in various shapes and sizes. The place is also historically significant and is prefect place to throw away the hustle and bustle of a city life.
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Are you an adventure junkie who is on the lookout to satisfy the adrenaline rush? Well then, do not think much, head straight to Kolad which is around 115 km from Pune and get your hands dirty with some action. The place offers one adventure sports like river rafting, kayaking, flying fox and many more along with night camps and bonfire.
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A destination untouched by commercialization and very less visitors, is Diveagar which is around 160 km away from the city. The beach here overlooks the Arabian Sea and stretches for almost 4 km.
The uneven surface makes it one of the most enjoyable experiences for you to come across, head to one of the local resorts and pamper yourself with a retreat of a lazy weekend.
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Around 120 km from the city of Pune is the one of the famous tourist getaways of Mahabaleshwar which is wrapped up by valley and makes a huge plateau. The hill station is also given a holy tag, as there is a belief that river Krishna originated here, one can enjoy the sight of rock formations and the natural beauty from the various viewpoints.
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This beautiful hill station is at a distance of 120 km away from Pune. To reach the hill point, one can opt for trekking or simply enjoy the joy ride in the toy train. A plus point is that, there is no pollution here at all, as vehicles are banned in the region. With numerous lakes and temples and a large number of viewpoints, one can enjoy some refreshing air.
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Well known for its delicacies of fudge and chikkis is Lonavala which is around 66 km from Pune. The hill station is paradise for those who are into trekking; for the nature lovers, the lush greenery and the breathtaking view of the region will surely swipe you off your feet. The Bushi Dam is a major draw amongst its visitors.
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The quaint town of Alibaug lies on the coastline of the state of Maharashtra. The place is the destination for those love sand, water and sea foods. There are plenty of beaches here and some of them are very still apart from the gushing sound of the waves. It is a perfect place to read your favorite book admiring the horizon.
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At a distance of 50 km from Pune, Kamshet is surrounded by a few hamlets, which offer you a perfect spot for paragliding. You can head for the exploration at the caves of Bhaja and Bhedsa. A spiritually inclined person can head to the temples of Kondeshwar and Vidveshwar after cooling your heels at the Vadival lake.
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Panchgani is blanketed by five hills of the beautiful Sahyadris which is truly a refresher to your soul. At a distance of 101 km from Pune, it is one of the best places to head to if you are looking out to calm your mind. The main attractions here are view points and the Dhom Dam built over the river Krishna.