Maharashtra state has numerous vacation options, with rich cultural background and varied landscape encompassing its every corner. There are lots of options available when it comes to weekend getaways from Pune. Well known as an educational hub, the city is populated by young crowd searching for the suitable destinations to head to during a long weekend or for a casual outing. Promising a much-needed relief from the daily routine, the following weekend getaways will definitely rejuvenate your body and mind in many ways.
Located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Matheran is India’s smallest hill station lying 126 km away from Pune. With close to around 40 viewpoints offering beautiful views of sunset and sunrise, the hill station offers sceneries that can refresh anyone. The picturesque hill station is untouched by the bustling city life. Matheran is packed with tourists because of the pleasant weather throughout the year. Automobiles are not allowed inside the town as it has been declared as an Eco- sensitive region by the government. The best thing to do here is to just relax in the lap of nature.
Main Attractions: Sunset and sunrise from the various viewpoints. Lakes, parks and temples which are likely to interest visitors.
Activities: Joyride on the Neral-Matheran toy train, parasailing, paragliding, walking and hiking up to the viewpoints.
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Located 142 km from Pune, Alibaug is a coastal town in the Konkan region. The popular weekend getaway destination is known for its fresh and rejuvenating air, clean water, and sandy beaches. Well- known for its calm and attractive beaches, mesmerizing weather and dense coconut groves, Alibaug attracts a large number of tourists who wish to enjoy a beach holiday. Apart from the beaches, numerous intricate and historical temples are present in this region. If you are looking for some solidarity, then Alibaug is a must visit place.
Main Attractions: Popular beaches are Kashid Beach, Versoli Beach, Nagaon Beach and Akshi Beach. Vikram Vinayak temple and Kanakeshwar Devasthan temple are frequently visited by the devotees.
Activities: Kulaba Fort located in the sea, to which one can walk at the time of low tide. Relaxing on the beach, try delicious seafood, take a dip in the sea water.
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Kamshet is a charming hill station very close to Pune, renowned for flying and paragliding schools. Bounded by the Western Ghats, this place is one of the top 10 must- visit destinations of India for an adventure lover. Also known as Paraglider’s paradise, Kamshet is a beautiful place packed with fresh air and natural scenery. Surrounded by sunflower and paddy fields, the place provides spectacular view while you are enjoying the premium paragliding facilities.
Main Attractions: Karla, Bhedsa and Bhaja caves, Vidveshwar and Kondeshwar temple, Vadivali Lake
Activities: Paragliding, camping, trekking and exploring the caves
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Lonavala is a hill station and a town in Pune district in the state of Maharashtra. It is around 64 km from Pune and 96 km from Mumbai. Numerous waterfalls trickling through the thick forests on the hillsides and lush green valley is a treat to the travelers. Khandala, also a beautiful valley full of flowing streams is just 5 km away from Lonavala. INS Shivaji, The Indian Navy’s Technical Training Institute is also present here. Lonavala is a very popular holiday destination having criss -cross trails, leading to the various points in the mountains. A sweet nut and jaggery delicacy known as chikki, is the specialty of Lonavala.
Main Attractions: Bhaja caves, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, Bhushi dam, Kune Falls, Duke’s nose, Tiger’s leap
Activities: Hiking, enjoying several waterfalls and exploring the nearby caves
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Located on the banks of the river Godavari, Nasik is a religious holy city and a host to the Kumbh Mela held after every 12 years. It’s a place filled with an aroma of religion, mythology and legends. Nasik is located on the banks of river Godavari; home to plenty of exotic temples, vineyards, forts and much more. The wine tourism industry is escalating in this area, Sula being the popular one. Nasik offers you a wonderful cocktail of extremes varying from temples to vineyards, hills to waterfalls etc. India’s best wines are produced here, so touring the vineyards is another good reason to drop by.
Main Attractions: Anjneri, Ganga Ghat, Mukti Dham, Kapaleshwara temple, Kalaram Temple, Panchvati, Modakeshwar Ganesh, Ramkund, Someshwar Temple, Pandavleni caves.
Activities: Wine tasting at Sula Vineyards, Attend the Kumbh Mela that is held here after every twelve years.
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