Monsoon Getaways – Top 7 Tourist Spots to Visit in Pune

  • Posted by: Crescent
  • 24th June, 2021

Forts, palaces, museums, temples, churches, parks, food joints, malls; the city of Pune is an interesting mixture of fun, adventure, spirituality, history, fun, and more. It is a sheer delight to explore Pune any time of the year however, during monsoon season this city is embraced with a sense of romanticism to those who explore this city.

Starting from Hill stations, lakes (boating), hiking trails, there is a lot of monsoon gateways that Pune has for every type of traveler and explorer in you. Not that we are asking you to visit Pune during monsoons but, if you are in Pune during the monsoon don’t shut yourself inside your hotel room (or room). Instead, pack your bag and take a trip and explore the beauty and tranquility this city has to offer. Here, are our suggestions.


Best Tourist Spots to Visit during Monsoon

1. Lonavala and Khandala

lonavala

Apart from all the Bollywood references, Khandala and Lonavala are perfect for a quick weekend trip. The weather is amazing during monsoons as there is drizzle and fog accompanied by a cool breeze, making it a place where you can enjoy all of this. Local markets offer spicy, steaming hot food and that just makes everything better. The views are stunning and one can explore various sunset, sunrise, and echo points, along with enchanting views of the valley. Located at a distance of 65 km, it is one of the best places to visit in Pune.

Distance from Pune: 66  km (Lonavala), 71 km (Khandala)

Distance from Mumbai: 900 km (Lonavala), 81 km (Khandala)

How to reach: Train, Bus, Private Vehicle

Things to do:  trekking to nearby forts, hiking, sightseeing, camping at the lake (mostly avoided during monsoon)

2. Kamshet; The New Lonavala

boating in kamshet

Those who already have visited Lonavala might know what to expect from Kamshet as it just the same, but a little less crowded and more beautiful. Kamshet or aka The New Lonavala is a very underrated tourist spot only until you visit it once. Because upon visiting it is very sure that you will always add ‘Kamshet’ into must-visit places. This scenic village has caught the fancy of travelers as a paragliding destination however, it has evolved more than.

Distance from Pune: 47 km

Distance from Mumbai: 110 km

How to reach: Train, Bus, Private Vehicle

Things to do: paragliding, trekking, hiking, camping (mostly avoided during monsoon), sightseeing

You May Interested-in: Residential Projects in Kamshet-New Lonavala Pune

3. Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani

mahabaleshwar

For people who like hill stations and still don’t have a lot of time to explore them, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are perfect for you. Situated around 150 km from Pune, these sites are mesmerizing as they are home to blissful weather that will usually make you want to wear a sweater, savor juicy strawberries that are as sweet as anything and enjoy adventure sports like paragliding. These two places are well balanced between relaxation and adventure. All this perhaps makes it one of the best places to visit in the monsoon near Pune.

Distance from Pune: 99 km (Panchgani),  118 (Mahabaleshwar)

Distance from Mumbai: 262  km (Mahabaleshwar), 243 km (Panchgani)

How to reach: Train, Bus, Private Vehicle

Things to do: trekking, hiking, sightseeing, temple visit, strawberry plucking, waterfalls

4. Thosegar Falls

Located around 130 km from Pune, these falls are perfect if you love hiking. Situated close to Satara, you also get to experience the valley of flowers of Maharashtra along with the waterfall. This is accompanied by breathtaking views of the Kaas plateau. Listen to the music of these falls and you will realize that this is the best way to relax. Trek up to Sajjangadh to have a view of the valley of flowers!

Distance from Pune: 140  km

Distance from Mumbai: 282  km

How to reach: Train, Bus, Private Vehicle

Things to do: sightseeing, picnic

5. Kolad

If you are the adventurous kind, Kolad is the perfect weekend getaway for you. Situated around 120 km from Pune, Kolad offers water sports like rowing, kayaking, rafting, camping, river crossing, rappelling, etc.  Even if adventure is not your thing, you can relax in the lap of nature, picnic on the banks of the river, and enjoy the serenity of it all. It is indeed perfect for a family trip and even for couples!

Distance from Pune: 114 km

Distance from Mumbai: 117  km (Mahabaleshwar), 243 km (Panchgani)

How to reach: Train, Bus, Private Vehicle

Things to do: sightseeing, river rafting, trekking, kayaking

6. Matheran

matheran

One of the smallest hill stations in Maharashtra gained its popularity due to the heavy rain it receives and thus becoming one of the most-sough after destinations in monsoon. Those visiting Matheran will get to trek to Chanderi caves, visit charlotte lake, Louisa point, watch the sunset, and many more. There are countless things one can do here and we believe many have already signed a petition to officially announce it as a weekend gateway that gives will please every kind of traveler. Here is an additional tip, do not forget to take the toy train ride!

Distance from Pune: 121 km

Distance from Mumbai: 85 km (Mahabaleshwar), 243 km (Panchgani)

How to reach: Train, Bus, Private Vehicle

Things to do: sightseeing, rock climbing, camping, adventurous sports, waterfalls

7. The Dark Forest Trek- Andharban Trek

This trekking is clearly for those who love an adventure. Though the trek begins like very usual ones, after a while you enter into a place covered with thick trees and very minimal light coming in. We don’t actually know whether it is spooky or exciting, but we are leaving it for you to find it out the rest and explore the secrets and mysteries this forest has to offer. But, we can assure you that at the end of it awaits for you a beautiful landscape that will directly speak to your soul. Also, for the best experience pack enough to spend the night.

Distance from Pune: 61 km

Distance from Mumbai: 136 km (to the start point of the trek)

How to reach: Train, Bus, Private Vehicle

Things to do: sightseeing, trekking


Conclusion

We now assume that you know what this city has to offer and considering how monsoons have already hit us, where are you planning to next? As said before, any place, city, or town is an explorer’s paradise. All that one has to do is put on their shoes and start trekking or climbing the hills.

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