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  • The pride of the Deccan Plateau or the 'Oxford of the East', Pune shares its history back to the ages of the Maratha rulers. This city is now one of the prominent names in IT sector, quality living and tourism as well. While the pictorial beauty of the place entices visitors from different corners of the globe, its culture and tradition play an important role in retaining its old-world charm.

    Strolling through the rich history of Pune, you will also find a plenitude of 
    places of interest in and around this rustic city. Amongst these, the scenic hill stations near Pune cannot be ignored.
  • Hill Stations within 200 Kms from Pune

  • 02Lonavala

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    Covered with an evergreen blanket of greeneries and embraced with the magnificence of the scenic peaks, Lonavala is one of the most sought after getaways from Pune. Situated around 96km from Mumbai, it is also an ideal escapade for the locals of the city including family, friends and couples.  In addition to being a picture-perfect retreat, this hill station near Pune is also equally popular for the production of different varieties of 'Chikki', a traditional sweet candy prepared with jaggery and ground-nuts.

    With bunches of waterfalls, lakes and slopes around, Lonavala is frequented by a wide range of individuals, particularly explorers and trekkers. Encompassed by thick timberlands, waterfalls, dam close by lakes, Lonavala is a must visit destination for you if you love to spend some time with nature.

    Also you can visit Khandala and Rajmachi while on your way to Lonavala. he tourist destination has many attractions to its name, Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, Ryewood lake, among others.

    Head out for a camping under the cool night sky or just get ready to experience the fun while heading for a trek.

    Location: Distance from Pune is 65.2 km

    Best time to visit: During the month of October to March

    Type of Destination: Trekking, hiking, camping and adventure activities.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays and Activities:

    1) Camping Adventure At Lonavala In Pune

    2) Luxurious Villa Stay In Lonavala

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    Hot Air Balloon Safari, Lonavala

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  • 03Khandala (Distance - 68Km)

    Khandala (Distance - 68Km)
    Be it for honeymoon, family vacations, corporate outings or nature tours, Khandala is one of the preferred hill stations around Pune. Tranquil and alluring in its own way, this hilly abode is situated between the Deccan Plateau and the Konkan Plains. Sharing an age-long affair with the Hindi Film Industry, Khandala shot to instant fame after the song 'Aati Kya Khnadala'; from Aamir Khan starrer blockbuster 'Ghulam', was released.

    While visiting this hill station, you can also visit some of the major tourist places that bring to life the British rule in India. Further, one can even find out many more 
    things to do in pune during weekdays and weekends.
    Luxurious Resort Getaway at Khandala

    Luxurious Resort Getaway at Khandala

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  • 04Panchgani (Distance - 100Km)

    Panchgani (Distance - 100Km)
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    The discovery of Panchgani dates back to the Colonial era of India. It was after the British officials found that they cannot access Mahabaleshwar during the monsoons, they came up with a similar hill station.

    Named as 'Panchgani' due to the close proximity to five different settlements, it wears a pleasant climate all throughout the year and is one of the hill stations near Pune that produces fine quality strawberries.

    Thrilliophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays and Camps in Panchagani:

    1) Economical Homestay At Panchgani
    Camping in Panchgani

    Camping in Panchgani

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  • 05Malshej Ghat (Distance - 119Km)

    Malshej Ghat (Distance - 119Km)
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    Visiting Malshej Ghat during October-June might not allure you as much as visiting during June-September! It is during this season; the entire vicinity gets bestowed with the monsoons and flourishes with all its glories and splendour.

    Rugged and uneven, the hill station gives birth to untold waterfalls that add to the heavenly appeal of Malshej Ghat. For the history buffs, this quaint hill station near Pune is a hub to visit the birthplace of Chatrapati Shivaji,the valorous Maratha warrior.
  • 06Mahabaleshwar (Distance - 120Km)

    Mahabaleshwar (Distance - 120Km)
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    Located in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is credited as one of the evergreen spots in the world and the breathtaking Western Ghats adds more to its draw. Rising up to a height of 1,353m above the sea level, this scenic hilly retreat was once the capital of Bombay province.

    Pleasant climate, enchanting views, stunning greeneries, abundance of tourist places and the mesmeric beauty of the 
    Krishna River makes Mahabaleshwar one of the picturesque hill stations around Pune.
  • 07Matheran (Distance - 120Km)

    Matheran (Distance - 120Km)
    The smallest hill station in India, Matheran is known for the undulated 1800 views of the nearby surroundings. Located around 2,625ft above the sea level in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, this picture-perfect hilly retreat was also suggested to be one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

    Though it failed to be one of them, it has gained immense popularity among couples due to its ceaseless charm. It is the only automobile-free hill station in the entire of Asia continent.

    Thrillophilia's Best Selling Tours:

    1) Karnala Fort Trek, Matheran

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    Trek to Chanderi Caves in Matheran

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  • 08Bhandardara (Distane - 162Km)

    Bhandardara (Distane - 162Km)
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    A tiny, yet enchanting hamlet embraced by the appeal of the Western Ghats, Bhandardara is located in Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. Known for its stunning waterfalls, serene hills and mountains, impeccable tranquillity and lush greeneries, it is situated beside the Pravara River.

    The home to 
    Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra, Bhandardara's rugged terrains also make it a hub for the trekkers to undertake some exhilarating routes. In addition, on a visit to this quaint hill town, you can have ample of other places to visit and explore as well.
    Jungle Camping near Bhandardara Lake

    Jungle Camping near Bhandardara Lake

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  • Hill Stations Beyond 300 Kms from Pune

  • 10Panhala (Distance - 231Km)

    Panhala (Distance - 231Km)
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    Located in the Kohlapur district of Maharashtra, Panhala is the smallest city in the state. Founded by the great Maratha ruler Shivaji, this hilly city boasts of its pristine outlook, scenic valleys, pleasant climate and rich historical background.

     A summer escapade near Pune, Panhala also caters to the interest of the history buffs. The Panhala Fort and theParashar Caves are the two most visited landmarks in this one of the wonderful hill stations near Pune.
  • 11Jawahar (Distance - 238Km)

    Jawahar (Distance - 238Km)
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    A hill station with a tribal essence, Jawahar is nestled amidst lush greeneries and is the home to several waterfalls. Situated in the Palghar district of Maharashtra, it is one of the nearby hill stations around Pune and is located around 80km from Nashik.

    It is in Jawahar, one can find the traces back to the 'Warli' tribe and their existence through the immortal mud and charcoal paintings. It is also believed that this hill station was once the resting place of Chhatrapati Shivaji while he was on his Surat visit.
  • 12Amboli (Distance - 348Km)

    Amboli (Distance - 348Km)
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    A pictorial hill station touching the height of 690m, Amboli is situated on the Sahayadri Hills of the Western Ghats. Untouched by the hands of commercialisation, this hilly town is known for its eco-friendly and calm ambience.

    Embraced with the splendour of verdant forests, scenic mountains and stunning waterfalls, Amboli offers a plenitude of sightseeing options amongst which, 
    Amboli Falls, Hiranyakeshi River and theShridevi Mauli temple are the prominent ones. One can also visit the Shriram, Datta and Hanuman temples that are located within a close proximity to this hill station.
    Amboli Jungle Trek

    Amboli Jungle Trek

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  • 13Toranmal (Distance - 498Km)

    Toranmal (Distance - 498Km)
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    A soccer shaped plateau nestled by the picturesque hills of the Satpura Range, Toranmal is known for its serene and tranquil ambience . Located in the Nandubar district of Maharashtra, this hill station attains a height of 1,150m and is the second most popular hill station in Maharashtra in terms of pleasant climate.

    Toranmal was once inhabited by the primitive tribal and is now an important pilgrimage for the Hindus. Canopied by thick forests, narrow lanes, fascinating mountain peaks, stunning lakes and several sacred sites, a visit to this place is a must for those yearning for a 
    serene holiday near Pune along with family and friends.
  • 14Chikhaldara (Distance - 622Km)

    Chikhaldara (Distance - 622Km)

    Sharing history with the epic Mahabharata, Chikhaldara is situated in Amravati district of Maharashtra. Standing at a height of 1,100m above the sea level, this charming hill station is also credited for its alluring views, enchanting hills and mountains, lush greeneries and fascinating range of wildlife. It is in this hilly abode, where you can witness tigers, leopards, sloth bears, Indian bison, blue bulls, barking deer, langurs and several other species.

    Be it on a family vacation or corporate outings, holiday with friends or alone, the hill stations near Pune serve as idealdestinations. With their natural beauty and appeal, rich cultural and historical past, these hilly retreats appease visitors throughout the year and introduce them to a world of relaxation and rejuvenation!