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  • What could be a better plan than to spend your weekend in the midst of mountains with amazing views? With a number of hill stations near Pune, this destination is becoming a hit destination for the people around the world. Home to the young crowd, Pune is known for its dynamic, cosmopolitan and fun condition.

    A short trip in an opposite direction from the ordinary city life should be on your travel list in the coming long weekends. The Western Ghats are home to the absolute most picturesque and stunningly wonderful occasion goals in all of India. The undulating green slopes of the district are scattered with streams and waterfalls and are a great incredible sight consistently.

    Also, the inhabitants of Pune are amazingly fortunate because of the way that the best hill stations in the Western Ghats are found a short distance far from the city which makes them ideal for end of the week street trips. 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 Pune hill stations cannot be ignored.

    Hill Stations near Pune Within 200 Km:

    - Lonavala: 66.7 Km (Best for camping and trekking)
    - Khandala: 71 Km (Best for trekking and camping)
    - Panchgani: 101.4 Km (Best for camping)
    - Mahabaleshwar: 120 Km 
    (Best for trekking and sightseeing view)

    Hill Stations around Pune Within 400 Km:

    - Panhala: 239 Km (Best for scenic valleys)
    - Jawahar: 272 Km (Best for waterfalls)
    - Amboli: 346.3 Km (Best for trekking and sightseeing)
  • Hill Stations within 200 Kms from Pune

  • 01Lonavala

    Lonavala
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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 weekend getaways from Pune. Situated around 96km from Mumbai, it is also an ideal escapade for the locals of the city including family, friends, couples and for a team outing.

    In addition to being a picture-perfect retreat, this hill stations 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. The tourist destination has many attractions to its name, Bhaja caves, Bushi dam, Karla caves, Rajmachi fort, Ryewood lake, among others.

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

    Location: Distance from Pune is 66.7 km

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

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

    Where to Stay: Best Resorts in Lonavala for most relaxing stay.
  • 02Khandala

    Khandala
    When we hear about this place all you can hear yourself humming that favourite song Aati Kya Khandala. Roosted on the foothills of Sahyadri, Khandala accommodates a flawless end of the week reprieve for the Mumbai populace, with its grand valleys, lush slopes, tranquil lakes and hazy waterfalls.

    This is a standout amongst the most prominent weekend getaway for the general population from close-by urban areas of Mumbai and Pune.  This place is a must for everybody searching for wonderful nature, charming climate and the sentiment fog noticeable all around. The regular excellence blossoms to its apex and uncovers a mystical appeal amid the storms.

    It’s winding waterfalls and sparkling lakes credits to the great look and give you that perfect feel. The Duke's Nose pinnacle and Karla slopes are the two mainstream spots for shake climbing. Aside from these, there are many caverns and lakes to be seen.

    It’s the ideal place to take a load off. Feel the thrill while you head out for a trek to the amazing forts here like Duke's Nose, Rajmachi Fort, Visapur Fort, Korigad Fort, Tung Fort, and Tikona Fort which are the major trekking places in Khandala. You will have the best time of your life here.

    Activities: Some of the activities which are famous here are trekking, hiking, camping etc.

    Distance from Pune: Khandala is located at a distance of 71.0km from Pune.

    Type of Destination: Trekking, hiking, camping etc.

  • 03Panchgani

    Panchgani
    Settled between the magnificent slopes of the Sahyadri go, Panchgani is popular for its unparalleled magnificence. Local people trust the air in Panchgani has recuperating qualities, restoring your body and psyche. Known to be a summer retreat for the British in the ancient period, Panchgani is presented with both beachfront fields and bumpy landscapes. A short weekend getaway near Pune offers a stay in the picturesque and dynamic environment.

    Visit Rajpuri Caves, Tableland, Lord Karthikeya Temple, and enjoy paragliding. At a separation of 18 km from Mahabaleshwar, 48 km from Satara, and 254 km from Mumbai, Panchgani likewise called Panchgani is a renowned hill station and Metropolitan chamber in Satara locale of Maharashtra. It is one of the best slope resorts in Maharashtra and among the best slope stations close Pune and Mumbai urban communities. Panchgani has a few lovely vacation destinations. It is also a popular picnic spot near Pune to go with family.

    Table Land, Parsi Point, Kamalgadh Fort, Devil's Kitchen, Rajpuri Caves, Sydney Point, Mapro Gardens, Dhom dam and so on are a portion of the significant touring places in Panchgani. Panchgani is dabbed with British style old cottages and Parsi houses. This is definitely the best place where you should travel this weekend.

    Activities: Some of the activities which are famous here are paragliding, trekking, hiking etc.

    Distance from Pune: Panchgani is located at a distance of 101.4 km from Pune.

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

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  • 04Malshej Ghat

    Malshej Ghat
    Image Credit : Amit Rawat

    A wonderful slope station with its various lakes, waterfalls and mountains, Malshej Ghat is prevalent among explorers, trekkers and nature darlings. Malshej Ghat is a perfect withdraw from the racket of city life and is a paradise dwelling place of regular magnificence.

    With an uncountable number of waterfalls to wonderfully organized dams and steep, elevated posts, a ghat is an ideal place for nature sweethearts enchant. This place is particularly wonderful amid storms and is one of the most loved ends of the week getaways for adolescents from Mumbai, Pune and Thane. Harishchandragad stronghold is a fortification around there and is exceptionally well known among trekkers.

    Malshej falls, the delightful Pimpalgaon dam and Ajoba Hill stronghold are some of the different attractions here which will be enchanting for any traveller. Feel the thrill while you visit this amazing falls. This place is also a favourite among bird watchers which is home to a myriad of birds. Head out to this destination this weekend and make it a memorable one.

    Activities: Some of the activities which are famous in Pune are Sightseeing, trekking, hiking and camping.

    Distance from Pune: Malshej Ghat is located at a distance of 138.1 km from Pune.

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

    Other Activities: Here are some other activities in Pune that you can do to have a wonderful life.

  • 05Mahabaleshwar

    Mahabaleshwar
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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, an abundance of tourist places and the mesmeric beauty of the 
    Krishna River makes Mahabaleshwar one of the picturesque hill stations near Pune.

    Distance: Mahabaleshwar is located at a distance of 120 km from Pune.
  • 06Matheran

    Matheran
    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 stations near Pune in the entire of Asia continent.

    Distance: Matheran is located at a distance of 125.1 km from Pune.
  • 07Bhandardara

    Bhandardara
    Image Credit : Surabh Jain
    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.

    Distance: Bhandardara is located at a distance of 172.4 km from Pune.
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  • Hill Stations Within 400 Kms from Pune

  • 08Panhala

    Panhala
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    Located in the Kolhapur 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.

    summer escapade near Pune, Panhala also caters to the interest of the history buffs. The Panhala Fort and the Parashar Caves are the two most visited landmarks in this one of the wonderful hill stations near Pune.

    Distance: Panhala is located at a distance of 239.8 km from Pune.
  • 09Jawahar

    Jawahar
    Image Credit : Arjun Singh Kulkarni
    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 near 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.

    Distance: Jawahar is located at a distance of 272.8 km from Pune.
  • 10Amboli

    A pictorial hill station touching the height of 690m, Amboli is situated on the Sahyadri 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.

    Distance: Amboli is located at a distance of 346.3 km from Pune.
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  • 11Toranmal

    Toranmal
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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 stations near Pune 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.

    Distance: Toranmal is located at a distance of 469 km from Pune.
  • 12Chikhaldara

    Chikhaldara

    Sharing history with the epic Mahabharata, Chikhaldara is situated in Amravati district of Maharashtra state. 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 ideal destinations. 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!

    Distance: Chikhaldara is located at a distance of 593 km from Pune.


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Attractions

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Lohagad

Situated close to the famous hill station of Lonavala, Lohagad is one of the most magnificent places to visit in Pune. Located on a beautiful hillock near Malavali, this place is one of the favourite destinations for trekking enthusiasts in Pune. Dating back to the 18th century, this place is an interesting visit to appreciate the charm of ancient architecture nestled in the midst of natural beauty.

Lohagad Fort offers an exciting trek where people can look forward to an adrenaline filled day. Surrounded by beautiful green hills, it also offers various delightful opportunities for photographers and nature lovers to appreciate the panoramic views all around.


  • Location: Lohagad Fort, Lohagad Trek Rd, Maharashtra

  • Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Lohagad Fort is during Monsoon season when the surroundings are most spectacular due to the rains and presence of dark clouds without the scorching sun.  

  • Entry fee: There is no entry fee to visit Lohagad Fort

  • Timings: One can visit the Lohagad Fort from 9 am to 6 pm

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Pawna Lake

Enjoy the wonder of nature by paying a visit to the exquisite Pawna Lake when you are in Pune. Its paradise location is something that you will not be able to forget anytime soon. The setting at Pawna Lake is made beautiful with the presence of various tourist attractions like Lohagad Fort, Tikona Fort, Tung Fort and Visapur Fort. Its refreshing ambience makes this place a beautiful destination near Lonavala and Khandala to enjoy an idyllic weekend.

It was created as an artificial water reservoir and offers a soothing time to relax with nature. People keep flocking to Pawna Lake for its postcard-perfect landscape. The place is known for its wonderful climate and offers a serene retreat away from the noise of usual city life. Pawna Lake is also known to attract nature lovers due to the number of flora and fauna which can be seen around the lake. Some of the activities which you can look forward to enjoying at Pawna Lake are camping, paragliding, sightseeing etc.


  • Location: Pawna Lake, Pune

  • Best Time to visit: The best time to visit this place is during the monsoon season

  • Entry fee: There is no entry fee for visiting Pawna Lake

  • Timings: This place can be visited from morning till evening.

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Sinhagad Fort

Literally meaning the Lion Fort, Sinhagad Fort is one of the most famous historical places to visit in Pune. It was earlier named Kondana and believed to have been built about 2000 years ago. Sinhagad Fort occupies an important place in the history of Pune as there were many important battles like the famous Battle of Sinhagad fought here. It boasts of a strategic location and is protected by natural frontiers.

The fort makes a mesmerising scenery with the Sahyadri mountains and serves an as popular place for outings in Pune. Many trekking lovers also flock the place for an enterprising day to complete a one day trek from the village to the fort. Some notable attractions which you can see inside the fort are Tanaji memorial, the tomb of Rajaram Chhatrapati, a Kali temple, some military stables and a brewery.


  • Location: Sinhagad Ghat Road, Thoptewadi, Pune, Maharashtra

  • Best Time to visit: The months of winter and monsoon season from July to February are the most preferred time to visit this fort

  • Entry fee: N/A

  • Timings:  Tourists can visit here between 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m

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Raigad Fort

Raigad Fort is a majestic fort in Maharashtra which you can see in Sahyadri mountain ranges of Western Ghats. The fort is a symbol of Maratha pride and one of the great reminders of the history of Marathas. It was named as Gibraltar of the East by the British due to its strategic location and one of the most important landmarks in the city of Pune.

Some main attractions of Raigad Fort are the Hirakani Buruj, Maha Darwaja, the King’s Durbar, Takmak Tok, Jagdishwar Mandir etc. The fort has become a major tourist spot for its trekking opportunities where one needs to climb up to 1737 steps and enjoy a breath-taking view of the landscape. For those who wish to give trekking a miss, there is a splendid ropeway ride to give you goosebumps as you move through the winds with an exquisite aerial view of the landscape. The place has been dubbed as one of the most exciting Pune tourist destinations for history lovers and adventure freaks.


  • Location: Raigad Fort, Raigad, Maharashtra

  • Best Time to visit: The best time to visit Raigad Fort is from November to March

  • Entry fee: The cost of an entry ticket for Indians is INR 10 / USD 0.15 and for foreigners, it is INR 100/ USD 1.54

  • Timings: Tourists can visit Raigad Fort from 10 am to 6 pm every day

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Panshet Dam

Also famous as Tanaji Sagar Dam, Panshet Dam is one of the top places to visit in Pune for adventure enthusiasts.  Perched beautifully in the Sahyadri Ranges, Panshet Dam is a visual delight with a surreal landscape that offers a soothing retreat. Panshet Dam is encompassed by luxuriant hills and a number of thundering waterfalls that makes it a perfect place for nature lovers too.

Tourists here can look forward to savouring an adrenaline rush by partaking in a number of water sports. Some of the popular water sports enjoyed here are kayaking, boating and few rides like the banana ride and water scooters. Other activities which you can enjoy here are trekking and camping in the midst of nature.


  • Location: Panshet Dam, Ambi River, Pune District, Maharashtra

  • Best Time to visit:  The best time to make a visit to Panshet Dam is during the monsoon days or in the evenings of the winter season

  • Entry fee: During the weekdays the entry fees for an adult is INR 250/USD 3.75 and for a child is INR 170/ USD 2.62. For the weekends the entry fees for a child in INR 230/ USD 3.54 and for an adult is INR 300/ USD 4.62

  • Timings: Tourists can visit here from 10:00 am in the morning to 6:00 pm in the evening.

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Mulshi Lake and Dam

Originally a dam used for irrigation and hydroelectricity generation, Mulshi Lake and Dam is now one of the most notable attractions in Pune. The place attracts a number of visitors who wish to relax in the serene ambience of nature and rejuvenate their soul away from all the hubbub of city life. Mul shi Lake and Dam gets its picturesque landscape as it is nestled beautifully between two hills and verdant forests. One can’t help but appreciate the natural beauty of this place which is replete with various flora and fauna along the dam and lake. Some popular activities for the tourists Mulshi Lake and Dam are hiking the hills, picnicking with your loved ones or enjoy boating in the lake. Although the place is located at a short distance away from the main city, it offers a perfect escape for the nature lovers in Pune.


  • Location:  It is located in the Mulshi taluka administrative division of the Pune district of Maharashtra State.

  • Best Time to visit: The ideal time to visit Mulshi Lake and Dam is during the monsoon months.

  • Entry fee:  There are no entrance fees to visit this place in Pune

  • Timings: It can be visited during the day from 9 am to 6 pm.

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