20 Best Places to Visit Near Pune in December - 2020

Places to Visit Near Pune in December


It is a great time for travelers to explore places to visit near Pune in December, which are not exactly on the radar during other months. You can witness the places like Lonavala and Khandala with an entirely new outlook that get covered in the misty white blanket.

Several other sites located in the Western Ghats are perfect for a road trip during this month as the weather gets balmy and the temperature drops, making the experience a lot more delightful. Destinations like Kamshet offer adventure activities as well as the scenic vistas with fresh air that can be enjoyed by both adventure-seekers and peace lovers.

Other places to visit in December near Pune include Panchgani, Tarkarli, Lavasa, Nashik, and many more that offer an array of options that are great for families, youngsters and even elderly. So, pack your bags and head to these exciting places for a refreshing vacation!


Here is the list of places to visit near Pune in december:


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Pawna Lake Camping | Book @ ₹ 778 Only!
  • 2D/1N
  • Lonavala
  • 2D/1N
  • Lonavala
₹1,278 ₹778
Trip Location: Pawna Lake

- A 2 days 1 night Pawna Lake Camping on the banks of the beautiful Pawna Lake is here. Take part in this adventure to escape from the hassles of your city life.
- The lake is one of the popular artificial lakes located 10 kilometres away from Kamshet on the old Mumbai- Pune highway. It is a place known for nature, lake and green hills all together.
- Pawna Camping has become an important campsite after the construction of the Pawna Dam.

This tour have 3 variants, below are details mentioned:

Variant 1: Camping Experience for All 
Check in 4 PM -7 PM
Check out : Before 11 AM
Evening Tea & Snacks (4 PM -6 PM)
BBQ Sancks (Limited Quatity ,Veg/Non-Veg Cooked by Staff from 7 PM - 8 PM)
Unlimited Dinner Veg/Non-Veg(Self service from 9:30 PM -11:00 PM)
Breakfast (Tea & Poha from 8 AM - 9 AM)
Bonfire after Dinner
Accomodation in tents on Multiple sharing basis
Common Washroom facilities available
Music Timming : Upto 2 AM 

Variant 2 : Camping Experience for Couples
Check In: 4 PM - 6 PM
Check out : Before 11 AM
Evening Tea & Snacks (4 PM-6 PM)
BBQ Snacks(Veg/Non-veg Limited Qty. ,Cooked by staff )(7PM-8 PM)
Unlimited Veg /Non-veg Dinner (Self service from 9:30 PM 10:30 PM)
Breakfast (Tea & Poha from 8 AM - 9 AM)
Bonfire after Dinner
Accomodation in Tents on Double sharing basis.
Common washroom facilities available 
Music Timming : Upto 12 AM 

Variant 3: Camping Experience for Family 
Check In: 4 PM - 6 PM
Check out : Before 11 AM
Evening Tea & Snacks (4 PM - 6 PM)
Limited BBQ Snacks(Veg/Non-veg | Cooked by staff ) (7 PM -8 PM)
Unlimited Veg /Non-veg Dinner (Self service) (9:30 PM - 10:30 PM)
Bonfire after Dinner 
Breakfast (Tea & Poha from 8 AM - 9 AM)
Accomodation in Tents on Multiple sharing sharing basis.
Common washroom facilities available 



Note: Pawna Lake Campsite allotment is based on availability and it may be Lakeside / Hill side with a lake view. Please note that the roads to reach Pawna have patches which give you the thrill of an off-road drive specially the last 10 KMS. Driving after sunset becomes difficult in these roads and can take more than expected time. Best and safest is to reach the campsite within 6.30 PM.



Music Timming : Upto 11 PM

Pawna Lake Distance: From Pune: 60 KM ( Via Kamshet)

                                       From Mumbai: 120 KM (Via Lonavala, Bhangarwadi Rd)


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Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary | Save 20% & Get 3100 Cashback
  • 4D/3N
  • Satara
  • 4D/3N
  • Satara
₹27,000 ₹21,600
Away from the strange bustle of city life is this wildlife escape (Forest Escapes Koyna), recognized by the UNESCO as a world heritage site. We are talking about the Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary, located around the powerhouse of Maharashtra, the Koyna Dam, in the Satara district. Located only 190 kms from the city of Pune, the Koyna wildlife sanctuary is the best place to unwind in the presence of nature, and get treated to some of the most picturesque scenes through the day. 

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary boasts of being the living grounds of several tigers, bison, and dozens of other wild animals and birds. This can be the place to make you feel close to the real form of nature in the comfort and beauty of Western Ghats. 
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Lohagad Fort Night Trek, Lonavala | Book @ 680 Only
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  • Lonavala
  • 1D
  • Lonavala
₹1,080 ₹680
Located close to the hill station of Lonavala Khandala and 52 km northwest of Pune, Lohagad rises to an elevation of 1,033 meters or 3,389 feet above sea level. We are here with the package of an amazing trek opportunity at this place.

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est trekking route near Mumbai and Pune for beginners. It is an easy trek filled with fun and beauty. You will get to see many beautiful things during this trek and after reaching the peak you can see four doors  The first one is called 'Ganesh Darwaaja', the second one is called 'Narayan Darwaja', the third one is called 'Hanuman Darwaaja' & the fourth one is called 'Maha Darwaaja'. Out of this Hanuman Darwaaja is the most ancient of all the doors. Between Narayan & Hanuman Darwaaja there are two godowns which were used for storage purpose as a granary. This will be a perfect day out for you and your family or friends.

Meals:
You will be served a healthy breakfast 

Starting point: Malavali Railway Station


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Kalsubai Trek, Igatpuri | Kalsubai Sunrise Trek @ ₹688 Only
  • 2D/1N
  • Igatpuri
  • 2D/1N
  • Igatpuri
₹1,188 ₹688

Kalsubai at 5400ft is the highest peak of Maharashtra and this is the main reason for its popularity and difficulty. It is located in the Kalsubai mountain range which is an offshoot range from the main Sahyadri range.

Why Kalsubai should be your next trekking destination?

Surrounded by lush green forests and fields, the trekking route towards Maharashtra's Highest Peak is a surreal experience for all nature lovers and trek enthusiasts. Challenging yet fun-filled, trek towards the highest summit will test your patience and offer an amazing panoramic view of several more mountain ranges like Alang, Madangad, Kulang, Ratangad (south-west) and to the south Pabhargad, Ghanchakkar & Harishchandragad. Also, attempting to climb the most wish-listed mountain in the Sahyadri offers a great sense of achievement for most of the trekking enthusiasts

The story behind Kalsubai Unveiled:

It is truly believed by the local villagers that a housemaid residing in a nearby village had disappeared near the mountain while trying to escape her employer's harsh suffering. This gives the mountain its present name as well as a reason for this temple to be built in her memory.

Highlights of 
Kalsubai Trek:

Scaling the highest peak of Maharashtra.
Kalsubai Temple
Rainy seasons first trek.
Surreal greenery and blissful environment while Kalsubai trek
Panoramic view of several mountains
Mesmerizing views.
Breathtaking beauty.

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Camping and Rafting at Kolad | Book Online & Get Flat 46% off
  • 1D/1N
  • Kolad
  • 1D/1N
  • Kolad
₹4,200 ₹2,250

About Camping & Rafting in Kolad

If it is pure and raw adventure that you are looking for, then you need to head for an exciting white water rafting and stay experience in Kolad. Apart from the adventure sports, you can also enjoy an exciting array of historic sites around the place. 

The Kundalika River flows through the rugged terrain of the forested hills and through the farms and offers a golden opportunity to enjoy a rafting tour for beginners. This river on the international scale is rated as a grade IV river, making its rapids pose a challenge for the ardent water sports lover.You will run the rafts in fast flowing water currents almost 12km downstream.

Check In: 3 PM
Check Out: 3 PM

Distance: FROM MUMBAI ( 120 KM )
                 FROM PUNE (120 KM ) VIA Tamhini Ghat Road

Min number of people required to book: 1

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Rajmachi Fort Trek & Camping, Lonavala | Book @ ₹1033 Only
  • 2D/1N
  • Lonavala
  • 2D/1N
  • Lonavala
₹1,758 ₹1,033

Rajmachi Fort trek takes you on a tour through tranquil hidden landscapes of Maharashtra. This ancient fort of Rajmachi is located in the Karjat region and is a perfect example of lost beauties in today’s hustles. These beautiful forts were built by Shivaji Maharaj during the 17th century and strive for a favourite trekking destination amongst ardent adventure seekers.

Delight in this awe-inspiring quaint Rajmachi fort which provides you with pleasant views of Borghat, a historic trade route located in this region of Maharashtra. Admire the beauty of Shrivardhan Fort and Manoranjan fort crowned at the pinnacle with this amazing Rajmachi fort trek. This stunning ancient beauty can be reached via two ways, while Kondivide village route might get tricky at times, however, the most preferable route is from Lonavala as it is much easy and provides the best of the views.

Standing amidst the dense forests, Rajmachi trek provides you with some amazing sceneries, this stunning place is a beauty to the eyes especially in the winter season as you will be witnessing random waterfalls and lush greenery at every turn while trekking. Rivet in this amazing experience with friends and family like never before!

Timings: 05:20 PM

Meeting Point of Rajmachi Fort Trek: Lonavala Railway Station

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Suggested train to the board is the 11009/Mumbai CST-Sinhagad Express, timings are:
14:30 CST, 14:40 Dadar, 15:08 Thane, 15:28 Kalyan, 16:08 Karjat, 17:08 Lonavala.

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Lonavala

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Lonavala is a hill station near Pune district of Maharashtra. At the height of 2,047 feet from sea level and sprawling over 38 kilometer square of land, Lonavala is an escapist city from the fast-paced and extreme conditions that inhabit both Mumbai and Pune. It offers the perfect retreat to the city dwellers through its serenity and peaceful atmosphere.

Several places of interest around Lonavala and Khandala attract tourists throughout the year. They include vivid and picturesque lakes, cliff-tops, eluding caves, and magnificent forts. Dams and waterfalls are a pioneer attraction during and immediately after the monsoon. Some of these places are Rajmachi Point,  Lonavala Lake, and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Ryewood Park, Della Adventure Park, Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Leap and Lohagad and Visapur forts.

If you dive into the history of Lonavala, you will find that it was a part of the Yadava dynasty. Khandala is another hill adjacent to Lonavala, both of which were discovered by the then Governor of Bombay Presidency, Lord Elphinstone. The Maratha and Peshwa empires played a prominent historical role with its Malva warriors. But its history is not the only reason to visit Lonavala.

Lonavala is 96 km away from the city of Mumbai and only 64 km from the modern city of Pune. It falls in between the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, thus making commute all the easier. And if you can’t find a rental car, then you have buses and trains to rely on.

Train journeys are comfortable and filled with lush green passages, especially during the monsoon. If this has aroused you enough to visit the hill-station once, then here is a detailed guide on how and when to go about.

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Goa

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A pocket-sized paradise located on the west coast of India, Goa is a kaleidoscopic blend of Portuguese-Indian heritage, delicious delicacies, and of course the serene beaches. With its Susegad philosophy of living, this sunshine state has gained a lot of fame all over the world. With such easy -going vibes, this little state makes you carefree and lets you take your time to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle. 

Boasting a 100-kilometer long coastline, Goa is home to a string of uninterrupted golden sand beaches that propel many tourists all year round. These beaches cater to every tropical whim- choose from the backpackers’ favourite Arambol or the bolder Baga beach; laidback Mandrem or the palm-fringed Palolem or maybe enjoy the blissful hippie market of Anjuna beach. There are also the private beaches groomed by the five-star properties to appreciate or the hidden coves for you to discover. 

Needless to say, Goa is recognized across the globe for its tempting seafood and bustling nightlife. With a rich collection of beach shacks, trendy bars, lively clubs, splendid casinos, and elegant cafes, the state boasts the most amazing nightlife one can experience in India. 

Known to be a Portuguese colony in the times bygone, Goa also flaunts the baroque architecture back from the colonial times. It is quite evident in the old-style bungalows, ancient forts, and the white-washed churches.

The colourful catholic ceremonies and the stunning cathedrals also give you an insight into the Goan culture. 
With all of these and a lot more to experience, Goa truly has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday recipe.

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Kamshet

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Kamshet is a beautiful hill station located in the Western Ghats of India. The place is famous for paragliding, a beloved adventure sport of India and the numerous flying schools located in the vicinity. The small but picturesque hill station is surrounded by the breathtaking Western Ghats which form a major part of the tourist places in Kamshet and regularly finds itself in many top 10 lists that name destination for the ultimate thrill-seekers. 

Kamshet is a paradise not just for the eyes but also for the adventures junkie in you. But don’t think this place is just for those who seek thrill and excitement. There are numerous other activities to do in Kamshet as well as tourist hotspots that make this an ideal place for a family getaway or even a romantic getaway. 
Kamshet is ideally located just 45km from the main town of Pune city. The locals refer to it as a paragliding paradise. There is no better place in the region to indulge in this thrilling adventure activity.

But if you are not much of a thrill-seeker then you can spend your time enjoying the natural scenery, fresh air a luxury these days and stroll through the small villages laced around this quaint hill station. If you want to experience the quintessential Indian village lifestyle then a visit to one of the villages is a must. 
There you can interact with locals, have a feel of what it’s like to live in muddy huts and even have a small shopping spree at the local village markets.

The hills station is surrounded by gorgeous sunflowers fields and you can enjoy some amazing views while paragliding over them. Other tourist places in Kamshet include 
Bhairi CavesBedse CavesPavana Lake, Kondeshwar Temple, and Shinde Wadi Hills. If you have more time at hand you can perhaps extend your trip to other hill stations such as Khandala and Lonavala, which are located at short distances from Kamshet.

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Mahabaleshwar

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Nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, tourist places in Mahabaleshwar will captivate your imagination with their natural splendor. Mahabaleshwar is well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades, and majestic peaks. The city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys that will take your breath away on your visit. The city is definitely among the most sought-after weekend getaways from metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Pune. Once, a summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, the city has British influence of in its architecture. It is a very popular hill station that offers a plethora of tourist activities and attractions to avid travelers and nature lovers.

Amid your visit to Mahabaleshwar witness the alluring dawns and dusks from the slope, in the midst of the rich green vista. Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. The hill station in the Western Ghats is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Known for its captivating beauty and the stunning strawberry farms, Mahabaleshwar boasts of zigzagging roads, a calm breeze at all times, vantage points offering stunning views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and the main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks.

There are numerous enchanting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar exuding charm and elegance. Bordered by a few murmuring waterways, evergreen timberlands, captivating slopes and mountains there are some mesmerizing tourist places in Mahabaleshwar. Arranged in the Satara region in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar will get you near the captivating excellence of nature. The wonderful hill retreat brags of being one of the most splendid evergreen slope stations in India.

 

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Panchgani

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Named after the five majestic hills enclosing it, Panchgani makes for a renowned hill station in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Perched at an elevation of around 1,334 meters above sea level, this hill town is packed with towering mountains, serene valleys, cascading waterfalls, and dense forests.

Overlooked by the Sahyadri mountains, this town served as a beautiful summer retreat for the British officials in the bygone times. At the present day, Panchgani is visited by a plethora of tourists seeking peace, romance, nature, and adventure. Enthralling local destinations such as Sydney Point, Table Land, Rajpuri Caves, and Dhom Dam form the major attractions of Panchgani and add to the beauty and charm of the place. Panchgani is not limited just to a few picturesque sights, but also goes beyond to offer its visitors a plethora of mind-boggling activities.

From shopping at Shivaji Circle to admiring nature at Wai and from exploring history at Kamalgad Fort to boating at Venna Lake, this place has everything to let you experience an action-packed holiday. If you are a daredevil and seeking adventure activities, Panchgani can offer you a plethora of adrenaline-fuelled sports including paragliding, rock climbing, trekking, speed boating, and horse riding.

One of the top aspects that adds to the pleasurable vacation at Panchgani is the availability of top-class accommodation facilities in this town. Panchgani is bestowed with a plethora of budget-friendly as well as luxury resorts and hotels that are suitable for families, couples, and friends. These hotels are well-equipped with modern amenities and offer amazing facilities including thrilling outdoor activities. Furthermore, packed with many nature-friendly camping destinations, this place also allows the travelers to enjoy surreal night camping opportunities.

So, no matter the kind of traveler you are, pack your bags to Panchgani and discover an exquisite holiday brimming with history, adventure, nature, and a lot more.

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Mumbai

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Mumbai, the city of dreams. Mumbai, the city that never sleeps. Mumbai, the old world charm and fast pace of the modern life. There is so much that one can say in the praise of the one city in India that everyone wants to visit at least once in their life. That maybe because of the grandeur of this city or because of the history it has seen. Nonetheless, this city has a lot in store for everyone who visits. The USP of places to visit in Mumbai is that they are all iconic and all you need is a picture to recognize them, that is the charm of this city. Some places here are pieces of history, some are spiritual hotspots, and others are mesmerizing places to relax, chill or munch on the famous streets of Mumbai, like the ever famous Chowpatty Beach.

You can see the Gateway of India, Marine drive or the film city of Goregaon, or visit the Siddhivinayak temple and Haji Ali Mosque for your fill of the spiritual. You can even get to see the new addition to the roster of mesmerizing and intimidating places in Mumbai, the Bandra Worli Sealink. And be it a group hangout, a solo search of solace or just a couple's getaway, Chowpatty, Juhu, and Aksa Beach are names that almost everyone in the city knows and crowds on various occasions. They are equally coveted by the many who come to Mumbai from outside for the frolicking and snacking experiences that are available at these locations. One more thing that Mumbai is famous for is the shopping district at Colaba, where you can get everything from high brand store clothes to cheap knock-offs to add to your wardrobe as part of your fashion statement.

 Always bustling with energy, a trip to Mumbai should be on your travel list to understand the best way of how India portrays unity in diversity. Visit the hidden temples or pay a visit to famous monuments to explore the most cosmopolitan city in India. Enjoy the perfect blend of festivities, religions, music, food, music and theatres with a trip to Mumbai. Some of the best places to visit in Mumbai are the Gateway of India, Elephanta Caves, Girgaum Cave, Siddhivinayak Temple, Essel world, Elephanta Island etc. 

While you are in this amazing city you can also visit the Kanheri Caves, Sanjay Gandhi National Park, Mount Mary Church, Banganga Tank etc. Make a stop at the Marina Beach in the evening and have lip-smacking street food while you witness the best sunset being greeted by splashing waves of the sea. Find out all you need to know about the best places to visit in Mumbai on your vacation here.

And that is not just it. If you are looking for things to do and places outside the city, there is a lot of scope to plan weekend getaways near Mumbai. At just a small drive away from the city is the favourite picnic and night stay spots of Lonavala and Khandala. You can even visit the famous Sai Baba temple in Shirdi. With so much to offer, there is no wonder why Mumbai has been a favourite of everyone in the country for so many decades.

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Tarkarli

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Located on the shores of the Arabian Sea, Tarkali is a small hamlet in the western part of Maharashtra. This village is renowned for its pristine clear water of the sea and the white sands, which marks the beach.

A newfound weekend getaway from Mumbai and Goa, this place offers a host of adventurous water sports. To the south of this hamlet flows the Tarkarli river lined by dense forest. Take a boat ride in the river to enjoy the serenity of the backwaters where it flows into the Arabian Sea. For a walk through the history, you must visit the Sindhudurg Fort located on the shore of the sea.

A visit to this offbeat destination in Maharashtra ensures that you relax on the beaches lined with suru trees. Other attractions on the beach are scuba diving and snorkeling sessions where you can enjoy the view of the world beneath the sea! What makes this village all more alluring is the tranquil beaches like Kolam, Achara, and Tarkarli where you can watch the sunset down the sea.

The hue of the setting sun will completely enchant your mind and body. In addition to the splendid beauty of the sea, you can also spot dolphins prancing around in the waters. For relishing on some extraordinary seafood and boat rides in the sea, do visit Deobagh, a small fisherman village nearby.

Also, the extensive Dhamapur lake, encircled with lush greenery is ideal for finding solace within nature. Sit and unwind yourself by the lake and enjoy the delicacies from the eateries around. Don’t forget to enjoy the local shark curry and fresh seafood to mingle with the authentic culture of this little beach hamlet!

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Nashik

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Nasik is an extraordinary choice for individuals who wish to get away from their busy schedule and want to engage in exploring a loaded-with-heritage city at its fullest. The lavish cover of vineyards encompassing the area makes it completely blissful for a perfect wine tasting destination coupled with its amazing tourist places in Nashik. 

India's best wines are produced here locally and later you can also avail tours of the beautiful vineyards to have an amazing experience. Nasik is an ancient holy city of Maharashtra. It is an older city that is named after a relic association to Ramayana. Rama’s brother hacked off the Nasika (nose) of Ravana’s sister and thus came the name. Present on the banks of river Godavari, Nasik offers an appealing and beguiling experience of the naturalistic environment. Encompassed by forts and waterfalls this is a religious Hindu city. 

Nasik is an absolutely wonderful place to visit. If you need a chance to appreciate nature and need a getaway to have a religious tour or a big break, then Nasik is the place for an ideal relaxing holiday. The city is home to monumental temples which holds rich cultural heritage. Nasik hosts Kumbh Mela every 12 years. 

This old city's provisional quarter hosts a wooden architectural building and temples that date back to Hindu epic, exclusive and exquisite bathing Ghats where you can unwind and relax. These form the most of the tourist places in Nashik. This breathtaking city is cleaner, greener and well maintained than most cities in India.

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Alibag

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The tourist places in Alibag makes for the perfect weekend getaway with friends or family. It shares its boundaries with the majestic Arabian Sea and is popular for its magnificent sea forts, its virgin beaches and local seafood cuisine. It’s an ideal weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy Mumbai. It is located only 9 Km from Mumbai and can be easily accessed via NH 66. The driving distance to this paradise is just under 2 hours.

 Alibag literally means the ‘Garden of Ali”, it is in Raigad and is ideal for those who are looking for some peace, serenity and sun soaked beaches. Alibag is commonly referred to by the locals as the Goa of Maharashtra and rightly so as it's surrounded by the beautiful Arabian Sea on all sides. A lot of people don’t know this, but, Alibag shares its borders with a famous Israeli-Jewish region, which is home to numerous Jewish families. So, if you are a cultural buff then you might want to head that way and try and scoop up some of that rich Jewish culture and heritage. Alibag is also home to a popular Jewish Synagogue referred to as Israeli Ali.

 Alibag provides the perfect backdrop for an evening of fun and relaxation as it's surrounded by the tranquil waters of the Arabian Sea on all sides and is lined with virgin sun kissed beaches. Although the drive to Alibag is a must do as it's laced with picturesque views, it can also be accessed by ferry from Mumbai. It is the perfect tourist spot enjoyed both by the young and old. There is no dearth of things to do and explore tourist places in Alibag as there are huge no. of forts, beaches, and even some celebrity bungalows.You may even sight a few celebrities while you are there.

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Lavasa

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If you are planning to visit Mumbai or Pune, you must come down to this adventurous and fun filled escapade of Lavasa. Lavasa offers you an array of options in adventure and entertainment. On the other hand, if you prefer a calm and lazy weekend with good food and captivating scenic beauty, Lavasa has that too.

Lavasa is a planned hill station near Pune, particularly designed to attract tourists. Round the year, the weather there remains moderate and pleasant, making it really soothing for the tourists. Situated in the Western Ghats, Lavasa is truly outstanding with its beautiful hills and greenery all around. Visit the place to witness this heavenly destination.

If you love
adventure, you will simply love Lavasa. You will get an array of options in water sports, trekking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and what not. This planned town has ayurvedic massage centres as well. Therefore, Lavasa is both for adventure enthusiasts and peace-seekers.

One of the many tempting things in Lavasa is the luxurious stay. The hotels and resorts there are truly comfortable. From budget accommodations to the lavish premium quality resorts, you will get everything there. Here are a few suggestions for you- Mercure, The Waterfront Shaw, Picnic House, Fortune Select Dasve, Ekaant the Retreat, etc.

If you are a complete foodie and you check the local delicacies of a place first before visiting it, Lavasa is definitely not going to disappoint you. There are innumerable restaurants, bakeries and food stalls in Lavasa. Here are the names of a few of them- Café Coffee Day; Chor Bizarre; Earthen Oven; Krazy Koala; Granma’s Pastries, Sandwiches and Ice creams; Pizzalava, etc. From typical North Indian spicy dishes to not so spicy Italian cuisine- Lavasa has to offer everything to you.

If you are a party animal and like enjoying after the sun goes off to sleep, Lavasa is definitely your place. The hotels you will be staying in will have a bar along with a disco, which will offer you a happening nightlife. Enjoy a drink while you tap your feet with the beats.

Shopping is Lavasa is a bit disappointing for the shopaholics as you will not find market places and shopping malls there. Lavasa is solely created for adventure sports and a lazy weekends away from the cacophony of the big cities. The only magnificent stuffs you will get to buy there are the crafts with bamboo.

The other beautiful nearby destinations that you can visit from Lavasa are Panshet Dam, Velhe and Mulshi.

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Bhandardara

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Perched beautifully amidst the Sahyadri ranges in the state of Maharashtra, Bhandardara is a wonderful hill station for nature lovers. It is often called the Queen of Sahyadri ranges for its lush green natural landscapes. The name Bhandardara literally translates to valley of treasures and it is not a doubt to say that the natural beauty of this place certainly justifies the name. It is a picturesque retreat for the backpackers in Ahmednagar district and boasts of some scintillating natural attractions for those who are fond of raw beauty of nature.

The village has prominent places like Wilson Dam, Umbrella Falls and Arthur Lake where you can plan a picnic with your loved ones. The village is also a delight for history lovers as there are places like Ratangad and Harishchandragad Fort. Another famous tourist attraction of Bhandardara is Mount Kalsubai which is also hailed as the highest peak in Maharashtra. There are also many local villages where one can visit to relax and enjoy the pleasant weather of this scenic hill station in Maharashtra.  

For the adventure lovers, there are some enthralling activities where you can explore Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks to soak in the serenity of nature with the views offered by Sahyadri ranges. 

There are numerous trekking and hiking places in the Sahyadri ranges where you can savour an adrenaline rush. Bhandardara also has various resorts where one can enjoy the panoramic views and just relax with their loved ones. The gorgeous hill station offers a soothing environment with a cool climate throughout the year where you can refresh yourself and see some of the most eye-catching vistas of the Sahyadri ranges. 

Bhandardara is a small village where the tourists are in for a treat as they are surrounded by mountains and enchanted by gurgling waterfalls away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The place is a wonderful respite when you are looking for a rejuvenating weekend getaway near the city of Mumbai.

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Raigad

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Situated in the Konkan region of Maharashtra, Raigad district is majorly known for its historical significance and awe-inspiring beauty. Earlier, the place was named as Coolaba but with the growing popularity of its Raigad fort, it was renamed to Raigad. Cradled amidst the mesmerizing Sahyadri ranges, this district welcomes you with a unique combination of beaches, religious temples, and historic forts.

On your visit to this beautiful Konkani district, be ready to fall in love with its natural splendour that is second to none. As you will usher into the Raigad city, you will be welcomed by the striking landscapes of the Western Ghats and picturesque verdant beaches where one can unwind and bid farewell to their hectic lives. The city also boasts its diverse flora and fauna that forms the bedrock of its popularity.

From verdant beaches like Alibag, Kihim, and Karnala to the historic forts like Kolaba, Raigad, and Sudhagad- Raigad has everything that makes it the tourist magnet of Maharashtra. With touristy spots like Elephanta Caves and Ashtavinayak Temple in reserve, it also provides you with a sneak peek into the glorious culture of Konkan region. Whether you want to embark on a scenic trip or delve deep into the history of Maharashtra, Raigad has got it all covered for you.

There is a wide range of enthralling activities that one might indulge in here. Whether you are a loner who finds peace in looking out for exotic bird species at the Karnala Bird Sanctuary or the historic landmarks of the district is what that appeals to you the most- there is no dearth of things to do in Raigad.

If you are willing to indulge in some exhilarating sports, set out on a ropeway ride near the Raigad fort and vouch for a fun-filled day. You can also embark on a gastronomic journey by exploring numerous restaurants across the city streets and relishing the taste of delicious Maharashtrian cuisines.

Though the surreal landscapes and historical forts form the major highlights of Raigad, its pleasant weather adds to its existing charm. The city witnesses a pleasant climate during the colder months which makes it a superb winter destination. Hence, if you want to make the most out of your Raigad trip, it is best to visit here between November and March. Raigad experiences reduced tourist activities between March and June, owing to its hot weather during these months.

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Camping Location: Wai, Maharashtra

Check In Time: 4:00 PM
Check out Time: 11:00 AM

The arousing Wai camps has a lakeside view and a number of adventure activities to make your holiday or a weekend getaway truly memorable. Wai campsites are located approximately 25 km away from the Pune-Mahabaleshwar Highway. Also known for its 7 ghats, Wai is famous for treks and nearby attractions.

Arrive at the easy-to-locate campsite with your friends and family and go for a sightseeing tour and adventure activities like boat ride, rifle shooting or hiking followed by evening high-tea. Make memories with your loved ones at the dusk-time bonfire with live music sessions and barbeque dinner. Star-gaze into the clear night sky and snug into your tents for the night.

You can go for a trek the next day to get a mesmerising view of the Sahyadri mountain range and Krishna river. Pandhavgarh fort is another nearby attraction known for its trek. Head over to relax, rejuvenate, have fun and make the most of your trip with us!

Places to visit near Wai Lake Camping:
Mapro Food Park- 5.1km
Rajpuri Caves- 18.5km
Pandhavgarh Fort- 9.5km
Kalubai Mandir - 19.7km
Satara: 36km

Inclusions:
Meals:
 Hi-Tea, Veg/Non-veg Barbecue (approx. 250 Gm each) and Dinner, Breakfast.
Stay: Tents with foam mattresses, pillows and blankets. 
Activities: Bonfire & Music, Boat Ride, Rifle shooting, Hiking, Indoor/Outdoor Activities, Trekking. 

How to reach: 
Wai Camping is in the interior regions amidst nature. Public transportation may not be easily available. Guests should come in their own vehicles or hired vehicles to the place. Once you book, detail directions guide will be shared to reach the place.

Notes:
Kids Below 5 years are Complimentary, Kids between 5  years to 10 years have to buy child ticket (Half price) and above 10 years old will be considered as an adult.
Minimum 1 person is required to book Wai Camping package.

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Khandala

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Made popular around the world all thanks to Bollywood, the city of Khandala is tucked amidst the Western Ghats. Located near Mumbai, Pune as well as Lonavala, this hilly city serves as a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy city limits. Situated at the top end of Bhor Ghat, Khandala is also amongst the famous hill stations in the country.

Khandala is also home to several picturesque peaks, age-old caves as well as pristine and crystal-clear lakes. It has many different viewpoints, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, in addition to a few peaks which resemble a pointed nose and a leaping tiger. The Buddhist Caves at Karla and Bhaja in Khandala are also very famous. They are the preludes and interludes to the Ajanta and Ellora caves and tend to attract a lot of tourists. Khandala is also home to the Bedse Caves, which date back to 60 B.C. and are amongst the oldest caves in the country.

Along with this, Khandala boasts of many other beautiful attractions, such as the Kune Waterfalls, which is the 14th highest waterfall in India. It is a three-tiered waterfall with an overall height of 200 metres. Other such places include the Lion’s Point, a cliff between Aamby Valley and the Bhushi Dam which gives scintillating views of the Tungarli Lake.

One of the best things about this city is that it caters to all kinds of tourists, from adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers or even those who simply wish to have a relaxing holiday. One of the most common activities one can enjoy in Khandala is hiking and tourists from all over India come here to partake in this activity. One can also arrange for picnics at the several vantage points or swim in the many waterfalls here.

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22 July 2019
Excellent
Place: The scenery there is really breathtaking. All the hills and the lake view is amazing. The place makes you stay there for life long. If you really want a peaceful, beautiful and close to nature place then this place should be on your bucket list. Hospitality: The host Rahul Slave was really humble and a cheerful person to talk. They will try to give their best by providing all kind of basic needs and anything you could ask for at such a remote place. Food: The starters are really amazing. I enjoyed the food as a non-vegetarian. I was really impressed with the tea and poha breakfast. I recommend you to try the breakfast. Activities: They have multiple activities including DJ, Bone Fire, Cricket, Archery, Boating, Badminton, Karaoke etc.
06 May 2015
Excellent
We had a great time at the Bhimashankar Trek. The trekking was quite good and interesting. It was awesome. We had a really lovely time here. It was so worth every penny spent. The trek trails, the surroundings, the backdrop were all just WOW! It was completely worth every penny spent. I personally want to visit here again. The trek was well organized too; thus enhancing the whole trek experience. Thinking back there are no negative experiences at all. It was perfectly a great and a nice experience. The rates were also not that costly and it was definitely worth the time and money we spent on this vacation. I am so recommending this to everyone out there.
10 August 2015
Excellent
We had a good trekking experience here in Lonavala. Pune and Lonavala are places that can be viewed in a couple of days. While we planned for a long vacation here, we chose to have a beautiful planned itinerary which involved this trek, and we are super glad that we took it. Regarding the trek, it was a great experience.
11 January 2016
Excellent
Bhimashankar Trek In Maharashtra is one of its kind of a special trek that is such a country side trek. One can’t experience such a trek generally in other trek trails. Lonavala is by itself a beauty and this trek adds more grace to it. I had a great time at this trek. I personally loved the trek trails so much that I am planning to do this trek again sometime. As a trekker, you will experience bliss as the trek takes you back to the good old country trek experience. As a nature lover I had a great time with the surroundings.
27 June 2015
Excellent
The trek was fun and exciting. The locality and surroundings were brilliant. I have been to many treks but this trek was one of the best trek I ever had. I seriously recommend this trek to all those who want to go out with friends. Worth spending on this trek :)
I booked the Ashtavinayak trip from Pune and we visited all the eight temples of Lord Ganesh and the temples were renovated very well and there is also a lake Shree Vighnahar Ganpati Temple where boating is available.
It is one of the best trips of my life. If you love adventurous and trekking place then you will love to visit Lonavala and Khandala, The views are brilliant and the vibe nice and Lonavala lake is very beautiful lake, surrounded by mountain. The scenery is very heart warming, I instantly fall in love with the place.
17 February 2020
Excellent
It was our first experience there on trekking. Thrillophilia package includes guide so we have a good guide there and he helped us well during this entire trek. The food they gave is quite nice and delicious. Bhimashankar was my personal favourite place in this trek. Our group was of 12 people but we all enjoyed it nicely. Good place and Highly recommended.
21 February 2020
Excellent
Very beautiful place with lots of scenery, the relaxing and calming sunrise was mesmerizing and we loved it. Our guide was a funny and amazing person, he was also taking care of the group and briefed us well about the way and do’s. we had a group photo at the top and the trek was very memorable, will look to do these types of treks again. Thanks
26 February 2020
Excellent
Nice place with a well-mannered guide, I booked it from Thrillophilia for me and my sister, the trek went super fantastic and we had a good company there with us. The only problem was waking us early but as u reach the Bhimashankar, you will feel alive. Must try.

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  1. What are the places to visit near Pune in December with family?

    The best places to visit near Pune in December with family are:

    1. Pawna Lake
    2. Lonavala
    3. Rajmachi Fort
    4. Goa 
    5. Kamshet 
    6. Mahabaleshwar 
    7. Panchgani 
  2. What are the places to visit near Pune in December for a 2-day trip?

    1. Lonavala: If you are interested in beholding the mesmerizing aspects of Nature and want to relieve the stress and tiredness then Lonavala is for you. The favourite “go-to” place of almost every Munbaikar, the place offers moments of leisure nestled in scintillating scenery.

    2. Mahabaleshwar: The long winding roads, panoramic view points, the hills and the manicured strawberry farms are what best describe Mahabaleshwar. Evoking a sense of mystery as well as awe, this is the perfect place if you want to indulge in activities like Horse riding and rock climbing.

    3. Khandala: Offering some soul satisfying views, Khandala is a hill station located around one and a half hour drive from Pune. Blessed with enchanting views and valleys, this location attracts loads of young crowds.

    4. Panchgani: Home to serene beauty and perfect weather, Panchgani is a famous hill station around Pune. Known for its five mountains and lush green and untamed forests, this place provides the visitors with the best location to cool off away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
  3. What are the best places for trekking near Pune in December?

    1. Matheran Trekking: Adventure enthusiasts will love it here in Matheran. The adventurous terrain that leads to Garbett Point plus the awe-inspiring nature all around including beautiful cataracts, meadows, hills, and much more are a few integral elements that make trekking in Matheran so awesome.

    2. Vasota Fort Trek: This fort adorns the Satara district and is located in the vicinity of Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary. The deep dense forests will lure you to explore its depths. Trekking is a favorite activity done here extensively, the locale is truly enchanting. Trek to Nageshwar Cave; indulge in rock climbing to behold the magical sight of the Kas Mahabaleshwar range right from the peak of the fort.

    3. Kalsubai Peak Trek: This peak remains open for trekkers from June to September. This majestic peak is considered to be the highest one in the whole of Maharashtra. Trekking to the top will enable you to see the beautiful panoramic view of the forts and the Bhandardara Dam.

    4. Dudhsagar Trek: A must on the itinerary for nature lovers, the Dudhsagar trek is one of the most famous treks near Pune. The trek is of 12 KM, thus you can choose to either cover a part of the trek or cover it in entirety. Having a moderate difficulty level, this location is flocked by many people.
  4. What are some weekend getaways from Pune in December?

    Some of the weekend escape from Pune are Goa where you refresh your mood with the eclectic parties or Lonavala that offers just the right dosage of thrill and nature in one place. Apart from these, you can even head to Pawna Lake or Bhandardara that are in its proximity.
  5. Is Pune safe for tourists?

    Yes, Pune is safe for the visitors as there is easy access to the emergency services and there are NGOs running for women's safety as well. Though you need to be a little careful about the pickpocketers and thieves.
  6. Which are the famous places to visit near Pune in December with family?

    1. Pawna Lake: One of the most popular destinations of Maharashtra, Pawna lake is famous for its Camping sites around the lake. Providing a perfect getaway with family and friends, this place will let you indulge in many activities like camping, horse riding etc.

    2. Wai: The Beautiful town of Wai is known for its spectacular architecture and edifices. This lovely place is just 100 km away from Pune which makes it a perfect family getaway. Legend has it that the Pandavas confided in King Viraat and lived here when they were banished from their kingdom, Indraprastha.

    3. Lonavala: Take your family on a nature expedition to Lonavala and experience the serenity and charm of the untamed nature. The cascading waterfalls and the rocky terrains offer the much required adventure in any family outing.

    4. Kamshet: Located in the western Ghats of India, Kamshet is a famous paragliding area around Pune. Moreover, this beautiful hill station also offers you a chance to spend some fun filled days around the splendors of nature it holds.
  7. What are the best places for camping near Pune in December?

    1. Camping in Alibaug: This place is mostly frequented by the young crowd from the cities who are always in search of adventure and excitement. This place offers the “Goa-feel” which is why youngsters love to camp here.

    2. Pawna Lake Campsite: This is an offbeat locale and among the top places to visit near Pune in December, as far as camping is concerned. Waking up to the mesmerizing sight of the Pawna Lake and the natural vivacity are in sync to make you feel elated.

    3. Bhandardara Lake Camping: Bhandardara Lakeside offers the perfect ambiance to enjoy camping, observing the changing aspects of nature and enjoy a perfect weekend not very far away from Pune City.

    4. Camping near Wai: The camping resort near Wai provides several delights to entertain you. This site is located near Kate’s Point. You can indulge in activities such as kayaking, rifle shooting, raft building, and then crossing the river is something very interesting and unique, star gazing, cycling around, barring trail, and much more.
  8. Which are the best one-day picnic spots near Pune in December?

    1. Mahabaleshwar: This place looks like a beautiful painting on a canvas such is the charm of the landscape and the greenery all around is so refreshing. The Wilson Point in Mahabaleshwar is renowned because of its height (4710ft) and the exceptional view of the sunrise that it provides. You can taste the juicy strawberries that are grown here.

    2. Lavasa: Welcome to the scenic “Lake City” which draws crowds from the cities owing to its beauty and splendor. This is a perfect picnic spot just 57 km from Pune. Some adventure sports activities that you can try out to make your one day trip amazing are zorbing, rock climbing, cycling, riding on a speedboat, and much more.

    3. Panchgani: The favorable weather conditions round the year makes this place a heaven for picnickers. Some places that you must visit here are Table Land, Devil's Kitchen, Sydney Point, and Parsi Point. In case you are a real braveheart, try out the challenging yet utterly exciting parasailing activity.

    4. Devkund Waterfalls: Picnic or one day trip in mind? Devkund is for you because it is indeed one of the sought after places to visit near Pune in December. Behold the majestic waterfall and the emerald green Devkund forest which will make you fall in love with nature. An avid trekker like you can also reach the peak of the nearby hill within three hours or so from the quaint Bhira village.