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  • Pune is an academic hub, a historical locale, and a spiritual centre and there are myriad of places to visit near Pune in Monsoon. Pune has ample opportunity for trekking, camping, and other vacation options especially during monsoons when the entire western ghats are enveloped in green, flaunting the innumerable waterfalls and rivers. Pune is a buzzing town that arouses excitement, fun, and thrill, all at once.

    Uncountable waterfalls sprout in the valley during monsoon, long stretches of beaches are just a few hours drive away such as Kashid, Dev Nagar, Alibaug etc and Pune is not only blessed with natural beauty but the place recites significant historical periods which mark a great importance in the history of the state of Maharashtra, especially of Peshwas and Marathas. 

    The outskirts of the city are dotted with forts such as Rajmachi, Sinhagarh, Sindhudurg, Harish Chandra Garh Fort, Ajoba Hill fort, Murud Janjira and Shivneri Fort etc. Pune is Maharashtra’s cultural capital and second largest city. The diverse student crowd migrating from different parts of the country in Pune also christened it as the "Oxford of the East." 

    The rich historical marvels such as Shaniwar Wada, Pataleshwar Cave Temple, Aga Khan Palace, Pataleshwar etc are some of the city attractions which can be toured during the visit. The city has a very positive aura and the presence of a decent percentage of the young crowd makes it a fun and frolic location in India to visit.

    Here are some of the best places to visit near Pune in monsoon:

  • 01Lonavala

    One of the frequently visited places near Mumbai is Lonavala and is definitely not an unknown spot. It is the go-to destination for people dwelling in Mumbai and Pune and every weekend this hill station is jam-packed with the crowd coming for a short trip. 

    During monsoons the Sahyadri ranges turn into a verdant expanse of beauty dotted with umpteen waterfalls, chiselling rivulets and small streams, and rich flora and fauna.Monsoon and winters are the most recommended seasons however the weather is pleasant even during summers.

    How to reach from Pune: Take the Mumbai- Pune expressway to reach Lonavala. Cab or car is the best way to enjoy the place. One can also board trains and buses which are very regular from Pune to Lonavala.

    Distance from Pune: Approximately 65 KM.

  • 02Kolad

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    Kolad is a picturesque getaway in the Raigad district of Maharashtra and is blessed with Kundalika river. The river swells during the monsoon and is also one of the fastest flowing river in the region which makes a great opportunity for people from around Maharashtra to visit Kolad for white water rafting.

    Activities such as rock climbing, paragliding,  rappelling, trekking, and kayaking have also a good scope on the edgy topography of Kolad as it has myriads of forts, dams, waterfalls and rocky elevations amid its meadows and marshlands. It is one of the perfect adventurous places to visit near Pune in Monsoon.

    How to reach from Pune: Drive on the Mumbai-Bengaluru or Mumbai- Pune highway via Tamhini ghat to reach Kolad. There is no direct Train to Kolad from Pune, however, one can reach Lonavala and then hire a cab.

    Distance from Pune: Approximately 114 KM.

  • 03Panchgani

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    This picturesque hill station is situated at a height of 1,334 meters and it derives its name from a series of five hills in the Sahyadri region. Panchgani is popular hideaway from Pune and Mumbai and is often coupled with a trip to Mahabaleshwar due to the proximity between the two destinations.

    The buildings and markets are evidential to the strong British influence and the place is a delight to nature photographers, trekkers and peace seekers. Points such as Sydney point, Parsi point, Kate Point etc are some of the famous spots to capture a magical sunrise or a fiery sunset while gazing on the layers of the hills and greenery around.  

    Asia’s second largest hill plateau- Table hill is also located in Panchgani and is the perfect point to witness the five hills which make Panchgani.

    How to reach from Pune: Take Pune-Satara highway or NH48 if you are driving, otherwise private or state Bus is also an ideal and cheap option to reach Panchgani.

    Distance from Pune: Approximately 110 KM.

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  • 04Igatpuri

    The unspoiled environs and the alluring greenery of Igatpuri is a popular tale among the people of Maharashtra. Igatpuri is a quaint town in the Nashik district of Maharashtra and is another jewel in the state to visit during the monsoon for witnessing some surreal landscapes. 

    The famous Kalsubai trail which is one of the highest peaks in the region is loved by the seasoned and amateur trekkers, other famous landmarks are Ratnagarh fort, Arthur Lake, Bhandardara Dam, Vaitarna river etc. Igatpuri is one of the famous and blissful places to visit near Pune in Monsoon.

    How to reach from Pune: Take the Bangalore-Mumbai or Mumbai Pune highway to drive to Igatpuri. The best way to reach Igatpuri is by taking a direct train which hardly takes 4 to 5 hours.

    Distance from Pune: Approximately 245 KM.

  • 05Khandala

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    The famous twin islands of Khandala and Lonavala have been a weekend getaway for the people of Mumbai and Pune since inception. People from cities often take this hilly escape because of its gorgeous setting amid the Sahyadri ranges.

    It is one of the easiest places to visit near Pune in Monsoon that is equally bewitching without taking long hours to reach. Khandala is a little less crowded than Lonavala and that makes it one of the ideal places to spend a holiday in solitude.

    How to reach from Pune: Reach via Mumbai- Pune expressway or old Mumbai-Pune highway which NH48. Board a train till Lonavala and then cab or taxi till Khandala. Cab and Car drive is recommended.

    Distance from Pune: Approximately 72 KM.

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  • 06Malshej Ghat

    In the Thane-Pune district of Maharashtra, there is a mountain pass in the western ghats which is gorgeous and beguiling. The undulated trekking trails and the innumerable forts in this region make it a popular destination among trekkers, birdwatchers, photographers, rock climbers etc. 

    Famous points such as Darkoba Peak, Ajoba Hill Fort, Naneghat etc witness flocks of trekkers and nature enthusiasts every monsoon and winter. The rich flora and fauna which take abode in this ghat are delights to the photographers, some of the commonly seen birds are Quail, Alpine Swift, Purple Moorhen Whistling Thrush, Crusted Cuckoo and migratory birds like pink Flamingo etc.

    How to reach from Pune: Take NH61, Nashik road passing via Rajgurunagar and Narayangaon leading to Alle Fata and turn up and left. The best option to enjoy the Ghat is by a car drive. 

    Distance from Pune: Around 130 KM

  • 07Mulshi

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    Mulshi is another beautiful lake settlement in Maharashtra near Pune that hooks and pulls a major chunk of the crowd from Pune especially during weekends. Mulshi is just an hour away from Pune making it one of the places to visit near Pune in Monsoon that is also a quick getaway. 

    Koraigadh and Dhangad fort are two very famous among the trekkers and hikers near Mulshi, trekking to both can reward you with a bird’s eye view of the town and the valley. Mulshi is also an eco-tourism centre and the renowned IT park of Pune district is located in Mulshi Taluka which enables a well-planned and developed sight of the village.

    How to reach from Pune: Take the Mulshi-Paudi route and drive for an hour or so to reach Mulshi. You can also take a state bus from Pune.

    Distance from Pune: Around 44 KM.

  • 08Sinhagad

    Perched atop one of the cliffs of the Bhuleshwar ranges in Maharashtra, Sinhagad is said to be over 2000 years old fort situated near Kaundinyeshwar temple, both these landmarks with caves and carvings unveil their immemorial period of time. The fort has witnessed many battles in the bygone era, one of which is the notable battle of Sinhagad in 1670.

    You will often spot trekkers and tourists posing against the two famous gates of the fort- Kalyan Darwaza and Pune Darwaza; the fort is huge and was built for protection purpose and hence the slopes and the stairs of the building are steep. 

    The walls are strong and rigid and are shrouded in many battle stories from the past. It has now become a great weekend spot for trekkers, starting a uniform climb from Sinhgad village, one walks around a distance of 3 KM and then gains about 1950 feet in elevation when reaches the ruins of the fort. 

    One gets to see a brewery, a temple of the goddess and military stables along with a statue of Hanuman, the tomb of Rajaram Chhatrapati and a memorial of Tanaji Malusare en route.

    How to reach from Pune: A bike ride or a car drive via Sinhagad ghat road up to the fort is feasible. One can also trek or take a bus ride from Pune to Aatekar Vasti, which is the base village at the fort.

    Distance from Pune: Approximately 30 KM.

  • 09Kamshet

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    The long stretches of sunflower and paddy fields, muddy huts, slow life and fresh air; Kamshet is a nature lover’s home and a paragliders sports court. 

    Kamshet strikes the mind majorly for a paragliding experience but one must know that it is close to many other hill stations like Lonavala and Khandala, and can be visited in a combination trip with various attractions such Pawna lake or dam, Bhedsa caves, Bhairi caves, Khondeshwar temple, Shinde Wadi hills etc.

    Flaunting its verdant green fields, serene lakes and undulating slopes of western ghats at an elevation of 2200 ft above the sea level, Kamshet is like a gift hamper of surrealism to Maharashtra.

    How to reach from Pune: Take an hour drive on NH48 and keep driving on the Pimpri-Chinchwad route to reach Kamshet.

    Distance from Pune: Approximately 47 KM.

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  • 10Tapola

    This satellite village is sprawled around a vast lake and is a picture-perfect hamlet on the outskirts of Mahabaleshwar which is fondly called as “mini Kashmir.” 

    Tapola is not only a natural oasis but it offers eco-tourism which gives you an opportunity to witness and get involved in the daily lifestyle of this village, from early morning milking schedule to early afternoon walk through the strawberry fields followed with lazy evenings of sunset watching by the banks of the lake.

    It is also a hub to indulge in activities like boating, kayaking, paragliding, high kite flying and swimming in the lake. Vasota and Jaigad are two very significant forts to fuel up a trekking expedition in Tapola and the rich flora and fauna especially during monsoon is a sight to the sore eyes.

    How to reach from Pune: Ratnagiri is the nearest railway station to Tapola, so the best option is to either take a bus or cab and drive via Tapola road and NH48.

    Distance from Pune: Around 147 KM.

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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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