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10 Hill Station Near Pune You Must Visit


10 Hill Stations Near Pune You Must Visit


Whether you live in Pune or not, you can go visiting some of these hill stations that are easily among the top hill stations to visit in India. There are many hill stations near Pune such a Lonavala, Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, to name a few. You and your family can go visit them to have a good time and enjoy some time that is different from your everyday life. Or you can just plan a trip with your friends and go visit one of these hill stations to just have a good time and make memories that will remain forever.


The hill stations near Pune are full of breathtaking beauty, the hills have an evergreen forest cover on them, making them appear picture-perfect. So if you are planning on a recent trip to Pune, you can visit these top 10 hill stations near Pune that you should visit!


1.Mahabaleshwar


Did you know Mahabaleshwar was once the capital of the Bombay province? It has a breathtaking view and the lush green Western Ghats will make all your worries go away. It is a beautiful place with lovely weather. Situated in the Satara district of Maharashtra, it is 123kms from Pune. It has a maximum elevation of 1,353m from the sea level. Mahabaleshwar has many attractions such as the Venna lake, the 5 rivers meeting at Panch Ganga Temple in the north and the beautiful Lingmala Waterfall is on the east side of the hill station.


When to go: Anytime between December to February.

Average Temperature: 20°C

Activities: Trekking, Camping, and hiking are some of the activities you can do here.


2. Lonavla


One of the hill stations near Pune, Lonavla has a beautiful cover of lush green trees and is famous for that small weekend trip among friends. Located only 67km from Pune, Lonavla is famous for producing different kinds of ‘chikki’ (a traditional Maharashtrian dessert made with peanuts and jaggery).  If you are an explorer you should go visit Lonavla right now, the hills of the Sahyadri mountain range will make you fall in love with Lonavla in an instant along with the waterfalls and lakes.


When to go: Visit Lonavla anytime between October and May as the weather is always pleasant during this time.

Average temperature: 23°C

Activities: Camping and trekking


3.Panchgani


The breathtaking Panchgani is 102 km from Pune and is a much-needed escape from your everyday monotony. From an elevation of 1,293m, you get to see many viewpoints such a Sydney Point and Parsi Point from where you get to see the Dom Dama and Kamalgad Fort. Panchgani is also famous for the Table Land, a volcanic plateau. You will also get to see caves and temples which you can visit as well.


When to go: September-May is the best time to visit Panchgani.

Average temperature: 19°C

Activities: Boating on the Venna Lake, Paragliding, etc.


4.Khandala


Khandala is another hill station near Pune that is popular for a weekend getaway. Located close to urban areas of Mumbai and Pune it garners a larger crowd than other hill stations near Pune or Mumbai. It is just another 5 km from Lonavla station and is famous for its forts such as Rajmachi Fort, Duke’s Nose, Visapur Fort, Korigad Fort, Tung, and Tikona Fort. These forts are the main trekking places in Khandala.


When to go: October to May is the ideal time to go to Khandala

Average temperature: 22°C

Activities: You can trek, hike and camp here among sightseeing activities.

 

5.Lavasa


Lavasa is a hill station near Pune that is located just 58km from the city and is a planned city loosely modeled on the Italian town of Portofino. It has a breath-taking view with beautiful colored buildings surrounded by hills covered in a blanket of lush greenery. One of the most visited hill stations, Lavasa has some budget-friendly hotels and activities for you to do there. What makes it look like paradise is the calm lake that surrounds the city increasing the visual aesthetics of the city.


When to go: September-March

Average temperature: 20°C

Activities: There are many water sports such as kayaking, jet-skiing among others for you to try. You can even trek and go dirt biking if you want.


6.Bhandardara


Beautiful waterfalls, hills, aesthetic views and the highest peak in Maharashtra Mount Kalsubai is all in Bhandardara. It is a village or a hill town which is surrounded by the beautiful Western Ghats. It is situated next to the Pravara river and its terrains make it a favorite spot to trek among trekkers.


When to go: September to February is the ideal time to visit Bhandardara.

Average temperature: 21°C

Activities: Trekking, hiking and camping are some of the activities you can do here.


7.Matheran


126km from Pune, Matheran is a great monsoon getaway. It is the smallest hill station in the country but has a lot to offer. With an elevation of 2,625ft  from sea level, Matheran has a charm that attracts many tourists every year especially couples.


When to go: Anytime between July to October

Average temperature: 22°C

Activities: Camping and sightseeing.


8.Karjat


Karjat has a beauty of its own, located around 108 km from Pune, Karjat is just a 2-hour drive from Pune. Cool climate, lush green scenery, and a peaceful ambiance are among the many reasons you should be visiting Karjat. Attractions here include Ulhas Valley, Kondeshwar Temple, Bhivpuri Waterfall, Bahiri Caves, and Kondana Caves. 


When to go: Avoid it during the summers, you can visit during Monsoon as the climate is really cool then.

Average temperature: 24°C

Activities: Trekking, water sports, and sightseeing.


9.Malshej Ghat


Beautiful lakes, waterfalls and hills, this hill station is the best place to visit for trekker and explorers alike. You can visit this place to just detox and enjoy a breath-taking view of the lush greenery the place has to offer. Pimpalgaon dam and Ajoba Hill stronghold are some of the places that are famous among tourists when they visit here.


When to go: June to October

Average temperature: 21°C

Activities: Trekking, sightseeing, and camping.


10.Tamhini Ghat


Only 54 km from Pune, it is a 1-hour drive from Pune and is among the hill stations near Pune that people visit to get a quick escape from the hustle-bustle of the city life. You can go to the Amala Wildlife Sanctuary to witness wildlife firsthand and also go trekking, sightseeing and enjoy the beauty that nature has to offer.


When to go: Monsoon season is the best time to visit Tamhini Ghat.

Average temperature: 21°C

Activities: Trekking, safari, sightseeing, and camping.


Author: Sanyotoni Hazra


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