Pune is among the busiest cities in India and is often regarded as the Oxford of the East. While the IT boom has brought a large population to the city from all over the country, it has also brought with it tight schedules, deadlines, targets, and much more. Amid this chaotic life, a weekend getaway once in a while has become a necessity instead of luxury. Be it students, or working professionals, finding a retreat from the monotonic chores of daily life is as important as anything, but finding a good one can be a task. To ease the job, here are the top four destinations for weekend getaways near Pune:
Della Adventure & Resorts, Lonavala
Situated in the beautiful mountain valley of Lonavala, Della Adventure & Resorts is the perfect retreat your weekend near Pune. The resort offers everything that you need to have a rejuvenating and fun getaway. For starters, Della Adventure Park has arguably the best adventure activities in the country, including Dirt Bike, Sky Cycling, Swoop Swing, Rocket Ejector, Water Zorbing, Rifle Shooting, Archery, Mountain Cycling, etc. These activities are under close surveillance of expert marshals, and it offers equal fun for adults and kids.
The resort offers the most luxurious stay experience in the mountain valley, with 5 star amenities and hospitality. You also get access of swimming pool, to have a chilled out an evening with family and friends. Also, the exquisite cuisines and exotic 24×7 SPA complete the package for you.
Easily the most popular hill station in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar is an abode of natural beauty. The town offers the best views of the majestic Sahyadri Mountains, and each point/cliff you visit will captivate you to the core. Also, the climate is pleasant throughout the year, while monsoons bring all the seasonal waterfalls back to life.
Apart from the picturesque mountains, Mahabaleshwar packs a lot of other stuff, which makes it an obvious choice for a weekend getaway from Pune. It just takes 2-3 hours’ drive to leave all the hustle and bustle of the stressful city life and enter this natural haven. So if you want to enjoy a relaxed, soothing weekend, and if you love berries, this is the place to be.
Mumbai is 4-5 hours away from Pune and is one of the most happening places, not only in India but around the world. However, what differentiate the Financial Capital from the Queen of Deccan is the unique blend of heavy commercial skyline and the long coast of the Arabian Sea. The city of seven islands has several tourist spots, with architecture from the ancient to the Victorian era.
While the Elephanta Caves, Kanheri Caves in Sanjay Gandhi National Park represent the glorious historic days of the city, the CST Station, The Bombay High Court, The Gateway of India and The Mumbai University buildings represent the British past. Enjoy the sunset at Nariman Point, and feast on some authentic street food at the Girgaon Chowpatty. You can also visit spiritual places like the famous Iskcon temple in juhu, Shri Siddhi Vinayak Ganpati Mandir, Haji Ali Dargah and the Mahalaxmi Temple.
Harihareshwar is probably the most underrated tourist destination in Maharashtra. About 230kms away from Pune, this is as far as Mumbai, but it hides a world of unexplored beauty, that will pleasantly surprise you the moment you be there. And since it isn’t as much famous as, say, Alibaug, Harihareshwar is less crowded, so you can have the private cosy weekend with friends and loved ones.
The town is also known as ‘Dakshin Kashi’, which means Kashi (Varanasi) of the South. The clean Harihareshwar Beach, the primary tourist attraction, is among the cleanest ones in coastal Maharashtra, where you can also enjoy the lazy boat ride in the sea. The other prime spot is the Ganesh Gully, which is just 3ft wide pathway between two gigantic rocks. Other popular attractions include the temple town of Kushmeshwar, Bagmandala, and the Kondivli Beach.