What makes Maharashtra a popular tourist destination

10 weekend trips from Pune to escape the city blues

Maharashtra - the flowing Indian state, with lush green destinations and some beautiful beaches in the country, one cannot stay away from nature. More than a pleasure, it has now become a need to sometimes give up the schedules and surrender to nature. There are 10 registered here Weekend getaways from Pune that will rejuvenate you.

1. Matheran

Matheran is about 120 km from Pune. The beautiful hill can either be hiked or enjoyed on the toy train. The place is untouched by pollution as motor vehicles are banned in the area. The place has almost 38 viewpoints from which one can admire the region. It also has lakes and temples to keep visitors busy.

2. Lonavla

Lonavala, famous for its fudge and chikkis, is about 66 kms walk from Pune. This quiet little mountain peak is a hiker's paradise during the monsoons. The lush greens that offer you breathtaking views of the region will also charm you with beautiful sunsets that you can never get bored of. The Bushi Dam is also one of the main attractions of Lonavala and people love to visit this easily accessible destination.

3. Alibag

The small town of Alibag is located on the coast of Maharashtra overlooking the Arabian Sea. Located 142 km from Pune, it is an absolute delight for beach and seafood lovers. While some beaches are crowded, some are comparatively quieter. Take a book, sit on the sand, admire the horizon and listen to the wonderful music created by the waves, and immerse yourself in local seafood delicacies with meals. Isn't it already too relaxed for a weekend?

4. Kamshet

If you don't want to travel a lot on your weekend but still want to have fun, go up Kamshet. Only at a distance of 50 km is this place, surrounded by a few hamlets, the place is the love of those who want to paraglide. Aside from giving your adrenaline a boost, you can also explore the caves of Bhaja and Bhedsa, visit the temples of Kondeshwar and Vidveshwar, or just have a quiet evening by Lake Vadival.

5. Diveagar

The still unexplored destination is about 160 km from the city of Pune. Diveagar is untouched by commercialization and has very little traces of visitors. The beach, which overlooks the Arabian Sea, stretches for about 4 km and is not shallow, which makes the surf pleasant. One can indulge in pampering at the local resorts that have just started touching the coast and are a perfect getaway for a lazy weekend.

6. Panchgani

Wrapped between five hills of the Sahyadaris, Panchgani is an exquisite retreat into the soul. Located 101 km from Pune, this place cannot be missed when looking for a way out of city life. The Dhom dam built on Krishna forms a lake in the region. Sydney Point and Parisi Point offer breathtaking views of the lake, while Devil's Kitchen Caves can be seen some distance from Table Land, Asia's longest mountain plateau.

7. Mahabaleshwar

Southwest to Pune at about 120 km is another escape in the laps of nature, Mahabaleshwar. Surrounded on all sides by valleys Mahabaleshwar the mountain station is a huge plateau. Regarded as divine and believed that the Krishna River once came from here, the place is a remarkable tourist spot. One can easily see the rock formations and admire the views from a point like the needle point and the 3 monkey point.

8. Bhandardara

As the highest peak of Maharashtra located at a distance of 162 km from Pune, Bhandardara is a popular tourist destination for its sky-high mountains, roaring waterfalls, and lush green land. With lakes, dams and waterfalls, this mountain station spoils you with the sights of various and devouring bodies of water. As the place is also of historical importance, it is frequently visited but is undisturbed by the noise of the cities as everyone who comes here is looking for peace.

9. Kolad

About 115 km from the bustling city of Pune, Kolad is a paradise for water sports enthusiasts. Once here, activities like kayaking, rafting, flying fox, river crossing, night camping, and campfires will keep the weekend too busy, but in a way that refreshes every single cell in the body. It doesn't matter whether you want to travel with your sweetheart or with all of your friends, both are equally fun.

10. Satara

About 112 km from Pune Satara Enclosing a rich heritage amidst the beauty of nature. Ajinkyatara Fort and Sajjangarh Fort have ancient paths that fill the curiosity quotient, while nature will surprise you with the beautiful Kaas Plateau formations and the sights of the Veena tributary that meets the Krishna River. A quiet weekend is guaranteed in the arms of nature.

Explore nearby destinations while managing daily life is what refreshes one. The little escapes from the city blue are necessary. Take a weekend off and watch nature greet you to amaze your senses and leave you calm and full of energy.