After scorching summer heat, hot sun, here comes the season of the downpour, drizzle, black clouds. Many people might have enjoyed getting wet in season’s first rain already. If you are also a rain lover then It’s a perfect time to go for an outing. If you ask me what are my favorite destinations for a monsoon getaway? Then My answer is always – Pune and its nearby hill stations. Pune is surrounded with a number of hill stations located in the mountain, Sahyadri. These lovely hill stations are absolutely ideal visits during monsoon. These places are located nearby Pune and very well connected by road and trains. Not only the places but also routes are beautiful. The journey to reach these places is equally awesome as it has a very scenic roadside. The road is covered with monsoon mist, the greenery all around, small waterfalls make the journey more interesting. If you are going by driving a car – then you can see many waterfalls all through-out the drive. Lush green mountains, running white clouds, and the coolest weather make visitors fall in love with these places. Few of the most awesome places to visit during the monsoon.
Lonavala is the scenic hill station 64 km away from Pune. Monsoon is the best period to visit this place to see nature at its best. It’s an ideal hill station to let your kids know more about nature. From any point on the hills, you can see lush greenery around. The waterfalls in mountains are cherry on top. If you are lucky you can ouch clouds as well. It is famous for hard candy chikki Sweet candy made using (peanuts/ dry fruits/ seeds /jaggeryµ /sugar.)
How to go: It is well connected by train, local trains, public transport buses, luxury buses.
Places of interest in Lonavala:
Valvan dam, Ryewood Park, and Shivaji udyan, Bhushi dam, Duke’s note, rajamachi Point, tiger’s point.
Is a hill station in the Western Ghats in the state of Maharashtra, India. Khandala is gifted with abundant natural beauty and its definitely proved popular destination for many people. Due to the ease of accessibility from nearby cities, Khandala is a common area for hiking.
How to go: It is well connected by train and roads. Buses go on a regular interval from Pune via Lonavala.
Places of interest:
Tiger’s Leap: after careful observation, It appears as if a tiger is leaping into the valley. Amrutanjan Point: It provides an excellent view of the places nearby. Duke’s Nose: also known as ‘Nagfani’ is named after Duke Wellington, who had a pointed nose resembling the cliff. It gives a very beautiful panoramic view of Khandala and bhor ghat.
Places of interests:
Karla and Bhaja Cave: Karla and Bhaja Caves are historical rock-cut caves, situated at a distance of 16 km from Khandala. Bhushi Lake: Is one of the major tourist attraction for its clysters clear water.
Another must have monsoon getaway – Mahabaleshwar hill station located in Western Ghats of Maharashtra. Lush green surroundings and pleasant weather attracts many visitors here. It is famous for a temple of Lord Mahabaleshwar. There are many points in Mahabaleshwar by standing where entire scenery can be enjoyed. Watching Sunrise and sunsets from some points in Mahabaleshwar is an awesome experience. Boating, horse riding, trekking can be done at some places in Mahabaleshwar. It’s famous for strawberry farms and honey production. How to Go: Public transport buses are available after the regular interval from Pune.
Points of interest :
Venna lake is the major tourist attraction, Arthur’s seat, Kate point, needle hole point, Wilson point,3 monkey point, Sydney point, Parsi point, Mapro garden.
Mulashi is the dam on the Mula river located in the Mulshi district, Pune. Water from the dam is used for irrigation as well as for producing electricity at the Bhira hydroelectric power plant, operated by Tata Power Company LTD. The road snakes its way through extremely scenic valleys and cliffs at every turn. The Dam is a perfect spot for picnics, with its scenic surroundings during monsoons.
How to Go: There are regular buses from Swargate. Which drops to the bottom of Mulshi on the way. Semi-luxury buses also available which go to the top.
Point of interest:
Marvellous lake, the dam, forest and hilly region of Mulshi. Tamhini Ghat is nearby to Mulashi, which is a local landmark and faces a steep cliff on one side and a really deep valley on the other. Century-old temple of the ‘Vanjai’ Mata.
Sinhgad is one of the popular trekking and picnic spots in Pune.It is a popular weekend destination for many, with some enthusiasts trekking to the top of the fort from the base near Sinhgad village. The sinhgad fort is also part of training at National Defence Academy, Khadakwasla.Many local snacks stalls are serving visitors.Kanda bhaji and zunaka bhakri are favorites among them.
How to go:
local bus services have the bus from Pune
city to sinhgad after every hour. Shared taxi service is also available.