Can't Skip College? These Day Trips Around Pune Are Perfect to Break the Monotony


If you’ve been craving for a break, but your college assignments and back to back classes are not letting you take that well-deserved break, we are going to tell you the one-day trips you can take to break the monotony. The city of Pune in Maharashtra is blessed with a great climate, good vibes and a lot of nearby places to go around. Whether you like relaxing on beaches, gazing at beautiful views or exploring monuments and ruins, we’ve got you covered. Here are some of the top one day trips near Pune:

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Photo of Alibaug, Maharashtra, India by Ginny Bansal

One of the most popular one day trip from Pune. It is a beach town in Maharashtra close to both Pune and Mumbai. Alibaug has a good number of beaches and places that make it an absolute go-to place for a trip on a budget. This place has majestic forts as well as some sacred temples. The best thing about Alibaug beach is that you can enjoy a great view of Colaba fort while soaking in the sun. Take a short boat ride to the popular fort which gives a magnificent view. There are several other unexplored beaches along the coastline, which offer the ideal backdrop for your next facebook display picture. One can also visit the Ganesh temple which is almost 400 years old, laze around on a hammock, bathe in the sun, sip on coconut water and watch the beautiful sunset.

Distance from Pune: 140 km (approx.)

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Photo of Lavasa, Maharashtra, India by Ginny Bansal

The first planned city of India, Lavasa is a stunning destination which is rich in natural beauty. One of the most accessible places near Pune, Lavasa is an experience you’ll never forget. Take a cab or head for a road trip on a bike from Pune to enjoy the views. There is something in store for every type of traveller, adventure-lover, peace lover as well as a nature lover. You can embark on various activities such as Segway Ride, water sports, swimming as well as camping. The windy route to Lavasa has small tea and snack stalls for quick breaks on the way. There are lovely waterfalls and lush greenery all around. We all are tight on budget while in college, so take that Lavasa feels like Europe itself with colourful buildings around the man-made lake and vintage lamp posts.

Distance from Pune: 57 km (approx.)

Photo of Sinhagad Fort, Sinhagad Ghat Road, Thoptewadi, Maharashtra, India by Ginny Bansal

If you have already decided to bunk the class but have a curfew back home, then Sinhagad is the place to be. Get your group of friends along, bring food and head out for a great picnic with amazing weather and enthralling views. Going back to the Maratha age, this hill-top fort gives an opportunity to trek to reach the top for mesmerising views. The trek to the fort is mostly straight up and rocky. Some notable attractions which you can see inside the fort are the Tanaji memorial, the tomb of Rajaram Chhatrapati, Kali temple, some military stables and a brewery. Tourists can visit this place between 9.00 am to 6.00 pm

Distance from Pune: 20 km (approx.)

Photo of Mahabaleshwar, Maharashtra, India by Ginny Bansal

Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats, in the Satara district of Maharashtra. It is known for strawberry farms, mulberries, numerous rivers and majestic peaks and is often referred to as the queen of hill stations in Maharashtra. This hill station attracts a large number of tourists for its lovely views, beautiful landscapes and pleasant temperatures. There are many tourist attractions like forts, temples, lakes, and many more. Pratapgarh fort, Venna lake, Mahabaleshwar temple, Mapro garden are some of the tourist spots. Mahabaleshwar has a moderate climate throughout the year and can be visited at any time of the year. However, the best time would be from June to October.

Distance from Pune: 120 km (approx.)

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Photo of Panchgani, Maharashtra, India by Ginny Bansal

Panchgani is a popular hill station in Maharashtra and has derived its name from five hills surrounding it. This place is very famous for various sunrise and sunset points and the scenic valley views. What makes this place even more amazing is that it has hills on one side and coastal plains on the other side. The town has cool climate and offers many pleasant walks. Panchgani is an ideal getaway from Mumbai and Pune to find comfort and peace in the lap of nature. This place was discovered by the British superintendent John Chesson in the 1860's and hence this place has great british influence in terms of architecture. Other viewpoints are- Sydney point, Kate point, and Parsi point. Panchgani is also home to Kaas plateau, one of the UNESCO world natural heritage sites of India.

Distance from Pune: 100 km (approx.)

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Photo of Matheran, Maharashtra, India by Ginny Bansal

This cosy little hill station is nestled amidst the Sahyadri range on the Western Ghats and is one of the smallest hill stations of India. You will love this place if you are a nature-lover. This place does not allow vehicles at all, so the moment you step here the cool breeze and fresh air devoid of pollution gives you a good reason to visit this place at least once. This place is famous for its viewpoints and has a total of 36 viewpoints. You can enjoy Echo point, Alexander Louisa point, Panorama point and Porcupine point to name a few. If you love trekking, you will definitely enjoy these easy trekking trails. Charlotte lake, close to Echo point, is a very popular picnic spot with locals as well as tourists.

Distance from Pune: 80 km (approx.)

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Photo of Lonavla, Maharashtra, India by Ginny Bansal

Lonavla is one of the most beautiful getaways from Pune within 100 km. This beautiful place has lush slopes, raging waterfalls, sparkling ponds and high viewpoints making it a worth a visit. The main reason you’d want to come here is to visit the nearby Karla and Bhaja caves and to eat chikkis. This place is hit with hikers and trekkers and is heaven especially during monsoons. 

Lonavla is a must visit if you admire nature and if you love adventure, visit Adlabs Imagica for some great fun time with your friends. Visit Bushi dam, Lonavla lake, Celebrity wax museum and Tiger’s leap. You can try rappelling at Duke’s nose, climb up the peculiar summit of Korai gad or trek the elevation of Tikona. Each of these experiences will give you an unparalleled experience of thrill and enjoyment.

Distance from Pune: 66 km (approx.)

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Photo of Rajmachi, Maharashtra, India by Ginny Bansal

This place makes up for an exciting day trip near Pune. Located at an ideal distance from the city centre, the drive to Rajmachi is a pleasant one as it passes through many mountains and ideal viewpoints across the city. The trek to Rajmachi is an easy one and passes through the fortified structures of Shrivardhan and Manaranjan forts. Trek to this place is highly recommended for adventure lovers. Whether you want to go for trekking, camping or just soak in the lap of nature, the Rajmachi Trek should be on the must-visit list. If you love rains, trust me the region looks nice and lush and you surely won't be disappointed.

Distance from Pune: 75 km (approx.)

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Photo of Tamhini Ghat, Tata Talav, Maharashtra by Ginny Bansal

Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage that cuts across Sahydari range to join Pune and Konkan region. This place is known for its natural beauty–with high mountains, green valleys, lakes as well as waterfalls. The approach is one of the best parts of the trip and the 15 km stretch of the passage is great for camping as well as trekking. You can set up a camp and relax at the Mulshi Lake after you are done gazing or even bathing at the Tamhini waterfalls. Bikers can take a ride across the ghat for a memorable and thrilling experience. The best time to visit is August and September.

Distance from Pune – 55 km

This list is just a glimpse of the great experiences around Pune. For now, call your friends and just drive off to one of these locations. Something to tell, share your story here.

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