In today’s fast-paced life and even busier schedules, it is becoming harder and harder to take that much-needed vacation. But fear not, we have curated the perfect list for you Pune peeps to be able to indulge in a quick day trip that will both give you a break and be rejuvenating as hell. From beaches to mountains, we have you covered. Keep an eye out for that long weekend or festival day off and be sure to set off anywhere from this list. You shall not regret.
With the blessing of the Arabian sea, Alibaug has proved to be the perfect weekend getaway destination. An added benefit is how close it is to the city. All you have to do is hop into a ferry and boom! You’ve just entered a paradise where beach goals become a reality. You can chill by the Nagaon, Mandwa beach, visit the 400-year-old Ganesh Temple or just spend your day chilling in a hammock by the sea. And be home by night ready for the next hectic day.
Distance: 143 km approx
How To Get Here: Take a state-run bus directly to Alibaug or drive by on a road trip
Time Taken: 2 Hours 40 Minutes approx
Lavasa is a beautiful hill station near Pune, a must visit for all Punekars. Go on nature trails here and indulge in adventurous watersports like Kayaking. Don’t forget to gorge on good food at the Lakeside Promenade with breathtaking views. You can visit here any time of the year, the weather being pleasant.
Distance: 57 km approx.
How To Get Here: By Road, bus ride or car ride will do.
Time Taken: 2 hours approx.
Also Read: Five Things To Do In Lavasa!
Panchgani is a picture postcard hill station that you cannot miss out on. From breakfast at Lucky Restaurant to the food stop at Mapro Garden, food is impeccable here. Visit table land too, Asia’s second longest mountain plateau for the best sunset views. Panchgani also gives you some breathtaking hilltop views that should definitely be witnessed. Amazing food combined with a blissful view, it is a perfect getaway spot for the family in winters as it gets too dry in the Summer.
Distance: 100 km approx.
How To Get Here: By bus, train or car.
Time Taken By Road: 2 hours 30 minutes approx
Time Taken By Train: 8 hours approx
4. Tamhini Ghat
Head to Tamhini ghat to witness the most spectacular sight of majestic waterfalls all around you cascading from a greater height. Tamhini Ghat is a mountain passage that cuts across the Sahyadri range to combine Pune and the Konkan region. There are huge waterfalls opening out right on the road, the gushing sound of the water and the stunning sight of the waterfalls make this an ideal spot for a weekend getaway.
Distance: 53 km approx
How To Get Here: By Road
Time Taken: 2 hours approx
5. Sinhagad Fort
Sinhagad Fort located in the outskirts of Pune is a major attraction site where visitors often come for a quick getaway from Pune city and other adjoining areas. You can visit here between 9 am to 6 pm. Trekking up to the fort is mostly doable with straight and rocky paths. And the great views are definitely worth it! You can check out the pristine Kali temple as well.
Distance: 20 Km approx
How To Get Here: By road
Time Taken: 1 hour 30 minutes approx
Keep your bags packed for these one-day trips! And here are some other places to check out in Maharashtra if you have more time on your hands. You can thank us later.