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Pune is a preferred city for many people for business and leisure alike. It’s also a nice place for tourists since there are many forts from the Maratha era in and around Pune. But the best part about Pune is its proximity to some of the best hill stations in Maharashtra. These hill stations make for great weekend getaways to relax in nature’s lap and then get back to the grind. 

Forts built centuries ago on rolling green hills, the view of the lush green valleys, gushing waterfalls, and cold mist in the air–the hill stations near Pune are a respite from the summer heat and the hustle-bustle of city life. 

Here are some of the best hill stations near Pune you can visit on your next trip:

Lonavala

Distance from Pune – 64 km (approx)

Located in the Sahyadri mountain range, Lonavala is one of the most popular hill stations near Pune. It is a popular weekend getaway from Pune and Mumbai. One can explore many beautiful forts, lakes, and waterfalls in Lonavala. Go to Tiger point and catch the sunset with some hot pakoras and chai. The stunning view will make you forget all your worries and stay in the moment.

Matheran

Distance from Pune – 120 km (approx)

A hiker’s paradise, Matheran is a preferred monsoon getaway for many people in Pune and Mumbai. It is the only hill station in Asia that is automobile free. You can walk around or ride a horse and explore this scenic hill station. Many picturesque spots across the hill station make for great photo ops. The charm of this hill station is doubled during the monsoon since many gushing waterfalls form in the area, making the entire experience more enjoyable.

Khandala

Distance from Pune – 72 km (approx)

Not too far from Lonavala is another hill station called Khandala, a popular weekend getaway from Pune. You can explore many waterfalls and sightseeing points at this hill station too. There are many treks that start from around Khandala. Popular ones like Rajmachi, Duke’s Nose, Tikona Fort, Visapur Fort, and more can be done if you’re in or around Khandala.

Bhandardara

Distance from Pune – 170 km (approx)

Located on the banks of the river Pravara, Bhandardara is a quaint village that has gained popularity as a tourist destination in the last few years. The starting point for Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra, Bhandardara is known for its refreshing greenery, waterfalls, and the Bhandardara dam. Many resorts in Bhandardara offer a fantastic view of the river and the dam. If you’re into adventure, you can set up a tent by the riverside and spend the night under the stars.

Mahabaleshwar

Distance from Pune – 120 km (approx)

One of the most popular hill stations in the country, Mahabaleshwar has many experiences in store for travellers. The hill station has multiple elevated viewing points offering panoramic views. There’s something for everyone at this hill station. You can trek nearby forts, find a viewing point where you can have a picnic, and indulge in horse-riding and other adventure sports. You can even visit Mapro Garden in Mahabaleshwar to have fresh strawberries while enjoying the view of the lush green valley. Mahabaleshwar is one of the best places to visit in Maharashtra.

Plan your stay at Club Mahindra Sherwood or Club Mahindra Saj, two famous resorts in Mahabaleshwar, and enjoy a pleasant and memorable stay. After a long day out trekking and sightseeing in this hill station near Pune, you can relax at the spa in the resort to prepare for another day of adventure. 

There are so many hill stations near Pune! Plan a trip to one of these and you will surely return rejuvenated.

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