After working five days a week, we all look forward to peaceful and refreshing weekends. One of the best ways to get the most out of your weekends is to plan a short trip to nearby places. There are numerous places near Pune for your perfect weekend getaway.

Here is a list of some places that will bring you closer to nature and away from the city rush:

1. Lonavala:

 

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Located 46 kilometers away from Pune is the popular hill station Lonavala. It is situated in Sahyadri ranges and makes a perfect destination for monsoon trips. The lush greenery surrounds the area. Apart from that, you can enjoy sightseeing at Karla, Bhaja, and Bedsa caves. Another attraction of Lonavala is the Lonavala Lake which has a scenic view and is best when visited in monsoon. Other sites in Lonavala include Lohagad fort, Visapur Fort and a theme park named Della Adventure.

 

2. Panchgani:

 

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A two-hour drive from Pune will lead you to the beautiful hill station Panchgani. There are various hotels and campsites to make your stay comfortable here. It is a great camping destination. The major tourist attractions of Panchgani are Sydney Point, Table point, Parsi Point, Devil’s Kitchen and Mapro Garden.

3. Lavasa:

 

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Located 58 kilometers away from Pune, Lavasa is a secretly planned city which is an attraction for tourists all over the globe. It is inspired by the Italian town Portofino. You can enjoy various activities here such as archery, trekking, camping and other adventurous activities.

4. Rajmachi:

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Rajmachi is a small village situated in Sahyadri range. Apart from its scenic beauty, it is known for the historical Rajmachi fort. It is a popular destination for trekking and camping. It is a peaceful place and will make you feel calm and close to nature.

5. Khandala:

 

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Located 70 kilometers away from Pune is Khandala which is also known as twin town of Lonavala. It is an aesthetic hill station which offers a variety of activities such as hiking in forests and valleys, exploring caves and trekking. Some places of interests in Khandala are Tiger’s Leap, Amrutanjan Point, Duke’s Nose and Bhushi Lake.

6. Matheran:

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Matheran is the smallest and yet one of the most popular hill station in India. Additionally, it is also Asia's only automobile-free hill station. It has beautiful forests with various diversities of trees. It offers a kaleidoscopic view of the area since it has 38 peak viewpoints to the delight of mountain lovers. Along with that, it has two lakes, parks and some temples. It offers adventurous activities such as trekking, hiking or walking up to viewpoints. You can experience one of the best sunrises and sunsets from here.

All these places are just perfect for your weekend getaway near Pune. So choose a place for the coming weekend, pack your bags and grab the camera. To make your stay more comfortable, you can check out hotels such as Jackson Inn.