Spend Your Summer Nights Under Starry Skies At These 5 Campsites Near Pune

Divya posted on 23 March

With the onset of summer, if you’re looking to get a little more excitement out of your weekend, look no further! Camping is not just for kids, and a great way to spend a weekend: away from the city, in the lap of nature. We’ve rounded up five summer camping places near Pune, for you to visit.

Karnala

Home to the famous Karnala Bird Sanctuary, and the eponymous, historic fort {aka Funnel Hill}. We like Big Red Tent’s Karnala campsite, which is just a 2-hr drive from Pune. Their over-night package includes a crash course in pitching your own tent, an evening trek, BBQ dinner, and ice-cream or s’mores by the campfire on your first night. The next day, you can choose to go on a guided trek at the bird sanctuary, or {for more experienced adventurers}, trek your way up Karnala Fort. Star-gaze, rent your own BBQ {at extra cost}, ask the crew for a football or cricket bats {or bring your own} and enjoy your time here. The campsite also features a sprawling lawn {with sprinklers to cool off under after your trek}, and western-style toilets with running water. One night’s stay here will cost INR 2000 per person, inclusive of BBQ dinner & breakfast. For more details, check out their website here.
#LBBTip: Though the campsite is open year-round, it’s ideal to visit in the monsoon season – as they have their own private waterfall.
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Karnala, Maharashtra

    Pawna

    Experience camping for what it truly is – a way to re-connect with nature, through lake-side camping at Pawna. For the young and adventurous, check out Beyond Camping – a new up-and-coming campsite run by a young couple, Apeksha and Bhavin. The campsite is just a short drive 1-1.5hr {45-50km} outside of Pune, in a scenic location on the banks of Pawna Lake. Enjoy evening snacks, a live BBQ, and a special village-cooked dinner as you cosy up by the campfire. After dinner, enjoy music played by a live acoustic band! The lake level is a bit low in summer, so deep-water swimming is prohibited, but you can get your feet wet! Other activities include archery, badminton, volleyball, cricket, and indoor games. Hosted from Saturday evenings to Sunday mornings, it’ll cost you INR 1800 per person, inclusive of meals, tent accommodation, and activities. We think it’s an ideal way to spend a summer weekend, without breaking the bank. More details available on their website here.
    #LBBTip: We suggest you pick their Campsite #1, as their second location is undergoing renovation.
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    Pawna Lake, Maharashtra

      Kalote Lake

      Kalote Lake is located around a 2hr {95km} drive away from Pune, close to Khopoli. Surrounded by lush green hills on three sides, and a gorgeous lake on the other – it’s a slice of heaven on earth! Our pick for camping here is the Sabharwal Farms property by LetsCampOut. This is their flagship campsite, and there’s plenty to do for everyone – from adrenaline junkies and to nature-lovers, to introverts. Their overnight camping package entitles you to a stay in comfy tents, with fully-functional bathrooms. You’ll have access to drinking water, evening tea with snacks, BBQ {limited}, home-cooked dinner and breakfast buffets. Fishing and swimming in the lake are part of the package, but additional adventure activities like kayaking and horse-riding can be arranged at extra cost. We suggest you trek around the campsite on foot, to really appreciate the beauty of Kalote Lake. Their overnight package will cost you INR 2500 {plus tax}. For more details, read our full recommendation here or check out their website.

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      Kalote Mokashi, Maharashtra

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        Tikona

        Tikona is a 3,500ft high pyramid-like hill, home to an ancient battle-fort, with a village at its base {Tikona-Peth}. Tikona is very close to Kamshet, and about 2hrs {60km} away from Pune by car. People flock here for trekking the fort, and for the scenic views of Pawna valley and lake. Rusticville is a popular campsite here, ideal for beginners or seasoned campers. Included in the booking cost, is accommodation in a high-quality adventure tent, pillows, and sleeping bags. All meals – from evening tea with snacks, to a DIY BBQ {with pre-marinated food for you to grill} with BBQ equipment, private bonfire, unlimited buffet dinner, morning tea/coffee, and simple breakfast – are covered. There’s also a tuck shop in case you feel like snacking in-between meals or want something extra. Activities include volleyball, archery, badminton, cricket, carrom and chess. It’s easy to make the trek to Tikona on your own, and Pawna lake is just 20-25 minutes’ walk away from the campsite. If you need a guide, one can be arranged at extra cost. Their over-night package will cost you INR 1700 per head on a weekday, and INR 1900/head on weekends. To know more, check out their website.

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        Tikona Hiking Trail, Maval, Maharashtra

          Bhandardara

          Bhandardara is a small resort-village located in Ahmednagar district, about a 4.5 – 5.5hrs’ drive from Pune. Home to Mount Kalsubai {the highest peak in Maharashtra}, the nearby natural attractions include Arthur Lake, Wilson Dam on the Pravara River, and the Umbrella Falls in monsoon season. There are a number of trekking and hiking spots nearby, most notably the one to Ratangad Fort. Bhandardara is also popular for its scenic sunsets, clear starry skies, and fire-flies! We found over-night camping packages starting from INR 1500 on Get Set Camp, INR 1600 on TripHippie, and INR 1999 on Thrillophilia. Camping here is a bit more rustic, so we suggest you pack all the essentials – and don’t forget to carry your camera and battery pack!

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          Bhandardara, Distt. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra