Ditch Lavasa & Lonavala! Check Out These Other Road Trips From Pune


    Of course exploring Pune is fun. But when you need to get away from the city, take a road trip. Only a few drives away, you could visit forts, falls and see how gorgeous Maharashtra really is. 


    Situated midway between Lonavala and Khandala, Rajmachi is a small village in the Sahyadri mountains. It is usually an ideal one-day getaway where you can trek up the fort and enjoy the views. You can also sample authentic Maharashtrian cuisine like rassa, bhakri and bhajjis served by the locals at the base of the fort. And, if you love to camp, set up tent and spend the night atop the fort to wake up to a beautiful view of the Sahyadris. 


    A holiday resort village on the banks of the Pravara river, Bhandaradara has a number of activities that range from adventurous to relaxing. Go for a scenic boat ride at Arthur lake, trek up Mount Kalsubai {Maharashtra’s highest peak} or have a picnic by the Randha Falls. There are many budget-friendly places to stay here like the MTDC Holiday Resort and Hotel Amruteshwar with tariffs starting at INR 1,350.


    If you want to go paragliding on a budget, Kamshet is the ideal place to visit. Soar above Pawna Lake and take in the scenic beauty of the lush-green forests around. You can also visit the neighbouring Bhaja and Bhedse caves and soak in the history of how they came to be. 


    Nestled in the Western Ghats, Matheran, India’s smallest hill station, has 38 viewpoints that offer a spectacular panoramic view of the surroundings, made better by the monsoons. Popular activities include hiking to these various viewpoints like the Porcupine Point (don’t miss watching the sunset here!) and parasailing. If you don’t want to do all the walking, take a ride in the Neral-Matheran toy-train that zig-zags up the hill to give you a view you won’t forget!


    Go river rafting, camping, hiking, trekking and enjoy various other adventure activities in a small village in Maharashtra. Kolad, a beautiful village just 144 kms away from Pune in the Raigad district comes alive during the monsoons offering picture-perfect views and backdrops and is forever bustling with fellow nature enthusiasts. It's one of the best places to raft, and the village is commercial yet a must-visit if you're ever considering a road trip.