Is there anything better than a long drive to enjoy great weather, escape the city and do fun things on the way? We think, not. Especially when we're blessed with several places around the city. Head out of Pune for a road trip to these spots and check them out if you haven't already.
Road Trip: 5 Places Near Pune You Could Drive To
Located around 120 km away from Pune, is India's only vehicle-free hill station - Matheran. You can either take a train to Karjat or a cab from the station to Matheran car park or drive down for two and half hours and enjoy the beautiful ghats. You can reach the main mall road of Matheran either by toy train, a horse ride or just by trekking for 30 minutes. Gorge on some delicious fudge, authentic Maharashtrian dishes, and go on a walking tour around the hill station to see the best sunset points.
Located in the North of Satara is the small village of Wai. Only a 2-hour drive will take you to this historical village which was once an important part of the Peshwa reign. Walk through the Phadnavis wada that was built in the 1700s, visit the Prajna Paathsala library or trek up to the Pandavgad fort and eat some delicious bhakris and mutton rassas at small eateries.
Alibaug is a beautiful beach town located only 145 km away from Pune. A 3-hour drive will take you to the main city area. You can book a beautiful Airbnb or stay at resorts and shacks right on the beach for less than INR 1000. We would definitely recommend a morning boat ride to the Janjira Fort which is one of the strongest marine forts in India. Go beach hopping, enjoy water sports, and other attractions too on a fun weekend getaway.
Looking for a less crowded camping spot? Head to Tail Baila which is a lesser-known village in the Mulshi Taluka, around 100 km away from Pune. Apart from known adventurous activities such as trekking and rock climbing, you can also put up a campsite with your friends at this place. Trekk up to one of the viewing points, find a quiet spot, and set your tents. Enjoy a beautiful sunset in the morning and stargaze at night.