Take A Trip To These Summer Campsites & Make The Most Of The End Of The Season
Summer is almost on verge of ending, but your fun doesn't have to. Make the most of the remaining season and have a blast by visiting these awesome campsites near Pune. Camping is a great way to spend a weekend: away from the city, in the lap of nature. We’ve rounded up five summer camping places in the surroundings, for you to visit.
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, 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 an extra cost. We suggest you trek around the campsite on foot to really appreciate the beauty of Kalote Lake.
Tikona is a 3,500ft high pyramid-like hill, home to an ancient battle-fort with a village at its base. Tikona is very close to Kamshet, and about 2hrs away from Pune by car. People flock here to trek up the fort and for the scenic views of Pawna valley and lake. Rusticville is a popular campsite here, ideal for beginners or seasoned campers. Accommodation in a high-quality adventure tent, pillows and sleeping bags is included in the booking cost. All meals from the 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 in the cost too. There’s also a tuck shop in case you feel like snacking inbetween 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 minute walk away from the campsite. If you need a guide, one can be arranged at extra cost.
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 fireflies! We found overnight camping packages by Get Set Camp. 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.