Tent Up: The Best Campsites Near Pune You Should Head To

Camping is a great way to spend a weekend: away from the city, in the lap of nature. We’ve rounded up the best camping places near Pune that you can visit. Whether you're a camping pro and have your own gear, or would like to sihn up and book yourself a tent at a campsite, here are the best campsites to visit near Pune. 

Karnala

Big Red Tent

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-hour drive from Pune. Their overnight package includes a crash course in pitching your own tent, an evening trek, BBQ dinner, and ice-cream or smores 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 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. For more details, check out their website.

Pawna Lake

Beyond Camping

Experience camping for what it truly is – a way to reconnect with nature, through lakeside 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’s 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.

Kalote Lake

LetsCampOut

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

Rusticville Camping Ground

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

GetSetCamp

Bhandardara is a small 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.

The Farmsted

The Farmstead

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of city life and have a fun farm stay at The Farmstead, just 40 kms away from Pune. At this resort you can opt for either their rooms or you can go camping on their huge land. The resort provides you with all the necessary camping gears like tents, sleeping bags and much more. Light a bonfire, host a barbecue or just enjoy their indoor games. The price for camping at Farmstead differs from time to time but you can expect the pricing to be around INR 1200 per night. The check-in and check out time at this property is 4:00 pm and 10:00 am.


Salter Lake

Salter Lake

This one's for camping pros who've got their own camping gear and equipment. We are sure you have been to Lonavala many times but we bet you have not explored this hidden campsite near Ambey Valley. Salter Lake is the kind of secluded, serene spot one might land up finding accidentally as opposed to spotting it on Google Maps. The beauty of this location will take your breath away. Carry your essential camping gears and head over to this location by car or an outstation cab and put up your tents by the lake, barbecue and jam through the night, under clear starry skies.

Panshet

Panshet

Located only 50 kms away from Pune, Panshet is a great spot to go camping. There are several campsites around the Panshet Dam that accommodate guests on weekends and provides almost all amenities. You can also explore adventure sports such as kayaking, rafting, paragliding and much more. You can also rent cycles and go for a spin around the small town A nights stay at these campsites start at INR 1000.

Kundalika

Kundalika Rafting Camp - Nature Trails Resort

River rafting camps in Kundalika is a must for any adventure junkie. If you are looking for an adrenelan boost then head to Kundalika Rafting Camp which is located only two and half hours away from Pune.  The campsite offers the ultimate river side camping experience. You can enjoy local food, sleep in tents under the stars and go river rafting with your buddies. A package for one costs approximately INR 1,800 and it is a one day itinerary. 

Wai

Wai

Looking for that perfect Bollywood set up by the lake? Head to Wai which is approximately 3 hours away from Pune. There are dedicated campsites in Wai for local experience however you could also pick up your tents and camp by the Dhom Dam which is also known as the Pangong Tso Lake of Maharashtra. Take a boat ride, light up a bonfire and jam with your friends while taking in the serene natural beauty. Price packages for camping in Wai depends on the season but the starting rate is around INR 1000. While you are there, you should definitely go see the local sights as Wai played a huge role in the history of Maharashtra.