Pune is not only famous for its heritage—close to the city there are incredible getaways for adventure fanatics and explorers. Check out these famous trekking trails for your next weekend escape.
Distance from Pune: 82 km
Rajmachi is a fort situated near Lonavala and offers remarkable views of the Sahyadri range & the backwaters of Shirota Dam. It is an easy hike and it takes only 40 minutes to reach the top of the fort. Normal trekkers consider the structure of Rajmachi to be remarkable and recommend for camping. The two caves near the fort can accommodate up to 40 people.
Distance from Pune: 78 km
It is a complicated climb, after the cross pass of Lohagadh. There are several waterfalls on top of the hill, and abrupt steps to climb. The fort is at its best view throughout the monsoon season, with new waterfalls starting soon after the rains. The fort wall offers spectacular views of the Pune-Mumbai highway.
Distance from Pune: 118 km
Harishchandragadh is not a monument but lies in a forest reserve. Experienced trekkers like going up this hill from the five different ways. It is a long hike and a stay at the top is a must. The caves can be a thrilling camping spot and have numerous freshwater streams. The Konkankada is a perfect place for those wanting to see the picture-perfect sunset. The Shiva temple is a mesmerizing structure. It is a cave underneath a part of the hill and only one pillar stands amongst the roof and base of the cave.
Distance from Pune: 35 km
It is one of the most renowned picnic spots around Pune. While it has good road connectivity, there are various people who still favour trekking the route to the fort. There are statues of Tanaji Malusare and Shivaji’s younger son Rajaram at the fort. The military sheds are another spot worth going. There is a water body called the Dev Taaki that comprises fresh water throughout the year.
Distance from Pune: 50 km
It was the initial capital of the Maratha Kingdom before Raigadh. It is a trekker’s nirvana during monsoon season. The Pani Kund and Balekilla are the major attractions. The distinct constructions of the gunpowder store and main court are the spots, that one should not miss.
Distance from Pune: 50 km
It is acknowledged as Prachandagadh, the area covered by this fort is very vast. Situated close to Rajgadh, it is the uppermost fort in the region with an elevation of 1400 metres. You can trek to Jhunjar machi and Budhla machi, from where there is a straight route to Rajgad as well.
Distance from Pune: 100 km
It is homeland of the Maratha leader Shivaji, Shivneri inhabits a significant part in history. The ration & gunpowder store are vital structures. There are many water bodies and statues of Shivaji and his mother Jijabai.
Distance from Pune: 80 km
It is situated near Malavli, on the way to Lonavala, Lohgadh is a part of the Lohgad-Visapur forts. Vinchu Kata is a well-known spot at the fort which appears like the tail of a scorpion when seen from a distance.