Text: Anu Verma
Pune peeps! If you’re bored of Lonavla and Khandala, worry not! StyleCracker sorts out five easy-peasy weekend getaways for you!
Why Go: To feed the adventure streak in you.
About: Rajmachi is the perfect trekking destination. Located 78 kms from Pune, this small village lies between Lonavala and Khandala on Sahyadri ranges. The hills witness their lush best during rains when the entire valley is covered with greenery. Rajmachi Fort and Kondane Caves are the most famous tourist spots here and they can be reached through a trek or by cycling.
Get There: It takes about two hours to reach Rajmachi from Pune. Hiring a cab is the best option and you can book one online or from Pune Station.
Dress Up: Combat boots, cargos, a cotton tee and a water-proof, multi-pocket jacket are a must. Buy it HERE!
Why Go: Girls trip!
About: The first-ever private and planned city in our country, Lavasa is a great luxurious getaway. Known for its authenticity, this is a place where you can go camping in a glamorous way. Opt for a Swiss designed ac tent that comes with all sorts of facilities for a cool camping trip. The nature lovers can look for a Segway ride, a battery powered vehicle that comfortably takes you around all possible domains of the city.
Get There: Travelling by bus is the most economical and easy option as it takes just one and a half.
Dress Up: Go for lady-like essentials like a flowy maxi dress, gold sandals and a pashmina (just in case it gets chilly). Buy it HERE!
Why Go: To get a tan!
About: If you are more of a beach person, this one is your dream destination. With the right amalgamation of historical monuments and natural formations, a visit to Alibaug is a must. You can while your time lazing around the beach, binging on sea food and walking up to the Kulaba fort. Some of the famous beaches include Versoli, Nagaon, Akshi and Kashid beach.
Get There: Hire a cab. The total journey span is about three hours.
Dress Up: Opt for a classic one-piece swimsuit, big floppy sun hat, chiffon kaftan and flip-flops. Buy it HERE!
Why Go: Family day.
About: Known for its lush forests, giving home to numerous species of birds and animals, this place is a nature lover’s paradise. Amongst the popular spots, Anshi Tiger Reserve and BhagwanMahaveer Sanctuary are famous for wildlife and bird watching. You can also explore water sports like rafting and kayaking, when in Dandeli.
Get There: Booking an overnight bus, which takes approximately eight hours, is the best way to reach Dandeli from Pune.
Dress Up: Comfort is key. Go for fuss-free basics like skinny jeans, a gingham shirt and sneakers. Buy it HERE!
Why Go: To beat the heat!
About: Panchgani is built between five hills of the Sahyadris and has pleasant climate all year round. One must visit the strawberry farms located here for a delicious experience that also provides an opportunity to buy the yummy jams and squashes prepared here, organically. Another fun outing here includes a visit to Rajapuri caves, a set of four caves.
Get There: By bus or private cab or train, Pune is connected to Panchgini easily.
Dress Up: It gets quite chilly in the hills so pack in an oversize knit, leggings and ankle booties. Buy it HERE!
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