Quick Monsoon GetawaysPune Getaways — By Kadambari on August 31, 2010 at 5:08 PM
Monsoon gives a perfect reason to step out and get wet in the wild weather. It is that time of the year when Mother Earth beautifully dresses up in lush green finery and wears the fascinating fragrance of fresh air.
To enjoy this romantic weather we at the Punekar suggest quick monsoon getaways that are just few miles away from the city.
Sinhagad – Sinhagad which literally means lion fort is a popular spot that can be visited any time of the year. However, the best time to savour this fort is during monsoons. It is quite an experience to enjoy the heavy pours atop the fort where you can touch the clouds and at the same let the breeze kiss you gently. While you are there, don’t forget to enjoy the perfect combination of lip-smacking and hot bhajjiyas with adrak chai. On your way back do stop by the Khadkwasala dam to enjoy some chaat while your eyes stroll around the dam.
Mulshi- If water is what you completely love then Mulshi is the place to be. Situated amidst greenery and stunning Sahyadri hilly terrain, Mulshi Lake is quite a scenic spot. Apart from the lake it also has a milky waterfall that runs down the mountains. The spot is perfect to be in the arms of nature.
Baneshwar: – Surrounded with thick flora and fauna, Baneshwar is popular for the Lord Shiv temple. A family picnic spot, the waterfall located behind the temple is also quite an attraction. And the best way to enjoy the monsoons is sitting by these falls and admiring nature’s bounty.
Mahabaleshwar: – Just few hours away from Pune, Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful hill station. It is amazing throughout the year but some tourists prefer to drive there especially during monsoons to enjoy the first glimpse of the glistening weather.
Lonavla and Khandala: Lonavla is blessed with some great hills, valleys and waterfalls. The magnificent Bhushi dam comes in full force during monsoons and is quite a sight to see. Walk along the clouds, hog the corn and dig in some chikki as you explore the beauty of Lonavla and Khandala.
As you step out to explore these splendid attractions, do put on your monsoon gears and observe safety measures wherever required.