The rains are here! Escape the hustle of the city and spend some time in nature this monsoon. Here’s a list of some of the best camping and trekking spots around Mumbai and Pune.

CAMPING

Harishchandragad

Harishchandragad, camping and trekking spots in Maharashtra
Situated in the Malshej region, this is a favourite destination among trekkers and campers in the monsoon. Trek to the hill fort of Harishchandragad and get a panoramic view of the surrounding hills. Set camp for the night behind a waterfall with a breathtaking landscape in view.

For Mumbai
When: Saturday, July 27 onwards.
Where: The meeting point is Kasara railway station at 3.30am.

For Pune
When: Friday, July 26.
Where: The meeting point is Swargate, opposite Natraj Hotel, Dadawadi, Shukrawar Peth at 10.30pm.

Pawna Lake

Pawna Lake, camping and trekking spots in Maharashtra

Located about 15km away from Lonavala, Pawna is a great option for a short getaway. Spend two days and a night camping at the lakeside, take a dip in the lake, try your hand at barbecue or simply lie back and gaze at the stars.
When: Thursday, July 25 onwards.
Where: The meeting point is Pawna Lake, Thakursai, Pawana Dam, Pawana Nagar, Near Biroba Mandir, District Mawal, Lonavala at 5pm.

TREKKING

Bekre

Bekre, camping and trekking spots in Maharashtra

Trek through lush greenery up to Bekre waterfall. Indulge in some rappelling or just cool off in the nearby pools.
When: Saturday, July 27 onwards.
Where: The meeting point is Bhivpuri railway station at 7.30am.

Rajmachi And Kondhane Caves

Rajmachi and Kondhane Caves, camping and trekking spots in Maharashtra

Trek across a scenic forest route to Rajmachi fort, passing waterfalls on the way. Get a glimpse of fireflies in the night and explore the beautiful Kondhane caves.
When: Saturday, July 27 onwards (overnight stay at village house dormitory).
Where: The meeting point is the ticket counter at Lonavala railway station at 5pm.

Lohagad

Lohagad, camping and trekking spots in Maharashtra

Located 52 kilometers away from Pune, the famous Lohagad fort is a UNESCO world heritage site. Trek up to the fort amidst some breathtaking natural beauty and take in its fine architecture.
When: Saturday, July 27 onwards.
Where: The meeting point is Malavli railway station at 8.30am.

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