A summery getaway

May 14, 2013, 00:22 IST | The Guide Team

Be it with family or with a group of friends, summer should pass while discovering new places and creating new tales. The Guide gives you few options around the city to choose amongst the beaches, riverside places, farmhouses, hill stations and romantic hideouts to create memorable times with your loved ones

Beaches: Alibaug
Well-known for its fresh air, clean water and blackest sand of the region, Alibaug is situated at the south of Mumbai. This town is the headquarters of Raigad district and offers a captivating mix of tranquil surroundings, sleepy fishing villages, and a number of beaches, making it a popular weekend getaway. In monsoon, water sports are not operational but surroundings are green. The beach is very lively throughout the day with swimmers in the morning and food stalls offering local food in the evening. 

How to reach 
Direct bus from Pune to Alibaug or reach Panvel by train/bus, then hop onto one of the local buses to Alibaug city. Local transport available from there onwards. Also accessible by car via Pen 
Distance 140 kms (via Pen) 
Time 4 hours; 3 hours (by road)

Hill station: Mulshi
Eye-catching greenery surrounded with a blue lake, gives a reason to forget the scorching heat for few days. This picturesque location is ideal not only for groups but also for those seeking some alone time away from work. Considered as the best weekend, Mulshi is a paradise less explored despite of its amazing climate. Some of the other mesmerising locations around this hill station includes the Pawana Dam and the Tahmini Ghat.
How to reach
Pune to Mulshi (via Paud Road)
Distance 50 kms; 
Time approximately 1 hour 


Camping: Rusticville
Inhale the aromas of nature amidst free-flowing wind and chirping of birds at Rusticville. Situated near Lonavala, the scenic Pawana Lake and Sausage Hills, Rusticville offers the rustic feel of village life that is not possible otherwise in the hurried life of the city. Another attraction nearby is the youngsters’ favourite Bhushi Dam.
How to reach
Pune To Pawana Dam via Lonavala by train or private vehicle.
Distance 40 kms;
Time Approximately 1 to 1.25 hours

Camps organised by Rusticville

Romantic: Mahabaleshwar
Part of the Satara district, Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Western Ghats range. Home to one of the few evergreen forests of India, Mahabaleshwar, served as the summer capital of Bombay Province during the British Raj. The spots here are very beautiful, including the temples. The old style architecture is also noticeable. The atmosphere is very good and cold throughout the year except in May. But then also, it gets chilly in the night even
in May.
How to reach
Pune to Mahabaleshwar by bus.
Distance 120 kms
Time 2.5 hours 


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