Winter escapades

Published: 28 November, 2013 07:47 IST | Kavita Shyam |

With the nip in the air leaving you yearning for hot chocolate and a warm blanket, it's time to up the experience by venturing to these cool-hot travel destinations of the season that will leave you with wintry memories and more

It’s that time of the year again when one can enjoy the chilly weather around the city. Better still, one can also think of venturing around Pune to find peace and solitude as there are many options to explore. Whether you’re in the mood for a green getaway or a city break, there’s a destination for every whim. It’s the season for picnics, parties and getaways so we list few hot destinations that will urge you to book your tickets.

For romantic weekends, Mahabaleshw-ar is ideal

The rustic Eco-Village is situated about 65 km from Pune and located in the backwaters of the Varasgaon Dam. The popular destination entails scenic views, lush greenery, frothy waterfalls and peacocks galore -- some of the natural highlights of the exotic place. Try to make a trip here on a weekend and you will want a repeat of this. There are restaurants offering delicious traditional thalis, complete with sumptuous vegetarian and non-vegetarian food cooked by the locals. Wide range of accommodation options for tourists is available here too. Go explore!

Adlabs Imagica is a fun-filled family destination Pic/ Bipin Kokate 

Kundalika River
In the mood for some adventure, fun or adrenaline-pumping sports on water? From water rafting to kayaking -- recreational activities with paddle always add a dash of fun to holidays. Navigate a the Kundalika river, which is situated 100 km away from the city and lets you rejuvenate. Take your picnic packs or eat out at delicious eateries here. Being a family destination, go with your kith n kin for a thrilling day out!

Savour dahi served in the black mud pots at Sinhagad

Fort treks
Since Pune is surrounded by many noteworthy forts which are a haven for the trekkers and tourists, you can opt to go trekking at Tikona, Pratapgad, Sinhagad, Lohegad, Visapur, Kothaligad, Rajmachi and Sudhagad. Carry your tiffins, water bottle, map, first aid kit and mats. Go with friends or else make new ones once there. Trek your way to the forts or hills and experience a whiff of fresh air.

Imagica Adlabs
If you fancy high rides or fun water splashes, here’s your chance to make a day trip to this entertainment theme park. The newest address between Mumbai-Pune highway (Khopoli), this humongous park is home to India’s biggest roller coaster rides along with delicious food and frolicsome ambiance. It also includes a 300-room hotel and a water park that gives you a
perfect alternative world to the regular hectic life. It is bound to bring out the child in you, so go experience !

This place has the perfect weather which is cooler and drops to single digit at night becoming foggy and windy. It makes for a perfect recipe for a romantic holiday, simply within a few hours from the city. Enjoy a late evening boat ride on Venna lake or horse ride through the slight fog, fine forest cover, birds, animals, British structures, and complete the experience with strawberry or mulberry cream shake. Stays in Panchgani or Mahabaleshwar boast of all kinds of accommodations such as a villa, resort or a hotel. 

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