Diwali comes bearing several presents. It is that time of the year when people in India are in a joyous mood. It’s when family and friends come together to have a great time. The festival is characterized by the lighting of little lamps called diyas. People exchange sweets, presents, hugs and blessings during this festival. Festivities often include dressing up in traditional wear, buying new clothes and even playing cards. The 5-day celebration is something people look forward to all year. Diwali 2017 is from October 17 to October 21. Most offices have holidays on Thursday, October 19 and Friday, October 20. This means that you have a 4-day long weekend to take off on a vacation. If you live in Pune, you are lucky to be surrounded by a number of places that are idea for the long weekend. Here are the best places to visit near Pune on Diwali 2017 long weekend. Also Read - Compassion in Times of Corona: Pune Auto Driver Uses Money Saved For His Wedding to Feed Migrants

Amboli

Amboli

Amboli



A lush green hill station in the Sahyadri range, AMboli is a fantastic getaway from Pune. October is when the monsoon season in India begins to die down which means that the rains do not play spol sport when it comes to trekking and sight-seeing. The green vegetation of Amboli post rains is a sight to behold. If you are looking for a break from your urban routine to sped some time amidst nature, this is your spot. Also Read - Maharashtra to Extend Lockdown in Mumbai, Pune by 2 More Weeks: Reports

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Kolad

Kolad

Kolad

Maharashtra’s prime river rafting destination, Kolad is located near the Kundalika river and offers an excellent and adventurous getaway from Pune. Apart from rafting, you can indulge in other water sporting activities like river crossing, kayaking and ziplining. Or you can just rent a machan and chill doing nothing gazing at the serene river.

Pune to Kolad distance: 194 km (ALSO SEE Best Places to Visit near Delhi on the Long Diwali 2017 Weekend)

Lavasa

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Being touted as one of India’s most romantic destinations, Lavasa is known for its scenic drive from Pune. Winding roads flanked by lush green hillocks take you to this beautiful spot that has abundant eating and staying options for all kinds of budgets.

Pune to Lavasa distance: 60 km

Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary

Koyna Dam backwater

Koyna Dam backwater

One of the lesser known wildlife sanctuaries in Maharashtra, Koyna wildlife sanctuary is a delight for those who like witnessing wildlife in its raw form. The wildlife sanctuary is surrounded by natural beauty as it has the Western Ghats right next to it. The sanctuary is home to several species including sloth bears, gaur and panthers.

Pune to Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary distance: 147 km

Diveagar

Diveagar

Diveagar

And then there is the beautiful Diveagar known for its calm, clean beach and marvellous temples. Located on the west coast of the country, DIveagar makes for a great drive from Pune. The nearby Shrivardhan and Harihareshwar can be combined with Diveagar to form a fantastic circuit trip for the 4-day weekend.

Pune to Diveagar distance: 160 km

So, this Diwali, visit one of the splendid getaways from Pune to make the most of the long 4-day weekend.