With Christmas 2017 just round the corner, you may be looking for some great holiday options for the long weekend. India is home to some amazing destinations which are at their scenic best during winter. Maharashtra, the state located on India’s west coast, is home to several gems that are great winter vacation spots. (ALSO SEE Best Places in India to Celebrate Christmas 2017) Places around Pune in particular are delightful holiday attractions thanks to their breathtaking landscapes and salubrious climate. So, if you are in the city of Pune, here are some of the best destinations for you to consider taking a trip to on the Christmas 2017 long weekend. Also Read - Compassion in Times of Corona: Pune Auto Driver Uses Money Saved For His Wedding to Feed Migrants

Kamshet

Paragliding at Kamshet

Paragliding at Kamshet



Maharashtra’s premier paragliding hub, Kamshet is surrounded by beautiful green hillocks as it is located in the Western Sahyadris. It is also home to various ancient caves and temples that make for great excursions. Also Read - Maharashtra to Extend Lockdown in Mumbai, Pune by 2 More Weeks: Reports

Khandala

Lonavala-Khandala Ghat

Lonavala-Khandala Ghat



Though clichéd, Khandala and Lonavala are the best places to go if you are looking for a luxurious vacation. These hill stations have a number of posh resorts that offer great views and amazing services. Also Read - Wedding in Times of Corona: Pune Cops Step in as Bride's Parents to Get Couple Married Amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Rajmachi

Rajmachi

This one is for trekking enthusiasts and nature lovers. Rajmachi is a small village in the Sahyadris range and offers scenic views along a beautiful hiking trail. It also has a fort nearby that is popular among trekkers starting from Lonavala or Kondivade.

Lavasa

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

Photograph courtesy: Wikimedia Commons

This new planned city has captured the imagination of many a vacationer in the last few years. The drive to Lavasa from Pune is extremely scenic and the city itself offers amazing views of the Western Ghats. The water sporting activities here are also a big draw for kids and adults alike. Adventure activities include Burma Bridge, Zipline, Rappelling and Archery.

Kolad

Kolad, a prime river rafting destination in Maharashtra

Kolad, a prime river rafting destination in Maharashtra

Maharashtra’s prime white water rafting destination, Kolad is great for both adventurers as well as nature lovers. Several tour companies offer pleasant stays on lake side cottages along with activities like ziplining, river crossing, kayaking and river rafting, of course. The drive is picturesque too making Kolad a great choice for a vacation amidst nature.

Panchgani

Panchgani desktop

Panchgani is located between five hills which means it provides views of breathtaking landscapes all around. The weather is pleasant during December which makes it the best time for sight-seeing from points like Sydney Point, Parsi Point and Table Land.

Take this opportunity to end 2017 on a happy note with a memorable winter weekend trip.