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Maharashtra's cultural capital, Pune is no less than a natural wonder. Situated amidst the enthralling Sahyadri mountain range, Pune has it all to satisfy your craving for nature. Moreover, there is something or the other for every travel junkie. So you can go trekking to one of the numerous forts or just enjoy a laidback vacation in one of the hill stations. If you are not at all interested in both, why not try an amalgamation of both which is thrilling as well as fun.
We bring you the list of tree houses and jungle resorts which are total fun but with a tinge of thrill:
Another natural marvel, The Jungle Resort, Amba is situated in the Western Ghats and is about 65 km away from Kolhapur and is easily accessible from Pune. Rejuvenate yourself with some natural beauty by visiting The Jungle Resort which falls in the buffer zone of Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and Dajipur Bison Sanctuary. The resort is a must stay place for those who are animal lovers. In addition, the location of the resort is soaked in the history of Marathas and Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. After your wild safari, you can relish on some authentic Kolhapuri cuisine which includes the crowd favourite Tambda Rassa and Pandhra Rassa.
One of the most popular eco-resorts in India, Machan is a perfect combination of adventure and luxury. The tree houses can give a tough competition to five-star hotels when it comes to luxury. The tree houses, which are 30 to 45 feet above the ground offer a spectacular view of the scenic locales. Truly, a paradise on earth! Machan offers you plenty of opportunities for bird watching, of course, if you are interested in it.
Situated near Warasgaon Dam, Eco Village is the perfect place to lay back and enjoy a chilled out vacation. Located near hills and lake, the jungle stay is about 57 km from Pune and is in Pathershet village.
The activities offered when at Eco Village are trekking, lake-side swimming, campfire, machan and astronomical experience with the telescope.
Named after the blue Mormon butterfly, this resort is situated amidst the Sahyadri. Bhimashankar, one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, is easily accessible from the resort. The mesmerising locales are an eye pleaser and one more reason to stay at this resort. The resort is surrounded by jungle which is also declared as a wildlife sanctuary. There are deluxe as well as semi-deluxe packages which are specially designed for tourists like you which also include breakfast, lunch, and dinner in addition to accommodation.
Another one from Amba, Hornbill Deluxe Hill Resort is about 234 km from Pune and takes about 3.5 hours. If you are planning to have a long six-day vacation but are too lazy to travel interstate or intercity, then why not head to Hornbill Deluxe Hill Resort. The resort has designed an itinerary of six days in which you'll witness the scenic beauty of Amba. With various temples, Vishalgad reserved forest, Kasari Dam, Manoli dam or Panhala fort, your visit to Amba will truly be an affair to remember.
If you are craving for a different experience with a more rural and rustic feel, then Hidden Village is your kind of place. Located in Mulook village which happens to be in a close proximity to Pune, Hidden village is truly home away from home. You can enjoy freshly made food specially cooked for you or just a stroll in the area surrounding Hidden village. The prices are affordable and will not get hard for your pocket. There are various houses which can be rented for accommodation like Patil House or Crest House.
Heading into the wilderness with a group of six or more? Try the Pawankhind Resort near Amba. The resort organises several excursions to nearby dams and natural sights. You must check out their speciality - the day-long jungle safari that includes a trek to the historic Pawankhind gorge and a lunch in the forest or on a farmhouse. Adventurers are driven around on the top of an enclosed jeep on this safari. Most of the activities organised by the resort are family oriented, hence kids will have a blast on their trip here.
Adventure seekers looking for their next adrenaline rush, check out the Kundalika Water Rafting activity. The swift, dam-controlled Kundalika river is perfect for rafting early in the morning, both for swimmers and non-swimmers.Stay at the Empower Camps or the Kundalika campsite. You can seek the comfort and party atmosphere of the former or relax under the stars at the latter. The two locations also offer varied supplementary activities like kayaking, target shooting and foot cricket etc.
Like its name, Nisarga Sahavas is a good way to spend a few days relaxing in the midst of nature. Surrounded by lush, evergreen forests, the resort has large tracts of land reserved for organic agriculture practices. They own plantations of various locally-grown fruits like mango, cashew etc. along with medicinal plants and vegetables. A lot of animals and birds have taken shelter in the surrounding vegetation. All of these contribute to making a peaceful setting here. Plan a visit for a relaxing getaway.
Just a few hours away from Pune is the Durshet Forest Lodge near the tiny town of Khopoli. Though not far from the state capital, it is situated amidst thick greenery that hosts several activities for guests. Try ziplining, Burma Bridge, night-time walks in the forest, wall climbing, kayaking and a horde of other activities on a holiday here. You can visit the Ashtavinayak Temples at Pali and Mahad or the Adlabs Imagica Theme Park from here.