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  • Camping at Pawna lake is the most serene experience if you want a break from the city for a short while. Thanks to its proximity to Mumbai and Pune, Pawna lake camping is a perfect casual getaway with friends or family. All you need is your camping gear and some great company, and you’re good to go!

    Camping at Pawna lake

    The spot for Pawna lake camping is located right on the banks with the perennial lake on three sides, giving you beautiful views at any time of the day. While the campsite turns lush green during the monsoon, it is also gorgeous during the winter months, when the mist descends on the lake in the early morning and there's a nip in the air at night.

    Facilities for camping at Pawna lake

    You'll camp in weather-proof tents with foam mats to ensure you get a good night's sleep, with comfort facilities like dry toilet tents with Western commodes. The meals are delicious, and there's plenty to do and explore. But if you just want to lie back on a hammock and admire the lake, that's fine too.

    Most packages for camping at Pawna lake include an afternoon or evening check-in, an easy day of fun in the midst of nature, and a bonfire and barbecue session before dinner. After that, you’ll retire for the night to your tents. In the morning, you’ll awake to wonderful misty views and fresh clean air. After a hot cup of tea and breakfast, your trip ends.

    What to carry for Pawna lake camping

    If you book an operator to arrange a Pawna lake camping trip for you, you don’t really need to carry any equipment. You should carry extra blankets if the weather is cold, and make sure you have insect repellent, sunscreen, toilet paper, hand sanitizer, and your personal medicines.

    Best season for Pawna lake camping

    Winter is usually the best time for camping at Pawna lake. The weather is cool during the day, and the nights get wonderfully chilly. It’s a good idea to carry extra warm clothes and blankets during this season. However, during the summer and spring months, camping at Pawna lake, especially as you only check-in in the evening.

    Reaching Pawna Lake

    Pawna lake is located near Lonavala which is a popular weekend getaway for people living in Mumbai and Pune. Hence, it is well connected to both the cities and you can either take a train to reach Lonavala or a bus. There are local trains running at 2-hour intervals from Pune, and if you're coming from Mumbai, then you can take a train heading towards Pune. If you want you can even drive to Lonavala as the road is quite scenic. If you're getting your own car, then you can use the Mumbai-Pune expressway and if you're getting your own motorcycle, then you should use the old Mumbai-Goa highway as bikes are not allowed on the expressway.

    Treks near Pawna Lake

    While camping at Pawna Lake, you can combine your camping trip with a trek to the nearby hills. There are many treks in and around Lonavala which can be done in half a day and they let you explore the gorgeous landscape of Lonavala in its full glory. Here is a shortlist of treks that you can do during your Pawna camping trip:

    Tung Fort Trek:

    The Tung fort is located close to Pawna Dam and the trail is relatively easy, so even beginners can do this trek. It is located at an elevation of 3,527 feet. From the top of the fort, you'll get to enjoy the gorgeous views of the surrounding forts like Lohagad, Visapur, Korigad, etc. along with the Pawna Dam. Some operators even offer rappelling at the Tung Fort at a nearby waterfall during the trek.

    Lohagad Fort trek:

    The Lohagad fort is located deep within the jungles of Sahyadris and is also known as the Iron Fort. It was once a formidable battle station used by Shivaji. The trail is fairly easy and the trek treats you to the splendid beauty of the forests, and the surrounding mountains and valleys.

    Tikona Fort trek:

    Located at an altitude of 3500 feet, the Tikona Fort gets its name from the triangular mountain atop which it sits. The trek leads through forests and ridges with the valley on both sides. There are also some caves at the fort and you enjoy gorgeous views of the Pawna Lake, Visapur and Lohagad from top

    Check out more trekking options in Lonavala.

    Rappelling near Pawna Lake: Dudhiware Waterfall

    If you're looking for some extra thrill during your camping trip to Pawna Lake, then you can head out to Dudhiware which is located near the lake and engage in a rappelling session at the waterfall. This moderately difficult activity is suitable for adventure enthusiasts and fit beginners.

    Check out more rappelling options in Maharashtra.

    Camping in Pawna Trip Summary

    • State: Maharashtra
    • Nearest city: Pune
    • Total days: 2
    • Grade: Easy
    • Max altitude: 1991 feet
    • Season: Winter and monsoon
    • Avg temperature: 15-35 degrees Celsius
  • Pawna Lake camping

    Sketch itinerary:

    Day 1: Check-in at the campsite and enjoy!

    • Check-in time: Afternoon to evening
    • Relax on the banks of the lake
    • Sit around a bonfire at night
    • Spend the night in tents

    Day 2: Check-out of the campsite

    • Wake up to a gorgeous sunrise over the Sahyadris
    • Relax at the lakeside
    • Check-out by afternoon
    Detailed itinerary:

    Day 1: Check-in at the campsite and enjoy!

    Check-in at the campsite by afternoon where your tent will be allotted to you. You can spend the rest of the day relaxing at the campsite or exploring the surrounding region. Sit around a bonfire at night and retire into your tents for the night

    Day 2: Check-out of the campsite

    Wake up at the break of dawn with a gorgeous view of the sun rising over the hills of Sahyadris. Spend some more time relaxing at the campsite, have breakfast and then check-out of the campsite.

    Inclusions:

    Accommodation in tents on triple or quadruple sharing basis with western toilets and changing rooms at campsite will be included. Upgrade options to twin-sharing accommodation at an additional cost of approximately INR 500 per person. Meals include welcome tea and snacks, dinner (both veg and non-veg options) and breakfast on day 2 are included in the package. Blankets, mattresses and pillows and a first aid kit will also be available.

    Life jackets, pedal boat ride for 15 - 20 minutes, kayak and paddles will be included. Check with your operator for boating permissions. 2 and 4-wheeler parking facility is also available. Bonfire arrangements with music and barbeque equipment will be included. All applicable taxes are inclusive.

    Exclusions:

    Transport to and from the campsite are not included. Barbeque food items in veg and non-veg are not included but can be arranged for roughly INR 600 per kg for veg and non-veg option. Personal expenses like extra meals, telephone calls, packaged water, etc. and insurance is not included. Anything not mentioned in the inclusions will be additional.

  • Best time to go/Weather

    The best time for Pawna Lake camping is either during monsoon or winter. If you're looking for cold weather combined with the misty mornings at the lakeside, then winter is the perfect season for you. However, if you want to escape into the lush greenery of the Sahyadris, then monsoon is the right season for you, as the Sahyadris flourish during this season.

  • Camping at Pawna Lake - Route Map / Altitude Map

  • Camping at Pawna Lake - Frequently Asked Questions

    What else can I do at Pawna?

    Apart from camping, you can enjoy the lake. While boating is not allowed in Pawna lake, you can dip your feet in and enjoy the cool water. Do check with your operator for boating permissions and inclusions. You can spend hours at camp reading or just taking in the views. There are many forts in the area around, and many operators offer guided treks at an additional cost. There are also many adventure activities that you can do in Lonavala.

     

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      'Very good ambience and great service. I will recommend all to visit once. Keep up the great work.'

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      The experience was awesome.. keep up the good work

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      Great experience had a lot of fun

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      'Worth every penny spent. Great facilities provided with a delightful experience. Thanks for the memories !!'

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      Amazing organisation. Very helpful people. Manthan did a grt job by coordinating with me for a month n suggesting grt places to us. Good job

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  • Getting There

    Lonavala is located between Mumbai and Pune, and is a popular weekend getaway for the city dwellers. Hence, the connectivity to it is excellent from both the cities. You can take a train to Lonavala, which are budget friendly or you can take a state bus. Both the services run at regular intervals throughout the day

    If you want, you can even drive to Lonavala as the road is quite scenic. Take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway if you're coming by car, and the Mumbai-Pune old highway if you're coming on a motorcycle.

    What To Wear

    Lonavala is located between Mumbai and Pune, and is a popular weekend getaway for the city dwellers. Hence, the connectivity to it is excellent from both the cities. You can take a train to Lonavala, which are budget-friendly or you can take a state bus. Both the services run at regular intervals throughout the day

    If you want, you can even drive to Lonavala as the road is quite scenic. Take the Mumbai-Pune Expressway if you're coming by car, and the Mumbai-Pune old highway if you're coming on a motorcycle.

    What To Carry

    For the Pawna Lake Camping, the tour operator will provide all the camping equipment. However, some budget operators will expect you to carry your own blankets and sleeping bags. Other than that, you only need to carry personal essentials like sunscreen, towel, cap, sunglasses, etc.

    Preparation/Fitness

    There is no fitness requirement for the Pawna camping trip.