Camping in Pawna

Head‌ ‌off‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌weekend‌ ‌close‌ ‌to‌ ‌nature.‌ ‌You’ll‌ ‌enjoy‌ ‌a‌ ‌bonfire‌ ‌and‌ ‌BBQ,‌ ‌sleep‌ ‌in‌ ‌tents‌ ‌and‌ ‌get‌ ‌views‌ ‌of‌ ‌lush‌ ‌greenery‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌shimmering‌ ‌lake.‌

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Camping‌ ‌at‌ ‌Pawna‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌Overview‌

Pawna‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌camping‌ ‌is‌ ‌the‌ ‌most‌ ‌serene‌ ‌experience‌ ‌for‌ ‌those‌ ‌looking‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌break‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌city‌ ‌life‌ ‌for‌ ‌a‌ ‌short‌ ‌while.‌ ‌Because‌ ‌of‌ ‌its‌ ‌proximity‌ ‌to‌ ‌Mumbai‌ ‌and‌ ‌Pune,‌ ‌the‌ ‌lake‌ ‌has‌ ‌grown‌ ‌to‌ ‌become‌ ‌a‌ ‌perfect‌ ‌getaway‌ ‌with‌ ‌friends‌ ‌and‌ ‌family.‌ ‌All‌ ‌you‌ ‌need‌ ‌is‌ ‌your‌ ‌sneakers‌ ‌and‌ ‌some‌ ‌great‌ ‌company‌ ‌and‌ ‌you're‌ ‌good‌ ‌to‌ ‌go!‌ ‌Pawna‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌Lonavala‌ ‌is‌ ‌an‌ ‌artificial‌ ‌lake‌ ‌which‌ ‌is‌ ‌formed‌ ‌by‌ ‌the‌ ‌backed‌ ‌up‌ ‌water‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌Pawna‌ ‌Dam‌ ‌across‌ ‌the‌ ‌Pawna‌ ‌River.‌ ‌The‌ ‌lake‌ ‌is‌ ‌located‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌folds‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Western‌ ‌Ghats.‌ ‌The‌ ‌lake‌ ‌is‌ ‌located‌ ‌at‌ ‌a‌ ‌distance‌ ‌of‌ ‌20‌ ‌km‌ ‌from‌ ‌the‌ ‌town‌ ‌of‌ ‌Lonavala‌ ‌and‌ ‌close‌ ‌to‌ ‌Mumbai‌ ‌and‌ ‌Pune.‌ ‌Hence,‌ ‌Pawna‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌Lonavala‌ ‌has‌ ‌become‌ ‌a‌ ‌popular‌ ‌picnic‌ ‌and‌ ‌camping‌ ‌spot.‌

Pawna‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌camping‌

The‌ ‌banks‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Pawna‌ ‌Lake‌ ‌Lonavala‌ ‌offers‌ ‌great‌ ‌views‌ ‌of‌ ‌not‌ ‌only‌ ‌the‌ ‌perennial‌ ‌lake‌ ‌but‌ ‌also‌ ‌the‌ ‌surrounding‌ ‌mountains‌ ‌of‌ ‌the‌ ‌Western‌ ‌Ghats.‌ ‌The‌ ‌weather‌ ‌here‌ ‌is‌ ‌pleasant‌ ‌almost‌ ‌all‌ ‌throughout‌ ‌the‌ ‌year‌ ‌and‌ ‌the‌ ‌campsite‌ ‌is‌ ‌surrounded‌ ‌by‌ ‌greenery.‌ ‌During‌ ‌the‌ ‌monsoon‌ ‌season,‌ ‌this‌ ‌greenery‌ ‌blankets‌ ‌the‌ ‌region‌ ‌creating‌ ‌a‌ ‌visual‌ ‌treat.‌ ‌The‌ ‌lake‌ ‌is‌ gorgeous‌ ‌during‌ ‌the‌ ‌winter‌ ‌season‌ ‌when‌ ‌the‌ ‌mist‌ ‌descends‌ ‌on‌ ‌the‌ ‌lake‌ ‌in‌ ‌early‌ ‌mornings‌ ‌and‌ ‌there‌ ‌is‌ ‌a‌ ‌nip‌ ‌in‌ ‌the‌ ‌air‌ ‌at‌ ‌night.‌

One of the most popular itineraries is to do a fort trek in the area around Pawna, and then spend the rest of the day relaxing at your lakeside campsite.

Pawna Lake camping itinerary

While camping at Pawna Lake, you'll spend the nights in weather-proof tents with foam mats to ensure a good night's sleep with comfort facilities like dry toilets with western commodes. The meals provided during your camping trip are delicious and hot, and there's plenty to do and explore at the lake. You can either dip your toes in the lake and chill, or go for a short trek in the nearby mountains. Or you can just lie back in a hammock and admire the lake.

Most packages for Pawna Lake camping include an afternoon or evening check-in, after which you can spend an easy day having fun at the campsite, in the midst of nature. In the evening, enjoy a BBQ session around a campfire before retiring into your tents. You then wake up to the misty views and the gorgeous sun rising over the Western Ghats, after which you check-out of the campsite.

You can also choose to combine a camping trip in Pawna with another adventure in the same area. Look through this list of other Top Adventures near Mumbai and Pune for treks, rafting, and more that you can do on the weekend.

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, overnight camping can be fun too, especially as you only check in to the campsite 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 short list 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 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.

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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.

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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.

FAQs about the Pawna Camping

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.

What is the best season for Pawna lake camping?

The winter months are the best time to go camping in Pawna. You’ll love the cold weather and the crackling bonfire, and the misty lake is beautiful in the early morning. However, it is also popular in the monsoon, when the entire landscape is green and lush. In summer, the cool breeze from the lake makes evenings pleasant, so overnight camping trips can be fun too.

What should I carry for Pawna Lake camping?

Your operator will provide most of the camping equipment you need. Budget operators may expect you to carry your own blankets and utensils, so do check the inclusions of your package carefully. If you’re going camping in the winter, it is a good idea to carry extra blankets, because it can get very cold at night.

How do I reach Pawna Lake campsite?

Lonavala is well connected to Mumbai and Pune by an excellent network of rail and road. There are trains plying between the three cities at regular intervals along with various state operated buses. These are budget options that can be relied on throughout the year. Another option is getting your own car or motorcycle. If you choose this, then you can get to Lonavala by Mumbai-Pune Express Way for cars and old Mumbai-Pune highway for motorcycles.

Are there any treks near Pawna Lake?

Yes, there are a number of treks near Pawna Lake in Lonavala. These treks range from short to long and easy to difficult. You can trek to Visapur, Lohagad, Tikona, Tung, etc. You can either do these treks on your own or go with operators. Check out our page on treks in Lonavala to know more about trekking near Pawna Lake and find suitable packages for you.

Is Pawna camping safe for families and couples?

Yes, the campsites are located on private property and no one is allowed to enter the campsite except those who've booked a tent there. Additionally, the camp leaders are always present at the campsite for any kind of emergency.

How many people share a single tent?

Tent sizes vary from campsites to campsites. Some operators offer tents that can accommodate up to 4 adults, while other operators only offer 2 person tents. Make sure to read the inclusions of the trip you're booking to know how many people will share the tent.

Are there any age restrictions during the Pawna camping trip?

No, there are no age restrictions. These campsites are designed to keep families and groups in mind. But some campsites might be far from the camp parking lot, so check it before you book the trip if you have any family members who might find it hard to cover the distance on foot.

What meals are provided during the Pawna camping trip?

Most campsites serve veg/non-veg options for dinner, with vegetarian food for other meals. There are buffet meals for lunch and dinner, and the food is mostly in local cuisine. The campsites follow basic hygiene. Some campsites also offer a round of starts/BBQ snacks in the evening along with campfire.

Can I bring my own tent?

Some campsites do offer the option to get your own tent but at most campsites, you'll still be paying the full package price. Check out our packages to see which campsites allow you to bring your own tent.

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Trip Description
Go camping on the banks of the Pawna Lake and enjoy a night of lakeside camping with your friends or family. Spend some time by the Pawna Lake, dip your feet in the cool water and relax with beautiful lakeside views of the Tung Fort. After a crimson sunset over the mountains, you'll gather around a bonfire under the dark, night sky and enjoy delicious BBQ snacks. Soon after a hot dinner, you'll retire into your alpine tents and sleep with the sounds of the nature outside.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation for 1 night in alpine tents on twin/triple/quad-sharing basis (depending on your group size)
  • In-tent amenities: blanket, pillow
  • Access to common washroom facilities at the campsite
  • All veg/non-veg meals from evening snacks on day 1 to breakfast on day 2
  • Bonfire (subject to weather conditions) and limited (300 gms) BBQ snacks
  • Services of experienced camp leader and campsite staff
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between your home city and the campsite
  • Personal expenses like apparel, gear, additional meals and beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising out of unforeseen circumstances such as bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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A great way to relax and reconnect with your family or friends, this Pawna Lake camp offers a night of authentic camping experience. You can participate in a range of outdoor games with your fellow campers, from volleyball to archery. You'll feast on delicious BBQ snacks, grilled live at the campsite. In the evening, you'll gather around a crackling, yellow bonfire under the dark, night sky. After hours of fun, you'll have dinner and return to your tents pitched on the banks of the beautiful Pawna Lake.
    Inclusions
  • Accommodation in tents for 1 night on twin/quad-sharing basis
  • All equipment required for camping: tents, sleeping bag, mattress, blanket
  • Common kitchen/dining tent and washroom
  • All veg/non-veg meals evening tea with snacks on day 1 to breakfast on day 2, including BBQ snacks
  • Bonfire in the evening (subject to proper weather conditions)
  • Outdoor games and activities: archery, cricket, badminton, volleyball, darts
  • All equipment required for outdoor games and activities
  • All applicable taxes
    Exclusions
  • Travel arrangements between home city and campsite
  • Personal expenses like tips to staff, additional meals or beverages etc.
  • Any costs arising due to unforeseen circumstances like bad weather, road blocks etc.
  • Anything not mentioned in inclusions
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