Time Required : October to February
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Vetal Tekdi is one of Pune's most well-known landmarks. It envelops the entire city and is a stunning place to spend an evening or an early morning. It is known by various names such as Hanuman Tekdi, MIT Tekdi, and Pashan Tekdi.
March - May: Months of summer are best avoided as the vegetation mostly dries up and the landscape becomes largely arid and dry and it gets hot as soon as the sun starts rising over the horizon. However, the effort is well worth it if taken in the morning.
June - September: The landscape of the hill is one worth beholding due to the refreshing monsoons and new growth in vegetation. During these months, peacock sightings are fairly common and you can spot quite a few in their natural habitat. However, it does get foggy and slippery during this time thus, good quality trekking shoes are highly recommended.
Referred to in the local language as ‘Tekdi’, Vetal Hill is among the city’s most well-known and recognized attractions. It is a hillock that surrounds the city across a distance of almost 11 km and is its highest elevation standing at 2,600ft.
Vetal Hill is possibly one the most gorgeous getaways within Pune One that is easily accessible and is developed enough to travel to without the worry of essentials. Just wear comfortable footwear and get going!
It is a fantastic place for birding enthusiasts as, die to the foliage, a number of our avian friends have made it their rightful home. One can spot Minivets, Munias, swiftlets, peacocks and many other species of birds here.
If you plan to take the scenic route, trekking to Vetal Hill is highly recommended as it is a relatively easy climb that can be accomplished with minimum effort. One should easily be able to complete the hike in about 45 minutes to 1 hour even without previous trekking experience.
The hillock is also a great place to take a brisk jog as the air is refreshing and the vegetation provides a welcome respite from the humdrum of city life. The temple area at the top is also frequented by a number of Yoga enthusiasts who take advantage of the calm and fresh atmosphere to indulge in some wellness practices.
Vetal Hill is a definite ‘yes’ on our list of places to visit in Pune! Whether you are in the city for a short business trip, on a stopover from a leisurely vacation, or as a tourist seeking to explore; you must definitely set aside some time to explore this wonderful natural attraction in the city.