Vetal Hill (Marathi: वेताळ टेकडी ) is a prominent hill in the city limits of Pune, India. The hill is the highest point within the city limits, with an elevation of 2600 ft. There is a temple of Vetala located on the top of the hill from which the hill derives its name. The place is an excellent getaway from the hustle and bustle of the city and provides a great morning trek location for the weekends. The Indian Forest Department maintains an observation deck near the temple. The hill is also known by its Marathi name, Vetal Tekdi. One can view the whole of Pune from the top on a clear day.
Location and physiography
Vetal Hill is located in the west side of Pune Municipal Corporation. Vetal Tekdi is prominent and is visible from Pashan, Panchavati, Chatturshrungi and other parts of the city. It has two spurs, Fergusson College Hill and Chatturshrungi Hill. The geographical area is 180 30’ to 180 32’ N and 730 49’ to 730 52’ E covering an area of 10.5 square kilometres (4.1 sq mi).
Vetal hill is one of the important hill situated in city area. It runs North-South with some spurs running perpendicular to this hill. Vetal hill runs across areas like SNDT Women's University, ILS Law College, Gokhale Nagar, Symbiosis Society and Chatturshrungi. Summers are hot and dry on the hill. The summit is difficult to climb in Monsoon time and is usually foggy at this time. Winter days are also cool and foggy.