10 Best Weekend Destinations Near Mumbai

The City of Dreams – Mumbai attracts tourists in large number every year. People from in and out of the country visit Mumbai for various purposes. The city is considered as a gateway to several Tourist Destinations providing opportunities of excursions to hill stations and historical places nearby Mumbai. The places around Mumbai relieve from the hustle and bustle of city’s life and make your holiday pleasant and memorable. Let’s have a look at the famous getaways from Mumbai.

1. Aurangabad

Aurangabad is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The city is a hub of historical monuments that boost its tourism. The World Heritage Sites like Ajanta and Ellora Caves along with Bibi Ka Maqbara and others made the city "Tourism Capital of Maharashtra". The city is titled as "The City of Gates". After Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Nashik, it is regarded as the 5th largest city of Maharashtra in terms of population, after Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur and Nashik.

Attractions: Ajanta and Ellora Caves

Type of Destination: Family and kid friendly, historic and pilgrimage.

Distance from Mumbai: 370 kms

Best time to Visit: October to March

2. Khandala

Khandala is a popular hill station nestled in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra. It is 107 km away from Mumbai and 63 km from Pune, 3 kilometers from Lonavala and 7 kilometers from Karjat. You can visit this place during monsoon for an amazing vacation in the midst of nature. Adventure lovers can visit this place for trekking.

Attractions: Hill Station, Pavna Lake, Tunga Fort, Rajmachi Fort, Bedsa Caves, Karla Caves

Type of Destination: Family and kid friendly, Naturally Beauty, Adventure, Historic

Distance from Mumbai: 90 kms

Best time to Visit: Throughout the year Specially Monsoon

3. Lonavala

Lonavala is one of the well known getaways of Mumbai. Khandala and Lonavala are regarded as the twin hill stations nearest to the Mumbai and Pune. This beautiful hill station is well connected through rail and road. Monsoon is regarded as an ideal time to visit this place. Plan a trip to Lonavala for lush green vacation, three kilometers away from Mumbai.

Attractions: Tiger Point, Lion Point, Wax Museum, Lohgarh Fort, Ekvira Devi Temple, Tungarli Lake

Type of Destination: Family and kid friendly, Naturally Beauty, Adventure, Historic

Distance from Mumbai: 111 kms

Best time to Visit: October to March

4. Matheran

Matheran is another famous hill station located at 90 km from Mumbai, which is mostly visited by the tourists. You can see toy trains chugging around the city. You can visit Matheran in between October and May which is an ideal time to visit this place. This place makes it a perfect picnic spot for the visitors.

Attractions: Toy Train, Charlotte Lake, Panorama Point, Louisa Point, Hart Point, Paymaster Park and Panthers Caves

Type of Destination: Family and kid friendly, Gorgeous green hills, Adventure

Distance from Mumbai: 83 kms

Best time to Visit: October to March

5. Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is the most visited getaway near Mumbai. This exotic hill station is situated 120 km SouthWest of Pune and from Mumbai it is 285 km. It is known for its famous lakes, forts and wateralls. It is a source of River Krishna flowing across Maharashtra, Telangana, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.

Attractions: Connaught Peak, Castle Rock, Wilson Point and Elphinstone Point

Distance from Mumbai:220 km>

Best time to Visit: All through the year

6. Shirdi

Shirdi is located 122 km from Nashik and is known as the adobe of Sai Baba, the most revered saint of Maharashtra. The activities at Shirdi indulge the Temple complex. On Thursdays, the temple is thronged by the locals and tourists as it is considered as the day for offering puja. Besides, there are other tourist attractions as well.

Attractions: Samadhi Mandir of Shri Sai Baba

Distance from Mumbai: 296 km from Mumbai

Best time to Visit: On Dussehra and Rama Navami

7. Pune

Known for its Lakes, Palaces, Temples, Caves, Museums, Churches, Osho, Amusement Parks and Pubs Pune is mostly visited by the tourists from all over the world during their visit to Mumbai. It is known as the cultural city of Mumbai. It is one of the cities with lush greenery enjoying a temperate climate.

Attractions: Museums, gardens, historic places, hill stations, caves, palaces etc

Distance from Mumbai: 170 kms

Best time to Visit: September to May

8. Saputara

Saputara is widely visited by the tourists for its beautiful Hill Stations, gardens, lakes, forts and museums. It also provide with opportunities for trekking to its visitors. It is a picturesque hill station 250 km away from Mumbai. Visitors also enjoy the wildlife and waterfalls of this amazing place. The best time to visit Saputara is from mid-March to mid-November.

Attractions: Hill Stations, Trekking, Gardens, Lakes, Museums and Forts

Distance from Mumbai: 246 km

Best time to Visit: March to October

9. Kolad

Kolad allows its visitors with opportunities for rafting. It is also visited for its wonderful falls, lakes, rivers, caves, dams and Forts. It is regarded as one of the top five rafting places of India that boost tourism. It is nestled on the Sahyadri mountain range of Raigad district in Maharashtra. The lush greenery of this place is highly appreciated by the tourists.

Attractions: Rafting, Lakes, Rivers, Dams, Falls, Forts, Caves

Distance from Mumbai: 113 km

Best time to Visit: January to February

10. Karnala

Karnala is one of the major attractions near Mumbai, which is known for rock climbing, temples, Forts and Bird Sanctuaries. The wildlife and greenery attracts the tourists in large number. Being located in the mountain range of Western Ghats provides opportunities of trekking to adventurous souls. From October to April is the best time to visit this place.

Attractions: Rock Climbing, Forts, Temples, Bird Sanctuaries

Distance from Mumbai: 54 km

Best time to Visit:November to February

These are some the popular nearby getaways from Mumbai that provide wide options of sightseeing and adventurous activities to make your vacation a memorable one. Pick any package from the range of packages offered to visit these places of wonders.

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