Tired of maddening crowds of the city or watching the sea? Looking for a change this weekend? Then just get ready to rejuvenate yourself with some scenic beauty or set out on a peaceful spiritual journey. The dream city of Mumbai is embroidered with numerous hill stations, pilgrimage sights and more providing a great escape from the mundane city life. Weekend getaways around Mumbai are available in plenty, so much so that the visitors will be spoilt for choice. Those looking for weekend getaways around the city have the choice of enjoying the serenity of the pristine hill stations that border the city for a refreshing experience.
To enjoy weekend breaks around Mumbai one can choose from the following list of destinations located in close proximity to the city.
A pristine hill station located in the Western Ghat, Khandala is nestled on the Mumbai- Pune Expressway. It is an ideal weekend getaway around Mumbai especially during rainy season. Monsoon brings traffic congregation and long hours of unstoppable raining and this season whereas the picture of Khandala during this season is one that of a beautiful retreat. Rainy season can be best experienced at Khandala where the verdant surroundings are washed with rain showers adding new vivacity to the picturesque waterfalls and scenic scenery.
Located about 296 kilometres from Mumbai, Shirdi is the Land of Sai. The region and the residing temples here are built to commemorate Sai Baba. The region is flanked by horde of devotees of Baba eager to see the places where the saint had lived. As you choose Shirdi weekend packages for your vacation you get the opportunity to explore the temples and the other sacred shrines related to the sage’s life including the place where Sai Baba would stay every alternate night- Chawadi, the spot where he seated under a neem tree- Gurusthan and more.
Another destination that is a popular weekend getaway around Mumbai is Matheran. The smallest hill station in India, Matheran is a quaint town located on the Western Ghats. About 90 kilometres away from Mumbai it is a common hang-out zone for both domestic and international travellers. The beauteous valley is quaint and pollution free. The region announced as an eco-sensitive area has banned vehicles altogether which makes it the only place in the world without any vehicles. The good news is that even the huge influx of travellers each year does not hamper the serenity and tranquilizing ambiance. The vistas are breath-taking and the air is fresh around this part of Maharashtra.
It is one of the evergreen forests of the world and is located in the Western Ghats ranges. The region never fails to enchant the visitor with its emerald hues and breathtaking views of its densely forested valley. The murmuring sounds of River Krishna and the backdrop of lush foliage, Mahabaleshwar is one gorgeous retreat easily accessible from Mumbai. A boat ride on Venna Lake is one of the major tourist attractions of the region and thus is one of the highly visited weekend getaway around Mumbai.