Are you a Mumbaikar who’s engulfed with responsibilities and hectic work life? Does every Saturday and Sunday come as an opportunity to relieve the stress of daily life? So much has been said about Mumbai, in terms of size, cultural potpourri and in terms of place where success stories of renowned actors & politicians have been written. People who have lived in Mumbai even for a week can never thought of living anywhere else. Even a week long tour of Mumbai will enchant you and never wish to go back to the comforts of their native place.
However, there is a not so good angle about Mumbai. You might have heard the stories of charm, attraction, appeal and charisma of Mumbai. You might feel super-kicked while watching actors/film stars getting honored with accolades and awards. But the amount of hard work people put in to attain those heights is not everyone’s cup of tea.
Not to forget success doesn’t come easy to anybody. But in the race of becoming successful, one should not ignore their personal life. We should not ignore the basic needs of a good and healthy lifestyle. The interminable work pressure and dealing with traffic every day make a person long for a weekend trip. Many people living in Mumbai and thus opt for weekend getaways from Mumbai. Here’s a list of top 10 weekend getaways from Mumbai for your kind perusal.
One of the most popular places for weekend getaways from Mumbai, Matheran is a small hill station in Maharashtra. It is a quiet hamlet located in the Western Ghats and located about 90 kilometers from Mumbai. The town attracts all kinds of travelers for salubrious air and a rejuvenating ambience. It is a common hang-out zone for both domestic and international travelers. After its announcement as an eco-sensitive area, the region has banned vehicles altogether which makes it the only place in the world without vehicles.
Located in the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, Khandala is a beautiful hill station located 110 kilometers away from Mumbai. Therefore, it is an appropriate choice for weekend getaways around Mumbai. The town has been mentioned in most Hindi movies for its beauty and frivolous nature. Temperature at this picturesque hamlet often remains salubrious which serves as a perfect setting for honeymoon couples.
Located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, Harihareshwar is encompassed by four hills- Harihareshwar, Harshinachal, Bramhadri and Pushpadri. The temple of Lord Harihareshwar towards the north of the town and is said to have been blessed by Lord Shiva. Apart from being a major pilgrim center, Harihareshwar is a popular beach resort with two beaches, one to the north and other to the south of the temple.
Located in the Konkan region in Maharashtra state, Raigad got its name from the Raigad Fort which was formerly ruled by Maratha ruler Shivaji. The town is quite popular for its beaches, forts and other travel destinations. It is bounded by the Arabian Sea in the west. Some popular attractions in Raigad include Murud Janjira Fort, Birla Ganesh Temple, Elephanta Caves and Raigad Fort.
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Nestled in the lap of the majestic Sahyadri Mountain range, Durshet is blessed with a vast covering of dense forests. The abundance of foliage that encompasses Durshet offers thrilling and invigorating experience. It offers several adventurous activities such as rock climbing, rappelling, river rafting, trudging and trekking. There are several temples where tourists can have blessings of gods and goddesses.
Daman is a small and important union territory which is attached to the vibrant state of Gujarat. The features of Daman beaches are its smooth sands, tranquil waters and swaying palm trees. For those interested in a perfect beach getaway around Mumbai, Daman is an ideal destination for you. It is considered to be an ideal spot for those interested in sun bathing or simply wants to laze around the beach.
Located on the coastline of the Arabian Sea, Kashid is located on the Alibaug- Murud road. It is considered to be one of the best beaches in Konkan region. The beach is quite popular for its white sand, blue waters, water streams, lakes and green mountains. The beach stretches for around 3 kilometers and lies amidst two rocky hills. Casuarina groves are dotted throughout the beach. The waves here rise as high as 5 to 6 feet. Ganapati Temple and the Birla Temple are the two most popular temples in the region.
Karnala Fort is a hill fort in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, around 10 kilometers away from Panvel city. It is a protected area located within the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The fort city is located in the Raigad district and known for its excellent natural beauty. The dense forests and hill regions also make Karnala a treat for nature lovers. The unspoilt natural beauty of Karnala has made it an ideal escape for couples.
Bordi is an idyllic beachfront, which is located around 160 kilometers away from North. It is surrounded by fruit orchards all over the area. Bordi Beach is a long stretch and is good for a walk. It is also a good place for swimming. Moreover, the water level does not rise above the waist till half a kilometer into the sea. Here tourists can shop for pickles, homemade chips, Chikoo, dry fruits, gooseberry candies and Khajoor chocolates.
A popular tourist spot in the Pune district of Maharashtra, Malshejghat is surrounded by the covers of dense forests and the Western Ghats. One of the rare attractions of this place is the Flamingos that can be seen near the areas of the Monsoon Lakes. The Shivneri Fort is one of the most ancient popular attractions here. The hill station of Malshejghat is owned and managed by the Maharashtra State Tourism and Development Corporation (MTDC).
There can be several other options for weekend getaways around Mumbai such as Elephanta Caves, Haji Ali Dargah and Shirdi among others. These short trips are a perfect way to regain one’s lost vigor.
The monsoons are stunning here featuring the ideal romantic climate for your anniversary and honeymoon this weekend. This hill station is 110 km from Mumbai and a 2-hour ride from the outskirts. The entire route boasts of green hills, waterfalls, and the small hamlets. Lonavala could take you to Bhushi Dam and the Karla Caves. Bhushi Dam region has sparse population and thus you are allowed to enjoy some seclusion.
A four-hour drive from Mumbai will take you to the commercialized city of Pune covering a distance of 190 km. Take a long drive through the Mumbai-Pune Expressway reaching some of the best hotels in Maharashtra. Weekend in Pune could be all about night parties, eateries, and the shopping plazas. For fun lovers, Pune is the best destination from Mumbai. West End Theatre at MG Road Pune, The Aqua Lounge, Hanuman Temple, and evenings at the Barista, it all comes under your budget travel!
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Pilgrims cannot avoid the wonders that await at Shirdi- the places of Shirdi Sai Baba. Having good proximity with the Mumbai city, people travel to Shirdi on weekends from Mumbai, Pune, or Nasik.
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