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  • Mumbai is the busiest city in the state of Maharashtra but is indeed fortunate when it comes to connecting with nature. The beautiful hill stations in nearby proximity let people, belonging to this city, take a dive into peace and calmness, bringing them away from all the hustle and bustle. There’s nobody who would say ‘I don’t need a vacation’ especially when you’re living in a city that carries titles like “busiest” and “wealthiest” city of India. We’re sure the pressure of working in such city builds up multiple times. So, let us just accept the fact...People living here deserve and need an escape as well. And, when you have so many splendid getaways, why not be there? Therefore, for all those who are looking to seek rejuvenation, leaving behind humidity, traffic jams, and boring routines, we have listed some of the best hill stations near Mumbai only so you don’t have to waste time hunting for ideal spots during the few hours of leisure time. These hill stations that are situated not very far and thus can be visited for a short span of time. Not only do these hill tops add to the charm and beauty of Mumbai but also serve as relaxing getaways to locals and tourists.

    Here are some of the best hill stations near Mumbai:

  • 01Lonavala

    Lonavala

    One of the most famous hill stations near Mumbai, it won’t be wrong to say Lonavala is the favourite destination for Mumbai and Pune residents.  It lies at an altitude of 2,047 feet above sea level and has lovely pleasant climate throughout the year. 

    There are many waterfall points,  historical forts, ancient caves, beautiful places that take you away from the chaotic city life. The exquisiteness and aura of this place has always magnetized tourists for years; especially couples and youth. You can reach Lonavala by road or railways. Regular bus and train services are available from Mumbai. However, a road journey on your private vehicle is recommended the most.

    Activities:

    Visit Bhushi Dam

    Visit Lohagad Fort

    Visit Karla Caves

    Visit Pawna Lake

    Visit Visapur Fort

    Visit Ambey Valley to indulge in a luxury experience

    Visit Della Adventures for thrill rides

    Distance From Mumbai: 83 km via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway


  • 02Matheran

    Matheran

    Matheran means ‘Forest on Top’ and is located in the range of Western Ghats at a height of 2,625 feet above sea level. This one is the smallest hill station in India which is located in Karjat district and is a great picnic spot if you’re looking for some relaxation. 

    The hill station is believed to have the coolest weather amongst all other hill stations near Mumbai. As Matheran is an eco-sensitive region, it is one of the few places where vehicles are not allowed. Because of this, the region remains free of pollution and has fresh air. 

    You can reach Matheran by taking a toy train from Neral Station in Mumbai. This toy train is a fun ride as it takes you through a 21 km zig-zag scenic route. We recommend you to book the tickets of this toy train in advance, especially during the peak time of vacations. Another option of reaching here is taking a road journey.

    Activities:

    1. Tour in the toy train

    2. Horse Riding

    3. Visit Charlotte Point

    4. Visit Porcupine Point

    5. Visit Panorama Point

    Distance From Mumbai: 80 km via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway


  • 03Khandala

    Khandala

    Khandala is another popular destination around Mumbai; mainly because it is closely located to Lonavala. The beautiful valleys, magnificent and magical waterfalls, lush filled greenery and picturesque ponds surprise visitors with its beautiful scenery. 

    A large number of people flock this place during the rainy season to relish the amazing climate along with splendid views and charming green surroundings. It is a destination that suits budget travelers particularly. The lovely place fascinateS the tourists with its splendid allure. 

    The best time to visit Khandala is between October and April though one can pay a visit to Khandala any time of the year. The nearest railway station to reach Khandala is situated at Lonavala.

    Khandala is well connected to Mumbai by motorable road. Likewise, frequent private bus services are also available.

    Activities:

    1. Camp at Pawna Lake

    2. Trek to Rajmachi Fort

    3. Visit Kune waterfalls

    4. Visit Shooting Point

    5. Trek to Nagphani

    Distance From Mumbai: 81 km via Bangalore-Mumbai highway


  • 04Malshej Ghat

    Malshej Ghat

    Nestled amidst the enchanting hills of the Western Ghats in the Thane district of Maharashtra, Malshej Ghat is yet another one of the picturesque hill stations near Mumbai.

    Known for breathtaking sceneries and a myriad range of exotic flora and fauna, it is one of the favourite homes of migratory birds coming from Siberia. If you are planning to visit Malshej Ghat during the months of July and September, you can witness the joyous mating dance of the pink-legged Flamingos.

  • 05Jawahar

    Jawahar

    A small hill station located in the Thane District of Maharashtra, Jawhar has a rocky mountain in the backdrop with gushing waterfalls and lush green wood. It is a place with abundant nature's beauty and several man made creations. 

    The place is absolutely captivating for nature lovers but unfortunately, offers very few options when it comes to accommodations. There are only limited budget and mid-range hotels and no deluxe hotels in the area. Home stays are an option for budget trips except for hotels that give you an option of experiencing the commendable hospitality of the locals. This also gives you a chance to getting familiar with the culture of the local tribal family. The famous Warli paintings, a form of art that belongs to Adivasis is very famous in Jawhar.

    Activities:

    1. Trek and Hike to Bhopatgad Fort

    2. Visit Dabdaba Falls

    3. Visit Shirpamal

    4. Visit Sunset Point

    5. Visit Hanuman Point

    Distance From Mumbai: 141 km via NH 79


  • 06Bhandardara

    Bhandardara

    Bhandardara is a hill station nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra, packed with many beautiful attractions. With the serenity of nature, it feels like this place has been blessed. It is a great location for an adventurous trip with several trekking and hiking points and at the same time is also the ideal place for a relaxing camping night to run away from the city noise. There are affordable to luxury accommodations available for all types of tourists also. 

    With amazing views, pleasant climate and so many activities to indulge in, this destination is a great idea for a short trip. The local cuisine in this picturesque hill station is that of a Maharashtrian with a blend of South and North Indian cuisines. The winters here are pleasantly cool but the nights can be particularly cold so make sure to pack warm clothes too.

    Activities:

    1. Visit Arthur Lake

    2. Visit Umbrella Falls

    3. Visit Wilson Dam

    4. Trek to Ratangad Fort

    5. Visit Randha Falls

    6. Camp near Arthur Lake

    7. Boat ride

    Distance From Mumbai: 192 km via NH 160


  • 07Lavasa

    Lavasa
    Lavasa is one of the newest hill stations near Mumbai in the country. A private hill station city around Mumbai, it is located within an hour's drive from Pune and is easily accessible from other major places in Maharashtra.

    Royal and elegant in its own way, every bit of this upcoming hill station has been detailed in an intricate way that caters to the 
    luxury and comfort of its residents.

    Distance: 186Km 
  • 08Panchgani

    Panchgani

    Situated in the Satara district of Maharashtra, Panchgani got its name from five of the constituting villages: Dhandeghar, Godavli, Amral, Khingar and Taighat.

    Discovered in the late 1860s by British officials, this hill station was used as an alternative to Mahabaleshwar during the monsoons. Scenic and alluring in its own way, its salubrious climate and vegetation attracts a plenitude of visitors all throughout the year.

    Distance: 245Km 
  • 09Saputara

    Saputara
    The 'abode of serpents' or Saputara is a quaint hill station in Gujarat. Well-connected to Mumbai, this hill station stands on the Sahyadri range and is nestled in the Dang forest thickets. Adding more to its meticulous beauty are the various tourist attractions that include Gandhi Shikhar, Sunrise and Echo Points, Sardar Shikhar, Hatgad Fort, Saputara No Sap and several others.

    It is also one of the most sought after destination for trekking, cable rides and boating in Gujarat.

    Distance: 248Km
  • 10Mahabaleshwar

    Mahabaleshwar
    The towering heights of the Western Ghats, the enchanting charm and appeal of the evergreen forests add to the picture-perfect beauty of Mahabaleshwar. Located in Maharashtra's Satara district, it was the 'summer capital' of India during the British rule.

    Credited as one of the oldest hill stations around Mumbai, the allure of Mahabaleshwar is further enhanced by sites like Arthur's Seat, Kate's Point, Needle Hope Point, 3 Monkey Point and the mystical Krishna River.

    Distance: 263 Km
  • 11Panhala

    Panhala
    Founded by the great Maratha ruler Shivaji, Panhala is very closely related to the Maratha kingdom. Standing at 977m above the sea level, this scenic hill station is also the smallest city in Maharashtra.

    With the 
    Panhala Fortbeing one of the major attractions, this hilly city has witnessed several changes and was conquered by the Marathas, Mughals and the British as well.

    Distance: 374 Km
  • 12Amboli

    Amboli

    Tucked away in the Sahayadri Hills, Amboli is located at a height of 690m above sea level. Due to the undulated and salubrious beauty of the hill station, it has been declared as one of the best 'Eco Hot Spots' of the world. This hill station near Mumbai is further credited with a stunning range of flora and fauna. According to ancient tales and folklores, the region once had 108 Shiva temples, out of which only a few have been found till date!

    When life gets too strenuous, one usually runs for the hills and what better way to do that than visit these salubrious hill stations near Mumbai. Whisk away your family, friends or colleagues, to these appealing hilly retreats that will definitely rejuvenate your body and mind. 

    Distance: 491Km

  • 13Toranmal

    Toranmal

    Toranmal is a hill town adorned with nature's best elements. All you get to see here are lush green surroundings, tranquil lakes, splendid views of gushing waterfalls and several man-made marvels. 

    This place was once a tribal area and has therefore, derived its name from Torna, a tribal Goddess who is the presiding deity of a temple located in hilly regions of this plateau. Anybody and everybody who enjoys the sites of nature, will not want to miss out on this part of Maharashtra. 

    Your accommodation during your visit here can be arranged at government rest house and resorts are also available. The nearest airport is at Aurangabad which is 290 km while nearest railway station is at Nandurbar which is 76 km from Toranmal.

    Attractions:

    1. Visit Sita Khai

    2. Visit Lotus Lake

    3. Visit Yashavant Lake

    4. Visit Machhindranath Caves

    5. Visit Aawashabari Point

    6. Visit Khadki Point

    Distance From Mumbai: 459 km via NH 160 and NH 60


  • 14Igatpuri

    Igatpuri

    Igatpuri is a town and a hill station located in the Western Ghats. It is blessed with picturesque beauty and is a heaven for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts as it has some of the highest peaks of the Sahyadri Range. The best time to be here is during the months of June to October when rains enhance the greenery and walking through the clouds becomes a reality here. 

    Though finding an accommodation at this popular hill station is usually not a task, you can consider pre booking for your stay during the mentioned peak time. Vipassana Meditation Centre which is an international meditation centre is located in Igatpuri that adds on to be another reason why this place is so popular. You can reach here by railways as Igatpuri has its own railway station. Or, you can also take the roadways to enjoy the scenic views.

    Activities:

    1. Visit Bhatsa River Valley

    2. Visit Arthur Lake

    3. Visit Camel Valley

    4. Trek to Kalsubai

    5. Visit Vipassana Centre

    Distance From Mumbai: 121 km via NH 160


  • 15Chikaldhara

    Chikaldhara

    The only coffee growing area in the region, Chikhaldara spreads the scent of coffee that enchants you the moment you enter the hill station. There are beautiful lakes, breathtaking panoramic viewpoints and exotic wildlife worth boasting here.

    The place is an ideal destination for a family vacation and has a variety of activities and attractions that keep you occupied. Chikhaldara is truly blessed with flora and fauna and has the only place to house Indian Tigers in Maharashtra. 

    The nearest airport to Chikhaldara is  Nagpur and the nearest railway station is Amravati. Regular buses are available from Mumbai. The best time to be here is during the months of July to September and October to February.

    Activities:

    1. Visit Bhim Kund

    2. Visit Narnala Fort

    3. Trek to Gwaligarh Fort

    4. Experience Melghat Tiger Project

    5. Visit Bir Lake

    Distance From Mumbai: 659 km via NH 53


  • 16Karjat

    Karjat

    Karjat is one of the preferred hill stations near Mumbai for weekend getaways. It is a quaint little village where river Ulhas finds its origin and is a great spot for a short trip. A paradise for adventure enthusiasts, Karjat is the start point to many trekking, hiking, and mountain climbing trips. 

    Chanderi Fort Trek, Matheran Trek, and Peth Fort Trek are famous ones to name a few. Water Rappelling in Bhivpuri and Diksal can also be enjoyed by tourists who mostly visit this place in the monsoon season when the lush green fields look at its best.  

    There are various options available for your trip to Karjat. Right from AC to Sleeper Bus, from Private to State Tourism buses; regular services are available. Similarly, local trains that are considered as a preferable mode of transport to Karjat are well-connected from Mumbai.

    Activities:

    1. Visit Ulhas Valley

    2. Visit Bhor Ghat

    3. Visit Kondana Caves

    4. Trek to Peth Fort

    5. Trek to Chanderi Fort

    6. Trek to Matheran

    Distance From Mumbai: 63 km via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway


  • 17Satara

    Satara

    This place having great historical importance has derived its name from the seven hills that surround it. It is actually a district where two famous hill stations- Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani are situated. 

    This place is calm, quiet and peaceful with several forts, lakes, temples and even a bird sanctuary being situated here. These attractions clubbed with great weather make Satara a nice choice for spending a few days. Regular trains, as well as buses, commence from Mumbai for Satara junction.  

    Activities:

    1. Visit Kaas Lake

    2. Visit Kaas Plateau

    3. Visit Thoseghar Falls

    4. Trek to Ajinkyatara Fort

    5. Visit Natraj Mandir

    6. Trek to Pratabgad Fort

    Distance From Mumbai: 256 km via Bangalore-Mumbai highway



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