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  • The financial and business capital of the entire country, Mumbai also needs to relax and rejuvenate once in a while.The life of the city is such that everyone is always on their toes and the hustle and bustle seems never ending.  Thankfully, being shaded by the Western Ghats on one side and the Arabian Sea on the other, there is no dearth of ideal and relaxing picnic spots near Mumbai.

    The city is blessed with a tropical climate that is neither too hot nor too cold. Being nestled at the foot of the Sahyadris, it is also an ideal stopover for various treks, camping as well as natural escapes. So, go on! Get on your bikes and escape to one of these relaxing picnic spots near Mumbai.

    Some of the best one day picnic spots near Mumbai:

  • 01Essel World

    Established in the year 1983, Essel world has been one of the most favourite picnic spots near Mumbai. The ideal escape for kids and adults alike, it is bound to put a refreshing spin on the dreary routine of everyday life. Sprawling over 64 acres in Gorai, Mumbai, the amusement park is also accompanied by its counterpart Water Kingdom making it the largest theme park in Asia.

    Essel World is home to a number of rides ranging from simple to truly hair rising and adrenaline pumping ones! Located near Kashimira on the Mira Bhayandar route on the Western Expressway, it can be easily reached from the city by following signage thereon.
  • 02Tikuji-ni-Wadi

    A feast of exciting pursuits for young and old alike, Tikuji-ni-wadi, located close to the Sanjay Gandhi National Park,  is one of the most exciting picnic places near Mumbai. At no point during your excursion here will you feel like you are getting bored or tired of the same old. This awesome amusement park has many a ride that will pique your excitement. Zoom through the air over and from between the treetops, feel the rush in the UFO Cycle that zooms along a 500 meters track in mid-air or buckle up in a space ship that revolves in a 360 degrees loop and many more

    The park also has a wave pool, kid’s pool, lazy river and exciting 12 slides of pure adventure. So, keep your heart rate and excitement up with this stunning adventure right in the midst of the crazy city.

  • 03Sanjay Gandhi National Park

    How would you like to escape to a haven of peace and serenity right in the middle of the hustle and bustle of the city? Sounds impossible, right? Well, it does exist in Mumbai! The Sanjay Gandhi National Park is one of the most surreally beautiful picnic spots near Mumbai. This incredibly green oasis, despite being in the middle of the city, houses a varied and diverse range of wildlife, flora, and fauna.

    However, the park is not exclusively for nature lovers and can be enjoyed by history buffs as well since it houses the rare and precious Kanheri Caves well within its expanse. The national park is also home to a number of species of birds and has a dedicated area called Krishnagiri Upavan that caters to recreational and educational needs of people.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Tour:

    Trek to Sanjay Gandhi National Park
  • 04Elephanta Caves

    Located off the coast of the Mumbai Harbour, the Elephanta Caves are a stunning network of sculpted caves that date back to the 5th and 8th century. The origins of the caves can be traced back to the Buddhist era but the paintings suggest that they were primarily used for Shiva worship.

    The rock cut architecture of the caves has been hewn from the basalt rock and is mostly intact. The carvings present an allusion into the lives of the yore. What makes this one of the most visited picnic spots near Mumbai is that the caves can be easily reached by taking a ferry from the mainland at the  Gateway of India.

    Best Selling Tour of Elephanta Caves:

    Elephanta Caves Tour From Mumbai
  • 05Karjat

    Located besides the flows of the Ulhas River, Karjat has risen to the occasion of being one of the most accessible picnic spots near Mumbai. Gorgeous natural landscapes, forts, cave temples and mountains form the sights of this escape in the arms of nature. There are various things that you can do including trekking, exploring the cave temples and getting a peek into history.

    The Chanderi Fort, Matheran Trek, and Peth fort trek are some of the popular hiking activities that you can do around here. Best visited with family and friends, the farmstays and resorts around Karjat also present an ideal opportunity for rest and relaxation.
  • 06Karnala

    Commonly known as the ‘Funnel Hill’, the Karnala Fort is a hill fort in the Raigad districts that lays about 10km from the city of Panvel in Mumbai. The protected monument is situated within the protected confines of the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. The fort has historically been of a strategic importance as it overlooks the Bhor Pass which connects the coast of Konkan to the Vidarbha Region of Maharashtra state.

    The fort actually consists of two elevations, of which one is at a higher level and the other is slightly lower.  The higher tower has an interesting 125ft tall basalt pillar, which is also known as Pandu’s Tower that was used as a watchtower in ancient times. Located at an easy distance of 10km from the city it is one of the most visited an deservedly beautiful picnic places near Mumbai.

    Best Selling Trekking Tour: 

    Karnala Fort Trek, Matheran


  • 07Lonavala

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    Come rains and every Mumbaikar wants to escape the deluge of rain and drive off to the nearest hill station. Lonavala is one such hill station where all your ideas of spending a great time sharing conversations over a cup of tea with your friends can come true.

    Whether you are an adventure lover, a traveller, a tourist or just somebody desperate to get out of the daily grind of work; Lonavala has something for every kind of a traveller! You can trek up the interesting elevation of Duke’s Nose, Lohagad, Rajmachi or explore the beauty of nature at Ryewood Park, Bushi Dam or just sit back in the seat and enjoy the drive through the Ghats.

    Thrillophilia Recommended tours of Lonavala

    1) Family Leisure Camp at Aundoli, Lonavala

    2) 
    Monsoon Camping in Lonavala

    3) 
    Camping adventure at Lonavala, Pune

    4) 
    Waterfall Rappelling and Trekking in Lonavala

    5) 
    Rajmachi and Kondane Caves Trek, Lonavala

    6) 
    Luxury Stay Experience in Lonavala

    7) Trek to Korigad, Lonavala

    8) Duke's Nose Trek and Adventure Activities, Lonavala

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  • 08Mahabaleshwar

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    If you want to see the beauty of nature encased in the stunning architectures of Victorian era, then head to the hill station of Mahabaleshwar! Located at the intersection of the Sahyadris and Western Ghats, it is a true retreat that will refresh your mind and senses unlike any other. Drive through the misty valleys and Ghats that can give any traveller the joy of wanderlust.

    Once the summer capital of the British empire in Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar has retained some part of its old world till date. However, you want to get away from the maddening crowds then head to the road that goes from the Venna Lake and cross several colonial bungalows. Stop anywhere and you will see the unbelievable vistas of misty valleys and crisscrossing streams.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays in Mahabaleshwar:

    1) Couple Getaway in Mahabaleshwar

    2) Romantic stay in Valley View Resorts, Mahabaleshwar

    3) Monsoon Getaway in Mahabaleshwar

    4) 2 Days and 2 Night Couple’s Getaway in Mahabaleshwar


  • 09Alibaug

    In the event that you are a beach lover then Alibaug is your best bet as it is one of the exemplary picnic places near Mumbai, This coastal town will present you with a few virgin and unexplored shorelines on its quiet coastline. Lying on the banks of Konkan, it is a station that has withstood many years of wars, fishing, and tourism and still managed to retain its spot as being one of the most dazzling getaways.

    Alibaug can be effortlessly reached from Mumbai as it is at a mere distance of 82km. The beaches of Harne, Murud, Janjeera,  Guhagar and Ganpatipule are fantastic in their own particular right. In addition, at Alibaug shorelines you can likewise enjoy various water games like Para cruising, Para Gliding, Jet Skii, Banana Boat and so on.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays and Activities in Alibaug:

    1) Stay Experience at Gandhar Eco Lodge, Alibaug

    2) Sagargad Trek in Alibaug

    3) Leisure Stay in Alibaug Resort

  • 10Kolad

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    The eastern areas of accompanied by the lilting flows of the Kundalika River, which is reputed among adventure enthusiasts for various water adventures, making at an ideal spot for overnight picnic spots near Mumbai. The scenery aroundKolad is littered with various sites such as hills, mountains and several waterfalls that cascade down mountains.

    In and around Kolad, there are various attractions to witness such as Kuda Caves that date back to the Buddhist era. The ancient fort of Tala is also in the vicinity and is a delight to trek to as it offers views of the forest and the hilly terrain below. However, the best way to experience Kolad is to indulge in water adventures.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Stays and Activities:

    1) Water Adventure Activities and Rafting in Kolad

    2) 
    Rafting, Activities and Lakeside Stay near Kundalika River

    3) 
    Kundalika River Rafting, Kolad

    4) 
    Monsoon Stay and Rafting in Kolad

    5) 
    White Water Rafting and Stay at Kolad

    6) 
    Thrilling River Rafting Experience at Kolad

    7) 
    Motorcycling Trip to Kolad, Mumbai

    8) Kundalika Eco Adventure & Rafting Camp,Kolad

    9) Adventure Day Out at Empower Camp, Kolad

    10) Camp Stay and Water Activities At Kolad

  • 11Revanda Beach

    If you want the perfect escape to one of the picnic spots near Mumbai, then head to the beach of Revdanda. The coastline is also peculiar for the Revdanda fort that is located just off the beach, and can be reached efficiently. The fort holds a higher importance in history as this was the spot where St. Francis Xavier delivered his first sermon in India.

    The sanctuary still exists on the stronghold and the ruins tell a story of a period long lost. Revdanda was also the spot where the first Russian explorer arrived in India and a marking on the coast suggests this very fact. Revdanda Beach has a beautiful look on account of the white sand on the shoreline, giving the coast a unique character.

    Thrillophilia's Best Selling Tour:

    1) Revdanda Beach Camping Experience: Playful sands, golden rays of the sun and the tranquillity that prevails in the Revdanda Beach can hardly be found in any other beach destinations. Enjoy lakeside camping in this scenic beach, participate in an array of water & beach sports, star gazing, bonfire and make your own barbeque, and continue with the fun frolic of the day
  • 12Pawana Lake

    A little ahead of Lonavala, lies a destination of stunning beauty called Pavna Dam. Cosseted by the Sahyadri Mountains, it is a paradise of refreshing green beauty that envelops the reservoir of the Pawna River. See ducks waddling around in the pool with their young ones or just watch the thatwaves rock the fishing boats on the water. The Pawna dam is also prosperous with some stunning restaurants that serve homely as well as gourmet food at a reasonable price.

    Make it count and extend your tryst with nature by camping on the shores of the Pawna Lake. Gaze at the pretty stars, chill out by the crackling bonfire or roast your own barbecue. Pawna Lake also has some great opportunities to indulge in boating, jet skiing or sailing across the waters of the surface.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Activities in Pawna Lake

    1) Private Camping At Pawna LakeIf you are yearnign for a truly pampering weekend getaway near Mumbai, you must join in for a private lake camping beside the Pavana Lake. Extremely peaceful, gorgeous in its own ways, during your camping sojourn, you can also enjoy star gazing, lakeside bonfire and make your own barbeque.
  • 13Jawhar

    If you want to see nature at its best on an overnight picnic from Mumbai then head to the hilly town of Igatpuri that hide a small secret, Jawhar. A beautiful hill station that lies at a distance of 155km from Mumbai, this hill station lives up to every promise of a stunning getaway. Characteristic of the Western Ghats, this scenic destination is beautified by glorious greens and the red earth that create the perfect medley of colours!

    Surrounded by mountains towering on top and the verdant green hills carpeting the green earth below, Jawhar is indeed a sight for the sore eyes as it presents itself to be an ideal opportunity to witness nature at its best close to Mumbai. The waterfalls of Dadarkopara, Dabhosa and the historic Jaivilas Palace, Hanuman Point and the sunset point are some of the incredible sights you will see on your trip here.
  • 14Malshej

    Laying between the Thane and Ahmednagar Districts in Maharashtra, Malshej Ghat situates itself sleepily in the dense and thickly wooded slopes of the Western Ghats.  An outstanding example of picnic places near Mumbai, it is also amongst the most well-known trekking spots in the state, especially during monsoons. The Harishchandragad, Shivenri Fort, Ajoba Hill are all located within the confines of these mountain passes. As the monsoon approaches, the entire area overflows with waterfalls and overgrown meadows all of which give an unearthly beauty to the destination.

    Incredible views of the valleys beneath are the best sight of these Ghats where one can appreciate the untouched beauty of nature and its many blessings. Malshej Ghat is also famous for the virgin waterfalls that appear in the rains as well a stunning and varied rage of bird, animal and plant life that is native to the region.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Tours of Malshej Ghat

    1) Trek to Gorakhgad, Malshej : Strap on your trekking shoes and head for an exciting trek to Gorakhgad with your adventure buddies! Gorakhgad is a fort that can be traversed easily in a day from Mumbai. Though this fort is not famous for any historical events, Gorakhgad attracts trekkers due to its inviting pinnacles, which offer excellent opportunities for rock-climbing.

    2) Trek to Harishchandragad, MalshejGhat : Harishchandragad a hill fort in the Ahmednagar district of India is located at a soaring height of around 1423m. Apart from its rugged outlook and historical presence this fort is also appeal in various other ways: the thrilling trek to the top, ancient caves and the mind-blowing views from Konkan Kada are just to name a few.

  • 15Lavasa

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    A well planned city beyond par, Lavasa is a beautiful picnic place near Mumbai that is tucked away in the green boundaries of the Western Ghats. Bordered by the Varasgaon dam it is a stunning destination that has the best of natural beauty around it be it hills, mountains, rivers, or manmade lakes. While here you can also enjoy sports such as Segway riding, boating or sailing on the lake. You can also enjoy a simple day out with family and kids. The planned city enjoys a pleasant weather throughout the year. The roads to Lavasa from Mumbai are also stunning to drive on.

    Relax at one of the lounges, eat sumptuous meals at the various multi-cuisine restaurants, or enjoy lip smacking fare at the street side food stalls. You can also catch a live music or art performance while here.

    Thrillophilia Recommended Offbeat Tours and Activities of Lavasa:

    1) Adventure Activities and Camp Stay, Lavasa: The nature enthusiasts can roam about the plains of Lavassa on bikes or hike up the different hills while camping with the Xthrill academy. Relax in the Swiss AC tents provided to you with modern, posh bathroom facilities and languish in the comfort of the greenery around you!

    2) Discover Lavasa on a Segway Ride
    Lay your hands on a once in a lifetime opportunity to discover Lavasa on a Segway Ride, a battery powered vehicle invented by Dean Kamer. You can explore the different domains of Lavassa with the comfort and fun of a Segway Ride.

  • 16Manori Island

    Manori has been a popular weekend picnic spot for the people of Mumbai. The beach here has beautiful sunset and the overall culture followed here is very similar to that of Goa. You may find many parties being hosted here; specially on weekends where youth can drop down their hair dancing. Many parties are also hosted during celebrations like Christmas eve and new years. Bungalows accommodating 15 to 20 people are easily available for guests.

    Many of them also come with a private pool. Friends, families and other groups can rent these bungalows for a day and host a get together. The beach front and breezy atmosphere adds to the experience.

    You can reach Manori by sea or road. The sea however, is a shorter route and is just a 15 minutes ferry ride from Marve Beach in Malad. On the other hand, you can take the road and reach Manori via Bhayander crossing the check Naka. It is the same route that you take for the famous amusement park, Essel World.

    Activities: Parties, get togethers and relaxing time at the beach. You can also visit Manori for the beautiful sunset here. Many a times, you spot cyclers cycling on the open and wide beach.

    Distance From Mumbai: 48 km via Marve Beach, Malad


  • 17Maval Takve Lake

    Maval is the place where the courageous king Shivaji Maharaj trained his army of soldiers who were then called as Malvas. It is a place of great historical importance and marks significant activities in the history of Maharashtra. This region along with its beauty comes with an ideal opportunity to experience amazing water sports like kayaking, river swimming and crossing. And situated here is the beautiful Maval Takve Lake. You can also toss yourself amidst the lap of nature and set out for an expedition here. 

    There are many trekking points around that which will help you fulfill your adventure quest. Moreover, this region boasts of being one of the best bio-diversity regions.So it is ought to be well-maintained, clean and pollution free. This is one of the popular picnic spots near Pune but is a great escape for Mumbaikars as well.

    An overnight trip to Maval will not burn your pockets and should be under INR 2000 inclusive of travel, food, stay and fees for adventure sports. The best way to reach here is driving down the town. Other options include regular buses with decent frequency to Pune from Mumbai.

    Distance From Mumbai: 88 km via Bangalore-Mumbai highway


  • 18Matheran

    Matheran is the smallest hill station located in Karjat Town. It is full of greenery, scenic spots and pollution free ambiance. It is a fantastic tourist destination that is situated at a height of 2,516 feet above sea level. So, you can be well assured of having great weather on most times of the year. However, we would still recommend you to visit this paradise in the monsoons when the green lush fields become greener and fog wraps around most part of the hills. The best part about this region is that it is an eco sensitive region which means vehicles are not allowed ahead of a certain point here. Because of this, the hill station is neat, clean, tidy and pollution free.

    Attractions:

    1. Neral-Matheran toy train- A fun train ride taking a tour through interiors of Matheran.

    2. Charlotte Lake- Picture square location with lush green surrounding.

    3. Sunset Point aka Porcupine point- Close to market area from where you can spot Prabalgad Fort.

    4. Panorama Pointe aka sunrise point- A point that has greatest capacious space on any mountain peak.

    5. Alexander point- Easiest point to reach as it is located near resorts and other prime locations.

    6. One Tree Hill Point- As the name suggests, this point has just one tree on the hilltop, while all other surroundings nearby have dense forest cover.

    7. Rambagh Point- A point where you can spot Karjat, Khandala and nearby villages

    8. Monkey point- As the name suggests, you can spot different species of monkey and langurs here.

    Distance From Mumbai: 80 km via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway


  • 19Pawna Lake

    Situated on the outskirts of Lonavala, Pawna Lake is an artificial reservoir formed by its dam water. This attraction is one of the famous leisure and picnic spots near Mumbai. Residents of not just Mumbai but even Pune often visit this spot because of its rich verdure. You can make the best out of this place by spending not just a day but having an overnight trip here. It is an ideal place for people who wish to spend time in nature’s lap. 

    The natural beauty of this lake captivates many travellers and attracts photographers. You can view 3 old forts located at a distance from here and even enjoy boating. If you’re visiting this place with kids,they will surely enjoy the boating activity and love the open space where a number of outdoor activities like cricket and football can be enjoyed. If you’re visiting this place with your cousins or friends, a bonfire setup late in the evening adds to the fun mood perfectly. 

    You can easily find several camps here. These tents fixed in open air, across the lake and under the endless sky contribute to make one of the best experiences. Just remember to carry some food and drinks with you as you won’t find any stores around.

    Pawna Lake is just 15 km from Lonavala. So you can look out for other attractions in Lonavala as well.

    Distance From Mumbai: 112 km via Bangalore-Mumbai Highway


  • 20Kamshet

    Nestled in the beauty of the western ghats, Kamshet is best known for paragliding and flying schools. It is a picturesque hill station that has been consistently featured in the top 10 destinations of India for adventurous junkies. It is one of the overnight picnic spots near Pune with beautiful scenery and fresh air. 

    Here, you can enjoy the rural life of India in truest ways by staying in muddy huts and eating local style food. Moreover, right from budget ranging hotels to resorts, you can easily find many places to make your stay a pleasurable experience here. 

    As Kamshet is surrounded by sunflower fields and paddy ground, it offers an amazing 360 degree views and is worth a visit. You can engage in the thrilling paragliding experience and watch the world from the top.

    Attractions:

    Paragliding- Experience this activity with the help of expert schools and trainers.

    Cost: Starts at INR 1000

    Difficulty Level: Medium to Difficult

    Visit Shinde Wadi Hills- A paragliding take off point, this is one of the beautiful hill ranges around.

    Visit Kondeshwar Temple- A temple that represents an ancient Hemadpanthi style of architecture, this temple is constructed using rocks and is a good place to visit.

    Visit Bedsa Caves- Bedsa Caves are one of the oldest caves of Maharashtra dating back to 60 BC and can be an interesting spot on your trip.

    Visit Bhairi Caves- A trek to this cave is only for experts as the terrain is rough, challenging and tricky and can be dangerous.


    Distance From Mumbai: 101 km via Bangalore-Mumbai highway


  • 21Adlabs Imagica

    Adlabs imagica is a newly opened amusement park. It is a perfect picnic spot for somebody who is looking for some thrill and fun time. It is great place to hangout with your family or friends as it has something for everyone. This attraction is divided into 3 parts to make it all the more interesting...Theme park, water park and the snow park.

    Attractions in Theme Park-

    Dining: There are a number of eateries inside the park that serve your requirement. Different cuisines, light and heavy snacks are available to take care of your taste buds throughout the day.

    Rides: There are a set of rides carefully customised for every age group. All of these are divided into different categories like family rides, kids’ rides, and thrill rides.

    Entertainment: For people who are not comfortable taking up a ride can keep themselves entertained by various events and performances, characters in the park, and the fancy parade that runs of the fancy streets of this park.

    Attractions in Water Park-

    Dining: There are a number of restaurants inside this park that serve different tastes as well. Both, light and heavy snacks are available to take care of your hunger needs throughout the day.

    Rides: As the name suggests, this park is a water park. So there are a number of water rides such as Boomerango, floatsa, loopy woopy, etc are available here.

    Attractions in Snow Park-

    Snow basketball

    Snow slides

    Toboggan rides

    Snow dance floor

    Snow hiking

    Snow mountain climbing

    Snow Castle

    And, Cafe

    Apart from the above services, Adlabs Imagica also has stay facility for overnight picnics.


    Distance From Mumbai: 71 km via Bangalore-Mumbai highway


  • 22Mandwa

    Mandwa is a village and a popular picnic spot located in the Raigad district. Mandwa Beach, specially, has gained popularity over a few years and is visited by many people on every weekend. You can enjoy a number of watersports like jet ski, sailing, bumper ride, banana boat ride, quad bike ride, kayaking in the sea, stand up paddleboarding and wakeboarding here on Mandwa Beach.

    Since so many activities are available to keep people engaged and entertained, Mandwa is an ideal destination for one day picnic. However, if you’re looking for a more relaxed trip, you can even spend a night here. Many accommodation facilities are available around at reasonable costs. Similarly, many restaurants are also located nearby; most of which serve food in thali along with delicious seafood that deserves a special mention.

    You can reach Mandawa by boarding a jetty from Gateway of India or travelling by road. However, the first option adds to the fun experience and is usually considered as a fresh start to the day by majority travellers.

    Activities in Mandwa:

    Water sport activities like Bumper Ride, Banana Boat Ride, Quad Bike Ride, Stand Up paddleboarding, Kayaking etc

    Distance From Mumbai: 103 km via NH 66


  • 23Taste Wine in Nashik

    If you’re fond of wine, Nashik is exactly where you should be. There are almost 50 wineries in and around Nashik and the good news is...most of these wineries have tasting rooms that are open to public. Another advantage of visiting this picnic spot is that you can avail a discount of 15 to 20 percentage on the retail price. But kindly note that these vineyards are spread across different areas in Nashik. So an ideal one day picnic will require you to have a car in order to cover maximum number of these vineyards. Another option is to choose top 3 to 5 wineries and club them with other attractions of Nashik.

    Top Vineyard Attractions-

    1. Sula Vineyards

    Timings: 11.00 a.m to 10.00 p.m. Sunday to Thursday, and 11.00 a.m to 11.00 p.m Friday and Saturday.

    Cost: 350 rupees for a tour and tasting. Held every hour from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m

    2. York Winery

    Timings: Noon until 10.00 p.m., seven days a week.

    Cost: 150-250 rupees for a tour and wine tasting. Held daily from 12p.m. to 6p.m.

    3. Soma Vineyards

    Timings: 11.30 a.m. until 6.30 p.m., seven days a week.

    200-400 rupees for a tour and wine tasting.

    4. Grover Zampa

    Timings: Daily from 10 a.m to 5 p.m.

    Cost: 400-650 rupees for wine tasting and a vineyard tours that happen thrice a day at 10.30 a.m., 2.30 p.m. and 400 p.m respectively.


    Other Attractions Around Nashik-

    1. Ramkund Ghat

    2. Pandavleni Caves

    3. Trimbakeshwar


    Distance From Nashik: 167 km via NH 160


  • 24Igatpuri

    Igatpuri is beautiful hill station and one of the most popular weekend getaways from Mumbai as well as Pune. It is nestled between the lush greenery of the vast Western Ghats.The beauty of this place increases during the monsoons and forces you to be here as the dense forest becomes greener and the waterfalls get revived. The hills around the vicinity open many beautiful waterfalls and offer breathtaking views. 

    The fog covers the region and leaves you guessing the path ahead. An interesting fact is that Igatpuri is home to the Vipassana International Academy. A meditation center that offers training in the ancient technique of meditation called Vipassana. This centre is one of the major attractions of Igatpuri where 10 days meditation courses are offered by the academy. 

    Other things to do in Igatpuri include activities like rappelling, rock climbing and trekking here in Igatpuri. The Ratangad forts and Tringalwadi Fort are some famous trekking and hiking spots around. These spots give you a chance to explore the interiors of this region like never before. Moreover, you don’t have to worry about your stay as well as there many resorts, hotels, lodges and homestays available on this hill station. You can choose from a wide range of accommodation facilities according to your budget and spend within an estimated cost.

    Attractions:

    1. Vipassana Meditation Centre

    2. Vaitarna Dam

    3. Bhatsa River valley

    4. Camel Vadi

    5. Tringalwadi Fort

    6. Amruteshwar Temple

    7. Ghatandevi Temple

    Distance From Mumbai: 120 km via NH 160


  • 25Bhandardara

    You think of Bhandardara and the first thing to probably strike your mind are the fresh green swaying paddy fields. The gushing water from the dam, roaring waterfall and neighbouring towers in the background are heaven to the eyes. The monsoons unfold the beauty of this place ten times better and make it a paradise. 

    The trekkers, explorers find their gateway to lost paths here and nature lovers find peace in the lap of mother earth here. It is an ideal picnic spot for family, friends or anybody who wants to take a short break from the noisy city life and settle amidst the magic of nature. There are also many hotels and resorts that offer comfortable and reasonable accommodation at Bhandardara. 

    The windows of all of these resorts are open to breathtaking views. The nearest railway station to Bhandardara is the Igatpuri Railway Station from where regular trains are well-connected to Mumbai.

    Attractions:

    1. Bhandardara Laka

    2. Umbrella falls

    3. Wilson Dam

    4. Ashtavinayak Temple

    5. Trimbakeshwar Temple

    6. Amruteshwar Temple

    7. Randha Falls

    8. Arthur lake

    9. Ratanwadi Village

    10. Agatsya Rishi Ashram

    Distance From Mumbai: 193 km via NH 160



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