20 Best Places to Visit near Mumbai in November - 2020
Best Places to visit near Mumbai in November includes lonavala, kamshet, Mahabaleshwar, Khandala, Panchgani, Rajmanchi, Pune, Alibaug, Kaas and many more. Since there is a plethora of places to visit near Mumbai in November, it is virtually impossible to run out of destinations to make your weekends exciting.

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Whether it is the beaches of Goa or hill stations nestled amidst the rolling hills of the Western Ghats, the month of November brings pleasant climatic conditions, apt for sightseeing as well as nature exploration. Offering a range of various treats in the form of adventure activities, serene picnic spots, and picture-perfect landscapes, these places offer the perfect ambience to make new memories with friends and family. 

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If you want to give adventure a chance to make your vacation memorable, Kolad, Kundalika, and Kamshet are some of the best places to visit in November near Mumbai. Adrenaline junkies frequent to these destinations for indulging in activities such as camping, river rafting, trekking. Besides, there are also numerous getaways near Mumbai that are known for their breathtaking scenery, featuring majestic waterfalls, densely forested hills, and serene atmosphere. Those looking for such type of destinations may choose from Matheran, Karjat, and Lonavala.


Here are the best places to visit near Mumbai in November :

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Pawna Lake Camping | Book @ ₹ 820 Only!
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  • Lonavala
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  • Lonavala
₹1,420 ₹820
Trip Location: Pawna Lake

- A 2 days 1 night Pawna Lake Camping on the banks of the beautiful Pawna Lake is here. Take part in this adventure to escape from the hassles of your city life.
- The lake is one of the popular artificial lakes located 10 kilometres away from Kamshet on the old Mumbai- Pune highway. It is a place known for nature, lake and green hills all together.
- Pawna Camping has become an important campsite after the construction of the Pawna Dam.

This tour have 3 variants, below are details mentioned:

Variant 1: Camping Experience for All 
Check in 4 PM -7 PM
Check out : Before 11 AM
Evening Tea & Snacks (4 PM -6 PM)
BBQ Sancks (Limited Quatity ,Veg/Non-Veg Cooked by Staff from 7 PM - 8 PM)
Unlimited Dinner Veg/Non-Veg(Self service from 9:30 PM -11:00 PM)
Breakfast (Tea & Poha from 8 AM - 9 AM)
Bonfire after Dinner
Accomodation in tents on Multiple sharing basis
Common Washroom facilities available
Music Timming : Upto 2 AM 

Variant 2 : Camping Experience for Couples
Check In: 4 PM - 6 PM
Check out : Before 11 AM
Evening Tea & Snacks (4 PM-6 PM)
BBQ Snacks(Veg/Non-veg Limited Qty. ,Cooked by staff )(7PM-8 PM)
Unlimited Veg /Non-veg Dinner (Self service from 9:30 PM 10:30 PM)
Breakfast (Tea & Poha from 8 AM - 9 AM)
Bonfire after Dinner
Accomodation in Tents on Double sharing basis.
Common washroom facilities available 
Music Timming : Upto 12 AM 

Variant 3: Camping Experience for Family 
Check In: 4 PM - 6 PM
Check out : Before 11 AM
Evening Tea & Snacks (4 PM - 6 PM)
Limited BBQ Snacks(Veg/Non-veg | Cooked by staff ) (7 PM -8 PM)
Unlimited Veg /Non-veg Dinner (Self service) (9:30 PM - 10:30 PM)
Bonfire after Dinner 
Breakfast (Tea & Poha from 8 AM - 9 AM)
Accomodation in Tents on Multiple sharing sharing basis.
Common washroom facilities available 

Note: Pawna Lake Campsite allotment is based on availability and it may be Lakeside / Hill side with a lake view. Please note that the roads to reach Pawna have patches which give you the thrill of an off-road drive specially the last 10 KMS. Driving after sunset becomes difficult in these roads and can take more than expected time. Best and safest is to reach the campsite within 6.30 PM.



Music Timming : Upto 11 PM

Pawna Lake Distance: From Pune: 60 KM ( Via Kamshet)

                                       From Mumbai: 120 KM (Via Lonavala, Bhangarwadi Rd)


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Kundalika Rafting Camp | Book @ 1675 Only
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  • Kolad
  • 1D/1N
  • Kolad
₹2,068 ₹1,675

About the Activity & Campsite:
The Kundalika rafting camp is the perfect choice for anyone looking to indulge in adventure in the green escapes of nature! Located at just a couple of hour's drive from Mumbai, it is the preferred hotspot for all those eager to escape the mad rush of the city.
The Kundalika rafting camp gives you a rare opportunity to engage yourself in a multitude of adventure activities in the engaging company of nature. As you take a quiet drive down to the campsite, you can check-in and indulge in the beauty of nature while munching on some yummy snacks and refreshing tea. Fortify yourself and embark on a vast range of activities like kayaking, jet ski, and archery!
Get your tired but excited selves back to the campsite and relish a delicious dinner before calling it a night. The next day indulges in rafting and other activities post breakfast.
Note- Zipline, Banana ride and Bumper ride are available at an extra cost. 

Stay:
Tent, Cottages, and Domes are available at the campsite. You can choose between Tents on 2 sharing bases, C
ottage on 6 sharing basis and Dome on 9 sharing bases.

Meals: 
Breakfast, Lunch, and Dinner and in the evening, Tea and snacks will be served during the stay at the campsite.

How to reach:
Kolad is 120 km away from Mumbai and 145 km from Pune. You can easily reach here by public or private transport. 

Check-in: 3:00 pm
Check-out: 3:00 pm

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Beach Camping at Alibaug | Book @ 1289 Only
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  • Alibag
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  • Alibag
₹1,577 ₹1,289
About the activity:
- You will be arriving at the Alibaug campsite on your own and will be getting a welcome beverage with a snack.
- After settling into the tents, the rest of the evening is for you to spend on your leisure. Take a dip into the sea, don’t worry we have clean toilets to freshen up again.
- Click pictures, watch birds nearby or just sit on the shore and enjoy the breeze.
- Spend the evening with bonfire session, music and stories before dinner is served with both veg and non-veg options available. 
- Enjoy the experience of cooking the Barbeque for yourself (Veg/Non-veg/Jain limited quantity). We'll guide you for the same.
- Grab a good night's sleep with the sound of waves lapping on the shore.
- You will be given a wake-up call in the morning, followed by a hot breakfast. 
- Post this, you will check out of the camps to bring the experience of Alibaug beach camping to an end. 

Check-in : 3:30 PM
Check-out: 11 AM

About Alibaug:

Alibaug is a rather well-known yet offbeat destination near Mumbai, Maharashtra. One of the major reasons behind the popularity of this small town is the presence of multiple beaches of this town on the west coast, which also means that this quaint little town offers amazing views of the sunset over the sea. 

Camping in Alibaug is built on a beach is an amazing way to spend an amazing getaway from the city and on a secluded piece of coastline with your near and dear ones. You can experience the views of the sea, with many shacks built as parking spots for the boats of local fishermen, and many other such amazing views, including a mesmerizing sunset. Enjoy the cool and refreshing breeze coming in from the sea as you sit on the sand enjoying the feeling of being here. The Alibaug camp offers tents, beds, cushions and a pullover, shall anyone feel cold. 

How to reach:
You can easily reach the campsite with the help of public or private transport.

Note:

Min 2 people are required to book this activity.
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Camping and Rafting at Kolad @ 2250 Only
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  • Kolad
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  • Kolad
₹4,200 ₹2,250

About the activity :


If it is pure and raw adventure that you are looking for, then you need to head for an exciting white water rafting and stay experience in Kolad. Apart from the adventure sports, you can also enjoy an exciting array of historic sites around the place. 

The Kundalika River flows through the rugged terrain of the forested hills and through the farms and offers a golden opportunity to enjoy a rafting tour for beginners. This river on the international scale is rated as a grade IV river, making its rapids pose a challenge for the ardent water sports lover.You will run the rafts in fast flowing water currents almost 12km downstream.


Check In : 3 PM
Check Out : 3 PM

Distance : FROM MUMBAI ( 120 KM )
                  FROM PUNE (120 KM ) VIA Tamhini Ghat Road

Min number people requried to book:- 1


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Camping at Igatpuri near Lake @ 1120 Only
  • 2D/1N
  • Nashik
  • 2D/1N
  • Nashik
₹1,120

Igatpuri is a town and hill station in the Western Ghat mountains of Maharashtra, western India. The huge Dhamma Giri academy is dedicated to the teaching of Vipassana meditation. At its entrance stands Myanmar Gate, a golden pagoda. North, hilltop Tringalwadi Fort has a small temple. Southeast, trails lead up to Kalsubai Peak. The surrounding Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wildlife Sanctuary is home to leopards and deer.

Highlights:

  • Live Acoustics

  • Lakeside Camping Under the Stars

  • BBQ (Veg/Non-Veg)(Limited)

  • Bonfire

  • Tent Stay with proper bedding

  • Fun Games

  • Stargazing

  • Night Walk By the lake 

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Explore Valley of Flowers at Kaas Plateau, Satara (from Mumbai) @ 1799 Only
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  • Satara
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  • Satara
₹2,299 ₹1,799

Why one should visit Kaas Pathar ??

Kaas Pathar also known as Valley Of Flowers is situated on the high hills of Sahyadri range in western ghats, 22 kilometers from Satara City in Maharashtra state of India. It is known as Maharashtras valley of flowers. The area of plateau is approximately 1,000 hectare. The plateau is laden with wild flowers during the months of September and October. The whole plateau looks like a carpet in various colors. These flowers bloom on their own and stay for about 23 weeks (depending on the monsoon and other weather factors). It has been declared as Biodiversity World heritage site by The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). Its a unique place for flora researchers, nature lovers, and photographers.

Min number of people required to book:- 1

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Rajmachi Fort Trek & Camping, Lonavala @ 1033 Only
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  • Lonavala
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  • Lonavala
₹1,758 ₹1,033


About the Rajmachi Trek:

Rajmachi trek takes you on a tour through tranquil hidden landscapes of Maharashtra. This ancient fort of Rajmachi is located in the Karjat region and is a perfect example of lost beauties in today’s hustles. These beautiful forts were built by Shivaji Maharaj during the 17th century and strive for a favourite trekking destination amongst ardent adventure seekers.

Delight in this awe-inspiring quaint Rajmachi fort which provides you with pleasant views of Borghat, a historic trade route located in this region of Maharashtra. Admire the beauty of Shrivardhan Fort and Manoranjan fort crowned at the pinnacle with this amazing Rajmachi fort trek. This stunning ancient beauty can be reached via two ways, while Kondivide village route might get tricky at times, however, the most preferable route is from Lonavala as it is much easy and provides the best of the views.

Standing amidst the dense forests, Rajmachi  trek provide you with some amazing sceneries, this stunning place is a beauty to the eyes especially in the winter season as you will be witnessing random waterfalls and lush greenery at every turn while trekking. Rivet in this amazing experience with friends and family like never before!

We meet sharp at 17:20 hours at Lonavala Railway station

Suggested train to the board is the 11009/Mumbai CST-Sinhagad Express, timings are:

14:30 CST
14:40 Dadar
15:08 Thane
15:28 Kalyan
16:08 Karjat
17:08 Lonavala


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Daman and Diu

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With a geographical distance of almost 650 to 700 kilometres in totality, Daman and Diu are a part of a single Union Territory in India. Located a little northward towards the state of Gujarat in western India, Daman and Diu lie along the western coast of the country. Lying amidst the many beaches of Maharashtra, Konkan Coast and Goa, this union territory of Daman and Diu is idyllic, tranquil and still quite unspoilt.

Daman and Diu is best for those who wish to have a relaxing holiday. A coastal paradise, anyone who visits this place is guaranteed to have a blissful vacation while enjoying the sea breeze, resting on the beach chair and enjoying the waves of the sea. Mostly a weekend getaway destination, Daman and Diu has a lot of Gujarati as well as Maharashtrian population due to the close proximity to these two states.

There is a huge influence of Portuguese culture in Daman and Diu. This is because it was under the Portuguese rule for over 450 years, which has obviously left its mark on the districts. This is one of the main reasons why tourists flock to the region a lot. It is also due to this influence that you can find a lot of stunning architecture, lip-smacking food as well as breath-taking art and crafts in Daman and Diu.

One of the main tourist attractions here is Devka Beach in Daman. It has an amusement park right beside it, which boasts of vibrantly coloured fountains, a corner especially for kids as well as a food court. For those who wish to take a swim in the cool seawater, you can head to Jampore Beach, located south of Daman.

Additionally, you can also find the St. Jerome Fort on the northern side of the Daman Ganga River. It dates back to the 17th century and has an exceptional structure and architecture which will take your breath away. Furthermore, you can find many notable Portuguese churches scattered throughout Daman and Diu.


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Pune

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If Mumbai is the most happening place in Maharashtra, then it’s neighbour Pune is the cultural hub and the biggest city in the state. An upcoming IT centre and a fascinating city, Pune has no shortage of things to intrigue the interest of almost anyone who has ever been here or has heard of the city. With being in the proximity of many major cities and acting as a centre seat for when getting to major attractions of the state is concerned, the places to visit in Pune and around will never cease to amaze you with their unique roster of features. 

From treks to Lohagarh and Rajmachi Forts, to the canoeing and white water rafting adventures in Kolad River, from a fascinating Scuba Diving experience to the unique experience of trekking in Andharban, the city is in a proximity of some of the most fascinating things to do in Pune and near.

Adventure never stops in Pune as you can embark on an exhilarating underwater experiences in the Sangam safari and maybe, if you are a daredevil, pay a visit to the Crocodile Island. And even if you are not well acquainted with the adventures around, don’t be disheartened as there are many places near Pune where you can take on things at a beginner level, like the Kundalika river that serves as the perfect place for beginners in rafting or the famous Rajmachi fort which is most suited for people who wish to start on an easy trek

And for places to stay in Pune and around, there are innumerable options to choose from. You can choose to stay in a luxurious resort in Pune or go for a hillside resort in the embrace of Maharashtra’s favourite hill stations like Khandala, Lonavala or Mahabaleshwar for the true weekend getaway from Pune, not so far away from the city. And for the ones who like mix adventure with their stays and take it all to a whole new level, Pune is not going to disappoint you. With options ranging from a camp stay on the banks of Pawna Lake to a village stay experience in Junnar, there is just no stopping the fun that one can have in Pune. Pune is the whole deal, everything around it is just a pleasant add-on, and who doesn’t like freebies, right?


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Matheran

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Known as the” cutest little hill station of India”, the Matheran hill station is the best place to enjoy the sunset and sunrise view along with some mind blowing sceneries to keep you fresh and up front. This extraordinary hill station offers the best tourist places in Matheran which are untouched and undisturbed by the rustling city life that surrounds the town. The place is actually located on the Western Ghats that ranges in an elevation of around 800 meter above the sea level. The place always has a pleasant weather to enjoy during any time of the year, but its beauty gets added up during the season of rain and thunderstorm.

 Another thing about the beautiful hill station is that it is eco friendly and has no rush of cars and buses honking on the street. The major was taken by the government of Maharashtra in order to protect Matheran. The best thing about this place is that it is like a quiet and relaxing place with no buzzing of horns and pollution and along with that it contains some mesmerizing places and views of the extraordinary nature that will leave you bewitched of its beauty and make you feel relax and stress free.

 Just not only trekker, Matheran is a treat for the photographers also to explore and capture the best of the beauty of the beautiful hill station. The beauty of Western Ghats, Matheran is the smallest hill station of India. Travellers and tourists who visit the place love exploring the place by walking on foot. By which it becomes more exciting to get lost in the scenic beauty of the town while finding your way. Plan your trip to Matheran and indulge yourself in various activities that Matheran provides like camping, trekking, rappelling etc.

Matheran town is the best option for a person who loves getting lost in the nature and also for those who wants to take a break from their busy city life. The tourist places in Matheran are absolutely breathtaking.


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Nashik

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Nasik is an extraordinary choice for individuals who wish to get away from their busy schedule and want to engage in exploring a loaded-with-heritage city at its fullest. The lavish cover of vineyards encompassing the area makes it completely blissful for a perfect wine tasting destination coupled with its amazing tourist places in Nashik. 

India's best wines are produced here locally and later you can also avail tours of the beautiful vineyards to have an amazing experience. Nasik is an ancient holy city of Maharashtra. It is an older city that is named after a relic association to Ramayana. Rama’s brother hacked off the Nasika (nose) of Ravana’s sister and thus came the name. Present on the banks of river Godavari, Nasik offers an appealing and beguiling experience of the naturalistic environment. Encompassed by forts and waterfalls this is a religious Hindu city. 

Nasik is an absolutely wonderful place to visit. If you need a chance to appreciate nature and need a getaway to have a religious tour or a big break, then Nasik is the place for an ideal relaxing holiday. The city is home to monumental temples which holds rich cultural heritage. Nasik hosts Kumbh Mela every 12 years. 

This old city's provisional quarter hosts a wooden architectural building and temples that date back to Hindu epic, exclusive and exquisite bathing Ghats where you can unwind and relax. These form the most of the tourist places in Nashik. This breathtaking city is cleaner, greener and well maintained than most cities in India.


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Kutch district

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If you are looking for places to visit in Gujarat, then Kutch is the crème de la crème of the places you would want to explore. The architectural grandeur, cultural marvel, and sumptuous cuisine are bound to make it difficult for you to leave.  Kutch lies on the India-Pakistan border, and you can see parts of Pakistan from here.

The best time to visit Kutch is during winter, from November to February. The long winter evenings reflect the light of the moon on white sands, giving it an aesthetic appeal. In fact, the famous Rann of Kutch festival takes place at the same time, flaunting its remarkable glory.

The second most important determinant of how your trip goes, after climate, is where you should go. Be it for a short period of time or a long one; there are places in Kutch that must be visited for a memorable sojourn into a cultural lifestyle.

You must have heard about the Rann of Kutch in your geography classes, but seldom did they cover the humbling beauty of the place. The massive deposits of salt in the area gives it a surreal appeal. It’s beauty has also been portrayed in various Bollywood films like Ramleela and Refugee.

If you want to explore Kutch from a historical viewpoint, then Kutch Museum has in its inventory some extinct scripts like the Kutchi Script and ancient coins. There are also paintings, arms, and embroidered pieces marveling at the cultural lifestyle.

The Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary inhabits animals like cormorants, wild boards, porcupines, and black-necked storks, making it a popular tourist attraction. There are also jeep safaris available here.Another reason to visit Kutch is the Kutch Wildlife Sanctuary that is considered to be the largest saline wetland area.  It preserves several species of birds, wild ass, and flamingos.


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Bhandardara

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Perched beautifully amidst the Sahyadri ranges in the state of Maharashtra, Bhandardara is a wonderful hill station for nature lovers. It is often called the Queen of Sahyadri ranges for its lush green natural landscapes. The name Bhandardara literally translates to valley of treasures and it is not a doubt to say that the natural beauty of this place certainly justifies the name. It is a picturesque retreat for the backpackers in Ahmednagar district and boasts of some scintillating natural attractions for those who are fond of raw beauty of nature.

The village has prominent places like Wilson Dam, Umbrella Falls and Arthur Lake where you can plan a picnic with your loved ones. The village is also a delight for history lovers as there are places like Ratangad and Harishchandragad Fort. Another famous tourist attraction of Bhandardara is Mount Kalsubai which is also hailed as the highest peak in Maharashtra. There are also many local villages where one can visit to relax and enjoy the pleasant weather of this scenic hill station in Maharashtra.  

For the adventure lovers, there are some enthralling activities where you can explore Ajoba and Ghanchakkar peaks to soak in the serenity of nature with the views offered by Sahyadri ranges. 

There are numerous trekking and hiking places in the Sahyadri ranges where you can savour an adrenaline rush. Bhandardara also has various resorts where one can enjoy the panoramic views and just relax with their loved ones. The gorgeous hill station offers a soothing environment with a cool climate throughout the year where you can refresh yourself and see some of the most eye-catching vistas of the Sahyadri ranges. 

Bhandardara is a small village where the tourists are in for a treat as they are surrounded by mountains and enchanted by gurgling waterfalls away from the hustle and bustle of the cities. The place is a wonderful respite when you are looking for a rejuvenating weekend getaway near the city of Mumbai.


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Karjat

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Karjat is a city and municipal Council in the scenic and mountainous district of Raigad in the state of Maharashtra. A part of Karjat is also a part of the metro city of Mumbai but is also a preferred destination for travelers. Be it family, kids or couples, anyone can enjoy this holiday destination. The best time to visit here is in monsoon, where the mountains are covered with a blanket of lush greenery, the atmosphere is cloudy and misty and there are numerous waterfalls making their way through the thick forests of the valley.

The local attractions are best to be visited during the daytime and if you have a big group, you and go for Fort climbing trips at night, especially on a full moon night where you will experience a different kind of tranquility during the trek.

All you need to do is grab a map write down your list of things to do, and get set to get one of the most authentic trekking and sight-seeing experiences in the state of Maharashtra. This trip is perfect for a weekend get away with your travel partners as well as solo, as you can enjoy it equally both ways.



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Lonavala

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Lonavala is a hill station near Pune district of Maharashtra. At the height of 2,047 feet from sea level and sprawling over 38 kilometer square of land, Lonavala is an escapist city from the fast-paced and extreme conditions that inhabit both Mumbai and Pune. It offers the perfect retreat to the city dwellers through its serenity and peaceful atmosphere.

Several places of interest around Lonavala and Khandala attract tourists throughout the year. They include vivid and picturesque lakes, cliff-tops, eluding caves, and magnificent forts. Dams and waterfalls are a pioneer attraction during and immediately after the monsoon. Some of these places are Rajmachi Point,  Lonavala Lake, and Shivaji Udyan, Valvan Dam, Ryewood Park, Della Adventure Park, Duke’s Nose, Tiger’s Leap and Lohagad and Visapur forts.

If you dive into the history of Lonavala, you will find that it was a part of the Yadava dynasty. Khandala is another hill adjacent to Lonavala, both of which were discovered by the then Governor of Bombay Presidency, Lord Elphinstone. The Maratha and Peshwa empires played a prominent historical role with its Malva warriors. But its history is not the only reason to visit Lonavala.

Lonavala is 96 km away from the city of Mumbai and only 64 km from the modern city of Pune. It falls in between the Mumbai-Pune Expressway, thus making commute all the easier. And if you can’t find a rental car, then you have buses and trains to rely on.

Train journeys are comfortable and filled with lush green passages, especially during the monsoon. If this has aroused you enough to visit the hill-station once, then here is a detailed guide on how and when to go about.


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Kamshet

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Kamshet is a beautiful hill station located in the Western Ghats of India. The place is famous for paragliding, a beloved adventure sport of India and the numerous flying schools located in the vicinity. The small but picturesque hill station is surrounded by the breathtaking Western Ghats which form a major part of the tourist places in Kamshet and regularly finds itself in many top 10 lists that name destination for the ultimate thrill-seekers. 

Kamshet is a paradise not just for the eyes but also for the adventures junkie in you. But don’t think this place is just for those who seek thrill and excitement. There are numerous other activities to do in Kamshet as well as tourist hotspots that make this an ideal place for a family getaway or even a romantic getaway. 
Kamshet is ideally located just 45km from the main town of Pune city. The locals refer to it as a paragliding paradise. There is no better place in the region to indulge in this thrilling adventure activity.

But if you are not much of a thrill-seeker then you can spend your time enjoying the natural scenery, fresh air a luxury these days and stroll through the small villages laced around this quaint hill station. If you want to experience the quintessential Indian village lifestyle then a visit to one of the villages is a must. 
There you can interact with locals, have a feel of what it’s like to live in muddy huts and even have a small shopping spree at the local village markets.

The hills station is surrounded by gorgeous sunflowers fields and you can enjoy some amazing views while paragliding over them. Other tourist places in Kamshet include 
Bhairi CavesBedse CavesPavana Lake, Kondeshwar Temple, and Shinde Wadi Hills. If you have more time at hand you can perhaps extend your trip to other hill stations such as Khandala and Lonavala, which are located at short distances from Kamshet.


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Mahabaleshwar

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Nestled in the picturesque Western Ghats, tourist places in Mahabaleshwar will captivate your imagination with their natural splendor. Mahabaleshwar is well known for its numerous rivers, magnificent cascades, and majestic peaks. The city comprises of ancient temples, boarding schools, manicured and lush green dense forest, waterfalls, hills, valleys that will take your breath away on your visit. The city is definitely among the most sought-after weekend getaways from metropolitan cities like Mumbai and Pune. Once, a summer capital of Bombay during the British Raj, the city has British influence of in its architecture. It is a very popular hill station that offers a plethora of tourist activities and attractions to avid travelers and nature lovers.

Amid your visit to Mahabaleshwar witness the alluring dawns and dusks from the slope, in the midst of the rich green vista. Located about 120 kilometers southwest of Pune and 285 kilometers from Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is a vast plateau measuring 150 kilometers, bound by valleys on all sides. The hill station in the Western Ghats is the source of the Krishna River that flows across Maharashtra, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Known for its captivating beauty and the stunning strawberry farms, Mahabaleshwar boasts of zigzagging roads, a calm breeze at all times, vantage points offering stunning views of hills and valleys, plenty of strawberries to gorge on and the main street full of shops offering all kinds of curios and snacks.

There are numerous enchanting tourist places in Mahabaleshwar exuding charm and elegance. Bordered by a few murmuring waterways, evergreen timberlands, captivating slopes and mountains there are some mesmerizing tourist places in Mahabaleshwar. Arranged in the Satara region in Maharashtra, Mahabaleshwar will get you near the captivating excellence of nature. The wonderful hill retreat brags of being one of the most splendid evergreen slope stations in India.

 


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Khandala

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Made popular around the world all thanks to Bollywood, the city of Khandala is tucked amidst the Western Ghats. Located near Mumbai, Pune as well as Lonavala, this hilly city serves as a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of the busy city limits. Situated at the top end of Bhor Ghat, Khandala is also amongst the famous hill stations in the country.

Khandala is also home to several picturesque peaks, age-old caves as well as pristine and crystal-clear lakes. It has many different viewpoints, which offer panoramic views of the surrounding valleys, in addition to a few peaks which resemble a pointed nose and a leaping tiger. The Buddhist Caves at Karla and Bhaja in Khandala are also very famous. They are the preludes and interludes to the Ajanta and Ellora caves and tend to attract a lot of tourists. Khandala is also home to the Bedse Caves, which date back to 60 B.C. and are amongst the oldest caves in the country.

Along with this, Khandala boasts of many other beautiful attractions, such as the Kune Waterfalls, which is the 14th highest waterfall in India. It is a three-tiered waterfall with an overall height of 200 metres. Other such places include the Lion’s Point, a cliff between Aamby Valley and the Bhushi Dam which gives scintillating views of the Tungarli Lake.

One of the best things about this city is that it caters to all kinds of tourists, from adventure enthusiasts, nature lovers or even those who simply wish to have a relaxing holiday. One of the most common activities one can enjoy in Khandala is hiking and tourists from all over India come here to partake in this activity. One can also arrange for picnics at the several vantage points or swim in the many waterfalls here.


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Panchgani

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The state of Maharashtra endows us with a magnificent tourist destination of Panchgani, which is located amidst the Sahyadri Ranges. It is a perfect getaway from the warm and humid summers of Maharashtra.

The scenic beauty of the five mountain ranges with all the greenery is really soothing to the eyes. This hill station, although devoid of airport or railways is well connected by road from Pune and Mumbai. Devrai Art Village located within Panchgani offers you the opportunity to explore tribal art called Rock Dhokra. These creations are made with a combination of rocks and stones and are definitely worth buying as a souvenir!

Tableland is one of the most acclaimed tourist spots in this hill station, being the second longest plateau in Asia. It offers a magnificent view of the valleys and hills surrounding it. You can take a stroll through the road to reach the Table Land.  This place also offers a bird’s-eye view of the Devil’s Kitchen and Rajpuri Caves. The four caves collectively called Rajpuri caves located ten kilometers from Panchgani are famous for a temple dedicated to Lord Karthikeya. 

Other than that, the Mapro Garden will surely woo you with the smell of good delicacies and the chocolate factory located within it.  Furthermore, do make a pit stop at Devil’s Kitchen for a thrilling experience within the caves. For some adrenaline rush, you must also go for paragliding here. The panoramic view of the lush green mountains from the clouds is indeed a once in a lifetime experience!

The Parsi Point is also a popular viewpoint offering you a scenic view of the Dhom Dam Lake. It is an ideal place to enjoy a small picnic with family and friends amidst the tranquility of nature. As you head towards the Sydney Point, you’ll be mesmerized by the sight of river Krishna flowing swiftly. The freshness of this hill station will drive away all the fatigue as you soak yourself in the lap of mother nature.


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Goa

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A pocket-sized paradise located on the west coast of India, Goa is a kaleidoscopic blend of Portuguese-Indian heritage, delicious delicacies, and of course the serene beaches. With its Susegad philosophy of living, this sunshine state has gained a lot of fame all over the world. With such easy -going vibes, this little state makes you carefree and lets you take your time to enjoy the laid-back lifestyle. 

Boasting a 100-kilometer long coastline, Goa is home to a string of uninterrupted golden sand beaches that propel many tourists all year round. These beaches cater to every tropical whim- choose from the backpackers’ favourite Arambol or the bolder Baga beach; laidback Mandrem or the palm-fringed Palolem or maybe enjoy the blissful hippie market of Anjuna beach. There are also the private beaches groomed by the five-star properties to appreciate or the hidden coves for you to discover. 

Needless to say, Goa is recognized across the globe for its tempting seafood and bustling nightlife. With a rich collection of beach shacks, trendy bars, lively clubs, splendid casinos, and elegant cafes, the state boasts the most amazing nightlife one can experience in India. 

Known to be a Portuguese colony in the times bygone, Goa also flaunts the baroque architecture back from the colonial times. It is quite evident in the old-style bungalows, ancient forts, and the white-washed churches.

The colourful catholic ceremonies and the stunning cathedrals also give you an insight into the Goan culture. 
With all of these and a lot more to experience, Goa truly has all the ingredients for a perfect holiday recipe.


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    Alibaug: Nothing better than jumping into a speed boat and heading to the beaches of Alibaug.

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  2. Where can I go for a quick weekend getaway?

    A quick weekend getaway in and around Mumbai can be enjoyed at:

    Lonavala: Beautiful weather accompanied by spellbinding views of valleys and hills.

    Kundalika: River rafting here seeking thrill with watersports, and camping under the stars are the best experiences at Kundalika River.

    Kolad: The highlight of this hidden town is river rafting, which is supposedly the best in Maharashtra!

  3. Where should I go for a 3-day weekend?

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    Pune: Learn about traditional Maratha times and dig deep into history and heritage here. There's also loads of great food and the weather is beautiful in November.

    Nashik: You can take a trip to the many vineyards here and try your hands (or should we say feet) at grape stomping and wine making.

    Daman and Diu: Located a short distance from Mumbai, November is a great time to spend leisurely relaxing on the beaches of Daman and Diu.

  4. What are the best Hill Stations Near Mumbai?

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