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Forest Camping Experience Near Lonavala - Flat 50% Off

Forest Camping Experience Near Lonavala - Flat 50% Off

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Luxury Camping and Rafting at Kolad- Flat 50% off

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Camping at Karnala 2019, Flat 25% off

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Fireflies Trek in Rajmachi Village

Fireflies Trek in Rajmachi Village

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Fireflies Trekking and Camping in Samrad

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Sunrise Kalsubai Trek, Igatpuri | Book @ ₹1200 Only!

Sunrise Kalsubai Trek, Igatpuri | Book @ ₹1200 Only!

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Lohagad Fort Trek, Lonavala | Book @ Flat 29% Off!

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Leisure Sailing in Mumbai - Flat 39% Off

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  • When looking for places to visit near Mumbai, there are a number of popular tourist destinations to choose from depending on your mood, plan and budget. Whether you like adventure sports or wish to explore history or simply looking to relax in the lap of nature, these holiday destinations will leave you asking for more.

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    : Camping at Pawna Lake (Cashback Up to Rs.1200)
    Deal Of The Day: Trekking at Lohagad Fort at 29% OFF

    Solo traveller? Family getaway? That much-needed break with friends? No matter what your reason for vacation, you will find a ready option close at hand and waiting to be explored.

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    Book Trek to Kalsubai Peak at Flat 30% OFF

    Lonavala, Panchgani and Alibaug have always been amongst the most sought-after weekend getaways near Mumbai. But if you are looking for something different and new, then try Kolad, Pawna Lake or Kashid. Surrounded by natural beauty, steeped in history and providing all modern facilities, these destinations will leave you asking for more. Hills, beaches, wildlife reserves, buddhist caves, take your pick for that next unforgettable trip

  • Weekend Getaways Within 150 Kms

  • 01Pawna Lake Camping | Book @ ₹ 820 Only!

    Pawna Lake Camping | Book @ ₹ 820 Only!
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    Trip Location: Pawna Lake

    About Pawna Lake Camping: 

    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.

    Pawna Camping has become an important campsite after the construction of the Pawna Dam.

    This package of camping in Pawna lake comes with camping & sightseeing around the lake, bonfire with music, barbeque dinner & other activities.

    Check In Timing: 4 PM
    Check Out Timing: 11 AM

    Distance: From Pune: 60 KM ( Via Kamshet)
                     From Mumbai: 120 KM (Via Lonavala, Bhangarwadi Rd)


  • 02Lonavala

    Lonavala

    One of the most popular weekend getaways near Mumbai, Lonavala is the perfect balance of history and modernity. With ancient Buddhist caves on one side and modern adventure parks on the other side, this quaint hill station has something for everyone.

    For those with a sweet tooth, don’t forget to try the wide variety of chikki (hard candy). You can even get some packed for home. Lonavala is host to INS Shivaji, Indian Navy’s technical training Institute. So close to Mumbai, Lonavala gets its own share of stardom. The house of Big Boss Malayalam 1 was set up on an undisclosed estate in Lonavala.

    Attractions:
    Tiger’s Leap, Bushi Dam, Lonavala Lake, Lohagarh Fort, Karla Caves

    Activities:
    Adventure sports at Della Adventure Park, Bhimashankar Trek, Tikona Fort Trek, Picnic at Ryewood Park

    Type of destination:
    Hill station

    Distance from Mumbai:
    83 kms

    Best time to visit:
    October to May

  • 03Igatpuri

    Igatpuri

    Located in the ‘Wine Capital of India’ Nashik, Igatpuri is a beautiful hill station and town adorned by the Western Ghats. Embraced in the lap of surrounding peaks, this tiny hill station proves to be one of the best places to visit near Mumbai especially during the monsoons and can be easily reached via the Mumbai-Agra National Highway.

    Attractions:
    -Dhamma Giri Meditation Centre
    -Ghatandevi Temple
    -Bhandardara, Nashik

    Activities in Igatpuri:

    For those who wish to embark on an adventure and seek relaxation at the same time, this is the place is
     perfect weekend getaways from Mumbai for you to be! Backpackers can embark on fun treks, camping expeditions, rappelling, Ziplining and other activities that will keep you on your toes for a long time!

    Type of Destination: 
    Historic, trekking, family and kid friendly.

    Distance from Mumbai:
     120 km

    Best time to Visit:
     June to September and November to March

    Where to stay: 
    Best resorts to stay in Igatpuri

    Sandhan Valley Trek with Rappelling, Igatpuri @ ₹1530 Only!

    Sandhan Valley Trek with Rappelling, Igatpuri @ ₹1530 Only!

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  • 04Lohagad Fort Trek, Lonavala | Book @ Flat 29% Off!

    Lohagad Fort Trek, Lonavala | Book @ Flat 29% Off!
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    About the Lohagad Fort Trek:

    Reaching point - Malavali Station 

    Join the one day trek to Lohagad fort near Lonavala, experience a beautiful adventure in a serene place that is not tamed much.
    Enjoy the exhilarating sight of the fort atop a hill that divides the basins of Indrayani and Pawna.
    Have a glimpse of the strong and intact gates protecting the fort and interpret the stories from the period of Peshwa.
    Feel the excitement existing in climbing up the hill which extends up to five kilometres from Malavli.

    Difficulty Level: Very Easy
  • 05Rajmachi

    Rajmachi

    When you are heading for Pune then you will definitely want to explore few other places nearby. Another attraction near Mumbai is Rajmachi Fort which is well known for its architecture.  Rajmachi Fort, an eminent fascination which comprises of two Fort – Shrivardhan and Manaranjan Forts. Encompassed by a wide level, this fort overlooks the Bor Ghat that was an unmistakable exchange course associating Mumbai and Pune before.  This fort is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai and has earned a lot of reputation due to its amazing architecture. 

    The fort complex comprises of huge ramparts, strong walls, massive gateways, residential units, water reservoirs, administrative centres and secret gates for the exit. One can also find ancient temples near the antiquated fortress, some of which are even more established than the post itself. Between the two forts lies the temple of Kal Bhairava – the nearby divinity. Ancient Buddhist cave is also thee located d on the western side of the Rajmachi plateau, which was probably carved amid 200 BC.

    Activities: Few of the activities which are very famous here are trekking, hiking and camping.

    Location: Rajmachi Trek, Udhewadi, Maharashtra 410401

    Best time to visit: During the month of June to September

    Type of Destination: Trekking, Hiking, Adventure Activities.

    Distance: 94.5 km via Kodambakkam - Mumbai Highway

    Trekking Expedition to Rajmachi Fort from Pune

    Trekking Expedition to Rajmachi Fort from Pune

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  • 06Karnala

    Karnala
    Image Credit : Nagraj Salian - Flickr

    Karnala is situated at a distance of about 10 km from Panvel. The two major attractions for tourists here are the Karnala Bird Sanctuary and the Karnala Fort. The Karnala Fort is of much historical significance as it overlooked the Bor Pass, which connects the Konkan coast to the interior districts of Maharashtra.

    The pass was the major trade route of the area. The exact date of construction of the Karnala Fort is not known, but it is believed that the structure predates 1400 CE and was built under the patronage of the Devagiri Yadavas and later under the Tughlaq rulers. The Karnala fort consists of two forts – one at a higher level than the other. In the centre of the fort situated on the higher level, there is a watchtower called the Pandu’s tower. The tower also has a water cistern that provides water throughout the year.

    The other major attraction of this place is the Karnala Bird Sanctuary. In this protected zone, the fort is situated. The sanctuary is spread over 12.11 square kilometres and is much smaller than the other ones in different parts of the country. It is located near the Sanjay Gandhi National Park and the Tungareshwar Sanctuary and can be easily reached from Mumbai.

    Situated at a distance of about 12 km from Panvel, it is best known for its population of birds and hence attracts a large number of bird lovers and bird watching enthusiasts. The sanctuary is home to about 150 species of resident and 37 species of migratory birds making it one of the best places to visit near Mumbai. The reserve also has a number of rare bird species such as Ashy minivet, three toes kingfisher and Malabar Trogon.

    Activities: Famous for trekking and camping near Mumbai.

    Type of Destination: Family, Historical, Kid Friendly.

    Distance: 48 Kms via Sion-Panvel Expy

    Best time to visit: October to April

    Nature Camping Experience, Karnala, Near Mumbai - 18% Off

    Nature Camping Experience, Karnala, Near Mumbai - 18% Off

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  • 07Camping and Water Activities in Maval

    Camping and Water Activities in Maval

    When you are visiting Mumbai most of you might be wondering which place to visit for that perfect adventure and fun. Get ready to feel the adrenaline rush as you try some of the exhilarating activities in Maval. What could be a better way to spend your weekend than heading out for a camping under the starry night sky? Sound’s fun right! Maval is the perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai where you can spend some time with your family and friends. While in Maval head out for some camping as well as some thrilling water activities like rafting, kayaking etc. 

    The word Maval is derived from a Marathi word Maval, which means in the direction of the sunsets. This district is towards the west of Pune range. With its hilly landscape and soothing views travelers from far and wide comes to visit this place. Another interesting thing about this region is that there are lots of forts found here.

    Activities: Some of the activities which are very famous here are Camping, Rafting, kayaking etc. One can also head out for some fort exploration during their visit to Maval.

    Distance: Maval is located at a distance of 87.3 km from Mumbai.

    Best time to visit: During the month of October and May

    Type of destination: Trekking, Hiking, Friends and Family Getaway.

    Group Adventure in Maval, Takve Lake

    Group Adventure in Maval, Takve Lake

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  • 08Kundalika Rafting Camp with Adventure Activities Flat 50% off

    Kundalika Rafting Camp with Adventure Activities Flat 50% off
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    About the Activity:

    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 hours 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 skii and archery! Get your tired but excited selves back to the campsite and relish a delicious dinner before calling it a night. Next day indulge in rafting and other activities post breakfast.

    Available in 2 packages :

    • Stay with Rafting
    • Stay with Rafting and Activities

    Timings:Check-in: 3:00 PM (Day 01) ; Check-out: 3:00 PM (Day 02)

  • 09River Side Camping at Vasind near Mumbai

    River Side Camping at Vasind near Mumbai
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    About the Activity:
    • Enjoy a tranquil camping experience near Mumbai.
    • Reach the Bhatsai riverside camp around 4 pm. You can reach the site by road or by train from Mumbai.
    • Once you have checked in you'll be astonished with the scenic and the tranquility beauty of entire place.
    • As the Sun sets, get ready to taste the delicious barbecue dinner (at an extra cost) at around 8 pm followed by a short walk around the camp site.
    • Spend some quality time within the campsite before you go to bed  under the blanket of billions of  stars.
    • The next morning, get ready to enjoy the delicious breakfast around at around 09:00 AM and followed by a kayaking adventure in the Bhatsai river at an extra cost.
    • You can also enjoy fishing fish and swim in the refreshing waters of the Bhatsai river and followed by a short hike to the top of the Mahuli hill.
    • Check out at around 11:00 AM to conclude the tour.
    NEW YEAR EVE: 
    Check in: 4 PM
    Check out: 11 AM
    Camping includes Personally hosted camping experience, Private camping area for each group, Mineral water served throughout the day, Concrete western style washrooms & shower rooms, limited bookings only, Free parking and BYOB & suitable with outside snacks.
  • 10Offbeat Camping Experience Near Mumbai - Flat 26% Off

    Offbeat Camping Experience Near Mumbai - Flat 26% Off
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    To go offbeat really means to go somewhere you are not connected with the usual anymore. This campsite in Khopoli on the State Highway 92 is a great example of what offbeat truly means. Located near the famous Imagica Waterpark, som 2.5 hours from both, Mumbai and Pune, the place has zero mobile connectivity and a 100 percent natural beauty surrounding it.

    Lying in an unmatched solitude, the campsite has a beautiful background of the Lonavala Mountains and an ambiance of green all around it. You will stay in cozy two-man tents and will enjoy some of the most delicious delicacies in food, in both Veg and Non-Veg options while you are here. The campsite has common washrooms that are maintained all the team for their cleanliness.

    To keep you entertained at all times, the campsite offers a number of hiking trails all around it, especially one that takes you to the beautiful natural rock pool for a quick dip. If it rains, you will have the perfect moments for pictures as numerous small streams and waterfalls erupt all around the campsite. Apart from these, you can also enjoy kayaking in the nearby river.

    About the Activity:
    - Arrive at the campsite and after getting freshened up, start with the activities arranged for you here, like trekking to the rock pool or nature treks.
    - When you come back in the evening, you will be greeted with a warm bonfire running at the campsite. You can sit around it and enjoy the company of everyone. 
    - Dinner will be served here and you can then retire for the night. Wake up to the beautiful Lonavala Hills around you covered in greenery, spend some time here before checking out and bringing the experience to an end.

    Check-in: 4 PM
    Check-out: 11 AM
  • 11Glamping Experience Near Mumbai - Flat 20% Off

    Glamping Experience Near Mumbai - Flat 20% Off
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    When you combine camping with the luxury way living, it gives us the trendy new way of vacationing; Glamping. In short, it is the more glamorous way of camping. And glamping near Mumbai is possible thanks to this brilliant campsite near the region of Vasind. 

    To give you the complete experience of luxury, the campsite comes complete hammocks to lie down in under the shade of the many trees planted here. It can be an amazing experience to spend an amazing starry night in these hammocks. And the views don't just end there. The campsite is just next to the Bhatsai river, offering amazing views of the river as you leisurely sit in the camps enjoying the view.

    Speaking about the living space, the comfortable twin sharing Glamping tents that come with all the modern amenities. The washrooms on the property are housed in a separate complex and maintained properly in their hygiene. The food served here is delectable, with options in Veg and Non-Veg food available. 

    And to make your stay here even more wonderful, you can indulge in the many wonderful activities here like hiking trails nearby, river dips, and short treks. And if that is not enough, you can get extremely dirty and enjoy it all in the mud puddle here, which is a great way to beat the heat, shall you ever feel any in the pleasant weather of this place.

    About the Activity:
    - Arrive at the campsite and after getting freshened up, start with the activities arranged for you here, like swimming in the river or nature treks.
    - When you come back in the evening, you will be greeted with a warm bonfire running at the campsite. You can sit around it and enjoy the company of everyone. 
    - Dinner will be served here and you can then retire for the night. Wake up to the mesmerizing scene of the Bhatsai river flowing right past the campsite.

    Check-in: 4 PM
    Check-out: 11 AM
  • 12Kamshet

    Kamshet
    Image Credit : Karthik Chandrasekariah - Fllickr

    Nestled in the Pune district of Maharashtra, Kamshet is one of the most crowd-pleasing weekend getaways from Mumbai. It is situated at a distance of 16 km from the twin hill stations of Khandala and Lonavla. The natural beauty of the surroundings of Kamshet and the charming little villages that comprise of houses made of mud and thatched roofs hold a special allure for travellers from all over the country and the world. The nearest railhead is the Kamshet railway station which runs parallel to the River Indrayani. The hills along this route have a number of ancient cave temples, colonial hill stations and hill fortresses.

    Another prominent setting for the spot is Shelar, which is situated at a distance of just 8 km from the highway. It offers the perfect conditions for thermal paragliding and soaring. Paragliders can take off from 175 feet or more because of the perfect landscape. The Kondeshwara Cliff is ideal for those who have enough experience to take on tough challenges. It is situated at a distance of 20 km from Kamshet and tourists can take off from a height of 2200 feet and soar above the breath-taking landscape of this beautiful destination.

    Kamshet is perfect for ridge and thermal soaring and is ideal for basic, intermediate and cross-country paragliding expeditions. Tourists can happily soar over the picturesque Pawna Lake and glide over the beautiful scenery of the region. Due to the popularity of paragliding in the region, Kamshet is also known as the ‘Paraglider’s Paradise.’ There are several places of interest such as the Karla Caves, Bedsa Caves, the Bhaja Caves and the Kondeshwar Temple. This is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai.

    Activities in KamshetThere are several activities that tourists can enjoy at Kamshet. Paragliding is a rage here as the destination provides world class paragliding facilities. For this reason, a large number of enthusiasts and flying sport aficionados visit Kamshet throughout the year for paragliding sessions.

    Paragliding is an enjoyable experience here as it is surrounded by green ambling hills, beautiful paddy and sunflower fields. There are a couple of places in Kamshet which are perfect for this adventure activity. Tower Hill is just perfect for hand gliding.

    Type of Destination: Adventure Activities, Hiking.

    Distance: 100kms via Mumbai- Pune Expy

    Best time to visit: One should visit Kamshet during cool winters and warm summers.

    Paragliding in Kamshet

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  • 13Kolad

    Kolad

    Situated on the banks of Kundalika River, Kolad has become popular as one of the places to visit near Mumbai and is known as Maharashtra’s white-water rafting capital. Whether you are a solo traveller or like planning vacations with family and friends, this tiny village is an ideal getaway.

    Kolad railway station is a landmark as it is the first station on the Konkan Railway line. Participate in various adventure sports or spend some ‘me-time’ in nature’s lap, you are sure to return to Kolad for more. Be sure to make an advance booking for white water rafting so that you don’t return disappointed.

    Attractions:
    Tamhini Ghat Waterfall, Ghosala Fort, Sutarwadi Lake, Devkund Waterfalls, Bhira Dam

    Activities:
    Kundalika River White Water Rafting, Kayaking, Jet Skiing, Plus Valley Trek, Riverside Camping

    Type of destination:
    Adventure Sports

    Distance from Mumbai:
    122 kms

    Best time to visit:
    June to March

  • 14Matheran

    Matheran
    Image Credit :  Harsha S

    Matheran is a celebrated hill station and a great weekend getaway from Mumbai. It is situated in the Karjat tehsil of Maharashtra and is also the smallest hill station in India. Situated in the lush green Western Ghats, the elevation of the region is around 80 m above sea level, at a distance of 90 km from Mumbai and 120 km from Pune.

    The name of the place means ‘forest on the forehead.’ Matheran has been declared as an eco-sensitive region by the Ministry of Environment and Forests and is Asia’s only automobile free hill station.

    There are several viewpoints in this dream-like place and the most visited and is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai among them is the Panorama Point which provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding area and the Neral town. Amazing views of sunset and sunrise can also be enjoyed from here. Another point called the Louisa Point offers a stunning view of the Prabal Fort. The other important points include the One Tree Hill Point, Hart Point, Monkey Point, Porcupine Point, Rambagh point etc

    Matheran is an eco-sensitive region and the only automobile allowed in the region is an ambulance owned and operated by the Municipality. No private vehicles are allowed in here and the main modes of transportation are horses and hand pulled rickshaws. Matheran is a treasure trove of medicinal plants and herbs. It also has a huge population of monkeys including Bonnet macaques and Hanuman langurs.

    Activities: It is a pure treat for trekkers. There are a lot of trekking opportunities. Other activities that can be enjoyed include Valley Crossing & Horse Riding.

    Type of Destination: Trekking, Adventure, Kid Friendly.

    Distance: 83 km  via Sion-Panvel Expy 

    Best time to visit: June-September is the best time to visit Matheran.

    Also, check best places to visit in Mumbai for amazing trip ton Mumbai.
    Day Trek to Matheran

    Day Trek to Matheran

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  • 15Sunrise Kalsubai Trek, Igatpuri | Book @ ₹1200 Only!

    Sunrise Kalsubai Trek, Igatpuri | Book @ ₹1200 Only!
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    Fixed Departure on every Saturday Night

    About Kalsubai Trek:

    Kalsubai with the height of 1646m [5400Feets] is famous as one of the highest peaks in Maharashtra. Kalsubai lies in the Sahyadri mountain range. This being the highest peak, it commands a beautiful view. Since Kalsubai is extremely famous, enough effort has been made to make this trek easy.

    There are steel railings, chains, and ladders at places where it is difficult to trek to Kalsubai Peak. 
    At a height of 5200 feet, one will trek to Kalsubai and observe the pristine nature seamlessly, though the ascents are imposing medium level challenge, there are railings and stone steps to reach the top.

    Here is a two-day trekking and camping trip starting from Mumbai or Pune after you meet your guide and fellow team members in the early morning at 00:15 AM and reach to Kasara from where the public transport will be used to reach Bari Village.

    Head to Bari Village which is the base of the 
    Kalsubai trek and the next morning, you will start walking for 1 hour and 30 minutes to climb the slopes and reach the topmost part where a red-walled temple is situated.

    Return by late night to Mumbai or Pune after the exciting trip.

    The package includes food, accommodation, guide, adventure and transportation for the whole trekking to Kalsubai.

  • 16Durshet

    Durshet
    Image Credit : Aditya Patawari - Flickr

    Another destination near Mumbai which is a great place to spend some time with nature is Durshet. Durshet is a little town found on the banks of the Amba River, settled in the Sahyadri scopes of Maharashtra. Since it is close to Mumbai and Pune it serves as the weekend getaway for individuals to move far from the swarmed urban communities. It is one of the best places for trekking near Mumbai.

    It is village can be found between the Ganesh temple of Pali and Mahad and is recently off the interstate close to the town of Khopoli. It is generally critical place as it filled in as a front line when Shivaji Maharaj battled Kartalab Khan for Umbarkhind in the late 1600s. It is one of the 169 towns of Pen Block of Raigarh region. This is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai so head out to this wonderful destination to witness the beauty of nature. The vast greenery and the scenic views make it all more amazing as you head out for sightseeing. 

    Activities: While you visiting Durshet indulge in some activities like trekking, hiking, rafting, kayaking

    Location: Durshet is located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra state, India.

    Distance: Distance of Durshet to Mumbai is 76 km.

    Best time to visit: During the month of September to February

    Type of Destination: Trekking, Hiking, Friends and Family Getaway.

    Here are the best things to do in Mumbai which you should never miss on your trip.

  • 17Malshej Ghat

    Malshej Ghat
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    The Malshej Ghat is a beautiful mountain pass in the Western Ghats in Maharashtra. Situated in the Thane district, the site is a well-known weekend place to visit near Mumbai. It is best recognized for its natural beauty.

    Being a part of the Western Ghats, the Malshej Ghat abounds in flora and fauna, especially birdlife which includes species such as cuckoos, flamingos, crakes, rails and quails. The scenic place is situated near the borders of the Thane and Ahmednagar districts.

    Situated at a distance of 154 km from Mumbai and 130 km from Pune, the destination is well connected by rail, road and airways. The nearest railhead to Malshej Ghat is Kalyan.  By road, it can be reached by the NH 3 that will take you to Bhiwandi.  From Bhiwandi, take the road to Murbad to reach Malshej Ghat.

    Malshej ghat attracts tourists from all over the country and the world because of its breath-taking beauty. It is from here, you can view the lush valleys of the Western Ghats. The region is also famous for its dark woods and the wildlife residing in them. The wildlife here includes animals and birds such as peacocks, rabbits, leopards and tigers.

    The birthplace of the great Maratha warrior Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj, the Shivneri Fort, is another major tourist attraction. The fort is situated at a distance of 40 km from Malshej Ghat. There are other places of interest too near this charming land. One of them is the Khireshwar Village, which is situated at a distance of just 2 to 3 km from Malshej Ghat.

    The hamlet is famous for its beautiful waterfalls in the hilly regions which are situated very close to the highway and hence can be viewed easily. The destination attracts a large number of migratory birds from Siberia from July to September. The most attractive phenomenon in the region is the mating dance of the flamingo birds.

    Activities: Trek to Harishchandragad Fort, Rock Climbing at Ajoba Hill Fort, Trekking & Birdwatching.

    Type of Destination: Adventure Activities, Kid Friendly

    Distance: 130 Kms

    Best time to visit: Winter Season


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  • 18Pune

    Pune

    The second largest city in Maharashtra, Pune is one of the most frequented places to visit near Mumbai. A major seat of Maratha history, Pune has a number of forts that speak of the valour of the Marathas.

    There are also a number of religious sights for those who wish to offer their prayers. With a number of prominent colleges and education institutes in the city, Pune is also called the ‘Oxford of the East’. Known in popular culture as the centre of Shivaji’s empire and because of the infamous Bajirao-Mastani love story, Pune remains the cultural and political hub of Maharashtra.

    Attractions:
    Aga Khan Palace, Shaniwar Wada, Mulshi Lake, Sinhagad Fort, Rajmachi Fort, Dagdusheth Halwai Ganpati Temple, Mastani Mahal

    Activities:
    Hadsar Trek, Chavand Trek, Korigad Trek, Purandar Trek, Rajgad Trek

    Type of destination:
    Trekking

    Distance from Mumbai:
    147.8 kms

    Best time to visit:
    July to February


  • 19Palghar

    Palghar
    Image Credit : Nagraj Salian - Flickr

    On the outskirts of Mumbai’s suburbs, the small town of Palghar makes for a convenient holiday visit. Its less crowded streets and peaceful ambiance is just what the city-dwellers seek for a relaxed and laid back vacation. This is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai.

    Attractions: One of the weekend getaways from Mumbai close by, Kelva and Mahim beaches are ideal for watching the mesmerising view of sunset. Kelva and Shirgaon forts, though in ruins, are good for a day trip from the town. Kelva Dam is a popular picnic spot near Mumbai which is frequented by locals on weekends.

    Activities: Explore the two forts that stand in this region. Visit a fishing village near the beaches and enjoy a family outing at the dam or on the sandy beaches.

    Type of Destination: Historic, beach, family and kid friendly.

    Distance from Mumbai: 109 kms

    Best time to Visit: June to September and November to February

  • 20Alibaug

    Alibaug
    Image Credit : Alosh Bennett - Flickr

    One of the weekend getaways near Mumbai, Alibag is approachable either by road or by a ferry from the Gateway of India in South Mumbai. For those with an interest in history, this holiday site even has an old fort that was built during Shivaji’s rule.

    Attractions in AlibaugReligious locations in Alibag include Kanakeshwar Devasthan temple and Vikram Vinayak temple. Less than 30 kms away is the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary, while the historic Kulaba Fort is situated 1-2 kms inside the sea and one can walk up to it when the tide is low. Alibag has many beaches in its vicinity that include the Versoli Beach, Nagaon Beach, Akshi Beach and Kashid Beach.

    Another hill for not too far from here is the Sagargad which is in ruins but worth visiting. En route to this place, one can come across a seasonal waterfall nearby.

    Activities: Enjoy the pristine environs of the beach, try seafood, take a dip in the sea waters, walk up to the Kulaba Fort when the sea water is low. Bird watching in the Phansad Sanctuary will appeal to nature and bird lovers.

    Type of Destination: Beach, historic, family and kids-friendly 

    Distance from Mumbai: 95 kms

    Best time to Visit: November to July

  • 21Karjat

    Karjat
    Image Credit : Abhijit Tembhekar - Flickr

    Karjat sprawls over Bhorghat, Sahayadri and the Western Ghats and the end of the coastal plains of the Konkan region near Deccan. The city has an average elevation of 636 feet and is situated on the banks of the River Ulhas. Besides its natural beauty, Karjat is one of the best places to visit near Mumbai and attracts a lot of tourists because of the innumerable possibilities it offers for adventure sports activities near Mumbai such as river rafting, trekking, hiking and mountain climbing. During the rainy season, families throng in here for a holiday. 

    Several people from the nearby cities of Mumbai, Pune, Thane, etc. have summer homes in Karjat, which are used to celebrate festivals and holidays. One of the major tourist attractions in here is Art Director Nitin Chandrakant Desai’s ND Studio. Karjat served as the backdrop for the movie Slumdog Millionaire. Several international production houses such as Twentieth Century Fox, Walt Disney and DreamWorks are setting up their facilities in this scenic place. The city also has the largest chain of farm houses in Asia.

    Activities: A lot of tourists find Karjat attractive because of the trekking possibilities there. The major trekking trails in the region include Matheran via Rambagh point, Peth Fort and Chanderi Fort.

    In the monsoons, white water river rafting is a very popular sport in the upper sections of the River Ulhas. The best time for this water sport is from July to September. There are several places of interest in and around Karjat such as the Ulhas Valley, Bhor Ghat, Kondana Caves, Peth Fort etc.

    Type of Destination: Trekking, Family & Kid Friendly.

    Distance: 62 kms Via Sion-Panvel EXpy

    Best time to visit: During the monsoons
  • 22Revdanda Beach

    Revdanda Beach

    Looking for some scenic beach with some isolation then here you have the best beach for your getaway. Revdanda Beach is an isolated beach in this area. The sand is dark in shading, which gives it an exceptional look. The shoreline is an essential piece of individuals in Revdanda, its one of the spots where people come for a break away from the busy scheduled life. 

    As Revdanda lies in beach front fish curry and rice forms are the people living in the Savarkut Village. Make some good memories with your friends and family while you visit this amazing destination. One can also try various activities like camping, trekking and hiking. Camping by the beach is one of the most proffered activities here.

    Activities: Get ready to experience the fun while Camping under a clear night sky or Trekking or Hiking to the fort which is very near to the beach.

    Location: The beach is located in a village near Alibaug,

    Best time to visit: During the month of June to September

    Type of Destination: Trekking, Hiking, Adventure Activities.

    Distance: 125 Kms

    Spend some time on the beaches in Mumbai away from the buzz of the city.

  • 23Savarkut Village

    Savarkut Village

    When we talk about village the sweet breeze of countryside always bring a certain joy in our hearts. Well, then this time mix your sweet sides and adventure together as you visit this wonderful village Savarkut Village nearby Mumbai. For the adventure buff, there is another destination which is must visit for you. The lush Savarkut village set on the banks of River Vaitarna amongst Mumbai and Nashik.

    Savarkut Village is encompassed by Oras Taluka towards South, Malvan Taluka towards west, Vaibhavawadi Taluka towards North, Deogad Taluka towards west. One won’t find these places on Google maps, yet rafting in the rough waters of Vaitarna is the experience which will be remembered for a lifetime. Head out for white water rafting and pass through the Savarkut Village which is known for its beauty.

    Rafting is basically done some slow and rapid waters of the river, making the experience both riveting and exciting for people. Amid the monsoon season, the river is in full flow as it lusciously passes the rugged hilly paths through the lush fields of the village.  For those of you who are not just looking for kayaking and rafting, they can definitely head out for some exciting waterfall rappelling.

    Activities: There is no doubt in that Savarkut Village is very famous for white water rafting. One can also try some other activities like kayaking, rappelling, trekking, hiking etc.

    Location: Savarkut Village is located at a distance of 110 km from Mumbai

    Best time to visit: During the month of June to August.

    Type of Destination: Rafting, Trekking, Hiking and other adventure activities

  • 24Dahanu

    Dahanu

    Further north of Palghar is the coastal town of Dahanu, which borders the neighbouring state of Gujarat. Its flower gardens, fruits orchards and coconut groves not only benefit the place commercially, but also add to its beauty and charm.

    Attractions: Dahanu’s long stretch of beach is unspoilt and clean. One can easily spend a day here, relaxing on the sandy shore and gazing out at the vast Arabian Sea. The 400 year old Dahanu Fort stands at the sea shore and has a temple adjacent to it. A Jain temple, Asavli Dam and Kalpataru Botanical gardens are other attractions, making it among the ideal weekend getaways from Mumbai. 

    Activities: Go for a stroll along the beach that is lined with Casuarina trees. Swim in the placid waters of the Arabian Sea. Watch the sun go down over the horizon in the evening.

    Type of Destination: Beach, family and kid friendly.

    Distance from Mumbai: 136 kms

    Best time to Visit: October to March

  • 25Jawhar

    Jawhar
    Image Credit : Abhishek Kumar - Flickr

    This quaint and pretty hill station has a deep-rooted cultural background since it is where the Warli tribe resides. The Warli paintings, a traditional craft of this tribe has achieved fame far and wide for its unique designs and unusual themes. These designs are now replicated on different products even outside this region.

    Attractions: Jawhar’s attractions include the tribal heritage tour where one gets to view the ancestral residence of the tribal people and their customs. There are a number of well-known ancient temples, waterfalls and viewpoints in here. Jai Vilas Palace and Bhupatghad Fort are small monuments with a historic connect. There are also a few water reservoirs in Jawhar that are located at attractive places and are frequented by tourists for picnics.   

    Activities: Looking around and discovering the hidden destinations within this hill station makes for a full-day activity. One can also go trekking in the hills of Jawhar or head to the areas around the reservoirs for a picnic.

    Type of Destination: Family and kid-friendly, historic and trekking in Mumbai.

    Distance from Mumbai:155 kms

    Best time to Visit: September to April

  • Weekend Getaways Within 300 Kms

  • 26Bhandardara

    Bhandardara

    Situated at a distance of 165 km from Mumbai, Bhandardara is one of the most sought-after weekend places near Mumbai. It is a holiday resort village which is situated along the River Pravara and promises a number of natural wonders such as lush greenery, waterfalls, mountains and peace and tranquillity. Some of the famous spots here include the Bhandardara Lake and the Randha Falls. Bhandardara has a lot to offer. There are various resorts near Mumbai where you can go for a weekend and chill yourself.

    According to popular belief, Shri Agasthi Rishi meditated here for a year, surviving only on air and water. Through his efforts, he pleased God who came down to Earth and blessed the sage with a stream of the River Ganga. This is stream is now called the River Pravara. There are several tourist places in and around Bhandardara. Mount Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra and has an elevation of 5,400 feet is one of the most popular tourist spots. The summit also makes for the ideal trekking destination.

    The other places of interest include Ghatghar, the Randha Falls, the Arthur Lake, the Ratnagad Fort and the Wilson Dam. Ghatghar is situated at a distance of 22 km from Bhandardara and is a great viewpoint in the area. Tourists throng to this destination to enjoy a panoramic view of the Sahayadri Range. The Randha Falls is formed as the River Pravara descends down a height of 170 feet into a deep gorge. 

    The Arthur Lake is a beautiful lake which is bounded by the thick forests of the Sahayadri Range. The Wilson Dam is another popular tourist place in Bhandardara. Built over the River Pravara, it stands at a height of 150 m and is one of the oldest dams in the country. There are several other places too in Bhandardara which attract a lot of tourists from all nearby cities and all over the country and the world. These places include destinations such as Agasti Rishi Ashram, Amriteshwar Temple and the Sandhan Valley.

    Activities: Trekking, Camping & Star-Gazing

    Type of Destination: Adventure, Family & Kid Friendly

    Distance: 165 kms

    Best time to visit: The best time to visit the falls is during the monsoons when the spray is in full fury.
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  • 27Nashik

    Nashik
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    A popular and favoured weekend getaway from Mumbai, Nashik is the largest city in Northern Maharashtra and the third largest district in the state. It is situated on the banks of the River Godavari and is the highest producer of onions and grapes in the country.It also has bagged the title for being the Most Tourist Friendly City in India and hence attracts innumerable tourists from all over the country and the world

    The area of Panchavati is of particular religious importance for Hindus. The Kalaram Temple is situated in here hosts the Kumbh Mela, the largest religious congregation in the world. It is held once in 12 years in the cities of Nashik, Haridwar, Allahabad and Ujjain.

    Nashik is also famous for its grapes and onions. This city is called the ‘Wine Capital of India’ due to its flourishing wine industry.

    There are several places of interest in Nashik. Some of them are lesser known destinations and hence are untouched by mass tourism. One such place is the stone museum or the Gargoti Museum. It is situated at a distance of 32 km from Nashik and has a large collection of zeolites that are similar to diamonds and other precious stones.

    The Coin Museum is another one of the popular tourist spot here. It is the only one of its kind in Asia and hence attracts a large number of people from all over the world. Also found in this verdant region is the cascading Durgawadi Fall. Located at a distance of about 30 km from the city, the best time to visit it is during the monsoons.

    Activities: Wine Tour, Trekking

    Type of Destination: 
    Kid Friendly, Family

    Distance: 
    167 Kms

    Best time to visit: 
    October to March
  • 28Bordi

    Bordi
    Image Credit : Adam Cohn - Flickr

    As one goes north from Dahanu, along the seashore, one would reach the beachside getaway called Bordi. Its beach, which has black sands and shallow waters, is pristine and less crowded than most other beaches in this region. 

    Attractions: Bahrot Caves, which are of religious significance for the Parsi community, is located close by. Other attractions in Bordi are the Dahanu fort, Asavali dam and a Jain temple which can be covered in a day-long trip.

    Activities: The idyllic beachfront of Bordi is good for a leisurely stroll with an occasional dip in the sea waters. One can unwind at the Dahanu Beach that is quite close by.

    Type of Destination: Beach, family and kid friendly.

    Distance from Mumbai: 153 kms

    Best time to Visit: October to March

  • 29Wai

    Wai

    Wai is a small hamlet known for its temples. Wai is the place alluded to as Charanpur in the hit Shah Rukh flick 'Swades'. Menavali ghat is the most prominent touring goal in Wai separated from the backwaters of Dhom Dam and the well known "Dholya" Ganpati temple situated close by the Krishna River. Known for its seven ghats namely Gangapuri, Madhi Aali, Ganapati Aali, Dharmapuri, Brahmanshahi, Ramdoh and Bhimkund attracts a lot of tourists here. 

    Numerous temples are situated around these Ghats. Pandhavgarh Fort is another nearby attraction here which is known for trekking. Situated graciously on the banks of the Krishna River, the city of Wai was also known as 'ViratNagari' during the ancient times.

    Activities:  While in Wai you can indulge into some of the camping and adventure activities. Camping near Mumbai is quite popular and famous among youngsters. In addition to exciting options like raft building, River crossing and trekking, you can also enjoy star gazing, ATV rides and kayaking while in Wai.

    Location: Distance from Mumbai is 231.3 km

    Best time to visit: October to February

    Type of Destination: Trekking, pilgrimage and adventure activities.

    Distance: 230 Kms

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  • 30Raigad

    Raigad
    Image Credit : Ankur Pr - Flickr

    Dating back to the 17th century, Raigad was the capital of the Maratha King Shivaji. The fort here is built at an altitude of 2700 feet above sea level on the Sahyadri Mountains. Visitors can opt to climb up the 1737 steps to reach it or else can ride the cable car which makes for an enjoyable trip. This place is among best tourist places near Mumbai so head out and experience the real thrill.

    Attractions: Though most of the fort’s interiors are in ruins now, some of the structures are still clearly visible. These include the queen’s chambers, main palace, three watch towers, the market area, granaries, the public ‘durbar’ and an artificial lake. All these make for an interesting peek into the life and times of royalty in the olden days.

    Activities: Hike up to the fort and get a panoramic view of the terrain below. View the historic structures within the fort that was once the home of the famous Shivaji.

    Type of destination: Historic, trekking, family & kid-friendly

    Distance from Mumbai: 103 kms

    Best time to Visit: September to November

  • 31Murud-Janjira Fort

    Murud-Janjira Fort
    Image Credit : Vikas Rana - Flickr

    Just off the coast of a village named Murud is an island where the Murud-Janjira fort stands. With an interesting history behind it, this weekend getaway from Mumbai is also appealing for its architecture and construction. This place is among best places to visit near Mumbai so head out and experience the real thrill.

    Attractions: The forts humungous walls and 19 bastions are a sight to behold as they stand in impressive splendor even today. This marine fort remained unconquered throughout its past existence and one can reach it today by boats to marvel at its architecture. Murud Beach is a beautiful one and overlooks the fort too. Kasa Fort and Ahmedganj Palace are historical monuments that can be included on your day trip around the fort.

    Type of Destination: Historic, beach, family and kid friendly. 

    Distance from Mumbai: 148 kms

    Best time to Visit: October to March

  • 32Silvassa

    Silvassa

    Silvassa is the capital of the Dadra and Nagar Haveli, which is a Union Territory of India. The city was known as Vila de Paco d’Arcos during the Portuguese rule. It gained much importance in 1885 when the Portuguese decided to transfer the administration of Nagar Haveli into it.

    Silvassa was only a small village till the 19th century and a lot of developments started happening once the seat of power was changed. It became a town in 1885 and today, has a number of factories and industries that generate enough government revenue and help the town maintain a low level of taxation.

    Attractions: There are several places of interest in here which make it a popular weekend getaway near Mumbai. Situated very close to the Silvassa bus stand is a Roman Catholic Church which is noted for its beautiful Portuguese architecture. The Silvassa Museum is another popular tourist destination and it bears exhibits and artefacts which explain the history of the town and the culture of its people. The Madhuban Dam is where visitors flock to. The Dam is built over the River Daman Ganga and boating facilities have been arranged for tourists on the river.

    -Some of the other places of interest in the town include the Dadra Park, Dudhani, Vrindaban Temple, Balaji Temple and the Ban Ganga Lake

    Type of Destination: Family, Kid-friendly

    Distance from Mumbai: 167 kms

    Best time to visit: Between November & June
  • 33Lavasa

    Lavasa
    Image Credit : Himanshu Sarpotdar - Flickr

    The planned city of Lavasa is a hidden gem amongst the hills of Western Ghats. It is placed quite close to the Varasgaon Dam and the winding roads that leads up to it are popular with long-distance bikers. The mountains in this region are covered in dense vegetation and coupled with a pleasant weather makes this place one of the perfect weekend getaways near Mumbai. So, Head out to this beautiful tourist place near Mumbai.

    Attractions: The Mose River has the Varasgaon Dam built across it is the main attraction in this region. There are a number of parks and gardens in Lavasa where one can go for picnics and family outings. A musical fountain and laser animation show is engaging for visitors of all ages.

    Activities: The forest cover in Lavasa has some nature trails where one can take a walk. Water based activities including jet skiing, kayaking and boating are possible in the lake here. Adventure activities like rock climbing, rappelling and trekking are also organized here.

    Type of destination: Trekking, family and kid friendly.

    Distance from Mumbai: 186 kms

    Best time to Visit: Throughout the year

  • 34Daman

    Daman
    Image Credit : Rajarshi MITRA - Flickr

    Daman is a famous for a weekend getaway from Mumbai. It is a city in the Union territory of Daman and Diu. The city is divided into two parts by the Daman Ganga River. The two halves of the city are called the Nanidaman and Motidaman. Nanidaman is the larger of the two towns and has most of the important hospitals, supermarkets and major residential area.

    Motidaman is the older town and is inhabited mostly by fishermen and government officers. Both the towns were earlier connected by two bridges, one meant for light vehicles and the other meant for heavy vehicles. The smaller of the two bridges collapsed in 2004 and efforts were repeatedly made to make the structure stronger. However, now the bridge has been closed to the public. A new bridge called the Rajiv Gandhi Setu has been built to connect both the towns.

    Daman is situated at a distance of 171 kilometres from Mumbai and forms an important manufacturing hub along with Vapi, Silvassa, Billimora and Bhilad Sarigam. The history of Daman is quite interesting. Portuguese explorer Diogo de Melo arrived at this place by chance in 1523.

    The city became a Portuguese colony for almost 400 years. In the 16th century, a large fort was built in Motidaman to protect the colony from the Mughals. The fort still stands in Daman today and most of the government offices have been established inside the fort.

    The local population of Daman consists mainly of fishermen called Tandels. The demography is a mix of Hindus, Muslims and Christians. This picturesque land attracts a large number of people from the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Maharashtra.

    Apart from its scenic beauty, one major reason for the high inflow of tourists is the freedom to drink liquor. As alcohol is prohibited in the neighbouring state of Gujarat, Daman finds great popularity among tourists. There are two beaches in Daman which are great tourist spots namely The Devka beach in Nanidaman and the Jampore Beach in Moti Daman.

    Activities: Parasailing, Water Skiing, Adventure Cycling

    Type of Destination: Kid Friendly, Family & Adventure

    Distance: 171 Kms

    Best time to visit: October-April
  • 35Harishchandragad

    Harishchandragad
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    Another weekend gateway near Mumbai which is a must visit for you is the Harishchandragad. Harishchandragad is an ancient fort not very far from Malshej. There are temples and a cave in its vicinity too. Plenty of waterfalls of varied sizes flows in this area, especially full after the rains. Shivneri Fort, the birthplace of the Maratha ruler Shivaji, is around 30km from Malshej and can be included on your itinerary when you are touring this area. Harishchandragad is a hill fort in the Ahmednagar, Maharashtra. 

    This fort is a standout amongst the most difficult treks in the Western Ghats. This site is very popular among climbers and experienced trekkers; Nalichi Vaat includes a close to 80-degree climb, including steep shake patches. The trail starts on a stream bed loaded with vast man-sized rocks and in the long run prompts the foot of the crevasse. Go out and experience the real thrill by exploring this tourist place near Mumbai.

    Activities: Head out for a bird watching and wildlife viewing in the forests trek up to and explore the forts and enjoy spectacular views of the valleys and waterfalls.

    Location: In the Western Ghat range, north of Pune

    Distance: 120km

    Best time to visit: Throughout the year

    Type of destination: Historic, family, and kid friendly.

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  • 36Bhimashankar

    Bhimashankar
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    This town is famed as a pilgrimage centre owing to the presence of a Jyotirlinga temple. It is here that the River Bhima originates.

    Attractions: The Jyotirlinga temple, with intricate carvings on its doors and pillars, is crowded with devotees at all times. Bhimashankar Wildlife Reserve, that covers a vast area, is the home of a variety of birds, animals, plants and other beings. Trekkers and naturalists will find a trip to this place a thrilling one. 

    Other spots that can be visited in Bhimashankar are Hanuman Lake and a waterfall nearby, Gupt Bhimashankar (the original site of the Shivalinga) and the starting point of River Bhima.

    Activities: Trekking and wildlife watching in the reserve is ideal for those who are interested in outdoor activities.

    Type of Destination: Pilgrimage, family and kid friendly.

    Distance from Mumbai: 213 kms

    Best time to Visit: August to February

  • 37Saputara

    Saputara

    Saputara is situated in the Dang district of Gujarat. Blessed with natural beauty and scenic splendour, makes it a popular weekend getaways near Mumbai. It is a very popular hill station and is situated on a plateau in the Sahayadri range. With an altitude of about 1000 metres, this idyllic place experiences a salubrious weather and the temperatures rarely exceed 28 degrees.

    The name of the hill station means ‘Abode of the Serpents’. There is an image of a snake along the banks of the River Sarpagana and it is worshipped by adivasis of the region on Holi. Saputara is situated at a distance of about 250 km from Mumbai and 172 km from Surat. The hill station has been well planned and has all necessary amenities such as a museum, ropeways, boat clubs, swimming pools, parks and hotels to entertain tourists.

    There are a number of places for sightseeing in and around this place near Mumbai. The Artist Village is a major attraction. Tribal artefacts, Warli paintings and tribal craft objects are put up on display at the artist village. Tourists can also buy curios and knickknacks from the village. The artist village is one of the best places to learn about the culture and traditions of the natives of the region. For wildlife lovers, trips are arranged to the Vansada National Park. 

    The reserve is much smaller as compared to other national parks in the country. Spread over an area of 24 square kilometres, the Vansada National Park is home to four horned antelopes, giant squirrels, pythons, rusty spotted cats, pangolins, leopards and tigers. The Purna Sanctuary is another tourist attraction of the region. Spread over an area of 160 square kilometres, the sanctuary is a part of the moist deciduous forests in the Western Ghats. Trekking is possible in the sanctuary but prior permission is required for entry. Head out to explore this beautiful tourist places near Mumbai.

    The other highlights of this holiday destination include the Sunrise Point, Sunset Point, Ropeway, Gira Falls, the Rose and Step Gardens.

    Activities: Paragliding, Boating, Trekking

    Type of Destination: Family, Kid Friendly

    Distance: 248 Kms

    Best time to visit: October to February
  • 38Shirdi

    Shirdi

    The town is world-renowned as the place where the temple dedicated to Sai Baba stands. Visited by lakhs of believers, Shirdi is a popular pilgrimage place throughout the year.

    Attractions: The temple complex in Shirdi includes structures like the Samadhi Mandir, Chavadi, Sri Saibaba Sansthan Temple, Gurusthan and Dwarkamai Masjid – all having some connection to the life of the saint. Temples of Lord Ganesha, Shani and Shiva are also sighted in the same area.

    Activities: Offering prayers at the temples and viewing the monuments associated with Sai Baba’s life are the main activities possible at Shirdi.

    Type of Destination: Pilgrimage, family and kid friendly

    Distance from Mumbai: 242 kms

    Best time to Visit: September to March

  • 39Mahabaleshwar

    Mahabaleshwar
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    Mahabaleshwar is a renowned hill station, located in the Western Ghat Ranges in Maharashtra. This misty place boasts of one of the few evergreen forests in the country. It had once served as the summer capital of the Bombay province during the British era. Situated at an elevation of 1,353 metres, the verdant land is a wide plateau surrounded by valleys on all sides.

    The city is the source of the River Krishna that flows across the three states of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Maharashtra. The highest peak in the ranges has an elevation of 4,721 feet and is known as the Wilson or Sunrise Point.

    Mahabaleshwar is a popular hill station near Mumbai. Besides being an important tourist destination, it is also a favourite honeymoon destination and pilgrimage site. The Mahabaleshwar Temple is one of the most popular places in the city. Several visitors visit Mahabaleshwar on their way to Panchgani. The city is also known for its market of strawberries and mulberries. Another major attraction in the city is the Venna Lake. Visitors can enjoy boat rides on the lake or a horse ride next to the lake.

    The most notable feature about Mahabaleshwar is the presence of a number of spots in the city which mark the vantage points from where the beauty of the city can be enjoyed the most. There are as many as 14 points in the city and include the Arthur’s Seat, Kate’s Point, Needle Hole Point, Wilson Point, the Three Monkey Point etc.

    The Arthur’s Seat point has an elevation of 1340 metres and is named after Sir Arthur Mallet. Sir Mallet used to sit at this point and gaze into the River Savitri to which he lost his wife and children in a ferry mishap. The Kate’s Point is situated to the east of Mahabaleshwar and is popular among tourists for its view of the two reservoirs of the region – Balakwadi and Dhom.

    The Needle Hole Point is a very interesting rock formation and is situated near the Kate’s Point. A small hole is formed in the middle of a rock and hence is named so. The Wilson Point is the only point in the city from where both the sun rise and sun set can be viewed. The Three Monkey Point is named so because of three natural stones that resemble Gandhiji’s three monkeys.

    Activities: Rock Climbing, Trekking & Horse Riding

    Type of Destination: Adventure, Family & Kid Friendly

    Distance: 263 Kms

    Best time to visit: March-June
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  • 40Dandeli

    Dandeli

    Some believe that the place was named after Dandelappa, a local deity, while others believe that a king called Dandanayaka named the place while passing through. Whichever legend you believe, Dandeli remains popular when looking for places to visit near Mumbai.

    Attracting adventure lovers all year round, this is possibly the only place where you will trek down towards the centre of the earth rather than trekking up to view points. And the surrounding Western Ghats makes sure that you have the most memorable holiday of your life.

    Attractions:
    Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary, Kavala Caves, Syntheri Rock, Shiroli Peak, Dandelappa Temple, Molangi Falls, Shivaji Fort

    Activities:
    Water Sports at River Kali & Sykes Point, Trekking at Kavala Caves, Wildlife Safari at Anshi National Park, Camping at Kulgi Nature Camp

    Type of destination:
    Trekking and National Reserve

    Distance from Mumbai:
    583 kms

    Best time to visit:
    October to February

  • 41Tarkarli

    Tarkarli
    Image Credit : Nilanjan Sasmal - Flickr

    Known for its unspoilt beach, Tarkarli is a coastal village situated in the Malvan region of Maharashtra. At the nearby beach of Devbaug, Karli River flows before merging with the Arabian Sea. Sindhudurg fort that stands at the periphery of the shore and faces the vast expanse of the blue waters of the sea.

    Attractions: Sindhudurg Fort and a temple dedicated to Shivaji within it are a must-visit place in Tarkarli. Devbaug Beach, Bhogave Beach and Tondavali Beach are where one should head to for indulging in water sports near Mumbai. Bharadi Devi temple, Laxmi Narayana temple and Kunkeshwar temple can be paid a visit during a trip to this weekend getaway from Mumbai.

    Activities: Tarkarli is a good destination for experiencing water activities like scuba diving, snorkeling, rafting, dolphin-spotting and boating.

    Type of Destination: Beach, historic, family and kid friendly

    Distance from Mumbai: 531 kms

    Best time to Visit: October to March


  • 42Dudhsagar Falls

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    Image Credit : Kumaresh Rajarajan - Flickr
    The exquisite Dudhsagar (or sea of milk) Waterfall gushes forth from the high peaks of the Western Ghats on Goa's border with Karnataka state. With a total height of 310 metres (1017 feet) and an average width of 30 metres (100 feet) Dudhsagar is listed as India's fifth tallest waterfall.

    Attractions: 
    This awe-inspiring waterfall holds one under its spell especially in the monsoons when it is in full flow. These energetic and stunning four-tiered falls are the prime attractions for those who take a trip to this area. This waterfall is located within the Bhagwan Mahavir Wild Life Sanctuary, 60 km from Panaji city in Goa.

    Activities: 
    Trekking to Dudhsagar is a popular tourist activity since the area surrounding the fall is covered with deciduous forest which has many species of birds, insects, plants and animal residing in it. Splashing around in the shallow areas around the falls and enjoying the lush surroundings is sure to rejuvenate your senses.

    Type of Destination: Trekking, family and kid friendly

    Distance from Mumbai: 594 kms

    Best time to Visit: October to December

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  • 43Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary

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    Image Credit : Ankur P - Flickr

    Dajipur’s Bison Sanctuary lies at the southern edge of the Sahyadris and has a large population of the Indian bison staying in it. One can come across other animals too when visiting this tourist place.

    Attractions: Radhanagari Wildlife Sanctuary is another place to go looking for wild creatures in natural surroundings. It is around 30 kms from Dajipur. Several tributaries of the river Krishna flow through the sanctuary and these locations attract numerous bird and animal species as important water sources. The ruins of the Shivgad Fort are sited in the heart of the Dajipur Sanctuary and one can walk up to it at an easy pace.

    Activities: Camping, trekking, jungle safaris and bird watching within the sanctuary are popular among the adventure tourists.

    Type of Destination: Trekking, family and kid friendly

    Distance from Mumbai: 465 kms

    Best time to Visit: September to March

  • 44Ratnagiri

    Ratnagiri
    Image Credit : vivek Joshi - Flickr

    Who is not familiar with the name of Alphonso mangoes? And the place of their origin is the port city of Ratnagiri which is enclosed by the Sahyadris Ranges on its East. This weekend getaway near Mumbai has a number of ancient and historically significant monuments that one can tour.

    Attractions: Beach lovers will not run short of places to head to since the Ganapatipule Beach, Anjarle Beach and Guhagar Beach are positioned quite close to Ratnagiri. A fort standing on top of a hill and enveloped by the sea on three sides, Bhagwati Fort or Ratnadurga, is perfect for 2 day trip near Mumbai. Thiba Palace (built for the exiled king of Burma), along with the several temples and mausoleums, are other places of interest.

    Activities: Ratnadurga Fort’s advantageous position at a height that overlooks the sea, gives one an opportunity to see the pretty sight of the sun setting over the horizon. There is also a lighthouse from where one can view the vast expanse of the Arabian Sea.

    Type of Destination: Family and kid-friendly, pilgrimage and historic

    Distance from Mumbai: 335 kms

    Best time to Visit: November to January

  • 45Gokarna

    Gokarna
    Image Credit : Patrik M. Loeff - Flickr

    Another weekend getaway from Mumbai which is a must try for you Gokarna. Gokarna, a little pilgrimage town in Karnataka has developed into a travellers destinations throughout the years, on because of delightful, sandy shorelines. With the coming of foreigners thronging it this quaint little temple town is becoming a lot popular lately. One can also find a lot of restaurants and hotel which provide a comfortable stay.

    The temple town is now an emerging beach destination that offers something to different types of tourists with its natural beauty. Head out to the beach and spend some time enjoy the scenic views. And for the beach lovers, you can also indulge in some beach activities rafting. Gokarna is known as one of the seven essential Hindu pilgrimages. One can find the unspoiled beach of river Aghanashini just here.

    As of late, because of the convergence of vacationers, the character of the town has transformed and has become popular among the people as a tourist hot spot. But one can also see a large number of devotees visit to offer prayers and worship to Lord Shiva. Because of its laid-back, untainted and provincial nature, numerous foreigners started visiting Gokarna about 10 years prior. The shorelines around Gokarna were not basically utilized by local people until the point the western tourists started coming.

    Activities: It is one of the famous places for river rafting near Mumbai, trekking, hiking etc.

    Location: Distance from Mumbai is 705 km

    Best time to visit: During the month of October until March.

    Type of Destination: Trekking, pilgrimage and adventure activities.

    What to see: Places to see in Gokarna

    Where to stay: Best Resorts in Gokarna

    What to do: Adventurous things to do in Gokarna

  • 46Goa

    Goa

    Popular for its beaches and parties, this former Portugese colony has much more to offer. From old forts and churches that boasts of the rich Portuguese history to flea markets for beautiful souvenirs and knick-knacks, Goa is an explorer’s delight.

    And for water sport enthusiasts, Goa is god’s gift to mankind. Paragliding, jet-skiing, scuba diving, you name it and Goa’s got it. And then choose to relax at one of the cafes overlooking one of the beaches, serving a variety of delectable seafood.

    Attractions:
    Fort Aguada, Candolim Beach, Arambol Beach, Tito’s Street, Palolem Beach, Bom Jesus Basilica, The Church of Our Lady of Immaculate Conception, Chapora Fort, Spice Plantations

    Activities:
    Water Sports at Baga Beach and Calangute Beach, Scuba Diving at Grand Island, Dudhsagar Trek, Shopping at Anjuna Flea Market

    Type of destination:
    Beach 

    Distance from Mumbai:
    585 kms

    Best time to visit:
    November to March

  • 47Jaigad

    Jaigad

    Another adventure place which is a must visit for you when you are travelling to Mumbai is Jaigad. Nothing can be a better option for you than exploring the age-old fort here. The meeting point of the rivers Shashtri and the Arabian Sea is called as the creek of Jaigad. Forts were constructed for the protection of the creek, one is Vijaygad at the north direction and the other is Jaigad at the south. is a profound pit (Khandak) around the stronghold on east and north heading. 

    On the correct side of the bastion close to the fundamental entryway, there is a way to go into the profound pit. After entering through this door, steps are there to reach to the strongholds of the fortress. The strongholds are still in solid and sound condition.  Although the fort is much smaller in size as compared to other forts the stronghold is critical in the historical backdrop of Marathas for its area. Other than the fortress, the port of Jaigad is more established than the stronghold and used to be considered as one of the main ports in Western Coast of India.

    Activities: While you visit the Fort you can also head out for trekking and hiking while enjoying the beauty of the region. One can also head out for paragliding nearby.

    Location: Distance from Mumbai is 320 km

    Best time to visit: All year round

    Distance: 310.1 km via NH66

    Type of Destination: Trekking, adventure activities and family outing.

  • 48Ellora

    Ellora
    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers

    Ellora, also known as Elapura and Ellooru, is one is an archaeological site and is situated near Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It was built by the kings of the Rashtrakuta dynasty and is well known for its monumental caves.

    The site has been declared as a World Heritage Site and is considered to be the epitome of Indian rock cut architecture. The location has 34 caves, which are really structures that have been dug out of the face of the Charanandri Hills. It has a number of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain rock cut temples and several viharas and mathas, which are believed to have been built between the 5th and 10th centuries.

    There are as many 12 Buddhist caves, 17 Hindu caves and 5 Jain caves, which are evidence to the religious tolerance existing in the region at that time. It was initially thought that the Buddhist caves were the earliest structures at the site. However, later it was discovered that specific Hindu caves have been existence even before the Buddhist ones. Some of the Buddhist caves have shrines that bear carvings of Gautama Buddha, saints and bodhisattvas.

    Interestingly, in certain places, the artists have tried to make the stone structures look like as if they were made of wood. Among all the Buddhist caves, the most interesting one is the Vishwakarma cave, also called the Carpenter’s Cave.  It has a multi-storey entrance and a cathedral like stupa called the Chaitya. In the centre, there is a 15 foot statue of Buddha sitting in a preaching position. The ceiling has been beautifully carved in a manner to make it look like it is made of wooden beams.

    Among the Hindu caves, the most notable is the Kailasanatha. It is based on the mythological Mount Kailasa, the abode of Lord Shiva. Carved out of one single stone, the monument covers an area double the size of the Parthenon in Athens. Earlier, the temple was covered in white plaster to make it resemble the Mount Kailasa.

    Activities: Cave Exploration

    Type of Destination: Family, Historic & Kid Friendly

    Distance: 350 Kms

    Best time to visit: June-March
  • 49Aurangabad

    Aurangabad
    Image Credit : Andrea Kirkby - Flickr
    Aurangabad’s deep connect with history is proven by the fact that it is named after the Mughal king Aurangzeb. With a large number of old structures, temples, mosques, museums and gardens, a visitor will have plenty to do on their trip here.

    Attractions: 
    The famed Ajanta and Ellora caves stand very close to Aurangabad and one can drive down to these places in a few hours. Bibi ka Maqbara, built during Mughal rule, is similar to the Taj Mahal in appearance. The tomb of Aurangzeb also stands in the city limits of Aurangabad. Aurangabad caves, Daulatabad Fort and Shivaji Museum will be of interest for those on a trip here.

    Activities: Try the local delicacies that reflect the influence of the Mughals and are quite similar to those ofHyderabad. Shop for local textiles like Paithani and Himroo apart from purchasing wares made with Bidri work. Go for sightseeing through the streets of Aurangabad steeped in old-world charm.  

    Type of Destination: Family and kid friendly, historic and pilgrimage.

    Distance from Mumbai: 370 kms

    Best time to Visit: October to March

  • 50Ajanta

    Ajanta
    Image Credit : Ashok Prabhakaran

    The Ajanta Caves are situated in the Aurangabad district in Maharashtra. One of the most visited weekend getaways near Mumbai, it consists of about 300 rock cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BC to about 480 to 650 CE. The caves have a number of paintings and sculptures which have been described as the ‘finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting’ by the Archaeological Survey of India. The Ajanta Caves have been declared as a protected site by the Archaeological Survey of India and have also been included in UNESCO’s list of World Heritage Site.

    The Subterrane is situated at a distance of 100 km from the Ellora caves, which are a cluster of Buddhist caves and Hindu and Jain temples. Situated on the south side of a cliff that is on the south of a gorge on the River Wagura, they were built in two phases.

    Those of the first period or the Satavahana period are believed to have been made during the period 100 BCE to 100 CE. These caves were said to be constructed under the patronage of the Satavahana dynasty. The caves of the later period or the Vakataka period are supposed to have been constructed in the period from 460 to 480 CE during the reign of Emperor Harishena. It is believed that as many as 20 caves were simultaneously created.

    The caves have retained some spectacular murals which speak volumes about the craftsmanship and skill of the artist and the culture and traditions of India at that time. The paintings found in here are of the ‘dry fresco’ type, which means that the paintings were made on a dry plaster surface than on wet plaster. The ceiling also bears beautiful and decorative motifs.

    Activities: Cave Exploration

    Type of Destination: Family, Historic & Kid Friendly

    Distance: 451 Kms

    Best time to visit: June-March
  • 51Champaner

    Champaner
    Image Credit : Arian Zwegers - Flickr

    Quite close to the Gujarat city of Vadodara, Champaner is the location of an archaeological park due to its rich history. Along with the Pavagadh Fort that stands adjacent to it, Champaner is considered to be a historical city full of interesting monuments to see.

    Attractions: The hill fort of Pavagadh is the major attraction at this place. It has a palace and some Hindu and Jain temples in its premises. There is a ropeway that leads to the hilltop where this fort is positioned. Shehar ki Masjid, Jami Masjid, Kevada Masjid and Mahakalika temple are the religious places found here. Jambughoda Wildlife Sanctuary is covered with dense forests and is inhabited by wild creatures.

    Activities: Get a peek into history as you visit the archaeological park at Champaner. Ride in the rope way to reach Pavagadh where you can see the palace and temples. Jungle safari in the sanctuary will keep you engaged for an entire day.

    Type of Destination: Historic, family and kid-friendly

    Distance from Mumbai: 460 kms

    Best time to Visit: October to June

  • 52Amboli

    Amboli
    Image Credit : Ishan Manjrekar - Flickr

    Amboli is another one of the small hill towns that dot the Sahyadri Range. It is close to the tourist hub of Goa and serves as a relaxing getaway that is more secluded than most other holiday destinations.

    Attractions: Since it is an area that receives heavy rains, Amboli’s hill slopes are covered in dense forests interspersed with many waterfalls. These falls, along with the many viewpoints spread at different locations, are the prime attractions for tourists. There is an ancient Shiva temple, called Hiranyakeshwar that stands at the entrance to a cave from where the Hiranyakeshi River emerges.

    Activities: Enjoy the scenic beauty of this small hill station as it is enveloped in a light mist soon after a spell of rains. Go for a picnic at the Nagatta Falls.

    Type of Destination: Family and kid friendly.

    Distance from Mumbai:491 kms

    Best time to Visit: Throughout the year

  • 53Bijapur

    Bijapur
    Image Credit : mafate69 - Flickr

    This city is quite famous for the architectural marvels that stand in its precincts – the most renowned one being the Gol Gumbaz. Most of the monuments here display an Islamic influence since this place was once ruled by Muslim kings.

    Attractions: Gol Gumbaz is where king Adil Shah is buried and is the second largest dome in the world. There is a mosque and museum in its complex too. Taj Bawdi, Ibrahim Rauza, Asar Mahal, Gagan Mahal, Jod Gumbaz, Bara Kaman and Zamia Masjid are other monuments built over several dynastic rules.

    Activities: Visiting the numerous ancient monuments and appreciating their architectural uniqueness would take up two-three days while in Bijapur.

    Type of Destination: Historic, family and kid friendly.

    Distance from Mumbai: 493 kms

    Best time to Visit: October to March

  • 54Kashid

    Kashid

    Standing right on the Arabian Sea, Kashid offers clear white sand and blue water beaches that can give any foreign location a run for their money. Popular for the Murud Janjira Fort, Kashid attracts a large number of tourists every year due to the increasing demand for adventure water sport destinations.

    Alongside, you can also witness some rare species of birds at the Phansad Sanctuary and relive the history of the brave warriors at the Korlai Fort. Enjoy long walks along the sandy beaches, spend some leisurely time as you watch the sun go down and shop for souvenirs made of sea shells and coconut shells at local shops.

    Attractions:
     Kashid Beach, Murud Janjira Fort, Phansad Bird Sanctuary, Korlai Fort, Revdanda Beach and Fort

    Activities:
    Adventure Water Sports, Night Camping, Swimming

    Type of destination:
    Beaches

    Distance from Mumbai:
    125.5 kms

    Best time to visit:
    October to February

  • 55Panchgani

    Panchgani

    The surrounding hills and gorgeous landscapes makes it easy to understand why this beautiful hill station was once the summer capital and retirement home of British officers. This is the perfect holiday destination for those looking to spend some leisurely time away from their busy lives.

    Panchgani attracts a number of tourists every year as it is a popular destination for film shoots. It will not be unnatural if you run into your favourite actors while on holiday. This is also the ideal place for mythology buffs with legends connected to the Pandavas’ exile and Lord Kartikeya waiting to be explored.

    Attractions:
     Sydney Point, Lingmala Falls, Kamalgarh Fort, Rajpuri Cave, Kaas Plateau, Wai, Devil’s Kitchen

    Activities:
    Boating at Dhom Dam and Venna Lake, Trek at Pratapgarh Fort, Sherbaug theme park

    Type of destination:
    Hill station

    Distance from Mumbai:
    244 kms

    Best time to visit:
    September to February

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Dharavi Slum

Dharavi, Asia’s largest slum, invites many curious eyes because of the sheer vastness of it. It is counted among one of the places to visit in Mumbai because of the slum houses as many as a million people crammed in pint-sized houses, dirty bylanes, open drains, and extremely filthy living conditions in average.

Located in the very heart of Mumbai, the Dharavi slum stretches between two of Mumbai’s major rail lines, which is what makes it such a convenient location to travel for work for the folk who live here. In a city where rents are sky high, Dharavi offers rather low rent for people who move into the city.

You can find a room complete with a cooking gas and a small colour TV for as low as 185 rupees a month. Dharavi has many small-scale businesses thriving, manufacturing everything from garments to pots and pans. The products are sold in local as well as international markets, where they are exported.

The annual turnover for these products is as much as 650 million dollars a year. Visit Dharavi to see the lifestyle of those living here, for it is not every day you get to step inside Asia’s largest slum.

Location: Spans over 500 acres in the heart of Mumbai
Best Time to visit: October-March
Entry fee: No entry fee
Timings: Not applicable
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 10.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central
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Elephanta Caves

The Elephanta Caves are a major attraction in Mumbai because of its archaeological significance. This is where the caves are located, must have seen early settlements from 2nd century BC. The caves, however, are estimated to have been constructed sometime between 5th and 6th century AD.

One of the biggest caves here measures about 39 metres from the front to the back. The main body of the Elephanta Cave is about 27 square meters, supported by six rows of pillars. The caves show distinct artistic features from the time of its construction.

The caves feature rock-cut architecture, which makes the entire layout of the caves very interesting. The Elephanta Caves have a combination of sculpture art and aesthetic beauty carved into the rock formations.

This is what makes it popular among archaeologists as well as historians, who wish to find out more about the natives who moved on the Gharapuri Island (Elephanta Caves) in 2nd century BC. Come here to experience the ruins of an ancient world on the Elephanta Island, and see the caves and sculptures in their natural surroundings.

Location: Gharapuri, Maharashtra 
Best Time to visit: October-March
Entry fee: INR 10 (Indian), INR 250 (foreigner), free (child)
Timings: 9AM-5.30PM
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 7.3 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central
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Red Carpet Wax Museum

As the name suggests, the Red Carpet Wax Museum is one of those tourist places in Mumbai that one simply cannot miss because the museum showcases lifelike statues of celebrities and prominent people from all walks of life, such as socialites, politicians, world leaders, scientists, social workers etc. The statues are made to be completely alike the person they have been constructed after, giving a very authentic feel to the statue.

Each statue is surrounded by the necessary ambience to give the statue and its theme a complete look and feel. Any individual can pose with the statues in the museum. The museum was constructed over a period of five years after which it opened its doors to the public in December 2016. The wax museum is one of a kind monument in the city of Mumbai, so make sure you drop by and catch a glimpse of it.

Location: 1st Floor, R City Mall, Lal Bahadur Shastri Marg, Amrut Nagar, Ghatkopar West, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
Entry fee: INR 250 (weekday), INR 350 (weekend)
Timings: 9.45AM-9.30PM
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 20.5 kms from MSRTC Mumbai Central
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Mumbai Dhobi Ghat

A place that’s as unique as it can be, Mumbai’s Dhobi Ghat maintains and lives up to its 140-year-old tradition and profession in the heart of Mumbai city. There are as many as 1026 open “ghats” for washermen to wash clothes in, and almost all of them are occupied at the same time as they beat the dirt out of hundreds and thousands of dirty clothes from the city.

The Mumbai Dhobi Ghat is located very close to the Mahalaxmi railway station. The place is also famed to be the world’s largest washing centre because there’s no such other place for washing clothes in the world. Most of the clothes being washed here come from Mumbai’s hospitals, and hotels.

You can see likes of cleaned clothes and sheets being hung to dry in the open air after they have been thoroughly cleaned. Come here to see a very different face of the city of Mumbai. Lately, it has become a place for tourists to flock in out of sheer curiosity. 

Location: Dr E Moses Road, Mahalaxmi, Mumbai, Maharashtra 
Best Time to visit: October-March
Entry fee: No entry fee
Timings: 4AM-7PM
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 2 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central
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Film City

Home to the film fraternity of the country is perhaps one of the most popular among Mumbai tourist places. The Film City is so vast that more than a thousand sets can be erected here at the same time. Over the last few years, the Film City has become one of the major locations for shooting the Hindi serials.

Film City was built in 1911, under the guidance of veteran actor and producer V. Shantaram. The total area of the place is about 520 acres, built according to the outlines of the film city in California. The film city has elaborate sets of villages, mountains, mansions, gardens, fountains, streams, cities etc. More than 900 Hindi movies and Hindi serials have been shot in the Film City of Mumbai.

The studios are well equipped, complete with the electronic items necessary for shooting and extremely sophisticated instruments that give the kind of quality to the shows shot here, making Bollywood top in the game in the country.

Location: Inside Dadasaheb Phalke Chitranagri Main Gate, Post Aarey Milk Colony, Goregaon East, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: October-March
Entry fee: INR 599-INR 1699 per person
Timings: 10AM-5PM
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 31.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central
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Gateway of India

One of the most visited places in Mumbai, the Gateway of India is counted among Mumbai tourist places that see excellent footfall at any time of the year. The attraction was built by the British in 1919, by the then Governor of Bombay, Sir George Sydenham Clarke, who laid the foundation of the monument in 1911. The plan was approved in 1914, after which construction began. The monument was built to honour the visit of King George V and Queen Mary, who was to arrive at Bombay.

The architectural design of the Gateway of India is done in the Indo-Saracenic style, along with Muslim architectural styles incorporated when it comes to the archways. 
The Elephant Caves are located quite close to the Gateway of India and can be reached via a ferry from here. You can pay the ticket price here and get on a motorboat to reach the Elephant Caves, which takes a little more than an hour to reach, being located 56 kilometres from the monument.

Location: Apollo Bandar, Colaba, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: October-March
Entry fee: No entry fee
Timings: Can visit anytime
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 6.4 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central

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Mumbai Dabbawala Center

The dabbawalas of Mumbai have long been a centre of curiosity among the people because of their accurate delivery system that has been never altered its professionalism over the last 125 years. The Mumbai Dabbawala Center is definitely one of the places to visit in Mumbai. The Mumbai Dabbawala Centre originally started out as a one-man army, when a Parsi banker wanted to eat homemade food and gave this task to Mumbai’s first dabbawala.

His idea was appreciated by others and soon, more office goers joined in the demand for home cooked food that had to be delivered in office, giving rise to a business that has famously become a case study in universities across the world, who try to learn and decode the Mumbai Dabbawalas’ exceptional accuracy in delivering the tiffin boxes.

At present, the Mumbai Dabbawala Center has as many as 5000 dabbawalas who deliver food from home to office every day with the kind of constant accuracy they have mastered over more than a century.

Location: 23, Navyug Mansion, Sleater Road, Naushir Bharucha Marg, Opposite Krishna Palace Hotel, Grant Road, Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
Entry fee: No entry fee
Timings: Not applicable
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 2.1 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central
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Victoria Terminus

Formerly known as Victoria Terminus, the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus is Mumbai’s outstanding railway station. Although this is a railways station and not primarily counted among places to visit in Mumbai, this building, designed by British architect FW Stevens, sports excellent Victorian Gothic Revival architectural style.

The designs are based on medieval Italian models, known as High Victorian Gothic Design, is remarkable. The domes, corridors, arches, and turrets are therefore distinct and prominently archaic. The construction of the building began in 1878, taking up to a decade to complete. Numerous British architects and Indian craftsmen worked day and night to give the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus the definition of what it is today.

This is why the architectural style doesn’t just boast of Victorian style, there’s a distinctive feature of Indian architecture in the building as well, making it one of the attractions in Mumbai for history lovers and architects who love to study the significance of various architectural styles in the building.

Location: Opposite BMC Building, Dr Dadabhai Naoroji Road, Fort/P D'Mello Road (PF-18), Mumbai, Maharashtra
Best Time to visit: Any time of the year
Entry fee: No entry fee
Timings: Not applicable
Distance from Mumbai Bus Stand: 5 km from MSRTC Mumbai Central

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