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  • With such immense potential, there is no ending to the list of places to visit near Mumbai. Everyone gets a little tired of spending time in the busy and fast paced life of the city and that is why a good and detailed information of weekend getaways from Mumbai is a must keep for everyone. Whether you are a permanent resident of the city of dreams or are here for a short while, maybe passing through the city, you will probably get a little bored of seeing the bustling pace and places of the city. 

    You will eventually try to look for peace in the city that is famous for never sleeping and living in the same chaotic manner everyday. And the best way to achieve that kind of inner peace is to take a weekend away from the city and spend some quality time over the course of a few days with your family, friends, you partner or maybe even with your own solo self.

    And to make your weekend easier on you, tourist places near Mumbai are easily accessible and quite near to the city. Starting from just 62kms for Karjat, you can plan your weekend in some of the best and naturally gifted spots of Maharashtra, most of which are pretty much explored in their entirety. Karjat, for example is a crowd’s favorite for trekking, hiking and mountain climbing experiences for the adventurer in you, or Durshet is where you can visit over the weekend to get your fill at the zip-lining and rappelling courses in some of the most beautiful landscapes of the Western Ghats. 

    You can even visit the more beautiful town of the twin hill stations of Maharashtra, Khandala, at just 80kms away from the city of Mumbai, where you can go for waterfall rappelling and camping in the lap of nature. And if you truly wish to enjoy your weekend and get really far away from the city, you can go to Nasik for a wine tour, to Ellora for cave exploration, to Tarkarli for watersports, or on to Doodhsagar for a scenic view of the falls and trekking experiences

    Weekend Getaways within 150Kms from Mumbai:

     Karjat: 62.3Km (Best for trekking, hiking and mountain climbing), Route Map
     - Durshet: 76.4Km (Best for rappelling, zip lining and trekking), Route Map
     - Matheran: 80.3Km (Best for rappelling and trekking), Route Map
     - Lonavala: 82.7Km (Best for waterfall rappelling, camping and trekking), Route Map
     - Alibag: 92.0Km (Best for watersports, sightseeing and bird watching), Route Map
     - Pune: 150Km (Best for camping, river rafting and trekking), Route Map

    Weekend Getaways within 300Kms from Mumbai:

    - Bhandardara: 163.9Km (Best for sightseeing and trekking), Route Map
    Nashik: 165Km (Best for wine tours), Route Map
    - Daman: 170Km (Best for beaches and forts), Route Map
    - Lavasa: 193Km (Best for watersports, trekking and family picnics), Route Map
    - Harishchandragad: 201.8Km (Best for trekking), Route Map

    Weekend Getaways within 600Kms from Mumbai:

    - Jaigad: 310.1Km (Best for trekking, Sahyadri Tiger Reserve and Koyna forest ranges), Route Map
    - Ellora: 327.4Km (Best for cave exploration), Route Map
    - Ratnagiri: 336.4Km (Best for beaches and forts), Route Map
    - Tarkarli: 534.4Km (Best for watersports and temples), Route Map
    Goa: 578.8Km (Best for water sports, beaches and trekking), Route Map

    Mumbai has a wide variety of some of the most amazing places that caters to the need of all kinds of wanderers. Beaches are the best places to beat the boredom, visit Bordi, Daman and Gokarna. Mumbai also showcases some of the most historically significant places around it, the colossal old caves that witnessed various generations come and go and the forts will leave you awestruck.
  • Weekend Getaways Within 150 Kms

  • 01Pawana Lakeside Camping at New Year Eve, Mumbai

    Pawana Lakeside Camping at New Year Eve, Mumbai
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    About Pawana Lake:
    Pawana lake is settled at a scenic location amidst green hills and valleys and soothes the eyes of the beholder. The lake is a perfect location for the getaway in nature and camping here is a perfect call to celebrate New Year.

    About the Camp and Activities:
    This isolated campsite is perfect for rejuvenation and your mind will fall in peace with calm winds. Play activities like Antakshari, bonfire, photography while being here with your friends and family. You can get your own alcohol for the party night. Enjoy Live Music band group on 31st December. 

    About the Stay:
    The stay will be in comfortable tents with sharing on 2/3/4 basis along with the bedding, blanket, and pillows. Also, you get to use hygienic western-constructed contructed near to the campsite. 

    How to reach?
    You have to reach here on your own from Mumbai to Pawana lake through a private or shared vehicle. The exact location of the site will be shared with you right after the confirmed bookings.
  • 02 Lonavala

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    Lonavala, a popular hill station, is a part of the Sahyadri slopes. It offers an appealing and beguiling experience of the naturalistic environment. Encompassed by thick woods, waterfalls, dam close to the lakes, Lonavala is an absolutely wonderful place to visit. Considering all the Tourist places in Lonavala, you will appreciate nature and will fill the need to get a getaway to have a relaxed weekend or a decent trek.

     Lonavla is an extraordinary decision for the individuals who wish to get away from the rushing about of daily life for a couple of days. The lavish cover of greenery encompassing this hill station springs to life amid the Monsoon season. Numerous well known Bollywood films have utilized the pleasant setting of Lonavla which is honored with waterfalls, lakes and greenery.

     Lonavala’s fundamentally loved sweetmeat comprises solely of pompously lit shops selling chikki, a crisp hard, fragile sweet made in the region. Expect to have an amazing family time through visiting wax exhibition halls, go-karting, etc. Yet, there are some charming side avenues, quiet local locations also, amongst other tourist places in Lonavala, if you would like to have a peaceful holiday with your loved ones.

  • 03Igatpuri


    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.


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

    Activities in Kamshet:

    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 kms

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

    Where to stay: Best resorts to stay in Kamshet.
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  • 04Lohagad Fort Trekking Flat 29% Off

    Lohagad Fort Trekking Flat 29% Off
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    About the Activity:
    • 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 Pavna.
    • 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 kilometers from Malavli.

  • 05Rajmachi


    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

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  • 06Karnala

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    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

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  • 07Kundalika Rafting Camp With Adventure Activities Flat 20% Off

    Kundalika Rafting Camp With Adventure Activities Flat 20% 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 :

    • Camping with Rafting
    • Camping with Rafting and Activities

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

  • 08Trekking in Chikhaldara, Maharashtra - Flat 35% Off

    Trekking in Chikhaldara, Maharashtra - Flat 35% Off
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    About the Activity:
    - Lying at an altitude of 1118 m above sea level, Chikhaldhara is the only hill station of the Vidharba Region, thus making it a great destination for people from all over the state.
    - This trek, that starts from the base camp near Amravati, lets you explore the Chikhaldhara region in the Melghat Range of hills. You will be picked up from the railway station in Amravati, and dropped back at the end of the experience.
    - At the end of the day, a warm bed and a dazzling campfire will be waiting for you. Come next day, you will also get to experience a number of adventure activities, curated for the guests, like Zipline, Valley Crossing, and Burma Bridge.
    - The package includes 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 1 dinner, alongside guide and expertise fees and transfers between basecamp and Amravati Railway Station.

    Trek Difficulty: Easy
  • 09Camping Near Mumbai With Movie Night Flat 11% Off

    Camping Near Mumbai With Movie Night Flat 11% Off
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    About the Activity:
    - Camping near Mumbai brings you to this amazing experience of enjoying a movie night in the camp with your loved ones. Perfect for couples, families, and friends, the campsite organizes an outdoor movie screening to enjoy with everyone.
    - Alongside this, the campsite also offers an amazing campfire experience so you can take the enjoyment a step above just normal. The campsite is located near Kelwa Beach, which fills up the place with an amazing sea breeze the entire time. Surrounded by palm trees, the whole feel of the campsite is rather a rustic, natural one.
    - The campsite is filled with hammocks so you can relax and enjoy whichever way you like. Apart from this, the camp also offers ATV Rides and the chance to make your own BBQ snacks in the evening.
  • 10Pawna Lake Camping - Flat 20% Off

    Pawna Lake Camping - Flat 20% Off
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    About the Activity:

    • A 2 days 1 night 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 kilometers away from Kamshet on the old Mumbai- Pune highway.
    • It has become an important camp site after the construction of the Pawna Dam.
    • This package comes with camping, sightseeing around the lake, bonfire with music, barbeque dinner, star gazing, adventure activities, etc.

    • There are different packages you can choose from like Games + Camping, Camping + Gaming + ATV Ride, Camping + Kayaking + Games, Camping + Trekking, and so on.

    • ATV ride will be available for 15 minutes for one person.

    • Kayaking will be on two seater kayaks.

    • The check-in time is 04:00 PM and the check-out time is 11:00 AM on the second day of the camping.
  • 11Camping 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.

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  • 12Kamshet

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    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 Kamshet:
    There 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.

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  • 13 Kolad

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    If you’ve ever dreamt about backpacking off to green pastures and cascading waterfalls among the lush mountains, you don’t have to travel all the way up north to experience setting like that anymore. Kolad – a humble village in the Raigad district of Maharashtra – is home to some of the most imposing valleys and natural beauty that were hidden away from the rest of the world until recent times. Nature enthusiasts and hikers already know of this gem in the Sahyadris that has been gaining impetus by day as a popular destination for adventure sports, but there’s more to this quaint settlement than just that. The primary tourist places in Kolad shout out loud white water rafting and trekking into the wild.


    Fondly referred to as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra, Kolad has been lately getting attention as one of the best white water rafting spots in Maharashtra. In fact, the stunning landscaping valleys of Kolad have a charm of their own during the monsoons in Maharashtra. The village is located alongside the banks of the magnificent River Kundalika, the fastest flowing river of the South. This provides varying degrees of difficulty levels for those fascinated by water sports. Apart from that, the rugged topography of this village makes it a great hiking destination among those eager to explore the thriving faunal side of Kolad.


    Kolad’s scenic locale makes it a popular hotspot during the monsoons. Apart from the daunting sports, you can experience the true spectacle of nature. In fact, courtesy the varied climatic conditions in Kolad, every season gives you a chance to unwind in several ways. There are numerous hotels, resorts, farmhouses and peaceful home-stays tucked away into this tranquil village for those who wish for a peaceful time away from the city.


    So, round up a group of friends, or simply hang out with your loved ones, Kolad is perfect for those looking forward to a delightful picnic in a land not so far away. Don’t forget to visit tourist places in Kolad which include Tahmini Ghat Waterfalls, Bhira Dam, Ghosala Fort and Tala Fort amongst others.

  • 14Matheran

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    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.
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  • 15Day Trek to Kalsubai

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    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 climb.

  • 16Durshet

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    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.

  • 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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  • 18 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, 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?

  • 19Palghar

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    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.

    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.

    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

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    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.

    Religious 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.

    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

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    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


    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.

    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. 

    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

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    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.

    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.   

    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


    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

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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

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    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. 

    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.

    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 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

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    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.

    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.

    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
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    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.

    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 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 around:

    -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 artifacts 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: 167 kms

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

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    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.

    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.

    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

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    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

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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

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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.

    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.

    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 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

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    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.

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

    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

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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
  • Weekend Getaways within 600Kms

  • 40 Dandeli

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    How would it look like if we brought together the best of both worlds? The hilly region of Karnataka’s the Western Ghats and the fascinating views of Goa! Experience this twin delight in the town of Dandeli. Located in Uttara Kannada, or the Northern Karnataka, the hill station- cum-town of Dandeli is an emerging hotspot for adventure lovers. Based in the vicinity of the Supa Dam Reservoir, this small town at a little over 500 km from Bangalore are a water sports hub and an adventure destination.

    With a variety of things to do in Dandeli, it becomes difficult to choose one activity that you can take on first. From kayaking in the calm waters of Kali River to rafting in its rapids, from trekking to the top of Haligudda Hill for photography to an adventurous overnighter at the Bison River Resort, Dandeli’s adventurous side will delight you wonderfully. If you are interested in wildlife, the Dandeli Wildlife Sanctuary proudly claims to be in an advantageous position for the same as well, with many listings for forest and wildlife experiences for adventurers.

    Another great reason for the popularity of Dandeli is the ease of access and connectivity that the town has with major cities nearby. Getting to Dandeli from Pune, Mysore, Coorg, Madikeri and Goa is a cake walk, resulting in the kind of influx of people who seek the same adventures.

    And no, Dandeli is not just a place for people to come and experience adventures, and then leave without staying for the whole deal. The charm of Dandeli is in staying here as well in one of the many charming places to stay in Dandeli. With stays in the jungle to an adventurous stay at the Bison River Resort to nature stay in Dandeli’s lap, the kind of experiences that one can have even in the comfort of their stay locations is enough of a reason to stay here for at least a night. A photographer’s paradise and an adventurer’s abode, Dandeli deserves all the attention that it has been getting in the past many years, and to disembark from the common wagon, you must visit Dandeli at least once in your lifetime.

  • 41Tarkarli

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    Known for its unspoilt beach, Tarkarli is a coastal village situated in the Malvan region of Maharshtra. 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.

    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.

    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

    Dudhsagar Falls
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    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.

    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.

    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

    Dajipur Wildlife Sanctuary
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    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.

    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.

    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

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    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.

    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.

    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

  • 45 Goa

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    Boasting of a quaint mix of western and eastern influences, Goa is a unique holiday destination with an enchanting allure of nature as well as culture. The charming landscapes, glittering beaches, verdant hills and mouthwatering food beckons millions of tourists every year for the most exotic adventure in this small state in India. It is not only the best places to rejuvenate yourself but also the fascinating place to have a bunch of memories to last for a lifetime.

    Often known as the ‘pearl of the east’, Goa has been known across the globe for the warm hospitality, cultural heritage and the endless parties. Whether it is relaxation or adventure, nature or history, shopping or food, or the best places to visit in Goa, it delights all the vacationers with its tangible and intangible allures. Enjoy a spa day to refresh the mind and soul or binge on some spectacular seafood enjoying the view of the sunset. Have a thrilling day by the beach or party all night with the Djs in Goa. 

    Visit the fascinating churches or revisit Goan history at the famous forts, the list goes on and on. You can feel the subtle influence of erstwhile Portuguese rule in Goa, however, the folk performances and villages of Goa will give you an amazing perspective of Goan lifestyle. The beaches in Goa like Vagator Beach, Calangute Beach, Baga Beach, Anjuna Beach draws many visitors and offers many adventure sports too.

    The Dudhsagar waterfall and Arvalem waterfall attract many tourists every year. The rock-cut caves of Khandepar and Arvalem are also worth mentioning. The Pilar monastery, Saligao seminary, and Rachol seminary attract the religiously minded travellers. With so many tourist attractions, Goa is the perfect place to enjoy your next vacation. Whether you are a first-timer or a seasoned traveller to Goa, the beach paradise will keep you longing to come back.

    Here are the best places to visit in Goa while you plan your holiday here.

  • 46Jaigad


    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.

  • 47Ellora

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    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
  • 48Aurangabad

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    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.

    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.

    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

  • 49Ajanta

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    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
  • 50Champaner

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    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.

    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.

    Get a peek into history as you visit the archeological 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

  • 51Amboli

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    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.

    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.

    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

  • 52Bijapur

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    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.

    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.

    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

  • 53Gokarna

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    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 

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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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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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