Living in Mumbai isn't easy, given the humid climate and the sheer size of the city. Summer in Mumbai can become really tiring and exhausting especially during the month of May. Luckily, Mumbai's close proximity to the Western Ghats offers residents some respite from the heat.
Most hill stations in Maharashtra are a short and scenic drive from the city. You can often cover most of them in a day or two, and the temperature in these hill stations is drastically different from the heat of this giant metropolis.
Temperatures in hill stations like Mahabaleshwar and Matheran can often be a good ten degrees lesser than Mumbai. Driving to these hill stations, then, becomes almost a gradual getaway from the heat. If you're wondering which hill station to escape to this summer, here's a quick ready-reckoner to help you decide.
It is a wonderful holiday destination and weekend getaway, located about 285 km from Mumbai. You can hire cabs from Savaari car rentals for a convenient journey to Mahabaleshwar. Known for its pleasant weather, picturesque hills, vantage points that provide panoramic views, strawberry farms and colonial charm, Mahabaleshwar is full of tourists all through the year.
The highest point is at an altitude of 1439 meters, known as Wilson or Sunrise Point, and is a popular attraction. The charming hill station is the source of the Krishna River. At the point of origin of Krishna River, there's an ancient temple of Lord Shiva. It is a highly revered temple visited by hordes of devotees. There are many other famous viewpoints in Mahabaleshwar including Arthur's seat, Lodwick point, Kate Point, Needle point etc.
It is a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai especially during the monsoons. The scenic hill station has numerous waterfalls, lakes and valleys around it. It is also a popular place for hikers and trekkers. Lonavala is part of the Sahyadri mountain range, providing an alluring experience of nature. It is a must visit for nature lovers who want to have a soulful stay amidst nature. Most travellers also visit the nearby towns of Khandala and Rajmachi on their way to Lonavala. Most popular attractions in Lonavala include Bhaja caves, Karla caves, Bushi dam, Rajmachi fort, Ryewood Lake, among others. Lonavala is just 82 kms from Mumbai and can be easily reached within 2 hours by Mumbai to Lonavala Taxi.
It is among the smallest hill stations in India known for its numerous look-out points that provide breathtaking views of sunrise and sunset views. It is located in the Raigad district of Maharashtra, and is untouched by the busy city life surrounding it. Matheran has been declared as an Eco sensitive zone by the government. Get ready to walk through the town, though, because automobiles are not allowed inside the town. You will, however, enjoy the calm and quiet of Matheran with no pollution. Matheran is also renowned for its rich flora including a great variety of medicinal herbs and plants.
It is a popular temple town located about 223 km from Mumbai, It is famous for having one of the twelve 'Jyotilingam' of Lord Shiva in India. It is an enthralling place surrounded by green forests and hills. Bhimashankar is much sought after destination by both devotees and nature lovers.
Perched at an altitude of 1334 m, it is a famous hill station near Mahabaleshwar. Its name is derived from the five hills surrounding it, Panchgani is visited for its many sunrise and sunset points and panoramic valley views. The vantage points offer lovely backdrop of hills on one side and coastal plains on the other. During the British era, it was treated as a summer resort and you will find many colonial period establishments here.
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