Top 5 Weekend Getaways from Mumbai, India

Mumbai being the financial capital of India is not only the city of dreams but also the hub of distress! Erratic work schedules and professional commitments overwhelm its citizens to an extent that they live for the weekends. Everybody wants to escape the hustle and bustle of Mumbai to find respite in travel and adventure. Weekend getaways and cool backpacking journeys from Mumbai include beaches and hill stations.

Hajiali” by Humayunn Peerzaada AKA HumFur from Mumbai, India – The Haji-Ali Dargah stands silhouetted against the setting sun. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Here are some of the most popular ones:

1. Lonavala
Lonavala is a scenic place that boasts of a lovely natural ecosystem and offers great view and ambience to nature lovers. Its picturesque landscape is drawn by murmuring streams, lush greenery, gardens and lakes. It features several caves, temples and forts that often leave tourists spellbound. Complete a rejuvenating trek by biting into an assortment of sweet chikki made of jaggery and various nuts.

Lonavala

Lonavala

2. Pune
This Queen of the Deccan is the cultural capital of Maharashtra. It is located at the convergence of two famous rivers – Mula and Mutha. This long-standing bastion of the Maratha Empire is also home to magnificent forts. Some of the must-visit places in Pune are the Osho Ashram, Shaniwar Wada and Raja Dinkar Kelkar Museum. You can accommodate in one of the luxury hotels in Pune like Vivanta by Taj – Blue Diamond to enjoy a comfortable stay.

Pune

Pune

 

3. Goa
One of the most popular and enjoyable vacation destinations near Mumbai is Goa. This beach state of India welcomes visitors to uninterrupted stretches of golden sand and active nightlife. Add to this lush-green countryside, forts, churches, temples and a mosaic of cultural heritage to truly spell Goa. All those who seek fun and relaxation away from the fast pace of Mumbai must opt for a North Goa beach hotel like Vivanta by Taj – Fort Aguada to spend their weekend.

Goa

Goa

4. Mahabaleshwar
A place where you will see the ancient fuse with the modern, Mahabaleshwar is the highest hill station in Western India. Soaring peaks, breathtaking valleys and delightful flora make Mahabaleshwar an amazing getaway place near Mumbai. This bounteous hill station greets tourists with an eclectic mix of natural beauty, natural charm and modern amenities. Places to visit include Mount Malcolm, Malcolm Peth, Venna Lake, Mahabaleshwar Temple and the town bazaar.

Mahableshwar

Mahableshwar

5. Panchgani
This town derives its names from the five hills of the Sahyadri range amidst which it is nestled. It proves to be one of the most amazing weekend getaways near Mumbai. It offers the pleasure of coastal plains on one side and hilly terrain on the other. Its location gives it pleasant weather all year round. Panchgani is popular for its strawberry farms. Visit one and see how these berries are cultivated and made into to delicious jams, jellies and crushes.

Panchgani

Panchgani

Enjoy these charming getaways to escape the mad rush of Mumbai over the weekend!

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