Locations to Go to Close to Me : Mumbai

Folks maintain asking me, “I’m in Mumbai this weekend, what are the locations close to me, the place can I’m going?”. This isn’t typically the type of article we’d write, however right here we’re. The place CAN one go? Effectively, wherever there’s peace and fewer crowds, good atmosphere, a pleasant place to remain and good meals.

Like each metropolis, Mumbai has a lot round it for visiting. And I shall not point out the overdone Lonavala/Khandala.

For starters one can strive Kamshet. A small village round 110km from Mumbai, Kamshet is positioned subsequent to Indrayani River and some lakes round. Kamshet has paragliding corporations, and is usually a sleepy little place to sit back. It additionally has an Arts and Theatre Pageant. There are locations the place you’ll be able to keep simply to put in writing your ebook, as there are few distractions. Do seek for all of it.

Pune itself is a big metropolis now, with loads of site visitors, however it is rather near my coronary heart. I discover town very charming, with its outdated bungalows, nemerous cafes, many many eating places, and quaint streets. Pune is value a go to only for its consuming out scene.

Close to Pune, is Saswad. stunning grasslands, house of the critically endangered Indian Gray Wolf and the Chinkara, Saswad has one or two first rate locations to remain however the panorama is woth visiting for. Strive monsoons are winters right here.

Bhigwan is additional forward of Pune, however it has a ravishing birding website and is listed as an Necessary Birding Space.I had visited it a few years in the past the place there was no place to remain. I assume one other go to is pending.

Bhigwan Dhiksal
Birding at Bhigwan might be very rewarding.

Mulshi – Pavana : One other first rate place to go to is the realm round Lakes Mulshi and Pavana. Over a time frame, many house stays and resorts have cropped up. Additionally some 170km from Mumbai, Mulshi is scorching in summers, sensible within the monsoons and funky in winters. Drive by means of Mulshi in direction of Tamhini Ghat within the monsoons for a wonderful expertise of waterfalls, jungles and mist.

For somebody keen to go slightly additional, I’d recommend Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, despite the fact that they’re an excellent 280km from Mumbai and take round 6-7 hours to achieve, and keep away from weekends. Thought-about ‘hill-stations’, the dual cities of Panchgani – Mahabaleshwar have cool winters, very heavy monsoons (final yr Mahabaleshwar had heavier rains than Cherrapunjee), however many locations to remain and a few first rate locations to go for walks. You must be very cautious when selecting the place to remain, as most locations are mediocre. The meals is usually unhealthy. The climate might be higher.

Prospect Hotel Panchgani
Prospect Resort Panchgani

Round 130km from Mumbai, by means of a 70{f4d12d0badd951505b8004270d0545a256760d3c7f7d17368cef1fc8dc8ac948} horrible route lies Malshej Ghat. An attractive village on the Sahyadri mountains, surrounded by hills and forests, Malshej Ghat is windy many of the yr. It has a big lake close by, the Pimpalgaon Joga, and has quite a few trekking routes close by, The meals is mediocre.

Not removed from Malshej Ghat is Junnar. Close to Junnar are the Shivneri Hills, the place the good Shivaji Maharaj was born. Another excuse that pulls us to Junnar is its forests and that Junnar has one of many highest densities of Leopards. There are some good agro-tourism keep choices obtainable right here although we haven’t stayed there but. It appears the meals there’s good.

Bhimashankar is a ravishing dense forest round 210km from Mumbai. A notified wildlife sanctuary, Bhimashankar is value a keep and a trek. Spend an excellent few days strolling throuigh the jungle, exploring the wildlife and simply recollecting your ideas. Selection of keep arent nice, however the place is superb.

Bhimashankar Forest
The dense forests of Bhimashankar are nice for trekking.

Someplace round this space likes Matheran, an outdated ‘hill station’. The distinctive factor about Matheran isn’t any autos are allowed contained in the city. You may solely stroll or use horse carriages or horses. (Possibly that is the rationale I haven’t visited Matheran within the final 14 years). It has loads of outdated bungalows transformed into accommodations, resorts and residential stays. Relying on the place you keep, the meals might be superb. There’s a toy practice that may take you as much as Matheran or you’ll be able to drive your automotive and go away it on the frequent parking zone (a sense that doesn’t settle nicely with me, I like my automotive approach an excessive amount of). However the forest walks and views are superb. Matheran is superior all yr spherical, although summers might be scorching within the solar and monsoons, it might probably rain an excessive amount of.

Matheran Hills…

Head over to the Karnala Fowl Sanctuary, which is so near Mumbai. An Necessary Birding Space, it has a Fort to trek as much as. Not many nice locations to remain, however it’s barely 75km from Mumbai.

Karnala Bird Sancturay
The Karnala Fowl Sanctuary may be very simply accessible from Mumbai and is a good rejuvenator for the soul.

Round the same distance is Nashik. On the banks of the river Godavari, thought of a holy metropolis, Nashik can be known as Dakshin Kashi. (In actual fact the river Godavari begins from a spot known as Trimbakeshwar on the outskirts of Nashik). Other than many non secular websites, Nashik is the wine capital of India with quite a few vineyards and their stays which have mushroomed just lately. Other than the Vineyards, Nashik has an excellent vibe, a spot to loosen up and unwind. The meals is usually good. Very near Nashik is Deolali, an outdated Cantonment City which has many elderly Sanatoriums and bungalows to view. Value a go to.

Nashik Panchvati
About 4 hours from Mumbai, Nashik generally is a good break…

In the identical route as Nashik is Bhandardara, a small hill village. It’s located on the banks of lake Arthur, one of many largest lakes of Maharashtra. An historic temple of Amruteshwara is value visiting within the forests of Kalsubai Wildlife Sanctuary which surrounds Bhandardara. There are quite a few trekking routes right here. Meals is mediocre. Views are beautiful.

Lake Arthur, Bhandardara
Lake Arthur, Bhandardara

Coming in direction of the coastal aspect, what is called Kokan, are many locations that are value mentioning. Alibag to start with. However it is rather well-known right here and I gained’t go into the small print.


Someplace alongside this stretch are locations like Lonere, Chiplun, Roha and many others which have a deccent place to remain at right here and there. Not mentioning particular person house stays on this article.

Someplace close to Roha within the monsoons…

Go slightly south from Alibag and also you attain Kashid. An attractive seaside on one aspect, and the Phansad Wildlife Sanctuary on the opposite, Kashid is value visiting. Additionally close by to Kashid is the massive palace of Murud Janjira. Constructed on an island within the Arabian Sea at Murud Janjira, go to the superior fort of Padma Durga. The meals on this stretch might be principally disappointing until you discover one thing very genuine after which the tastes can blow your thoughts. There are some first rate locations to remain right here. Search round.

Road To Murud Janjira
Street To Murud Janjira

Additional down from Kashid is the temple city of Harihareshwar. The outdated temple devoted to Lord harihareshwar, or Shiva, is beautiful and price a go to. It has change into highly regarded now, however nearly 18 years in the past, as a pupil, we had been taking pictures one thing close by and had stayed on the temple. It was far much less crowded then. Harihareshwar has a ravishing rocky sea entrance filled with many many crabs. And on both aspect of this temple city are two seaside cities of Diveagar and Shrivardhan. Each stunning cities and good seashores. Discover some first rate stays right here and eat native meals. The native meals in Diveagar we had was superior. Keep away from any menu that’s non-local.

There are lots of small and exquisite seashores alongside this stretch, like Harnai, Velas, Ganapatiphule, Ratnagiri and many others, however they maintain changing into farther from Mumbai and maybe not precisely for an article titled “locations to go to close to me”.