Mumbai with its hubbub of activity is a land of pleasure, excitement and quick getaway hill stations. Yes there are so many and innumerable lands of pleasure that the list is endless. However let us know Mumbai more through its myriad hill stations and pleasure lands.
Panchgani is one place near Mumbai which is a favourite getaway spot for many. A royal favourite this land gets its name from the five hills that surround it. With many buildings from the British era and the innumerable Parsi houses, the city is certainly a fine hill station and an educational zone. Around 20 boarding schools are located in Panchgani and the surrounding ambience and atmosphere is what makes the land what it is. We have Mahabaleshwar another pristine land near Panchgani which is at a height of around 1372 ft. The Mapro industry famous for its jams and jellies is located here in Mahabaleshwar.
While at Panchgani we could go around and see the beautiful points here like the Sydney Point, the Parsi Point, the Wilson Point, Kate’s Point, Malcolm Point, and the Marjorie Point. Then we have the table land a large plateau here in Panchgani which is a great feast for the eyes. There are many films of the Bollywood category that have been shot here. Go to the Devil’s kitchen, the Rajapuri caves, and the Pratapgad fort and the lingmala falls, the Venna Lake, the Panchganga Mandir, Mahabaleshwar temple and Tapola besides the Dhom Dam, and your trip to Panchgani is complete. Around 258 km from the city of Mumbai, go to Panchgani and unleash your travel pleasures.
The next nearest hill station near Mumbai is Matheran. This lush green surroundings and a totally pollution less region near Mumbai is certainly a much favoured hill station near Mumbai. This is the place which is famous for being the only pedestrian hill station in Asia. It is located at around 2,636 ft above the sea level and lies in the Western Ghats of India. Here you can enjoy the verdant expanse and the stupendous scenic view. Go and enjoy the evergreen forests and also experience the thrill of trekking. Located around 22km from Karjat the end point of the Mumbai suburban train, this place Matheran is an ideal weekend getaway spot. Around 2 hours from Mumbai, the best way to reach is to get down at the Neral station and take a cab up. With the toy train restarted in Matheran, a trip here would certainly be exciting. See the Panorama Point, the Monkey Point, and Hart Point, the Louisa Point, Pisharnath temple and the Charlotte Lake here and enjoy this land of pleasure and leisure – Matheran.
Then the next amongst the hill stations near Mumbai is the land of Lord Shiva – Mahabaleshwar. Maha meaning great, bal meaning power and ishwar meaning God. Come to this queen of hill stations near Mumbai and visit this paradise at a height of around 1372m. Located in the middle of the hills of the Sahyadri in the district of Satara in Maharashtra, it is one of the favoured hill stations near Mumbai. With good medicinal plants, and beautiful trees, the wildlife here includes wild boars, jackals and foxes besides bisons and deer. Very rarely panthers are found here but the bulbul is a common feature here. The absolutely misty climate combined with a great legendary past, the land of Mahabaleshwar is certainly a heaven for travelers with its verdant expanse, scenic views and experience of thrill.
Anyone wanting to visit the hill stations near Mumbai would be incomplete without a visit to the twin hill locales of Lonavala and Khandala. With a great attraction for scenic beauty and extreme leisure, this place is a beautiful get away spot with activities like trekking and hiking very common. Go to the Bhushi Dam, the Kaivalyadhama Yoga Hospital, the Valvan Dam, the Ryewood Park, the Duke’s Nose, and the Tiger’s Leap and enjoy Lonavala as you would never have. Enjoy the adventurous trip to the Korigad Fort and also enjoy the waterfalls at Lohgad. The trip here would completely relax your tired nerves and with the caves of Karla and Bhaja offering the adventure experience in Lonavala, the twin hill stations near Mumbai are a favoured destination in the travel to Mumbai. Visit the Ekvira temple here and climb up to ecstasy. The view of the city from here is wonderful and the rock cut caves add to the beauty. Situated around an hour from Mumbai these places are worth the visit.