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Best Places Near Mumbai to Give You That Much Needed Break

Best Places Near Mumbai to Give You That Much Needed Break
Last Updated: July 10, 2019 / First Published: 09 Jul, 2019

Life in Mumbai is busy and hectic which can at times get to one’s nerves. But thank god there are some great destinations near Mumbai where one can go and unwind and give those tired bones some rest. Let’s accept this, we all need a break where we leave aside whatever we do, and head to some place new to witness a life beyond our work and anxieties. After tons of exploration, here I am with the 20 best tourist destinations to visit near Mumbai where you can relish mystic beauty of the hill stations; watch the mesmerising sunrise and sunsets at the beaches; indulge in outdoor adventure activities; seek blessings at pilgrimage destinations; enjoy nature walks and jeep safaris at wildlife sanctuaries; marvel at the medieval architectural beauty and witness a unique festival where millions of fireflies dance. Let me assure you, this blog is capable of giving you serious travel goals.

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HILL STATIONS WEEKEND GETAWAYS

1. Durshet: For a Peaceful and Relaxing Break Amidst Pristine Natural Surroundings

Durshet

Distance from Mumbai: 76 km

If you are looking for a place where you can sit and relax amidst the serenity of nature, head to Durshet. Being one of the best weekend getaways near Mumbai, Durshet is a small town nestled on the banks of the Amba River in the Sahyadri Ranges of Maharashtra. The place is perfect for the ones who look forward to spend quality time with their loved ones amidst stunning natural surroundings. If a little adventure is what you seek, Durshet will let you get the best adventure experience by indulging in activities like hiking, trekking, river rafting, kayaking and more.

Places to Visit:

  • Pali Ganpati Temple
  • Mahad Ganapati Temple
  • Pali Fort
  • Uddhar Hot Springs
  • Sarasgad and Sudhagad (trekking)
  • Kundalika River (Water Sports Activities)

Best Time to Visit: Between September and February

How to Reach? As Durshet is located at a short distance from Mumbai, it can be conveniently reached by road. You can either avail the state-run or private bus services from Mumbai or can even hire a cab to reach Durshet via SH 92.

Where to Stay? Durshet Forest Lodge is the best place to book your stay in Durshet.

2. Lonavala: For Weekend Fun Amidst Picturesque Landscape

Lonavala

Distance from Mumbai: 84 km

Acclaimed to be one of the most visited weekend getaways near Mumbai, Lonavala wins the hearts of the travellers of all kind with its picturesque landscape adorned with lush greenery, mesmerizing lakes and streams. The stunning terrains of Lonavala comprise forts, temples, lakes, waterfalls, caves, and a dam. A trip to Lonavala would be perfect for those looking for a quiet weekend getaway with friends or family. Also, as you indulge in a leisurely walk, you will get to witness the serene residential areas, pleasant streets, and yoga places.

Places to Visit:

  • Kune Waterfalls
  • Kataldhar Waterfall
  • Lohagarh Fort
  • Korigad Fort
  • Tiger’s Leap
  • Bushy Dam
  • Bedsa Caves
  • Karla Caves
  • Pawna Lake
  • Tungarli Lake
  • Bhaja Caves

Best Time to Visit: Between October and May

How to Reach? The best way to reach Lonavala is by road. You can avail the state or private bus service that runs on a regular basis via NH 48 and Mumbai-Bangalore Highway. Also, you can even hire a cab to travel to Lonavala by road via Mumbai-Pune Expressway or old Mumbai-Pune Road NH4 are used to reach Lonavala. Besides, you can even choose to travel by train as Intercity Express and passenger trains connect Lonavala with Mumbai and Pune.

Where to Stay? The Dukes Retreat, Fariyas Resort are the best places to stay in Lonavala.

3. Mahabaleshwar: To Witness Strawberry Farms and Enjoy a Peaceful Weekend Amidst Serene Surroundings

Washington Farms Strawberries, Mahabaleshwar

Distance from Mumbai: 261 km

One of the popular hill stations in India, Mahabaleshwar is well-known for gurgling river, Krishna, splendid waterfall, Lingmala and Sahyadri peaks. The tourist destination near Mumbai is scenic, relaxing, fun and adventurous at the same time, and thus make a great weekend getaway for the Mumbaikars. Along with its captivating beauty, the place is also popular for strawberry farms and ancient temples. All these elements are surely going to be a refreshing delight for your mind and soul.

Places to Visit:

  • Venna Lake
  • Strawberry Garden
  • Mapro Garden
  • Pratapgad Fort
  • Lingamala Falls
  • Chinaman Waterfall
  • Mahabaleshwar Temple
  • Krishnabai Temple of Lord Shiva
  • Bhushan Mahamuni
  • Echo Point (Monkey Point)
  • Rajpuri Caves/Kartik Caves
  • Elephant’s Head Point

Best Time to Visit: Between January and December

How to Reach? The best way to reach Mahabaleshwar is by railways and roadways. The nearest railway station to Mahabaleshwar is at Wathar. Also, there are excellent bus services that run on a regular basis from Mumbai to Mahabaleshwar via NH 48. You can even hire a cab to reach Mahabaleshwar while enjoying the beautiful surroundings.

Where to Stay? Mango Hotels Valley View, Citrus Chambers, Grand Resort, Lake View Resort are some of the best accommodation options in Mahabaleshwar.

4. Kaas Plateau: To Relish the Hues of Endemic Flowers and Butterflies All Around

Kaas Plateau by Ganesh

Distance from Mumbai: 279 km

If you are someone who loves flowers and can spend an entire day adoring their beauty, head to Kaas Plateau. This tourism destination was declared as the UNESCO World Heritage Site and is truly a magical place that is not to be missed when in Maharashtra. Home to about 850 species of beautiful flowers, Kaas Plateau is renowned for its natural beauty and flora even more beautiful during the monsoon season. The sheer variety of colours, shapes and sizes of the flowers is a delightful sight that makes Kaas Plateau a hit amongst nature lovers.

Places to Visit:

  • Kaas Lake
  • Thoseghar Waterfall
  • Bamnoli

Best Time to Visit: Between September and October

How to Reach? Travelling via road to the floral valley of India is one of the best ways to reach. Even though local transportation is not frequent, you can hire a cab that will take you to Kaas Plateau via Mumbai-Pune Expressway and NH4. In addition to this, the ones planning to visit Kaas Plateau from Satara can easily get there by an auto-rickshaw.

Where to Stay? As there are fewer staying options available close to Kaas like homestays and resorts you can choose hotels and resorts in Satara like Keys Resort, Pratap Heritage and more.

5. Matheran: For a Perfect Weekend Retreat Amid Serene and Tranquil Nature

Matheran Sightseeing

Distance from Mumbai: 46 km

The undisturbed Matheran which is one of the oldest hill stations near Mumbai is another excellent place to visit near Mumbai. The silent waterfall, thick and shady forests, steep cliffs and gushing rivers make Matheran a picturesque landscape to be visited for family vacation or with friends. It is the unadulterated ambience, lush green pastures and tranquil environment where you can spend some quality time away from the humdrum of the city life. In addition to this, a ride on the Neral-Matheran toy train is one of the unique experiences which is not to be missed.

Places to Visit:

  • Echo Point
  • Louisa Point
  • Panorama Point
  • Malang Point
  • Alexander Point
  • Matheran Waterfall
  • One Tree Hill
  • Charlotte Lake
  • Garbett Plateau (To Trek Through)

Best Time to Visit: Between October and May

How to Reach? As Matheran is located at a short distance from Mumbai, the best way to reach the destination would be by road. Regular bus service is provided by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) up to Matheran. However, you can also take a train till Neral, and from there enjoy the toy train ride. This would be a fun way to reach Matheran.

Where to Stay? Westend Hotel Matheran, Lords Central Hotel, Hotel Paramount, The Byke Heritage are some of the best hotels in Matheran.

BEACHES WEEKEND GETAWAYS

6. Daman: For a Perfect Laid Back Holiday With Stunning Beach Views

Jampore Beach, Daman

Distance from Mumbai: 170 km

If you are up for a beach holiday near Mumbai, Daman is the answer. Being one of the most popular tourist places, Daman is ideal for a weekend trip from Mumbai which is famed for its age-old Church of Bom Jesus. As you walk around in Daman, you will be impressed by the pristine beaches, untamed Casuarina groves, and the lovely vibes. The Portuguese charm with the reminiscences of old world will grab your attention when on a trip to Daman. The delicious seafood is another reason why you need to be in Daman.

Places to Visit:

  • Sao Jeronimo Fort
  • Moti Daman Fort
  • Devka Beach
  • Jampore Beach
  • Dominion Monastery
  • Mirasol Lake Garden
  • Cathedral Bom Jesu
  • Nani Daman
  • Mirasol Water Park
  • Somnath Mahadev Temple
  • Governor’s Palace
  • Jetty Garden

Best Time to Visit: Between October and April

How to Reach? As Daman is located at a short distance from Mumbai, the best way to reach the tourist destination would be by rail via Vapi and by road. You can even avail the state-run buses that ply on a regular basis between Mumbai and Daman via NH 48. Also, you can hire a taxi from Mumbai to reach Daman.

Where to Stay? The Deltin, Silver Sands Beach Resort, Cidade De Daman Beach Resort are some of the accommodation options in Daman.

7. Tarkarli: For a Fun-Filled Beach Holiday and Some Water Adventure

Tarkarli

Distance from Mumbai: 526 km

A sprawling location for a short weekend holiday near Mumbai, Tarkarli is a beach destination completely alienated from the scurrying of the city life. It is the sparkling blue water of the sea bordering the golden sandy beach that adds beauty to this scenic destination. Also, those with a zeal for a little adventure can indulge in surfing, scuba diving and snorkelling with a cheerful mood. With a fun-filled dolphin watch rides offer a unique travel experience to the tourists to cherish for a lifetime. In addition to this, there is a national park and fort which are prominent sightseeing options in Tarkarli.

Places to Visit:

  • Bison National Park
  • Tarkarli Beach
  • Sindhudurg Fort

Best Time to Visit: Between October and March

How to Reach? The best way to reach Tarkali from Mumbai is by road. You can avail the state as well as private bus service that runs on a regular basis from Mumbai via NH 48. You can even hire a private cab from Mumbai and reach Tarkarli Taxis on hire are also available.

Where to Stay? Visava Beach Resort is the best accommodation option in Tarkarli.

8. Udvada: To Witness the Parsi Village and Enjoy Their Delectable Cuisine

Udvada

Distance from Mumbai: 181 km

A small Parsi Village, Udvada is also a beach destination near Mumbai. The beach at Udvada is not exactly what one would expect but it is a wonderful picnic spot where you can enjoy with your family, take a walk and click pictures and enjoy the mesmerizing sunset. In addition to this, there are some old houses spread across the coast that offers a beautiful backdrop for some amazing pictures. Another major attraction in Udvada is Atash Behram (the Parsi/Zoroastrian Temple) where only the Parsi community is allowed to enter.

Places to Visit:

  • Udvada Beach
  • Atash Behram

Best Time to Visit: Between August and March

How to Reach? You can either choose to travel to Udvada either by rail or road from Mumbai. There are around 28 weekly trains from Mumbai to Udvada that you can avail. Also, you can hire a taxi from Mumbai to reach Udvada.

Where to Stay? Parsi Pilgrims can choose to stay from a number of Dharamshalas in Udvada. Other tourists can book their accommodation in the Globe Hotel and Iranshah Apartment.

9. Alibag: For a Soothing Beach Experience to Rejuvenate Yourself

Alibag

Distance from Mumbai: 92 km

One of the famous beach destinations near Mumbai, Alibag with its lush tropical beauty is an exceptional weekend getaway. On being there, you will find yourself amidst palm-fringed beaches, chikoo-wadis, mango orchards that make Alibag a peaceful and pleasant retreat. As the destination has a soothing environment, sunbathing on the beach here will rejuvenate your body and mind. Also, you can relish swimming for the best travel experience in Alibaug. As you return from Alibag to Mumbai, make sure you don’t miss out visiting Kolaba Fort and Alibag Magnetic Observatory.

Places to Visit:

  • Alibag Beach
  • Kihim Beach
  • Nagaon Beach
  • Akshi Beach
  • Varsoli Beach
  • Kolaba Fort
  • Alibag Magnetic Observatory
  • Undheri Fort
  • Kanakeshwar Forest
  • Vrindavan Farm
  • Brahma Kund
  • Hanuman Temple

Best Time to Visit: October and July

How to Reach? As Alibag is located at a short distance from Mumbai, it can be reached by both road and ferry. The buses ply on a regular basis via NH 166A and NH 66. You can avail the ferries (either AC or non-AC) from Mumbai’s port near Gateway of India.

Where to Stay? Hotel Maple IVY, U Tropicana Alibaug, Dewdrop Retreat are some of the best accommodation options in Alibaug.

ADVENTURE WEEKEND GETAWAYS

10. Karjat: For Some Thrilling Adventure

Karjat

Distance from Mumbai: 63 km

If you are looking for some adventure destination near Mumbai, then head to Karjat. Situated at the bank Ulhas River, Karjat with its natural vistas and mountains makes a perfect weekend outing destination from Mumbai for trekking, waterfall rappelling and other adventurous activities. The trails here vary from difficult to extremely treacherous. Karjat is even one of the best places near Mumbai for witnessing ancient rock-cut cave temple and exploring the splendid fort or indulging in buying pots and handicraft products.

Places to Visit:

  • Ulhas River (White Water Rafting)
  • Bekare Waterfalls (Rappelling)
  • Bhivpuri Waterfalls
  • Kondane Caves
  • Dhak Bahiri Caves (Trekking)
  • Bhor Ghat
  • Peth Fort

Best Time to Visit: Between July and September

How to Reach? Karjat can be reached by both train and road. There are a number of trains that run on regular intervals in a day for Karjat from Mumbai. If you wish to travel by road, you can hire your private cab and reach Karjat.

Where to Stay? Durshet Forest Lodge is the best place to book your stay in Durshet.

11. Malshej Ghat: For Best Trekking Experience and Sighting Flamingoes

Malshej Ghat

Distance from Mumbai: 127 km

Malshej Ghat is yet another location for a short weekend trip from Mumbai. Dotted with fascinating forts, lush green hillsides, a striking waterfall, a dam, Malshej Ghat is an ideal destination for nature lovers and adventure junkies. The beauty of the place enhances even more during the monsoon season when you will get to see colourful Flamingo birds which is a sight not to miss and is worth a click. In addition to this, Malshej Ghat is also one of the best honeymoon destinations near Mumbai.

Places to Visit:

  • Pimpalgaon Joga Dam
  • Harishchandragad Fort (Trekking)
  • Shivneri Fort
  • Ajoba Hill Fort (Rock Climbing)
  • Harishchandragad (Trekking)
  • Bhairavgod Moroshi (Trekking)
  • Malshej Falls

Best Time to Visit: Between July and March

How to Reach? As Malshej Ghat is located at a short distance from Mumbai, the best way to reach would be by road. You can avail state-run buses that ply to and from Mumbai on a regular basis via NH 61. You can even hire your private cab from Mumbai to reach Malshej Ghat.

Where to Stay? Saj By The Lake is one of the best options to stay when on a trip to Malshej Ghat.

12. Kolad: For A Never Had Before White Water Rafting

Kolad

Distance from Mumbai: 122 km

Popular for white water rafting, Kolad is a well-known weekend getaway from Mumbai for indulging in the water sports activities. A tiny village, Kolad boasts of natural beauty comprising cascading waterfalls, green meadows, forts, dams and a cave amidst a complete serene setting. So, if you are up for some pulsating water sport activities then head to Kolad where you can enjoy rafting, rappelling, kayaking and more. Along with this, the scenic landscape of Kolad is even idyllic for trekking and camping bidding you an experience of a lifetime.

Places to Visit:

  • Kundalika River (Water Water Rafting)
  • Tamhini Ghat Waterfalls
  • Ghosala Fort
  • Tala Fort
  • Bhira Dam
  • Kuda Mandad Caves
  • Gaimukh
  • Sutarwadi Lake
  • Plus Valley (Trekking)

Best Time to Visit: Between June and March

How to Reach? The best way to reach Kolad is by road. You can either avail the state-run buses that ply to and from Mumbai on a regular basis via NH 66 or hire a private cab to reach Kolad.

Where to Stay? Kundalika Cottages are Gaachee Resort are the two best accommodation options in Kolad.

13. Adlabs Imagica: For a Fun-Filled and Thrilling Weekend With Your Family and Friends

Adlabs Imagica Roller Coaster

Distance from Mumbai: 68 km

An international standard theme park, Adlabs Imagica is situated off the Mumbai-Pune Expressway and is one of the best family holiday destinations near Mumbai. The place offers fun, adventure, entertainment, dining, shopping, accommodation, I mean what more do you want! Whether you choose to visit the Adlabs Imagica with friends, family or kids, all of them is surely going to love this park which features around 25 attractions and 5 themed restaurants. Right from enjoying basketball to sliding down the rafts and toboggans, from climbing the snowy mountains to having a snowball fight or simply relaxing while sipping a cup of coffee and more, there is something for everyone at Adlabs.

Best Time to Visit: Between November and January

Timings of Imagica: Between 10:30 AM and 8:00 PM. The ride commences from 11:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

How to Reach? The best ways to reach Imagica from Mumbai are by rail and road. You can a take train from Mumbai upto Khopoli and from Khopoli Railway Station you will get the autorickshaw to reach Imagica. Also, Imagica has its own bus service which runs from various pick up points in Mumbai at particular timings. In addition to this, you can even hire your private cab to reach Imagica.

Where to Stay? You can either choose to stay at Novotel Imagica or Hotel Harshali Park located at close proximity to Adlabs Imagica.

PILGRIMAGE WEEKEND GETAWAYS

14. Nanded: To Seek the Blessings of God and Marvel at the Architectural Grandeur

Nanded

Distance from Mumbai: 573 km

If you are looking for a pilgrimage getaway near Mumbai, head to Nanded. The place is one of the important destinations especially for the Sikh Pilgrims who come to seek blessings at Takhat Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchal Nagar Sahib also known as Hazur Sahib. The stunning architecture of the gurdwara is a treat to the eyes. What is more pleasing is the pristine beauty and serene ambience of the gurdwara that fills one’s heart with sanctity and peace. The place is even known as ‘Sachkhand’ which means the region of truth. Apart from seeking blessings at the Gurudwara, you can even visit other tourist attractions in Nanded which include forts, a dam and waterfall.

Places to Visit:

  • Huzur Sahib
  • Mahurgad
  • Nanded Fort
  • Kandhar Fort
  • Sahastrakund Waterfall
  • Isapur Dam

Best Time to Visit: Between October and March

How to Reach? The best way to reach Nanded is by rail and road. Direct train from Mumbai to Nanded is available. Also, you can avail the bus service that runs on a regular basis from Mumbai via MH MSH 2.

Where to Stay? Hotel City Pride, Hotel Anuradha Palace and Hotel Ramakrishna International are some of the options to stay in Nanded.

15. Shirdi: For Soaking in Spirituality and Attaining Peace of Mind

Shirdi

Distance from Mumbai: 238 km

Also known as Sainagar, Shirdi is one of the popular pilgrimage destinations to visit near Mumbai. It is the place where the spiritual master, Sai Baba preached to the devotees and even took his last breath. Shirdi is the ideal destination that let the devotees seek mental peace. As you step inside the main attraction of Shirdi i.e, Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir, the architectural grandiose of the temple and devotion will leave you spellbound. Besides, temples, there is a museum and a waterpark as well, where you can visit when on a visit to Shirdi.

Places to Visit:

  • Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir
  • Sri Dwarkamai Temple
  • Dixit Wada Museum
  • Shirdi Waterpark
  • Wet N Joy Waterpark
  • Sai Heritage Village
  • Sai Teerth (Theme Park)
  • Sai Heritage Village

Best Time to Visit: Between November and February

How to Reach? The best way to reach Shirdi from Mumbai is by rail and road. The nearest railway station is at Kopargaon which is approx 14 km away from Shirdi. From Kopargaon Railway Station, you can take a rickshaw or any other public transport to reach Shirdi. If you wish to travel by road, you can avail the state or private bus service from Mumbai that runs on a regular basis via NH 160 and Ghoti-Shirdi Road.

Where to Stay? Sai Ashram and Dwarawati Bhakt Niwas are the two accommodation options to stay in Shirdi.

16. Nashik: For Exploring Mythologically and Historically Important Temples and Caves

Nashik

Distance from Mumbai: 166 km

Known as a holy city, Nashik is situated on the banks of River Godavari. Being one of the Hindu pilgrimage destinations, Nashik hosts the Kumbh Mela which is held every 12 years. On being here, you will come across a number of important sightseeing options of which Pandavleni Caves is a must-visit. In addition to this, the city is dotted with a number of caves and temples that are set amidst beautiful surroundings. These temples and caves hold mythological, historical, social and cultural importance. Besides, Nashik is also popular for Sula Vineyard.

Places to Visit:

  • Sita Gufa
  • Pandavleni Caves
  • Panchvati
  • Trimbakeshwar
  • Kapileshwar Temple
  • Kalaram Temple
  • Anjaneri Hills
  • Sula Vineyard
  • Saptashrungi

Best Time to Visit: Between October and March

How to Reach? As Nashik is located at a short distance from Mumbai, it can be conveniently reached by road. You can avail the state or private bus service that runs on a regular basis via NH 160. You can even hire a private cab to reach Nashik.

Where to Stay? Panchavati Group of Hotels, Hotel Royal Heritage, The Source at Sula are some of the best accommodation options in Nashik.

WILDLIFE WEEKEND GETAWAYS

17. Karnala Bird Sanctuary: For Witnessing a Variety of Resident and Migratory Birds

Karnala Bird Sanctuary

Distance from Mumbai: 47 km

Situated on the Mumbai-Goa highway, Karnala Bird Sanctuary is an ideal place for the bird watchers. You will be able to witness more than 147 species of resident birds of the region. If you plan a trip to Karnala Bird Sanctuary during the winter season, you will be able to spot around 37 species of migratory birds along the avifauna. The commonly spotted birds in the sanctuary include Racket-Tailed Drongo, Crested Serpent Eagle Golden Backed Woodpecker, Malabar Whistling Thrush, Paradise Fly Catcher, Magpie Robin and more. Karnala makes an ideal picnic and trekking spot.

Best Time to Visit: Between October and April

How to Reach? Located at a very short distance from Mumbai, Karnala Bird Sanctuary can be best reached by road. Hire a private cab to reach the bird sanctuary from Mumbai.

Where to Stay? Aayush Resort and Panoramic Resort are the two accommodation option to stay near Karnala Bird Sanctuary.

18. Radhanagari Bison Sanctuary: To Witness a Wide Variety of Unique Fauna

golden backed woodpecker, Radhanagari Bison Sanctuary

Distance from Mumbai: 425 km

Located in the Radhanagari Taluka of Kolhapur District, Radhanagari Bison Sanctuary is a wildlife sanctuary and a natural World Heritage Site. Being an ideal place for wildlife buffs, the sanctuary comprises around 264 species of birds, 66 species of butterflies, 59 species of reptiles, and 47 species of mammals. If you happen to visit during the monsoon season, you can even spot amphibians. Indian leopard, barking deer, sloth, giant squirrel, wild boar mouse deer are some of the most commonly spotted fauna of the Radhanagari Bison Sanctuary.

Best Time to Visit: Between August and February

How to Reach? Both railways and roadways are the best ways to reach Radhanagari Bison Sanctuary. You can either take a train up to Karad. Upon reaching Karad you can reach by hiring a taxi. If you wish to travel by road, avail the bus service which runs from Mumbai on a regular basis via Bangalore – Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai Hwy/Mumbai – Pune Hwy and AH47.

Where to Stay? Sayaji Hotel Kolhapur and Hotel Classic Midtown are the two options to stay near Radhanagari Bison Sanctuary.

HERITAGE WEEKEND GETAWAYS

19. Aurangabad: To Explore the Past Glory and Heritage Along Modern Charm and Tradition

Aurangabad

Distance from Mumbai: 335 km

One of the best options to plan a heritage weekend tour from Mumbai, Aurangabad is renowned for its medieval architectural beauty. From visiting the UNESCO World Heritage Sites to bustling markets of silk items, the tourism destination promises an exciting holiday experience like never before. In addition to this, Aurangabad is even home to two important temples namely Jyotirlinga Grishneshwar temple and the Bhadra Maruti Temple having legends and myths of their own.

Places to Visit:

  • Ajanta Caves
  • Ellora Caves
  • Jyotirlinga Grishneshwar Temple
  • Bhadra Maruti Temple
  • Aurangabad Caves
  • Bibi-ka-Maqbara
  • Sunheri Mahal
  • Daulatabad Fort
  • Jama Masjid
  • Panchakki
  • Bani Begum Garden
  • Gul Mandi
  • Killa Arak
  • Salim Ali Lake
  • Dargah of Pir Hazrat İsmail
  • Siddharth Garden and Zoo

Best Time to Visit: Between October and March

How to Reach? You can choose to travel by all the three means of transport i.e., airways, railways and roadways. Aurangabad has its own airport and railway station which is well connected with Mumbai. If you wish to travel by road, you can avail the state bus that runs regular interval from Mumbai via NH 160, Ghoti – Shirdi Road and Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai Highway.

Where to Stay? Ambassador Ajanta and Hotel Ginger are the best options to book your stay in Aurangabad.

FESTIVAL WEEKEND GETAWAYS

20. Purushwadi: To See a Million Fireflies Dance

Purushwadi

Distance from Mumbai: 190 km

An idyllic tribal village, Purushwadi is gradually gaining popularity as an ecotourism destination. On being here, you can spend your days at the homestays which will give you an opportunity to learn about the traditional tribal life. The place has gained fame because of the Purushwadi Fireflies Festival which is celebrated in the month of May/June. So, if you will be visiting Purushwadi for the fireflies festival you will get to celebrate vibrant colours of nature amidst glowing fireflies. This is no less than a treat to the eyes. The destination is even ideal for camping in the woods by the lakeside.

Best Time to Visit: Between May and June

How to Reach? Purushwadi can be easily reached by rail and road from Mumbai. You can either take a train up to Igatpuri. Upon reading the railway station, hire a cab to reach Purushwadi. If you wish to travel by road, you can avail the bus service which runs from Mumbai via NH 160. Also, you can hire your private cab from Mumbai to reach Purushwadi.

Where to Stay? Get an authentic village experience by staying at the Homestays. You can even choose to camp by the lakeside.

So, these were some of the blissful weekend getaways from Mumbai. Now that you know, where are you planning to go for your next holiday?

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Swati Mishra

About

Born and brought up in Assam- ‘The Land of Tea Gardens’, Swati is a Travel Writer who yearns to travel around the whole world someday. Coming from one of lush-green and peaceful states of India, her love for nature and rain is beyond imagination. She is an observant and is keen to explore more about the things that comes her way which could be clearly seen in her write ups. Other than this, she is a foodie and can do anything for food that is made out of cheese especially- The Alfredo Penne Pasta!

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