Maharashtra might be the leading industrial mogul in India, but the state does have a side that is pristine, glorious, charming and as pure as the driven snow; all thanks to the Sahyadri mountain ranges that stands as a backbone towards the west. If pointed on the map, one would notice that the state encompasses multiple hill stations of every shape and size from North to South; starting from the soaring western ghats lowering till the Arabian Sea. Each with a charm of its own, these cool holiday places of Maharashtra were incognito to the travelers, until British decided to explore some of them and make their home.
The best description of these hill travel places of the Maharashtra would be the tiny stations that keep on playing hide and seek with nature; in the monsoon, they elope themselves in their trees; in winters they are surrounded by the blanket of fog and when the summers arrive they stand tall to face the sunbeams that pass through the rolling down mists. To be very clear and precise, the hilly retreats of Maharashtra can be visited throughout the year, and their sightseeing place keeps on sparkling and emitting their allure, charisma, and charm.
Matheran, one of the unspoiled countryside of Maharashtra is so impeccable that even to reach their, tourists will have to take a train and even trek to reach from one location to other. Also, Matheran is the tiniest hill station of Asia. As stated earlier, colonial people has a major hand in exploring some of the picturesque hill stations like
Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Khandala, and Lonavla. Gaganbavda, which offers the fantastic view of hills and the coastal region, has been quite a famous haunt for Marathi and Hindi cinema directors and can be seen as a perfect backdrop in many featured films. In Maharashtra, certain hill stations are off the travelers radar but deserves a special visit like Mhaismal, famous for its exquisite flora; Bhandardara, a holiday resort village; Kamshet, known to the people as paragliding spots and Lonar, featuring the only salt water lake in basaltic rock. If backwater of Kerala is out of reach, visit Mulshi Dam in Tamhini Ghat to enjoy them. India's first ever planned hill city, Lavasa, is also a must visit for its hill resorts and water sports activities offered here.
With the presence of such scenic beauty, grassy mountain slopes and green meadows, evidently Maharashtra is the favorite haunt of the adventurers. Hilly hamlets like Karjat, Khandala, Igatpuri and Panchgani amuses adventurers for their beautiful trekking trails through lush green forest.
Monsoon is the best time to visit the hilly hamlets of the Maharashtra as with the commencement of rain the lush trees form a canopy around the town; promising a complete privacy and a perfect weekend getaway from the hustle-bustle of the city life.