March 26, 2023

Individuals preserve asking me, “I’m in Mumbai this weekend, what are the locations close to me, the place can I am going?”. This isn’t typically the type of article we might write, however right here we’re. The place CAN one go? Properly, wherever there may be 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 attempt Kamshet. A small village round 110km from Mumbai, Kamshet is situated subsequent to Indrayani River and some lakes round. Kamshet has paragliding firms, and is mostly a sleepy little place to sit back. It additionally has an Arts and Theatre Competition. There are locations the place you’ll be able to keep simply to put in writing your e-book, 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 previous 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. lovely grasslands, dwelling of the critically endangered Indian Gray Wolf and the Chinkara, Saswad has one or two respectable locations to remain however the panorama is woth visiting for. Attempt monsoons are winters right here.

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

Places Near Me in Mumbai - Bhigwan Dhiksal
Birding at Bhigwan might be very rewarding.

Mulshi – Pavana : One other respectable place to go to is the world round Lakes Mulshi and Pavana. Over a time period, many dwelling stays and resorts have cropped up. Additionally some 170km from Mumbai, Mulshi is sizzling in summers, good within the monsoons and funky in winters. Drive via Mulshi in direction of Tamhini Ghat within the monsoons for a superb expertise of waterfalls, jungles and mist.

For somebody prepared to go a bit of additional, I’d counsel Mahabaleshwar and Panchgani, although they’re a very good 280km from Mumbai and take round 6-7 hours to succeed in, and keep away from weekends. Thought of ‘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 respectable locations to go for walks. It’s important to be very cautious when selecting the place to remain, as most locations are mediocre. The meals is mostly unhealthy. The climate might be higher.

Places Near Me in Mumbai - Prospect Hotel Panchgani
Prospect Resort Panchgani

Round 130km from Mumbai, via a 70% horrible route lies Malshej Ghat. A lovely 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 draws 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 out there right here although we haven’t stayed there but. It appears the meals there may be good.

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

Places Near Me in Mumbai -  Bhimashankar Forest
The dense forests of Bhimashankar are nice for trekking.

Someplace round this space likes Matheran, an previous ‘hill station’. The distinctive factor about Matheran isn’t any automobiles are allowed contained in the city. You’ll be able to solely stroll or use horse carriages or horses. (Perhaps that is the explanation I haven’t visited Matheran within the final 14 years). It has loads of previous bungalows transformed into resorts, resorts and residential stays. Relying on the place you keep, the meals might be wonderful. 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 widespread car parking zone (a sense that doesn’t settle effectively with me, I like my automotive means an excessive amount of). However the forest walks and views are wonderful. Matheran is superior all yr spherical, although summers might be sizzling within the solar and monsoons, it may possibly rain an excessive amount of.

Places Near Me in Mumbai -  Matheran
Matheran Hills…

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

Places Near Me in Mumbai -  Karnala Bird Sancturay
The Karnala Chook 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-about a holy metropolis, Nashik can also be referred to as Dakshin Kashi. (In reality the river Godavari begins from a spot referred to as Trimbakeshwar on the outskirts of Nashik). Aside from many non secular websites, Nashik is the wine capital of India with quite a few vineyards and their stays which have mushroomed lately. Aside from the Vineyards, Nashik has a very good vibe, a spot to loosen up and unwind. The meals is mostly good. Very near Nashik is Deolali, an previous Cantonment City which has many aged Sanatoriums and bungalows to view. Value a go to.

Places Near Me in Mumbai -  Nashik Panchvati
About 4 hours from Mumbai, Nashik could be a good break…

In the identical path 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 historical 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.

Places Near Me in Mumbai -  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 received’t go into the main points.

Places Near Me in Mumbai -  Alibaug

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 dwelling stays on this article.

Places Near Me in Mumbai -  Roha
Someplace close to Roha within the monsoons…

Go a bit of south from Alibag and also you attain Kashid. A lovely seashore 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 respectable locations to remain right here. Search round.

Places Near Me in Mumbai -  Road To Murud Janjira
Highway To Murud Janjira

Additional down from Kashid is the temple city of Harihareshwar. The previous temple devoted to Lord harihareshwar, or Shiva, is beautiful and value a go to. It has turn into highly regarded now, however virtually 18 years in the past, as a scholar, 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 fantastic rocky sea entrance stuffed with many many crabs. And on both aspect of this temple city are two seashore cities of Diveagar and Shrivardhan. Each lovely cities and good seashores. Discover some respectable 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 various small and delightful seashores alongside this stretch, like Harnai, Velas, Ganapatiphule, Ratnagiri and many others, however they preserve turning into farther from Mumbai and maybe not precisely for an article titled “locations to go to close to me”.