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Aurangabad


Named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is one of the most sought after tourist destination in Maharashtra. It is dotted with plenty of ancient and historic monuments, such as Bibi ka Maqbara, also known as the Mini Taj Mahal.

Aurangabad still hold to its past roots and the historical charm and the brilliance of the city attracts a large number of tourists from almost all the corners of the country.

Distance: 370 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Tarkali

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Long, narrow beaches, white sand, shru trees, and pristine and calm environment- you will witness it all at Tarkarli. Tarkarli is a beautiful hotspot of coastal ecosystem, as it remains quite unexplored. Blessed with long coastline and almost clear water, Tarkarli is an ideal weekend destination to get in touch with nature.

Among all the things to do around Tarkarli, beach visits or tours are the most popular as it is dotted with several of them. In addition to the gorgeous Tarkarli Beach, one can find several other beaches in and around the region.

Distance:  490nKilometers from Mumbai

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Mahabaleshwar

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Mahabaleshwar is a hill station located in the Westren ghats region at an elevation of 1,353 meters from sea. The breathtaking view of the hills, in-numerous waterfalls, streams, springs and cultivation delicious strawberries, makes Mahbaleshwar a hot favorite among weekend getaway destinations from Mumbai.

Mahabaleshwar has over 14 viewpoints which offer panoramic views of the amazing landscapes. These points are within close range of each other and are named after notable Britishers, some of them are namely Elphinstone Point, Arthur's Seat, Galoni Point, Lodwick Point.

Distance: 263 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Durshet

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Durshet is a little village found on the banks of the river Amba, near Khopoli nestled in the Sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra. Due to its proximity to Mumbai it serves as a weekend getaway, away from the hustle bustle of the city to the lap of nature.

Durshet is blessed with nature’s bounty, with extensive teak trees, Flame of the Forest and an occasional silver oak too. With its streams, lakes, sloppy hills, and rich flora and fauna, it is nothing less than a paradise for nature lovers. Durshet is an ideal place for trekking and hiking. The mountain forts of Sarasgad and Sudhagad are popular forts for treks.

Distance: 76 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Karnala

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Karnala Bird Sanctuary is one of the scenic getaways, not very far from the city of Mumbai. The exquisite spot located off the Mumbai - Pune highway to Goa is one of the perfect weekend getaways for nature lovers. The bird sanctuary is popular among bird watchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Distance: 50 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Vasai Fort

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Formerly known as Bassien, is a scenic suburban town in the north of Mumbai. As one of the scenic forts, the place is one of the popular tourist spots around Mumbai. The fort is also of national importance and has been protected and maintained by the Archeological Survey of India. 

As a perfect spot for a day away from the crowded city, the picturesque Portuguese fort is one of the most scenic escapes. With the remains from the 17th century the serene surroundings around the fort is something one would always look forward to.

Distance: 67 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Mt.Kalsubai

As one of the highest peaks along the western ghats in Maharashtra, Mt. Kalsubai stands as tall as 5400 ft. It is also proudly known as the Everest of Maharashtra. This place is also one of the most popular trekking spots, that also encourages wild-life enthusiasts. Dating back to the Cenozoic Era, the mountain is of solidified flood basalt.

The mountain range lies within the Kalsubai Harishchandragad Wild-life Sanctuary, making this one of the best places for some great wildlife spotting during weekends or even for on a quick getaway. 

Distance: 153 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Kalavantin Durg

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At the height of 2300 ft, Kalavantin Durg is one of the most approachedAt the height of 2300 ft, Kalavantin Durg is one of the most approached tourist spots that is not very far from Mumbai. As a medium level difficulty trek, the place is one of the most enjoyable trekking spots for avid trekkers.

The highlight of the trekking experience is the climb upto the pinnacle top of the hill. While the descend down the pinnacle is said to be a tough task, this is one of the most important and fun experiences during the trek.

Distance: 46 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Prabalgad Fort

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Also known as Muranjan, Prabalgad Fort is located between Matheran and Panvel, just about 46 Kilometers from Mumbai. As one of the oldest forms of architecture, the fort is one of the most popular tourist spots. 

The fort has a Ganesha temple and is off the old stone ruins. At an elevation of 2300 ft, the  fort was built close Matheran, the neighbouring hill to Prabalgad. From the highest point at Prabalgad, one can catch a panoramic view of the Kalavantin Ghad that is also at a similar height. 

Distance: 46 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Bhivpuri

Located at about 80 Kms from Mumbai, in the Bhivpuri, is the scenic Bekre Waterfalls. This place is one of the popular spots for rappelling and other water adventure activities. This is also one of the great spots for one day trips and adventure activities.

The falls is very well known for activities like rappelling, flying fox and more. The spot is one of the most preferred spots for sports and outdoor activities by most adventure junkies.

Distance: 80 Kilometers

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Neral

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The quaint beautiful town, Neral, is right in between Mumbai and Pune, at a very accessible distance. The small town, at Raigad District is also one of the popular railhead junctions, with trains from Mumbai and Pune plying through this place.

As a spot which also lets the tourists to reach Matheran easily, Neral has a well maintained transport frequency and facilities that tourists would require. The popular Matheran toy train starts from Neral. This adds to the lovely hill station being more accessible as a quick getaway.

Distance:  Kilometers from Mumbai

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Matheran

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Matheran is one of the most scenic hill stations between Mumbai and Pune. At an altitude of 2,625 feet, this place enjoys cooler and less humid climate during the summer, making it one of the popular escapes for the people in cities close by like Mumbai and Pune.

The name Matheran typically means ‘forest on the forehead’. This region is also an eco-sensitive region. The hill station has some of the best view-points along the way. The Panorama Point gives an absolutely stunning 360 degree view. Neral is also one of the small towns near Matheran. 

Distance: 83 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Bhandardara


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Bhandardara is the perfect spot for a holiday resort in Maharashtra. At a height of about 3000 ft, this is one of the perfect weekend getaways. As a popular resort village that has been hosting holiday parties and events, Bhandardara never fails to offer some fun events that people can participate. 

As the village plays a perfect foreground for the Pravara River, the pristine beauty of the village includes rivers, waterfalls and greenery that is clearly away from all the city pollution. With great tourist attraction worthy places like dams to lakes, Bhandardara is a perfect blend of all the possible natural beauty. 

Distance: 165 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Nashik

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As the wine capital of India, there couldn’t be a better getaway than Nashik from the crowded Mumbai city. Situated right at the foothills of Western Ghats, at about 2,300 ft above sea level, this place is one of the best spots for tourists. The river Godavari flows along Nashik, along with other rivers like Vaitarna, Bhima, Girana, Darana and Kashyapi.

The Nashik Court Building is built in black stone in British Regime and the new building was inaugurated on 18 September 2005. The coin museum, which is one of its kind in the whole of Asia is one of the must visits while at Nashik. 

Distance: 167 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Panchgani

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As the name suggests, Panchgani is a quaint place perched between five magnificent hills. Offering some of the most amazing viewpoints of the hills, this place is one the most favourite and easy getaways from Mumbai. 

Stretching for about 95 acres, this is one of the longest mountain plateau in Asia, with a viewpoint that lets you spot the famous Devil's Kitchen caves. The beautiful hill station is also known for its Strawberry farms and delicious strawberries. The place even hosts a Strawberry Festival during summers.

Distance: 244 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Kolad


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Located around 130km from Mumbai and 120km from Pune, this picturesque village is nothing less than a paradise for the adventure seekers and nature lovers. Kolad abounds in scenic beauty and a wide range of enthralling activities. It has pleasant weather all through the year, However monsoon is considered as the best time to visit this wonderful village as the waterfalls come to life during this season.

Known for being a hub for all sorts of adventure activities, Kolad is a small hamlet in Maharashtra. Kolad is situated on the banks of the stunning Kundalika River in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Western Ghats.

Distance: 120 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Savarkut


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Settled on the banks of the river Vaitarna between Mumbai and Nashik, Savarkut is a hamlet located at a distance of 120 km from Mumbai. This village is one of the two river-rafting destinations in Maharashtra.

Rafting on the waters of river Vaitrana is a thrilling experience. The rapids in this river are at a short distance from each other so instead just spending most of your time in the boat, you will spend a lot of time diving in and lazing around in the river. Apart from river rafting, there are some other adventure and fun activities that you can participate in.

Distance: 120 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Lonavala

Blessed with waterfalls, green cover, lakes and unmatchable scenic landscapes Lonavala should be your next weekend getaway destination if you are a lover of nature. Lonavala is a part of the Sahyadri range and it springs during monsoon. The name 'Lonavla' is derived from 'Len' and 'Avali' that roughly means the resting place of stones.

While in Lonavala you take absorb in as much as of the breathtaking views and pristine environment. However apart from the natural bliss, Lonavala also has a lot more tourist spots which you must visit.

Distance:  Kilometers from Mumbai

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Rajmachi

Rajmachi is a small village situated in the Sahyadri mountain range of the Konkan region of Maharashtra. The place is known as a paradise for trekkers and adventure enthusiast. It has been a favorite tourist spot for the presence of two forts, on twin peaks namely Shrivardhan and Manaranjan.

Both the forts are located amidst a green cover offering stunning views of the surrounding hills and valleys. During the monsoon season, the true beauty of Rajmachi peak gets exemplified with the lush green forests, meadows, and sparkling waterfalls and streams.

Distance: Kilometers from Mumbai

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Alibaug



Renowned for its beaches, clear water and pristine surroundings, Alibaug is a popular coastal town in Konkan region. Located in the Raighad district of Maharasthra, Alibaug is also home to many historical and intricate temples, which interest the tourists.

A lazy stroll along the sea shore refreshes your mind, body and soul and making you forget the hectic and monotonous life of Mumbai. Apart from the Alibaug beach there are several other beaches near Alibaug which you must head to. You can indulge in water sports and activities at Nagaon beach as it is safe for all kinds of activities as in swimming, boating due to flat surface. The beach also acts as the central place for surrounding other beaches like Murud, Kashid, Akshi, Alibaug, Kihim and Mandva. Another tourist attraction in Alibaug is the Konkan Fort.

Distance:  95 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Dahanu


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Dahanu is a coastal town, which is also known as the land of Chickoo Orchards. It can be visited during any weekend as it is located just 125 kms from Mumbai, offering a 17 km long, beautiful scenic beach stretch. The Casurina trees planted in plenty along the shore adds to the beauty of the environment.

Dahanu is one of the places to be at, during your next weekend because it is still untouched and unspoiled by any kind of urbanization. The village has been listed as a ‘green zone’ because of it being ecologically fragile.

Distance: 125 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Shirdi


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Shirdi is a holy shrine of the revered saint Sai Baba, located in the Ahmednagar district of Maharashtra. This pilgrim place is frequented by countless devotees every day. Other than the famous Sai Baba temple there are various other temples and a few historical sites located in Shirdi including Chavadi, Samadhi Mandir, Dwarkamai Masjid, Shani Shignapur, to name a few.

The main attraction of Shirdi is the Sai Baba Samadhi temple, as it houses the last remains of Sai Baba. The Sai Baba Mandir is the main reason why Shirdi is considered as one of the biggest pilgrim destinations of India. The devotees stand in long queues to catch a glimpse of Sai Baba's mortal remains.

Distance:  Kilometers from Mumbai

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Bhimshankar

Located about 223 km from Mumbai, Bhimashankar is an oasis for serene, calm and pristine environment. It is a popular temple town, with hills, waterfalls and forests and a wild life sanctuary. It is also the perfect place for those seeking some adrenaline rush as it is abundant with a plethora of treks. Bhimshankar is situated at a height of around 3,250 feet in the ghat region of the Sahyadri range.

Bhimashankar is surrounded by hills and is covered by thick green rain forests. It is believed that the name Bhimashankar originated from the river Bhima which evaporated due to the generated between the war of Lord Shiva and the demon Tripurasura.

Distance: 233 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Daman


The pristine beaches, cool breeze, lush greenery, and panoramic natural beauty makes Daman a popular destination among tourists. When it comes to history and exciting adventures, Daman is the destination that manages to majestically blend and present you the best of both worlds. And what increases the tourist crowd here is the cheap liquor.

The place was a former Portuguese colony, so other than the beach Daman also houses various number of buildings and monuments giving a glimpse of the Portuguese styled architecture and town planning.

Distance:  Kilometers from Mumbai

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Jaighad

Jaigad is a coastal village located at the tip of a peninsula in Ratnagiri District in the state of Maharashtra. The town is famous for Jaigad fort which dates back to 17th century is perched on a cliff.

Jaigad fort is spread across an area of 13 acres and offers a splendid view of a bay formed where the Shastri River enters the Arabian Sea, the nearby power plant and the open sea. A jetty port Angrey, and a lighthouse is also located nearby the fort. Although most of the fort is in ruins, its outer wall and ramparts still stand tall.

Distance:  Kilometers from Mumbai

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Ratnagiri


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Ratnagiri is blessed with scenic beauty with beautiful surroundings, majestic hills, long sea shores, rivers, hot water springs, forests and also stores history within ancient historical monuments. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Maharashtra.

Mandvi beach is the most popular beach in Ratnagiri because of its proximity to the town. It is a black sand beach and offers a panoramic view with the Ratnadurga fort to its west. The fort has a unique structure in the form of horseshoe 1000 meters wide and 1300 meters long. It is of historical significance as it was once a strong hold of the Maratha Empire later to be occupied by Mughals.

Distance:  Kilometers from Mumbai

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Ajanta


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If you want to get enlightened about the life and culture in ancient India, then head out to Ajanta caves. The temples at these archaic caves date back to the period between 2nd century BC and 6th century AD and are dedicated to Buddhism.

The caves are nestled in an inner fold of the Sahyadri Hills, near the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra and about 300 kilometres northeast of Mumbai. The rock caves of Ajanta, are about 30 in number, and are in the shape of a mammoth horseshoe. These are famous for their awe-inspiring structures and carvings that adorn the walls, making them a fascinating spiritual tourist attraction for Buddhists and scholars and tourists. 

Distance: 300 Kilometers from Mumbai

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Amboli


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Amboli lies in the Sahyadri hills in the Sindhudurg district of Maharashtra. This beautiful hill-station is known as the ‘queen’ of Maharashtra for its natural splendor which is in plenty. It is a precious ecological hotspot, located in the state of Sawantwadi, on the ridge of the Western Ghats.

Amboli is situated at an altitude of 690 meters above the sea level and its topography comprises dense forest area with a large number of waterfalls which come to life during the rains. In fact, Amboli receives the highest rainfalls in Maharashtra and thus remains pleasant all round the year.

Distance: Kilometers from Mumbai

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