7 Wonderful Hill Retreats Near Mumbai: Plan a Trip Soon!

Take that much needed break at these 7 wonderful hill stations near Mumbai to enjoy some quiet time, away from the daily hustle bustle of life. Enjoy a rejuvenating stay at these places and come back feeling fresh and relaxed!

1. Lonavala and Khandala

The twin hill stations of Lonavala and Khandala are the ideal choices for a quick, rejuvenating weekend trip from Mumbai. Situated about 88 km away from the city, this beautiful hill station offers awe-inspiring views of the Sahyadri hills on one side and the Konkan coast on the other.

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How to Reach

By Rail: Lonavla Station has good connections from Mumbai and Pune
By Road: It takes at most 2 hrs on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. Bus ST and Asiad buses to Pune stop at Lonavla. One leaves every 15 mins from Dadar Bus Stand in Mumbai.

2. Matheran

With the ever changing climate and increasing population, most hill stations are losing their pristine character. On the contrary, Matheran has tried hard and been successful in maintaining its pure, untouched beauty, keeping this breathtaking hill station clean and cool. Literally meaning the “Woodland Overhead”, the hill station is unique in the fact that it does not allow any vehicles inside its city limits.

How to Reach

By Rail: Neral is the nearest railhead.
By Road: Transport buses from Mumbai ply regularly to Neral and then you can take the cab or horse ride for Matheran.

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3. Malshej Ghat

A nice retreat from the maddening city life, this hill station is a place of aesthetic natural beauty and a haven of serenity. If you are looking for a holiday full of relaxation in the lap of nature with its share of adventure activities, head off to Malshej Ghat.

How to Reach

By Rail: Kalyan (80 km) is the nearest railhead which is linked to Mumbai and Delhi.
By Road: State Transport buses leave for Pune, Mumbai and Ahmednagar through the day, every half hour from Kalyan Bus Stand and stop at Malshej Ghat on request.

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4. Lavasa

Recognised as India’s first hill city since Independence, it is primarily developed by HCC India and is set amidst 7 hills and 60 km of lakefront. Water and adventure sports like jet-skiing and rock climbing are well-organized here. The perfect weather, exciting activities and picturesque scenery all around will make Lavasa the perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai.

How to Reach

By Rail: Kolad is the nearest railhead to Lavasa.
By Road: A number of deluxe and regular buses ply from Mumbai to Lavasa.

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5. Saputara

Proudly perched on the second highest plateau of the Sahyadri range, Saputara literally means the ‘Abode of Serpents’. This hill station is a home to the longest ropeways in India, known as the ‘Pushpak Ropeway’.

How to Reach

By Rail: Nashik Road, the nearest railhead, connects to most metros and many other cities.
By Road: State Transport buses ply from Mumbai and Nashik. Private luxury buses from Mumbai run in the holiday season.

6. Mahabaleshwar

The summer capital of the erstwhile Bombay Presidency engages the senses not just on the strength of its natural beauty but also because of the charming tales spun around its most favoured points. Nature is extraordinarily munificent here — rugged hills, steep and sudden waterfalls, forests crowded with plant life, rivers that flow every which way they please!!

How to Reach

By Rail: Pune is the nearest railhead at about 100 km.
By Road: Regular buses ply from Mumbai and Pune for Mahabaleshwar.

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7. Bhandardara

Bhandardara, one of the famous hill stations of Maharashtra, situated against a mountainous backdrop, is a perfect hangout for spending some relaxed moments away from your hectic schedule. The picturesque scenic beauty and interesting trekking options play a perfect host to the tourists who want an ideal blend of adventure and tranquility.

How to Reach:

By Rail: Igatpuri (40km) is the nearest railhead, connected to the metros and many other cities.
By Road: Regular buses ply from Mumbai and Igatpuri.

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Quite a handful of options, right? Set on a tranquil journey and romance the hills for a serene holiday experience!