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Reema Bhalla Feb 25 2014

Which are the best summer holiday destinations from Mumbai?

Reet Cheema Feb 25 2014
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As the temperature starts searing and holiday season sneaks in, people start jotting down their escape options to take a break from the hustle bustle of city life. To help you with your planning, here is a list of top summer holiday destinations from Mumbai to head to have a relaxed and laid back vacation time with your loved ones.

Lonavala
(96 kms)

Escape to this picturesque hill station located in the Pune district of Maharashtra. Lonavala, often called the Jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains, is one of the preferred getaway hill resort for Mumbaikars as its located at a distance of just 96 kms from Mumbai. You can also head to Khandala as its just adjacent to Lonavala. These twin hill station are around 622 metres (2,041 ft) above sea level and sprawl over an approximate area of 38 square kilometres. Also, these hill stations are famous for their of its production of seemingly innumerable varieties of hard candy known as chikki. You can also checkout various places to visit in Lonavala and choose from the list of hotels to stay.



Photo of Lonavala (by Arjun Singh Kulkarni)


Matheran (89 Kms)

Another popular summer holiday destination from Mumbai is Matheran, located in Raigad district in Maharashtra at a height of 800 meters (2,625 feet) above sea level. Discovered in 1850 by the British and subsequently developed into a popular summer retreat, this serene place provides a cooling escape from searing temperatures.The most unique thing about Matheran is that all vehicles are banned here making the escape is peaceful and rejuvenating away from any noise and pollution. So pack your bags and get here by taking a ride in the scenic toy train!


Photo of Matheran (by Kuldeep Thind)

Mahabaleshwar
(269 Kms)

Nestled in the Western Ghats at an altitude of 1,372 m, Mahabaleshwar is a popular summer holiday destination to head to. It is also known as the Queen of Maharashtra's hill stations and has served as the summer capital of Bombay province during the British Raj. Rejoice your summer vacation with scenic view of soaring peaks, breathtaking valleys and lush flora here. Also, head to various places to visit and indulge in various things to do in Mahabaleshwar while visiting this majestic hill station.


Photo of Mahabaleshwar (by Dhananjay Odhekar)


Lavasa
(145 Kms)

Stylistically based on the Italian town Portofino, Lavasa is a private, planned city near Pune. It attracts tourists from all around the country and is one of the popular weekend getaways from Mumbai. Also, the pleasant climate throughout the year with wide-open expanses and a scenic natural waterfront adds to its beauty. You can experience international watersports here with activities like pontoons, bumper boats, jet skiing, water volleyball and pedal boats. Also, rock climbing, camping, paintball are other attractions for adventure seekers. Lavasa has something for every member of the family!


Photo of Lavasa (by Arjun Singh Kulkarni)


Panchgani (250 Kms)

Surrounded by five hills of Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, Panchgani is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Maharashtra and makes an excellent destination for Summer Holidays from the bustling city of Mumbai. Also, on the 5-hour journey from Mumbai to Panchgani, you’ll be driving along Krishna River throughout the way making the journey as beautiful as destination. During British rule, Panchgani was developed as a retirement place for the British as the weather here remained pleasant throughout the year. There are many places to visit in Panchgani like Sydney Point, Devil's Kitchen and more.



Photo of Panchgani (by Akhilesh Dasgupta)


So, pack your bags, pick a place from this list of best summer holiday destinations from Mumbai and head there to have a rejuvenating experience away from all the stress of city life.

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