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iXiGOers May 13 2013

Which are the top 10 hill stations near Mumbai?

Chandralekha Singh May 15 2013
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Here is a list of top 10 hill stations near Mumbai that promise that much-needed break from the daily hustle bustle of life. Enjoy a rejuvenating stay at these places and come back feeling fresh and relaxed!

1. Matheran (88.5 km)

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.

Matheran (by blorecowboy)

On a trip to Matheran you’ll find a dense forest cover and unmatched cleanliness thanks to its conscious effort to maintain the ecosystem here. Some interesting places to visit in Matheran are One Kiss Tunnel, Panorama Point, One Tree Point and more.

Waterfall in Matheran (by blorecowboy)

2. Lonavala and Khandala (89.0 km)

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.

A scenic spot in Lonavala (by FlickreviewR)

With umpteen sightseeing spots, trekking trails and scenic walking paths, this beautiful hill station is a wise option for a short two day trip. Karla Caves, Lohagad Fort and Ryewood Park are a few of the highly recommended places to visit here.

Rajmachi Point (by Jat-Homeland-India)

3. Malshej Ghat (126 km)

A nice retreat from the maddening city life, Malshej Ghat 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.

Malshej Hills (by File Upload Bot (Magnus Manske))

Though it is thronged by tourists all year long, monsoons take the allure of Malshej Ghat to another level, releasing a new life on these weathered hills of the Western Ghats in the form of gurgling streams and lush greenery. To know more about the place (about how to reach, best places to visit etc), read Malshej Ghat Travel Guide.

4. Lavasa (140 km)

Lavasa is located in the Sahyadri Mountains in the Western Ghats located on the banks of the popular Baji Pasalkar Reservoir. 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.

Lavasa (by FlickreviewR)

5. Bhandardara (147 km)

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.

Bhandardara Lake (by Enygmatic-Halycon)

Bhandardara can be visited any time of the year, but it looks even more beautiful in monsoons with rain-soaked trees, mist kissed leaves and flowers. Other attractions are Mt. Kalsubai and Bhandardara Lake (Lake Arthur Hill).

6. Jawhar (155 km)

Situated in Thane district, Jawhar is one of the top 10 hill stations around Mumbai that is nestled in the hills, covered with lush greenery and nourished by the many waterfalls around. Major attractions of Jawhar are the Dabdaba and Dabhosa waterfalls, the Shirpa Mal structure built as a defence by Chhatrapati Shivaji, Sunset Point and Hanuman Point (believed to be Hanuman’s relaxing place). With its panoramic views, fresh mountain air and cool weather, Jawhar is sure to have you rejuvenated soon enough!

Kalmandavi Falls (from the official website)

7. Saputara (244 km)

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’.

Table Top (by Master purav)

One of the highly visited hill stations in Gujarat, Saputara hill station is blessed with exhilarating natural beauty, verdant forests, gorgeous waterfalls and a plethora of lush gardens. The charming Saputara lake offers a wonderful view of the grand Sahyadri hills and is an important tourist attraction, others being Pandava Caves, Echo Point, Step Garden and Sunset Point.

Gir Falls (by Jusjih)

8. Tapola (220 km)

Also known as the ‘Kashmir of the West’, Tapola is a rustic hamlet on the banks of the Shivsagar lake. Tapola has several attractions for visitors. If you are into water sports, Shivsagar lake provides you an opportunity to try out boating, water scooter rides, kayaking and swimming. You can also go on jungle treks, visit the Vasota fort and the Nageshwar temple, pluck delicious strawberries from the farms around or see the most beautiful flowers at Kas Pathar. Of course, if you aren’t feeling particularly active, you can just lie back, smell the fresh flowers and listen to the birds chirping around you.

9. Mahabaleshwar (267 km)

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!!

Needle Hole Point (by Balaji.B)

This scenic hill station is marked by various attractions which offer spectacular views of the majestic Western Ghats.

10. Toranmal (290 km)

Nestled in the Barwani Hills of the Satpura Range, Toranmal is one of the lesser known hill stations of Maharashtra. Yashwant Lake, Torna Devi Temple, Lotus Lake, Shiva Temple, Gorakhnath Temple, Sita Khai, Kalapani Waterfalls, Machhindra Cave, and the Rainforest Park, one of the famous rainforests in India, are the main attractions of Toranmal. A delightful getaway that ensures solitude and serenity, Toranmal is a perfect choice.

A scenic point (by cool_spark)

Quite a handful of options, right? Set on a tranquil journey and romance the hills for a serene stay! These top 10 hill stations around Mumbai are waiting to welcome you for a lovely vacation!

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