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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

Which are the places to visit around Mumbai?

Rupali Khanna DEC 10 2012
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The enthralling city of Mumbai with its bundle of surprises has satisfied the traveller in you. If exploring beautiful places around the city is on your mind, it would be better to have some time on your hands. With a plethora of lovely places around Mumbai, you will definitely be spoilt for choice. So pack your bags once again and set out on this exhilarating journey.

  • Lonavala

    Situated about 88 km from Mumbai, Lonavala is a part of the Sahyadri hills. Offering scenic views of the Deccan plateau on one side and the Konkan coast on the other, it is derived from a Sanskrit word 'Lonavli'. Lonavala is famous for its plethora of uncharted caves and is at a height of 625 mts above sea level in the western region of Maharashtra. A ride from a Mumbai to Lonavala taxi takes about 2 hours of travel. Unaffected by the impetus of growth in the cities, it is a small hideout for enthusiastic nature lovers. Unexplored waterfalls, trekking tracks, winding narrow roads and scenic walk paths is what makes this popular hill station different. A thriving weekend destination, the British influence is seen in the overwhelming colonial architecture. Karla Caves, Bhaja Caves and Lohagad Fort are some of the highly recommended tourist spots.
  • Alibag
    Alibag is known for its abundant greenery, lively atmosphere and scenic landscape. The golden sand beach and crystal clear water makes it a lovely combination in terms of idyllic serenity and enchanting exquisiteness! Situated about 100 km from Mumbai, it takes 2 hours to reach this ideal weekend getaway by a Mumbai to Alibag taxi. It has beautiful beaches, crystal clear waters, amazing forts and beautiful temples. Blessed with pristine natural beauty, Alibag holds a special place for nature lovers who want a fun-filled and relaxed vacation. As it embraced by sea from three sides, it is also referred to as "Goa of Maharashtra".
  • Pune
    Celebrated as Maharashtra's cultural capital, Pune bursts with educational institutes, museums and hill forts. Besides being a cultural and educational hub, Pune has ample attractions to satiate most visitors. With its glorious Maratha history and Osho connection, a host of sightseeing attractions, pleasant weather and a largely dynamic crowd of students and young professionals proves wonderful for a vacation. The list of not to be missed attractions is infinite here but a couple of most interesting hotspots are the Pataleshwar Rock-cut temple and the Sinhagad Fort. The temple is dedicated to martyred Maratha heroes, while the fort is well for a grand Maratha triumph over Mughal invaders.
  • Nasik
    The holy city on the banks of river Godavari, it plays host to the pious Hindu Kumbha Mela every 12 years. and is considered as one of the most religious places in India. Famous for its involvement in the Indian independence struggle, it is now the wine hub of the country. Also known for its proximity to the spiritual town of Shirdi. Owing its name to the Ramayana epic, Nasik is believed to be the site of Lord Rama, his wife Sita and his brother Lakshmana's 14 year long exile. Derived from the Sanskrit word 'Nasika', it is here that Lakshman cut off Shoorpanakha nose for trying to seduce Ram. The famous Sita Gufa (or caves), from where it is believed that Ravana abducted Sita, stand testimony to this legend. Hosting the famous Kumbh Mela every 12 years, Nasik is also home to one of the 12 holy Jyothirlingas in the country. In stark contrast to this piety lies its wine-production industry. Dubbed as the Napa Valley of India, this beautiful town surrounded by the Sahyadri Hills and the Western Ghats produces some of the finest wines in the country.
  • Matheran
    Untouched, unspoiled and unbelievably tranquil, this popular tourist hill-station near Mumbai is a great getaway destination. Just 2 hrs from Mumbai, it is one of the most unpolluted cities in the region, especially since no vehicles are allowed inside its limits. Unique look-out points provide some breathtaking views of the hills and valleys of the surrounding Sahyadri Range. Matheran is a quiet, serene hill-station, which has managed to maintain its tranquility despite being thronged by a large number of tourists every year. The town administration charges a small fee for the up-keep and cleanliness of the area, because of which they have been successful in retaining its pristine, natural ambience. Another unique aspect about this scenic place is that there are vehicles allowed within the town's limits, sustaining its precious eco-system and a clean, unpolluted air. Several spots offer panoramic and splendid views of the local surroundings, including the picturesque Charlotte Lake, which is a major draw for tourists. For those who want to carry souvenirs back home, the Matheran Bazaar is a fun-filled, exciting choice.

What are you waiting for? Head out and discover these absolutely splendid cities and you are in for a memorable holiday!

Bhushavali Natarajan Apr 15 2013
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Sanjai Gandhi National Park & Manori Beach: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/04/imagine-finding-someone-in-great-dadar.html

Kanheri Caves Part 1: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/06/kanheri-caves-part-i-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Kanheri Caves Part 2: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/07/kanheri-caves-part-ii-mumbai.html

Mahalaxmi Mandir & Haji Ali Dargah: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/05/mahalaxmi-mandir-haji-ali-dargah-mumbai.html

Marine Drive & Juhu Beach: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/08/marine-drive-juhu-beach-mumbai.html

Gorai Beach: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/03/gorai-beach-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Erangal, Madh, Aksa, Versova Beaches: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/06/erangal-madh-versova-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Don Bosco Church (where the movie Amar Akbar Antony was shot): http://travel.bhushavali.com/2009/08/don-bosco-church-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Elephanta Caves Part 1: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/04/elephanta-caves-part-i-mumbai.html

Elephanta Caves Part 2: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2010/04/elephanta-caves-part-i-mumbai.html

Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/06/mani-bhavan-mumbai-maharashtra.html

Bhau Daji Lad Museum Part 1: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/07/bhau-daji-lad-museum-part-i-mumbai.html

Bhau Daji Lad Museum Part 2: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/07/bhau-daji-lad-museum-part-ii-mumbai.html

Vasai Fort: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/05/vasai-fort-thane-maharashtra.html

Vajreshwari Hot Springs: http://travel.bhushavali.com/2012/06/vajreshwari-tungareshwar-thane.html

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