Camping To Adventurous Sports: Visit This Hill Station Untouched By Tourists

    What Makes It Awesome

    It's claimed to be the only coffee growing region in the state. It's even associated with the epic and historic tale - Mahabharata (It was the place where Bheema was killed). And it's a beautiful paradise surrounded by lush greenery, exotic species, waterfalls and mountains. 

    Can you guess this hill station? 

    We're talking about a quaint hill station in the Amaravati district of Maharashtra called Chikhaldara. To create awareness about this paradise, the Maharashtra government stepped in and started a tourism initiative called 'Venture Village' in Chikhaldara. It's essentially a camping resort for people looking to escape the city madness. From outdoor activities to chilling in the camps, or just exploring the landscapes of Chikhaldara – you can do it all.

    When there, you can either manage your own stay or decide to camp at their camping site. They offer regular camps or you can even opt for camps in the misty landscapes so you’ll feel like you’re walking on the clouds.  

    Things To Do There: Play golf, opt for adventurous sports like zip lining, valley crossing or rappelling, waterfall trails, enjoy 'Tandoor with Tribal' (have food prepared by them and even see a zesty traditional folk-dance by them). 

    How To Get There: You can board a train from Mumbai or Pune. While the region does't have any railway station, the nearest station is Badnera and Akola. From there it's approximately 80 kms. We'd say avoid driving it all the way there, as it's a good 15 hour drive.  

    Package: Well, they only take reservations if you're equipped with a group of 15 people (not below that). The prices per night start at INR 2,000 per head. So, it's pretty cost-effective. 


    Chikhaldara wouldn’t be a feasible option for a two-day weekend getaway, we suggest you keep an open mind to this for a long weekend, or club it with an extra day off. And, if you have more than a day at offer, you can also head off to Melghat Tiger Reserve and do a jungle safari among the wildlife and spot the tigers.