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6 Hill Stations Near Maharashtra That Are Perfect For The Summers
Wondering which destination to head to for your summer vacations?
With the temperatures and relative humidity getting worse by the day, all we want to do is stand under a cold shower with the hope of not stepping out. Because once we do, its mayhem again. Fortunately, summer can be beaten by taking off to some remote spot outside Mumbai – or Maharashtra for that matter. We’ve explored five options to help you beat these summer blues.
Mount Abu, Rajasthan
The only hill station in Rajasthan (it lies in the Aravalli mountain range), Mount Abu is known for its Dilwara Jain temples and a number of scenic viewpoints that dot the region. You’ll find a treasure trove of Gujarati and Rajasthani handlooms, textiles and even artifacts. Visit the Government Handicraft Emporium, Piccadilly Plaza, and Khadi Bhandar when you’re there. It’s the perfect place to escape the summer heat and will make for a memorable holiday.
What To See: Dilwara Jain temples, Guru Shikhar viewpoint, Achalgarh Fort, Nakki Lake, Toad Rock
How To Get There: Take a flight from Mumbai to Udaipur, which is a 70-minute journey. From there, you can travel four hours by either bus or taxi to Mt. Abu.
This lovely hill station is on the Maharashtra-Gujarat border and is a great escape from the summer heat. There’s a legend behind the hill station that says that Lord Rama had actually stayed in the Saputara forest for more than 10 years. Apart from this interesting fact of history, there’s a lot of scenic beauty with waterfalls, viewpoints and the works.
What To See: Valley viewpoint, Vansda National Park, Pandava Caves, Step Garden, Sunset Point
How To Get There: You can take a bus to Nashik and from there take a taxi to Saputara. Mumbai to Nashik is approximately four hours, and from there it is another 60 kilometers, which could take two hours or more depending on the traffic
Aruku Valley, Andhra Pradesh
This quaint hill station, just 115 kilometers from Vizag, is also close to the Orissa border. Known for its coffee plantations, it also has hidden wonders like the borra caves and waterfalls. You can buy a lot of home-grown organic coffee here that tastes delicious!
What To See: Coffee plantations, Tribal Museum, Tyda village and park, Katiki falls, Borra Caves
How To Get There: Mumbai has regular flights to Visakhapatnam, which is a two-hour journey. From Visakhapatnam, there are regular buses and taxis that take you to Araku Valley. The distance is approximately 2-3 hours.
The first thing that comes to mind when one talks about Coorg is coffee plantations. Some of the more popular tourist attractions in the region include Abbey Falls, Nisargadhama, Talakaveri, Bhagamandala, Dubare, the Tibetan Buddhist Golden Temple, and Nagarahole National Park
What To See: Coffee Plantations, Buddhist temples, waterfalls
How To Get There: Mumbai has regular flights to Bangalore, which is a 90-minute journey. From Bangalore, you can take either buses or taxi services to Coorg. The distance can be covered in 6-7 hours.
Ooty, Tamil Nadu
The beauty of Ooty is its picturesque scenery that looks like a scene right out of an oil canvas. Old British bungalows with smoke coming out chimneys, eucalyptus trees, huge cows, homemade chocolate, and quaint cafes are just some of the places that define this Tamil Nadu town
What To See: Second World War Museum, lakes, Mudhumalai National Park, Coffee and tea factories, Botanical garden.
How To Get There: From Mumbai, take a flight to Coimbatore, and from there you can take either a taxi or a bus. The distance from Coimbatore to Ooty can be covered in two hours.
Popularly called as mini-Tibet, this hill station is quite an unexplored paradise. Sitting on approximately 1000 meters above sea level, this hill station is known its lush greenery, waterfalls and clean air. With a majority of its land covered with dense jungles, you'll be spotting a lot of unique flora and fauna, and Ayurvedic medicines. Being a home to many Tibenan refugees, you'll also get a sneak peek into their rich culture and tradition.
What To See: Dhakpo Monastery, Tiger Point, Fish Falls and Pharphatia
How To Get There: It's best to catch a flight till Raipur. From Raipur airport it's a good 100 kms drive.
Well, if you're too lazy to get out of the state, we'd say check out the hill stations just a few hours from Mumbai.