Go 'Chill' Here: 6 Hill Stations Near Mumbai To Beat The Heat

Shaili posted on 09 April

Ten-Second Takeaway

Mumbai’s gotten a little chilly. Sure, it’s not muffler season, but hey, we’ll do the best we can with whatever we’ve got! With a long weekend coming up in this month, here’s your chance to plan a lovely getaway with family or friends to shake off all the stress that this city has to offer.

We’ve put together a list of places you’d like to escape to. Go on, soak it all up and plan your trip ASAP!

Panchgani

A short distance from Mahabaleshwar, this hill station is known for a lot of favourite points and the Kaas Plateau {with an altitude of 1,200 meters is a biodiversity hot spot with many varieties of flowers and butterflies}, along with the Rajpuri caves. The Mapro garden in Panchgani is another famous tourist attraction, with a restaurant, chocolate factory, children’s play area and a retail outlet that sells its products.

Best Time To Visit: September – May

Famous For: Sydney Point, Table Land, Harrisons Folly, Kaas Plateau, Rajpuri caves, Mapro garden, Pratapgad Fort

Distance From Mumbai: 250-300 kms

Bhandardara

One of the lesser known, scenic destinations near Mumbai, Bhandardara is surrounded by lush greenery and hills all around, and is home to a number of indigenous flora and fauna in the region. With a number of natural and man-made dams, waterfalls and lakes, you are sure to enjoy its scenic beauty in the winter.

Best Time To Visit: January- February, August – December

Famous For: Bhandardara Lake, Mt. Kalsubai, Randha and Umbrella Falls, Wilson Dam

Distance From Mumbai: 165 kms  approx.

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Bhandardara, Distt. Ahmednagar, Maharashtra

    Matheran

    A hill station that’s close to home and pretty clean, Matheran is sure to spread some holiday cheer around, with its fresh air and scenic beauty. Best enjoyed in the winter, you have a plethora of options to choose from, from thickly wooded paths to the countless lookout points, spending some time at the lake or even horseback riding.

    Best Time To Visit: December – February

    Famous For: Alexander Point, Charlotte Lake, One Tree Hill, Malet Spring, Mount Berry, Toy Train

    Distance From Mumbai: 110 kms approx.

    Panhala

    Situated at a height of 3,177 feet, Panhala commands a breathtaking view of the valley and is full of Maratha history. It is also the place where Shivaji spent a lot of his time and it also was the Maratha State capital for many years. The Panhala fort is said to guard the principal route to the Western Ghats long ago. If you’re a history buff, don’t skip this!

    Best Time To Visit: November – January

    Famous For: Sajja Kothi, Sambhaji Temple, Panhala Tank, Nayakini Sajja, Panhala Fort

    Distance From Mumbai: 380 kms approx.

    Igatpuri

    Located in Nashik district with some of the highest peaks in the Sahyadri Range, Igatpuri is also a big railway station that connects cities across the state. Nestled in the greenery of the Western Ghats, this hill station attracts a lot of hikers and trekkers. It is also home to the Vipassana Academy, said to be one of the world’s largest meditation centres. If you’re into rock climbing, rappelling, trekking and camping, this is the place for you.

    Best Time To Visit: November – March

    Famous For: Tringalwadi Fort, Ghantadevi Temple, Myanmar Gate, Thal Ghat, Dhamma Giri Vipassana Academy

    Distance From Mumbai: 130-150 kms approx.

    Bhimashankar

    A popular temple town located in Bhorgiri village, Bhimashankar is one of the twelve Jyotilingam shrines of Lord Shiva in the country. For that reason, it is considered one of the holiest places to visit. Many people from across the state also come here to hike and trek. It also houses the Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary; spread over 120 square kilometers over the Western Ghats. One of the primary species it is home to is the Indian Giant Squirrel and a number of sacred groves. Trekking in the forest route will definitely bring you closer to nature and help you forget all your city troubles.

    Best Time To Visit: November – March

    Famous For: Bhimashankar Wildlife Sanctuary, Bhimashankar Temple, Hanuman Lake

    Distance From Mumbai: 223 kms approx.

     

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    Bhimashankar, Maharashtra

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      Almost always mentioned in every travel website as a place to visit near Mumbai, we thought it should definitely have an honourable mention. Most of us know Mahabaleshwar for its strawberries and cream. Well, apart from that, it’s the perfect hill station for a quick getaway, even if it’s only about lazing around in an Airbnb home or even hiking around to check out the various points.