Weekend Getaway – Mumbai
A mystical, serene getaway, Bhandardara is situated at an altitude of 740m and boasts the highest peak in Maharashtra, Kalsubai. Its misty villages and verdant hills make for a perfect retreat from the dusty, bustling city life. Bhandardara has a number of hiking trails that offer tourists a memorable experience. Some of its famous attractions are the Agastya Rishi Ashram, Ratangad Fort and Sandhan valley.
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Distance from Mumbai: 163km
Time to visit: June-March
Located on the Murud-Janjira island near the Arabian Sea coast, the fort is believed to be one of the strongest in India. In its heyday, the fort was the bastion of the Abyssinian Siddis who controlled the island and dominated its trade. If you have an eye for history and architecture, the fort has many attractions in store for you.
Distance from Mumbai: 158km
Time to visit: October-March
Locally known as Kaas Pathar, this plateau is located in the gorgeous Sahyadri range of the Western Ghats. Its scenic beauty and wild, diverse habitation make it one of the 39 spots in the stunning Western Ghats, which helped secure its position as a UNESCO World Natural Heritage Site. The Valley of Flowers is a beautiful sight to behold during the monsoon when the entire valley transforms into a frame straight out of a fairytale.
Distance from Mumbai: 280km
Time to visit: September-February
This place has already become the ideal destination for bikers. It is tucked away between Mulshi and Tamhini in Maharashtra and is best visited during the monsoon when the mountain passage reveals itself in all its splendor. The ghat is widely preferred for its picturesque waterfalls, dense forest, and serene lakes.
Distance from Mumbai: 143km
Weather: Cool, breezy
Time to visit: July-September