It’s the middle of the week but you feel like you’ve been sitting at your desk forever. If you’re feeling the cubicle blues, then it’s a good time to break the monotony and plan something fun and exciting. Here are 5 weekend breaks from Mumbai to help you recharge your batteries.
Karjat | Distance from Mumbai: 62 kilometres by road
The nearest hill station to Mumbai, Karjat is situated on the banks of the Ulhas River and makes for an idyllic getaway. Adventure lovers throng to Karjat in droves. Trekking, river rafting, hiking and waterfall rappelling are some of the adrenaline-pumping activities to you can do here. If you’d prefer something more low-key, visit the old temples, caves and forts in Karjat that serve as a reminder of its historical past. Many Bollywood celebrities have homes in Karjat so don’t be surprised if you spot them enjoying a weekend break here too!
Khandala | Distance from Mumbai: 80 kilometres by road
As Aamir Khan put it…aati kya Khandala? Along with its twin hill station, Lonavala, Khandala stands at 1,800 feet above sea level. No trip to Khandala is complete without a visit to its most famous peak, Duke’s Nose named after the Duke of Wellington for its resemblance. Another unique vantage point is Tiger’s Leap from where the panoramic views of the valley are simply spectacular. The Buddhist –style rock-cut Karla and Bhaja caves, Bhushi Lake and Amrutanjan Point are other must see sites in Khandala.
Matheran | Distance from Mumbai: 83 kilometres by road
India’s smallest hill station, Matheran stands at 2,625 feet above sea level. Delightfully quaint and charming, Matheran’s draw is in its ‘no automobile’ policy owing to the fact that it’s an eco-sensitive zone. Getting to Matheran is an adventure in itself. You can walk from Dasturi Car Park in Neral, which will take you about 40 minutes or go on horseback instead. The most fun way is taking the toy train from Neral Junction station. While in Matheran, enjoy a picnic at Echo Point by Charlotte Lake or trek in to the forest and explore the lush sylvan surroundings.
Silvassa | Distance from Mumbai: 166 kilometres by road
The capital of the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Silvassa is an Indo-Portuguese town with something for everyone especially lovers of architecture. With monuments dating back to the 1800s, visit landmark sites like Silvassa Tribal Museum with its collection of tribal artefacts from the region and Our Lady of Piety Church with its distinct design of ornate arches. For a wild experience, visit the 20-acre Vasona Lion Safari Park to see Asiatic lions in a protected habitat.
Mahabaleshwar | Distance from Mumbai: 260 kilometres by road
Tucked away in the Western Ghats, Mahabaleshwar is at an elevation of 4,439 feet above sea level. Boasting of waterfalls and valleys, this hill station has many vantage points like Arthur’s Seat, Three Monkey Point and Elephant Point from where you can feast on 360-degree views of abounding scenic beauty. With its roots dating back to the British Raj, Mahabaleshwar’s rich colonial past is visible in the town’s heritage sites like Babington House, The Terraces and Raj Bhavan.
Author: Devika Khosla
With the inability to sit still, she’s always going ‘somewhere’. Foodie, spa junkie, animal lover and traveler. That’s Devika’s story.