Holiday makers and vacationers from far-off destinations come to Mumbai to explore its tourist attractions. A conglomeration of seven islands and the financial capital of India, Mumbai is the melting pot of varying cultures, thus giving this city the status of a multicultural state in the country. Among the large chunk of travelers coming to Mumbai, there is a class of tourists who seek change from the maddening crowds of the sea and watching the sea. Nearby Mumbai, there are several hill stations and pilgrimage sites that offer the perfect seclusion from the mundane city life. Most tourists prefer to book their accommodation in the city hotels first and then proceed on a road trip to these nearby tourist places in Mumbai. One can choose from the comprehensive list of tourist places located in close proximity to the Mumbai.
A scenic hill station located in the Western Ghat, Khandala is situated on the Mumbai-Pune Expressway. During the rainy season, it is an ideal getaway around Mumbai and a popular place for hiking. Another major destination is the nearby peak of Duke’s Nose, which offers panoramic views of Khandala and the Bhor Ghat. Rainy can be best experienced at Khandala when the lush surroundings are washed away with rain water and adds exuberance to the picturesque waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Some popular places of interest in this hill station include Tiger’s Leap, Amrutanjan Point, Bhushi Lake and the historic rock-cut caves- Karla and Bhaja Cave.
Another popular tourist place near Mumbai, Matheran is a small hill station located on the Western Ghats at an altitude of 800 m above sea level. It is located 90 kilometers away from Mumbai and a popular weekend getaway for both domestic and international tourists. The climate is salubrious and vistas are breathtaking in this part of Mumbai. Owing to its declaration as an eco-sensitive area, it is one of the few places where vehicles are not allowed.
Located in the Western Ghat ranges, Mahabaleshwar is one of the few evergreen forests of India that has served as the capital of Bombay during the British Raj. The murmuring sounds of Krishna river and the breathtaking vistas of verdant foliage never fails to enchant the visitors. Don’t miss boat riding on the Venna Lake.
Located around 296 kilometers away from Mumbai, Shirdi is a popular pilgrimage destination where Sai Baba resided till his death. Throughout the year, a large number of Sai devotees flock in this region to explore the places where the saint lived. During your visit to this town, there are several temples and other sacred shrines related to the saint’s life. Some important places that you must visit include Chavadi-the place where Sai Baba used to stay every alternate night, Dwarakamayi- the mosque where Baba resided for almost 60 years and Gurusthan- the place where Baba was first spotted under a Neem tree.