The people who live in Mumbai are considered to be a chirpy, tireless lot who are attuned to a fast-paced life in the city. Colloquially known as ‘Mumbaikars’ or ‘Bombayites’, the inhabitants of this city are considered hard-working, cultural, witty, modern people, who are passionate about their lives and are very approachable. It is hard, or almost impossible to define a true Mumbaikar, because a true Mumbaikar is one who is the perfect transfusion of North-meets-South, one who is passionate about cinema, one who loves food and shopping and can be quite pompous about the typical life led in the city every day. Here are some popular places near Mumbai for short getaways in winter; this will surely help a lot of Mumbaikers.
1. Ajanta Ellora
According to UNESCO, these are masterpieces of ancient Indian Buddhist religious art that influenced the Indian art movement that followed. The caves were built in two phases, the first phase starting around the 2nd century BCE, while the second phase was built around 400–650 CE, according to older accounts, or in a brief period of 460–480 CE according to later scholars. Ajanta and Ellora are widely acclaimed as one of the greatest architectural treasures in India. They possess some of the finest examples of India’s rich heritage of sculptures and murals.
Information: It will take about 7 hours to reach Ajanta Ellora via NH160 and Maharashtra State Highway 30. It is approximately 341 kms.
Aurangabad is a city in the state of Maharashtra. It is known for the 17th-century marble Bibi ka Maqbara shrine, styled on the Taj Mahal. The nearby Shivaji Maharaj Museum, dedicated to the Maratha King Shivaji, displays war weapons and a coin collection. North of the city, the Aurangabad Caves comprise ancient, rock-cut Buddhist shrines. West of the city, old settlements surround the medieval Daulatabad Fort.
Information: Aurangabad is 348.9 km from Mumbai via NH160 and Maharashtra State Highway 30. It will take about 7 to 7 hours 30 minutes.
Khandala is one of the most visited weekend getaways from Mumbai. It is just 5 km from Lonavla. It is mostly known for its picturesque landscape drawn by lush greenery, murmuring streams, lakes and gardens. The undisturbed terrain features a number of forts, caves, and temples which attract tourists from across the country. This historical location houses plenty of monuments and rich culture as its heritage from the middle ages.
Information: It is 81.9 km via Bengaluru – Mumbai Highway / Mumbai – Pandharpur Road / Mumbai – Pune Highway. It will take about 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours.
Kolhapur city is located on the banks of the Panchaganga River, in the west Indian state of Maharashtra. It’s known for its temples, like the ancient Mahalakshmi Temple, a Hindu pilgrimage site. The Bhavani Mandap is an imposing old palace with a small museum displaying stuffed wild animals. Other must-see locations are Town Hall Museum, Khasbaug Maidan, Palace Theatre, Saathmaari Maidan, Lake Rankala, Shalini Palace, Panchaganga Ghat, Chandrakant Mandre Art Gallery etc. Kailasgadchi Swari Mandir is a famous temple of Lord Mahadeva.
Information: It will take about 6 and half hours to reach Kolhapur from Mumbai. It is 376.4 km from Mumbai via Bengaluru – Mumbai Highway / Mumbai Highway / Mumbai – Pune Highway.
Lonavla is a prominent tourist spot. Lonavala is mostly known for its picturesque landscape drawn by lush greenery, murmuring streams, lakes and gardens. It is actually a hill station surrounded by greenery. The undisturbed terrains feature a number of forts, caves, and temples which attract tourists from across the country.
Information: Lonavla is 82.8 km from Mumbai via Bengaluru – Mumbai Highway / Mumbai Highway / Mumbai – Pandharpur Road / Mumbai – Pune Highway. I will take about 1 hour 40 minutes to 2 hours to reach.
It is Maharashtra’s most popular hill station. It features several elevated viewing points, such as Arthur’s Seat. West of here is the centuries-old Pratapgarh Fort, perched atop a mountain spur. East of it, Lingmala Waterfall tumbles off a sheer cliff. Colourful boats dot Venna Lake, while 5 rivers meet at Panch Ganga Temple to the north. There are some must see places here apart from the ones mentioned just above, such as Echo Point (Monkey Point), Strawberry Garden, and Elephant’s Head Point.
Information: it will take about 5 hours and 20 minutes to reach. It is 263.2 km via Bengaluru – Mumbai Highway / Mumbai Highway / Mumbai – Pune Highway and NH 48
Nasik is known to be one of the holiest cities for Hindus across the world and also known for its links to “Ramayana”. One of the hosts of the great Kumbh Mela, Nasik is located by the side of river Godavari. The 2000 years old Pandavleni Caves is a must-see spot in Nasik. Sita Gufa or Sita Cave, Coin Museum and Gargoti Museum, Naroshankar Temple and Godavari Temple are some other important sightseeing options in Nasik.
Information: It will take 3 hours and 19 minutes to reach and that is approx 167.3 km via NH160.
Ratnagiri is another weekend beach holiday option from Mumbai. A great retreat for the locals, Ratnagiri offers the much-needed break to the hectic pace of cosmopolitan lifestyle of big cities. Overlooking the Arabian Sea, Ratnadurg Fort has the Bhagwati temple and a lighthouse. Northeast of it, a fish museum and aquarium includes turtles and a whale skeleton. Thibaw Palace was the residence of the exiled king of Burma. North of the city, Ganpatipule Temple is dedicated to Lord Ganesha. Northeast ahead of it, Koyna Wildlife Sanctuary is a forested area sheltering tigers.
Information: it is 346.5 km via NH 66. It will take around 8 and half hours to reach.
Daman is an exotic place to spend your weekend family getaway. It takes around 2 hours and 48 minutes drive to reach this calm and cool environ. Untamed Casuarina groves, idyllic beaches and peaceful blue seas make it a tourists’ delight. Daman is also an excellent option for a short weekend tour for the liquor lovers, as alcohol is easily available in the nearby village.
Information: It is about 180 km from Mumbai via NH48, that will take approx 3 hours 30 minutes, and 222km via NH160 and NH48 and that will take about 4 hours 40 minutes to 5 hours.
The proximity of Alibag to Mumbai and lush tropical beauty of its beaches make it an exceptional weekend getaway option. Lush mango orchards, palm-fringed beaches, chikoo-wadis and paddy fields make Alibagh a pleasant retreat. The region is free of pollution and soaking in the sun on the clean beach will rejuvenate you. If you are proficient enough then try swimming as well. While coming back, you can visit Kolaba Fort and Alibag Magnetic Observatory.
Information: It will take about 3 hours to cover the 95 kms via NH66.
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