Few cities have work life as tiring and hectic as Mumbai?a major hub for a number of corporates and conglomerate. It goes without saying that Mumbaikars are always on the lookout for a weekend getaway from the hustle and bustle of busy city life. Fortunately for them, the city is in close proximity to a number of holiday destinations that offer office-goers and students with some beautiful and serene sights to enjoy over the weekend. Although the list is quite extensive, we have managed to shortlist a few select places we feel are a must visit for any person planning a relaxing weekend getaway near Mumbai.
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This famous hill station in Maharashtra offers some of the most scenic views in the state. Matheran is highly popular among tourists owing to its easy accessibility via rail and road from Mumbai. Matheran also has a very pleasant climate that gets even better over the winter, during which travel to here can be hectic owing to the massive number of visitors. Adventure lovers, take note that a foot expedition of the location can take over a couple of days. Some important sightseeing spots to note are Alexander Point, One Tree Hill Point, Porcupine Point and the aptly named Panorama point, which is an ideal spot to witness the gorgeous sunrise.
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Most of us will remember Khandala for its mention in the hit Aamir Khan movie, Ghulam. However, this picturesque hill station is neatly tucked away at the top of Maharashtra?s Bhor Ghat and as such experiences a climate that is the envy of most travel destinations in the state. Easily accessible, it is a common area for hiking and trekking. First time visitors have to definitely visit the iconic jail built in 1896, famous for holding the founders of the famous St. Xavier?s College who were jailed by the British Lords as POWs. Some popular locations include Tiger?s Leap, Amrutanjan Point, Duke?s Nose, Karla and Bhaja Cave, and Bhushi Lake, famous for its serene and tranquil surroundings and crystal clear water.
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From all the locations on this list, Lavasa?a private planned city near Pune?is the furthest from Mumbai. The location is popular among motorcycle and car enthusiasts, owing to the winding approach roads in the Mutha Ghat. The main attractions of the city are the adventure activities such as trekking, hiking and mountain climbing as well as various water sports such as jet skiing and parasailing. The city?s most popular sight-seeing spot is the famous Temghar Dam, which is frequented by locals and tourists alike. Those looking for a more relaxing getaway can go for a therapeutic massage, yoga or a complete spa treatment at one of the many luxury spas in the city.