Mumbai is known for its nightlife throughout the year, but there finally comes a point where you don’t want to spend the weekends doing the mainstream things that you always do: party on Saturday and get over from the hangover on Sunday or maybe binge-watch movies with coke and popcorn. Instead, you feel like spending the weekend in complete relaxation, away from your work life and the chaos of the city. There are plenty of places that you can explore on these weekends getaways from Mumbai. A weekend getaway from Nashik, near Mumbai, or weekend getaways from Mumbai for couples are also top hits!
If that is exactly what’s on your mind then here’s your guide to the best weekend trips from Mumbai that will transform your life into a world away from the rush and cowd of the city.
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Imagine camping on the lakeside with a bonfire, barbecue, and some lovely music sessions? Situated about 110 kilometers away from Mumbai, Pavna Lake is the perfect spot when you'll want to bond with your friends a little more. The best thing that makes this place unique is star-gazing, the one thing that you cannot do in the city! It has a pleasant temperature throughout the year, although the best time to visit the Pavna Lake is from the month of November to January. It is the favorite spot for students who want to escape the city hustle and bustle without going too far. You can choose to go boating, fishing, or just take a relaxing swim in the lake.
If you have that trekker in you, then climb all the Lohagad Fort to witness a sunrise that you will remember throughout your life. Get, set, camping at one of the best weekend getaways from Mumbai!
By train: The nearest station is Lonavala and one can take a taxi or a rickshaw to the lake, which is just 10 kilometers away.
By road: It is a three and a half hours drive from Mumbai. The distance is 110 kilometers (approximately).
Gear up for one of the most crowd-pleasing weekend getaways near Mumbai. Situated at a distance of about 16 kilometers from the twin hills, Lonavala and Khandala, is Kamshet, an ideal destination for paragliding and much more. The surroundings of Kamshet are naturally serene, and the pretty little villages consisting of houses made of mud and thatched roofs hold a special enticement for travelers. Head to Shelar, which is about 8 kilometers from the highway, that offers the perfect weather conditions for paragliding and soaring. If you are a flying sports enthusiast, then this is the apt weekend getaway from Mumbai for you. You can also visit the Bedsa Caves, Bhaja Caves, Karla Caves and the Kondeshwar Temple.
By train: Board a train to Lonavala and then take a suburban train to Kamshet. You can also get down at Lonavala and take a cab to Kamshet.
By road: Kamshet is about 118 kilometers from Mumbai. You can take a cab or rent a car to reach the destination. There are also privates and government buses that take you to Kamshet.
Famed for its scabrous lay of the land and water sports, it is known as the Rishikesh of Maharashtra. Hitchhiking to grassy meadows and shimmering waterfalls among sturdy mountains seems like the perfect idea for a splendid weekend. It is one of the best places for white water rafting in Maharashtra. Where beauty meets sport is one of the most striking beauties of Kolad, the Kundalika river which is also the spot for rafting expedition. You can also freely enjoy trekking, cycling, kayaking and walking on the trails edged by multi-hued stretches of beautiful flowers. Other than that, you can visit the Tahini Ghat Waterfalls, Kuda Mandad Caves, Gaimukh, Tala Fort as well. So if adventure and thrill are your middle names, this is the perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai for you.
By train: Kolad has its own station. So, you can directly take a train from Mumbai that goes until Kolad. Also, the route till Kolad is beyond amazing and full of scenic beauty. You can also get down at the Roha station and take an auto or a cab.
By road: The distance from Mumbai to Kolad is about 120 kilometers. It takes about 3 hours to reach Kolad by car or bus.
Formerly known as Vila De Paco d’Arcos during the Portuguese rule, it is a spiritual and traditional place. It is a peaceful weekend getaway from Mumbai. The beautiful Roman Catholic Church known as “Our Lady Of Piety,” built during 1886-1889, is renowned for its magnificent Portuguese architecture. Adding to the spirituality of this place is that amidst the landscape backdrops and gorgeous waterfalls, the Dudhni lake is situated at around 40kms from Silvassa. The shikhara’s are a noted feature of this lake giving an appeal to the eyes of the viewers. In addition to this, Silvassa is also a great escape for the trek lovers. Live the life in the Indo-Portuguese culture.
Some other peaceful and architectural splendors in Silvassa include the Dadra Park, Dudhani, Balaji Temple and Bang Ganga Lake.
By train: Vapi is the nearest railway station. You need to get down at Vapi and then take a cab to Silvassa.
By road: Road is the best way to reach Silvassa. It is at a distance of about 173 kilometers from Mumbai. Buses also operate till the destination.
Situated on the Mumbai-Pune Express Way, Adlabs Imagica is of international quality and one of the best theme parks in India. This is the best weekend trip from Mumbai where there is enjoyment, dining, shopping, fun, accommodation, all of it at a single destination. There is an adventure park and a water park, one day needed to visit each park, and it is simply worth it. The nitro boost roller-coaster is the most enjoyed attraction in the adventure park for it operates at a speed of 120 km/hr. But if you love more thrill, then you can head to another roller-coaster which operates at the speed of 180 km/hr! The water park has some crazy rides too. Novotel accommodates about 20,000 visitors, so it becomes your base camp for those two fun-filled days. Well, we know winters are not a thing of Mumbai but how about an artificially created Snow Park? Sounds amazing, isn’t it? Built in an area of about 30,000 sq. ft, the Snow Park is made of 100% natural snow. You can play basketball, slide down the rafts and toboggans or find the one who is up for a ball fight.
It is advised to book the tickets in advance because weekends are jam-packed there. If you are a student, you get to avail some crazy discounts on your tickets.
By train: Lonavala is the closest station to reach Adlabs. You can then take a taxi outside the station that will drop you there.
By road: You can drive to the destination, or if you don’t want that, Adlabs provide a paid pick and drop service from your home. They also provide a bus service that picks up people from multiple areas in Mumbai.
A beautiful hill station, i.e., 250km south-east from Mumbai, it derives its name from the five hills forming Sahyadri mountain ranges. It offers its visitors a trip they will treasure for life. Residing amongst the lush green environment, it has a couthy climate throughout the year. The scenic view of hills on one side and coastal plains on other side makes a picture perfect view.
It could be a synonym for heaven on earth. This city is full of mind-blowing places and is pleasing to the eyespots. Sydney spot situated on a hillock facing the Krishna valley accompanied by the view of the sparkling waters of Dhom Dham is one of the most serene places in this city.
Tableland which is the second longest plateau of Asia is also situated in this city. Also, Panchgani is the hometown of one of the best jam developers of India, Mala’s fruit. Due to its climate, this city offers strawberries throughout the year, and if that is not enough, it also organizes a strawberry festival every summer. Berry lovers, heads up!
By train: Pune is the nearest station to Panchgani. One can take a cab from Pune to reach the destination which is about 100 kilometers, post the train travel.
By road: You can directly take a zoom car from Mumbai to Panchgani which is about 600 kilometers, or there are many buses to Panchgani directly.
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