Monsoon is the best time to visit hill stations. But if you live in Mumbai and are wondering where to head to, these are the places where you must be this monsoon. Listed are the eight best hill stations near Mumbai that make for perfect monsoon getaways. Plan your trip right away! Also Read - Use TrueNat machines, Increase Testing Capacity: UP CM Adityanath Orders Containment Plan For Gautam Buddh Nagar, Ghaziabad
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Lonavala is one of the closest hill stations near Mumbai. It may be a tried and tested destination, but still remains as a top favorite for people who love quick getaways amidst beautiful landscapes and pleasant climate. Monsoon is the best time to visit Lonavala and monsoon being in its peak now, you shouldn’t delay visiting this hill station. Known as the Jewel of Sahyadri, this is where you should be in August when everything looks greener and better. Also Read - Amitabh Bachchan Reveals Abhishek-Aishwarya's Wedding Connection With 43-Year-Old Gulmohar Tree at Prateeksha
Distance: 95 km from Mumbai
Attractions: Buddhist caves, Trekking points,Lonavala Lake, Tiger’s Leap
Beautifully tucked away in the Satpura Mountains, Toranmal is one of the most quaint and serene hill stations. It boasts of a rich flora and fauna and unspoiled environs. People often come here to enjoy the magical views of sunset. Best visited during monsoon, Toranmal is the perfect getaway destination for a quieter holiday on weekends.
Distance: 459 km from Mumbai
Attractions: Yashwant lake, coffee gardens, Seven Steps view point and sunset point.
The smallest city in Maharashtra, Panhala was built in the historic Panhala Fort. Situated at an elevation of 754 m above sea level, visit this hill station for its quaint and serene environment. This place gives you one of the best views of the Sahayadri mountain range and also the beautiful medieval forts. If you ever plan to visit this place, make sure you have at least 5 days kept free to explore.
Distance: 384 km from Mumbai
Attractions: Panhala fort, nature walks, Parashar caves
One of the most popular hill stations near Mumbai, Mahabaleshwar is often frequented by city dwellers seeking some much-needed solace. If you too want to break free from the maddening city life, this is where you should be. Lush greenery, majestic mountains, cascading waterfalls and a wide variety of flora and fauna is what you will be treated to here. And all it takes are two days to relax and enjoy, unless you wish to stay longer.
Distance: 270 km from Mumbai
Attractions: Boating, Venna Lake, Kate’s point, Wilson point, Lingmala waterfalls and Connaught peak.
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The smallest yet one of the most beautiful hill stations in India, Matheran is situated at an elevation of 800 m above sea level. It is also an Eco-sensitive region as declared by the Ministry of Environment and Forest, Government of India and Asia’s one and only automobile-free hill station. If you are a nature love, you will have a pleasant experience in Matheran with one of the most breathtaking views of sunset.
Distance: 110 km from Mumbai
Attractions: One Tree Hill point, Heart point and Monkey point.
Situated on the banks of Ulhas river and on Bhor ghat in the Western Ghats, Karjat is another most preferred hill station by people who love adventure. We say this because Karjat offers numerous adventure activities like trekking, river rafting, hiking and also mountain climbing. Monsoon makes the entire area green washed and gives it a heavenly loo and feel.
Distance: 62 km from Mumbai
Attractions: Bhor ghat, Ulhas Valley, Kondana caves and Peth fort.
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Panchgani also known as Paachgani, is an ideal hill station to spend a memorable weekend. Flanked by misty hills and alluring lakes, visit this place on a weekend with your friends. The hill top views in Panchgani is sure to leave a lasting impression on you. A quick 2 day trip is enough for the much needed rejuvenation.
Distance: 250 km from Mumbai
Attractions: Sydney point, Table’s land and Parsi Point
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A hill station located in the Vidarbha region at an elevation of 1188 m above sea level, Chikhaldara is a town that has a mythological significance. Beaming with deep valleys and misty hills, this makes for a perfect monsoon retreat. For those who love wildlife , you also have the wildlife sanctuary to explore.
Distance: 672 km from Mumbai
Attractions: Bhimkund Shakkar lake, Kalapani dam, Sunset Point and Melghat Tiger reserve
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