Summer Getaway

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Summer is associated with mangoes, vacation and fun, but it also means heat, sweat and humidity. All of us are not lucky enough to go for a long summer vacation. So the best way to beat the heat is to visit a nearby hill station to enjoy the cool climate. There are many hill stations near Mumbai that are perfect summer getaways. Here is a list of best summer getaways near Mumbai.Also Read - Picturesque Hill Stations in India You Must Not Miss Out on

1. Panchgani


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Located in Satara district, Panchgani is one of the famous hill stations in Maharashtra. The hill station, which is also known as Paachgani, is 244.2km away from Mumbai and can be reached easily. The place was discovered as a summer resort during British Raj because of its cool climate. There are many tourist attractions in Panchgani like Tableland, which is a flat laterite rock; Sydney Point, which is located on a hillock opposite to the Krishna valley; Parsi Point, which has a beautiful view and many more. You can also buy Mapro and Mala’s food products. Also Read - Beat The Heat With a Visit to The Coolest Places in Maharashtra

2. Matheran

Matheran Hill

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Matheran is the smallest hill station in India and the only automobile free hill station in Asia. Enjoy pollution-free weekends during the summer. Located in Raigad district, Matheran is popular among local tourists as it is very close to Mumbai. The Panorama Point in Matheran offers a 360-degree view of the area. There are about 38 look-out points in this hill station. You can enjoy parks, lakes and the natural beauty of the place. You can also travel to Matheran on a toy train from the nearby Neral town. Also Read - Here Are 10 Destinations in Maharashtra That Monsoon Fans Would Love

3. Khandala


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Khandala is one of the popular hill stations and it lies between Mumbai and Pune. Visit this beautiful hill station to forget all about the heat. There are many tourist attractions like Amrutanjan Point, Tiger’s Leap, Duke’s Nose and Bhushi lake. History buffs can explore the Bhaja and Karla caves.

4. Igatpuri


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Located in Nashik, Igatpuri is a hill station as well as a town. The place is surrounded by the Sahyadri Mountains. Igatpuri is famous for the Vipassana International Academy. The academy teaches the ancient technique of meditation called Vipassana. Enjoy the natural wonders of Bhatsa River Valley and Arthur Lake. You can then visit the Amruteshwar temple dedicated to Shiva. Explore Tringalwadi Fort, which is located at 3,000 feet above the sea level.

5. Lavasa


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Located in Pune in the Mose valley, Lavasa is a privately planned hill station city. The city is located at the shore of Warasgaon Lake and this allows people to enjoy various water sports. You can take a ride on luxury cruise boats, Bumper boats or Jet Ski. The serene environment will clam your mind and make you forget the heat.