Tourist Places Near Mumbai

There are several places of tourist interests near Mumbai where one can take a break and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city life. After visiting these places, it is certain that you would comprehend that the economic hub of India is not untouched by the worldly charm. However, the excursions from the erstwhile Bombay are quite different, since they appear immersed in the idyllic and pastoral beauty. You can elongate this wonderful trip by adding excursions to your program, where hills stations would rejuvenate you with their cooling effect and rock-cut temples, in the form of caves, would give you an insight of ancient architecture. Scroll down to know more about tourist places near the Mumbai city of Maharashtra.


Mahabaleshwar

Mahabaleshwar is a beautiful hill station, nestled in the Western Ghats Range of India. Earlier the summer resort to the British, Mahabaleshwar is today a popular holiday resort, especially for the exhausted souls. It is to be found about 285 kms from Mumbai, amidst the Satara district of Maharashtra.

Pune
Pune, the cultural capital of Maharashtra, is a striking city set amidst picturesque locales. Sited about 170 kms from Mumbai, Pune is known to be the state's second largest city. In the earlier times, the city had been the residence of Shivaji - the Maratha leader.

Panchgani

Snuggled in the Sahyadri Mountain Ranges, Panchgani is one of the most beautiful hill stations of Maharashtra. It makes a nice excursion from the jostling city of Mumbai. This 6-hour journey will never let you get bored, especially when Krishna River will accompany you throughout the way.

Shirdi

Shirdi, the graceful abode of Sai Baba, is a religious town that allures devotees day and night. Sited about 300 kms from Mumbai, the town has a mystic aura about itself, which never fails to captivate even a casual sightseer. This small town is spread over an area of 2 sq kms.

Ajanta Ellora Caves
Ajanta & Ellora Caves have the distinction of being counted amongst the World Heritage Sites in India. Located in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, these caves are rock-cut cave monuments that represent the Indian rock-cut architecture.

Aurangabad Caves
Situated just on the fringes of Aurangabad are the caves that were carved out during the 2nd to 6th century in Maharashtra. These caves are ten in number and have been shaped out of somewhat soft rock. Tantric Hinduism has been the inspiration of their architecture and iconography.

Alibag
Set in the lap of nature, Alibag is a coastal town of India, famous for its clean waters, sandy beaches and fresh air. It makes a great escapade for the Mumbaikars, owing to its close proximity to Mumbai, which is around 35 kms away. Alibaug is an amazingly beautiful place, where nature appears at its best.

Elephanta Caves
Earlier called Gharapuri is today's Elephanta Island, which is known for embracing the remarkable Elephanta Caves. To be found about 10 kms off the eastern coast of Mumbai, Elephanta Caves has been given the position of a World Heritage Site by UNESCO.

Kanheri Caves
Through the meandering paths of Sanjay Gandhi National Park, you can reach the staircase that leads to Kanheri Caves of Maharashtra. Located in the picturesque surroundings of Borivali, Kanheri Caves have a distinctive aura about them.

Khandala
Khandala is an impressive hill station, cuddled up in the Sahyadri Range of Maharashtra. Endowed with nature's splendor, Khandala makes a quick excursion at a distance of 101 kms from the bustling city of Mumbai. This beautiful place immersed in pastoral beauty, had been known since years.

Lonavala
Lonavala is a picturesque hill station, often called the 'Jewel of the Sahyadri Mountains' in India. Located in the Pune district of Maharashtra, Lonavla is much preferred hill resort to the Mumbaikars, especially since it is only 96 kms from Mumbai.

Matheran
Set in the lap of nature, Matheran is probably the smallest hill station in India. It is located about 108 kms from Mumbai city, in the Karjat Tehsil of Maharashtra, at an altitude of 803 metres. The pastoral beauty of this tiny hill station is exceptionally striking, more so because of motor transport ban in the region.

Beautifull places in Konkan Sindhudurg fort,Tarkali,Marleshwar etc




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Panchgani Hill station in Western Ghats of Maharashtra

Monkey at Table Point


Only sixteen kms from Mahabaleshwar, the hillstation of Panchgani is lesser known to tourists but no less inviting. Swoops around bends with abandon, offering heart stopping views of the river krishna on one side & the coastal plains on the other. Once strongly recommended for consumptive Britishers, the air here is rich in oxygen content and the water is said to contain traces of hemoglobin boosting iron.Panchgani is the quintessential hill station, with the Raj stamped indelibly all over it. It can be seen in the old architecture of the old British buildings, the parsi houses, & the boarding schools that have been for a century or more. A key geographical feature is the table topped plateau (panch = five, gani=plateaus) shaped by flattened volcanic rock.

In the evenings it turns into a makeshift fair with ferris wheels, pony rides and a variety of food stalls.Panchgani is often referred to as the 'Mecca of Maharashtra' If you want to enjoy the beauty of the hill Station Panchgani you may go for a pony ride. The ride through the hamlets, farms and ravines with the gorgeous greens and the ravishing river Krishna of Panchgani will surely enchant you.

Location

The hills of Panchgani is about sixteen km from another popular hill station of Maharashtra namely, Mahabaleshwar. Situated in the Western Ghats Panchgani is close to important cities like Mumbai and Pune.

Places to See

In Panchgani there are so many old British buildings and Parsi houses though the most famous are the educational institutes. There are as many as twenty boarding schools in Panchgani.TableLand plateau

Panchgani with its pristine natural beauty and rejuvenating oxygen levels boats of a TB Sanatorium. Patients are known to get better faster at Panchgani owing to the pure environs offered at Panchgani.

Weather



Panchgani is a pleasant hill resort that does not experience major temperature variations. Though the monsoons are rather heavy. The temperature ranges between sixteen and thirty-five degrees throughout the year. The months from September to May are the best time to visit Panchgani

How to Reach There


By Air: The airport at Pune is nearest to Panchgani at a distance of 98km.

Road & Rail: Pune is a popular railway station for tourists to Panchgani at a distance of 98 km from Panchgani. Though the railway station nearest to happens to be at Wathar. Panchgani is well linked with Mumbai and Pune through road.

Accommodation
Accommodation is available in the hill station of Panchgani. Hotel run by the Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation is one of the many better accommodation options at Panchgani


Randa Fall , Near Ghoti


IMG_3905, originally uploaded by ajay_s_d.

Randa Fall , Near Ghotiv

Photos of Warkari Procession to Pandarpur to Meet Pilgrimage of Lord Vithoba Mauli

Over one lakh Warkaris chanting ''Jai Hari Vitthal'' and ''Gyanba Tukaram'' started the 21-day annual Ashadhi Ekadashi pilgrimage to Pandharpur from Sant Tukaram Devasthan in Dehugaon as part of Tukaram Maharaj's Palkhi procession via Alandi to Vithoba Pilgrimage Pandarpur.

The local villagers drew rangolis in front of their houses to welcome the Palkhi, which has become an inseperable part of Maharashtra's culture.

The prestigious Palkhi poojan and aarti were performed by Villager as part of welcoming Lord Vithal devotees

A sea of Warkaris holding Patakas (Saffron flags) and Tulsi saplings converged in the temple premises amidst chants of ''Gyanba Tukaram''.

They were playing veenas, mridangas, dholkees, chipalyas and tashas. A group of Warkaris is called a Dindi. Dindis come from across the state, majority of them from Marathwada, to Dehu for the procession.

As the palkhi moved from Dehu, the atmosphere was filled with devotion. The pilgrims played phugdi.

The Maha Puja is performed by a devotee who enters the temple first and this time the honour went to Pandurang Bua.

Cheif Minister of Maharastra performs Puja on Ashadhi Ekadashi.


Courtesty Photographs from www.maharashtra times.com

Parvati Temple Pune


Parvati Temple Closeup.., originally uploaded by ravi_gogte.

Parvati Temple Pune

Rohan waterpark :- Best Place to Enjoy Weekend Around Mumbai - Thane

Rohan waterpark is an Adventure Resort Located at Vikramgad (Maharashtra, India) at 100 kms from Mumbai and around 50 kms from Thane.

one of the best silent and isolated places for enjoying the weekend.

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Jaiselmer-fort


Jaiselmer-fort-3, originally uploaded by sanmang-photo.

A beautifully carved jharokha (balcony) in Jaiselmer Fort

Ooty at sunrise


Ooty at sunrise, originally uploaded by J03P.

Clouds at sunrise in the Ooty valley. Hillstation Ooty has a wonderful fresh climate, especially compared with other parts of Southern India.

 
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