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6 Exotic Offbeat Hill Stations Near Mumbai

Monsoon is the most suitable time to take a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life and wash away all the stress and worries. Mumbai has many exotic getaway destinations where you can soak yourself in the enthusiasm of the rainy season. Whether it’s the best-furnished resort in Khandala for a family getaway or family suites in Shrivardhan, OYO has all these destinations covered. Let us take care of your comfortable stay while you explore! Here are the top 6 exotic offbeat hill stations near Mumbai

1. Jawhar

Situated in the Konkan area, Jawhar is an amalgamation of the breathtaking landscapes of the Western Ghats and its rich cultural heritage. It is a tribal hotspot where tourists visit to admire the historical Warli paintings, besides picturesque scenes. When visiting Jawhar, do not miss the neoclassical-style Jai Vilas Palace. This massive pink stone structure had been the centre of power for many decades. If you like hiking to majestic waterfalls and viewpoints, Jawhar will provide you with various options. Besides Jai Vilas Palace, you must visit Dahbosa, Sunset Point, and Kalmandvi waterfall at Jawhar.

2. Tamhini Ghat

If driving alongside the clouds on winding roads seems exciting, Tamhini Ghat is where you must be this monsoon. The road from Mulshi to Tamhini is surely a delight to drive. You can access the road from Mumbai through Lonavala and Khandala Ghat on the Mumbai – Pune highway. The Ghat road passes through scenic valleys, gushing streams, dense woods, green carpet-like hills, countless waterfalls, and dam reservoirs. While at Tamhini Ghat, you must visit the Mulshi dam and cherish birdwatching, nature walks, and camping. 

3. Bhandardara

Bhandardara is a nature lover’s paradise since it has waterfalls, dams, mountains, lakes, and abundant greenery that looks all the more beautiful during the monsoon. The scenic beauty of this place near Igatpuri resembles Khandala’s natural landscape. Moreover, the family resorts in Bhandardara are very hospitable and comfortable. Book OYO 41967 Hotel Amrut Villa for a hassle-free stay. 

You can reach Bhandardara by road through Thane, Kalyan, and Igatpuri. Ensure to visit Ratangad Fort, Arthur Lake, Kalsubai Peak, Wilson Dam, Umbrella Falls, and Randha Falls on your visit to Bhandardara.

4. Morachi Chincholi

Morachi Chincholi is home to vibrant flora and fauna. Although not many people know about this place, this picturesque eco-village hosts many beautiful peacocks, robins, babblers, parakeets, and woodpeckers. Do not miss tractor and bullock cart rides, hurda parties, puppet shows, magic shows, etc., when you are at Morachi Chincholi. The best way to explore this place at your own pace is to stay for a weekend and book a family resort in Morachi Chincholi. Book OYO Flagship 60752 V&S Hotel for spacious, clean rooms and quality food.

5. Sandhan Valley

Did you know there is a ‘Grand Canyon’ in Maharashtra? Not many know this, but Sandhan Valley or the Valley of Shadows offers you a peaceful getaway among tall canyon-style mountains and green valleys. Situated about 200 km away from Mumbai, you can enjoy the combined excitement of rappelling, rock climbing, river crossing, and hiking here. Do not miss trekking through narrow paths with massive cliffs on either side, and immerse yourself in the rustic charm of this exotic destination. Sandhan Valley will give you the kind of thrill you need to rejuvenate your senses.

6. Purushwadi

Purushwadi figures prominently in the list of offbeat weekend destinations near Mumbai. The place is famous for the one-of-a-kind ‘Fireflies Festival’ held in the rainy season, where millions of twinkling fireflies gather and mate, producing surreal views. Ensure to experience the leisurely hikes and no-frills village life besides indulging in many fun activities. Purushwadi offers several resorts for family holidays, including OYO SPOT ON 66385 Hotel Malshej Executive for a safe stay in the lap of the Western Ghats.


All six exotic offbeat monsoon destinations can be reached from Mumbai, Panvel, and Khandala within two to three hours. So, what are you waiting for? Pack your bags and get ready to create everlasting memories this monsoon.


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