Top 4 Monsoon No trek Getaways nearest to Mumbai!

Staying in Mumbai where Monsoons are a dream come true!! But on the other hand its totally havoc to travel Through those flooded roads everyday from home to office and vice versa. Hence, to the rescue are the monsoon weekends. Being a Mumbaikar we are blessed with countless absorbing spots which are not less then heaven when it’s pouring.

As we can see during monsoons, there are numerous tour companies offering trekking or hiking tours, which is a great benefit to hiking enthusiasts. but since we both are not trekking person and so are several people like us, we had listed some beautiful nature centric must visit spots where you can get mesmerized with spellbound views of landscapes in fog, even if you are not on top of the mountains like trekkers!

Bhandardara

The most hyped spot for lush greenery, mesmerizing waterfall and enthralled range of mountains. Bhandardara is a village near to Igatpuri, where the magnificent Wilson dam is the prime attraction for the tourists. It is the perfect holiday spot for Mumbaikars!

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How to reach?

  • Bhandardara is 117km away from Mumbai.
  • The nearest railway station is Igatpuri which is 45 km from Bhandardara. Igatpuri is situated on Mumbai-Nashik rail route. From Igatpuri, you can take state transport bus (commonly known as ST bus) service or private taxi to reach Bhandardara.

Things to do;

  • Wilson Dam which is built on the pravara river has the splendid view during monsoons, below to which is umbrella waterfall, the apt visit during your tour to bhandardara.
  • Since it is situated in hills, Bhandardara is surrounded by serene nature and many attractions such as lakes, waterfalls, dams, temples, forts etc.
  • Kalsubai, the highest peak in Maharashtra is nearest place for trekking.
  • Also you can go camping near the bhandardara lake where you can see fire flies,  if you are awaiting an adventourous night trip to the village
  • The nearest resort is MTDC, Anandvan Resort and Yash Resort.

 

Malshej Ghat

The ideal weekend getaway to get rid of the hustle and bustle of city life. A place nestled in western ghats in India surrounded by numerous waterfalls, landscapes, dams, wildlife etc is a royal retreat during monsoons in Mumbai. It is popular among tourists due to its flora and fauna and we Mumbaikars are hardcore nature lovers, hence it is the perfect place to unwind!

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How to reach?

  • Malshej Ghat is located 700km above the sea level in pune district.
  • The distance from Mumbai to Malshej Ghat is 126 km by road
  • The nearest railway station is kalyan, which is 85km away from Malshej ghat.
  • From Kalyan, one can travel to Malshej Ghat by Maharashtra State Board Transport Corporation (MSRTC) buses or by private cabs.

Things to do;

  • If you are on a sightseeing spree, pimpalgaon dam is your place. The picturesque river scene with bird watching is a delight on pimpalgaon dam. you can see beautiful sight of Flamingos and animals like tigers, leopards, rabbits and peacocks which really attracts many tourists here.
  • Harishchandragad fort which is about 90kms from malshej is popular among trekkers and hikers, also Ajoba hill fort is one of the tourist attraction.
  • Malshej Ghat is embellished with waterfalls. During monsoons it turns up into an heavenly sight, the extreme downpour tends to tumble down the rocks, that blocks the roads.
  • Drizzle, fog, haze, and the falling waterfalls is an eye catching sight one can always remember for a lifetime.
  • Nearest resort is MTDC

 

Igatpuri

Along with being the most visited hill station of Maharashtra it is a beautiful town too. It is located at the western ghats mountains that lies in Nashik District. Igatpuri is an year round destination with tropical climate. It is popular amongst tourist due to its fascinating scenic beauty and soothing climate. It is perfect weekend spot for getaway.

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How to reach?

  • The picturesque beauty is located about 130kms away from Mumbai, on Mumbai- Agra national highway.
  • Igatpuri, it self has a major railway station so traveling by train is the most convenient option.
  • One can board the trains from Thane, Kalyan or Panvel.
  • Prefer private vehicles if you are amongst those who love road trips.

Things to do;

  • Bhatsa River Valley is located at the entrance of Igatpuri. The place is rich in picturesque vegetation and beautiful rock formation.
  • Few kilometres away from Bhatsa valley is Camel valley. Waterfall is the main attraction of this destination.
  • Vipassana centre, the famous meditation centre is a must visit. The centre offers the meditation courses following the Budda teachings.
  • Ghatandevi temple is little ahead from camel valley. It is said this deity is known as the ‘protector of the ghats’.
  • You can go for a stay at Manas Resort in Igatpuri

 

Koraigad Fort

lonavala is famous for it’s tiger point and Bushi dam, but many of them are unaware of Koraigad Fort which is located about 20 kms away from Lonavala. This is one of the easiest hike with flight of about 500 steps to the top of the fort is. If you want to try some mediocre adventure then this place is for you. Koraigad is close enough to be easily accessible for one-day getaway and far enough to avoid the touristy hustle-bustle at the popular spots. The fort also houses a couple of refreshing and usually clean ponds which are a treat to the eyes.

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How to reach?

  • Koraigad is about 105 kms away from Mumbai and 25 kms from Lonavala.
  • You can travel by train from Thane till Lonavala and then take a cab till the down spot of the fort. Also there are ST buses from ambey valley till the fort.
  • Private vehicle is more preferable, as getting vehicles while returning from fort till lonavala is cumbersome.

Things to do;

  • Once you reach the top of the fort, you will get to see the breathtaking view of Amby valley
  • There are two lakes in the middle of the fort adjacent to each other. Also, there is a small dam.
  • A recently renovated temple of Goddess Korai Devi, the fort is named after this temple.
  • Nearby Koraigad fort you will find tourists spots such as lonavala lake, Amby valley, wax museum, Bushi dam, Sakur plateau, Tunga fort, Bhaja caves, etc..
  • A one day trip and good place to chill out with your acquaintances.

 

Head out this weekend to the nearest monsoon spots, which are not more than 200 Km from Mumbai. Get yourself drenched in those rejuvenating spots which the monsoons has offered us.

Leave a comment, if you liked the article…stay tuned for more such travel ideas..Happy journey..love ya!

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