119 Kms from Velhe
Best time to visit - January,February,October,November,December
Perhaps the largest metropolis in the country, Mumbai is a multi-faceted city with something to offer everyone. From the imposing architecture of Gateway of India to the crystal clear waters of the Marine Drive, from the modern architecture marvel of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link to the Elephanta Caves, the city brings the old and new together. It is also home to the very popular Hindi film industry and most Bollywood celebrities have residences here. The most famous spot here is probably the Chowpatty Beach, which remains packed throughout the year, especially during Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival which sees thousands of Mumbaikars get together to immerse an idol in the waters. The Siddhivinayak Temple of Mumbai is a famous place that is frequented by believers in large numbers on a daily basis. Lying along the salty waters of the Arabian Sea is the Juhu Beach, which is another popular beach in the city. The Essel World Amusement Park here is an ideal picnic spot to cool off in the hot summers of Mumbai. The city, being a metro, offers all kind of food from different parts of the world. The local pao bhaji and vada pao can be sampled at any local eatery. Popular restaurants here are LSD, Indigo, Cafe Churchill and Cafe Leopold.
88 Kms from Velhe
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,December
In recent years Matheran has gained such popularity that it's unmissable. A must on any traveller's list, it offers one a peaceful, quiet and laidback holiday. Situated close to Mumbai, this plateau is home to dense forests, waterfalls and the lovely Ulhas River. Matheran is a non-motorable zone and you'll be thankful for the quiet it offers even though it's so crowded. One would also spot a number of tourists from Mumbai, especially if you are here during the weekend. Matheran has a number of touristy spots including various view points. Though the best way to explore and experience this serene destination is on your own. Any direction you head in, you will be accompanied by dense forests, melodious sounds of nature and striking sights of surrounding hills. Some of the more popular viewing spots in Matheran are Panorama Point, Monkey Point and Echo Point. They are a must-visit and you should definitely include them in your itinerary. There are tons of great hotels in Matheran that attempt to offer visitors an exceptional experience with unique activities and experiences.
58 Kms from Velhe
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,June,July,August,September,October,November,December
Surrounded by lush green valleys and numerous caves, Lonavala is a hill station set in the Sahyadri ranges. Its various treks, such as the Lonavala-Bhimashankar trek and the climb to Lohagad Fort and Duke’s Nose make it a favourite spots for trekkers and hikers. Lonavala gleams beautifully green during the monsoon months, with waterfalls oozing out of everywhere. Besides the hikes, there are the the Karla and Bhaja caves, Tiger’s Leap, Lonavala Lake and Bhushi Dam to visit. Apart from its boundless scenic beauty, Lonavala now boasts of a private adventure park as well. With endless shops in a row selling chikkis of all flavours, Lonavala is a paradise for all chikki lovers. The trademark chocolate walnut fudge is another scrumptious sweet treat. By virtue of connecting the prominent cities of Mumbai and Pune by both road and rail, Lonavala serves as a quick escape resort town having accommodation of all kinds and for all budgets.
127 Kms from Velhe
Best time to visit - February,March,November,December
The city of Thane is a great getaway from Mumbai. Its beautiful lakes, lovely locales, boat rides and old forts makes it a popular weekend spot for tourists. The most popular lake here is the Upwan Talao, which is also famous for hosting the Sanskruti Arts Festival. This sparkling lake also houses a Ganesha temple near its confines. Enjoy the thrill of water rides at the Suraj Water Park, which also doubles up as a picnic spot here. The Masunda Lake is another famous lake, which offers boating and water scooter facilities as well. Don't forget to try out the delicious local snacks that are sold here! Thane offers a chance to discover the unique flavours of Maharashtrian cuisine. Lodging here is not a problem with numerous hotels and guest houses available as per the tourist's requirement. If nature is something that you wish to explore, Thane is the place to be!
191 Kms from Velhe
Best time to visit - January,February,March,July,August,September,October,November,December
Famous for its many temples and ghats, Nashik is one of the holiest cities in India. And for those looking for something more, there are the Sula Vineyards to explore. The eventful history of Nasik is evident in its various forts, including Harihar Fort and Ramshej Fort, that are sprinkled all over the city. The Sita Gufa or the Cave of Sita is believed to be the spot from where Goddess Sita was abducted by Ravana, while Panchvati is believed to be the asylum of Lord Rama during his exile. The Timbakeshwar Temple of Nasik is as much an architectural masterpiece as it is a religious centre. Carved intricately, this much-celebrated temple is perched on top of the Brahmagiri hills. Indulge your senses at the Sula Vineyards, which offer an insightful and entertaining tour that offers information on wine manufacturing and a chance for wine tasting. Nasik offers an impressive assortment of Maharashtrian food that is lightly influenced by the neighbouring states of Gujarat and Rajasthan. Popular restaurants include Barbeque Ville Veg Aroma and Aster The Coffee Shop. For accommodation, Nashik has options in all segments – budget, mid-range and luxury hotels.
249 Kms from Velhe
Best time to visit - January,February,March,April,May,October,November,December
If you love mangoes, you will love Malvan! Now before you get confused, Malvan, in Maharashtra is home to India's favourite food, the Alphonso variety of mangoes. It also has stunning beaches, a variety of water sports and places of historical importance. The stunning Tarkarli Beach is one of the most popular and the most visited, though surprisingly the rush of people will not bother you and you will end up having a great time anyway. To make things better, scuba diving is offered here and it is one of the better places in India to try this much loved activity. There is also a fantastic resort in Tarkarli and a small wildlife sanctuary close by. If adventure sports is on your mind, head to Tsunami Island. All kinds of water sports, from banana boat rides to parasailing take place here. Do also head to the gorgeous Malvan Marine Sanctuary. It is an unforgettable experience and you may get a glimpse of some sea creatures, such as anemones, mollusks, oysters, corals and seaweed. Tarkarli is home to a number of resorts and if you are coming from Pune, driving down would be the best option. Not only is it the quickest way to reach, it's also the most gorgeous. The resorts here range from luxurious to budget, so pick one that suits you.
259 Kms from Velhe
Best time to visit - N/A
The destination of the World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves where you find a new meaning of beauty, Aurangabad was named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city is located at the banks of the Kham River and known as one of the most historically significant cities of Maharshtra. You will also find the best museums out here which include the three most important ones. These are the Sunehri Mahal Museum, University Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum. apart from recieving all other modern facilities and amenities during your trip, you can laze away the afternoons in the beauty of the Bani Begum Gardens too.
294 Kms from Velhe
Best time to visit - January,February,March,October,November,December
Mandrem is one of the best-kept secrets of north Goa. This beach is as laid back and languid as one could possibly hope for. A balmy tropical breeze, sea waves running hastily to the shore and unexpected simplicity, makes this beach stand out from the others. Yoga and meditation are the most favoured activities on this beach. Meditating in the lap of nature with the distant whispering of the palm trees makes this place a haven for the exhausted mind and soul. Nestled among luxurious palms sits a cluster of shacks with a view of the serene Mandrem beach licked by the warm waters of Arabian sea. You should head here for the beach-bound bliss and be warned, you might find it hard to tear yourself away.