Day Trips in Mumbai

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India's British rulers had a penchant for "hill-stations" - places to get away from the muggy summers and crowds. There are three of these just outside Mumbai, nestled amongst the Western Ghats (hills).

Matheran (the forest at the top) is an idyllic town that time forgot. Cars are not allowed here - the only way to get there is on a narrow-gauge train that meanders its way up the hills at a leisurely pace. Alternately one can drive to a nearby point and ride a carriage or hike the rest of the way. This is a perfect getaway from the hustle-and-bustle of Mumbai and offers stunning views of the city below and the nearby hills. Best time to visit is during the monsoons when the hills are verdant and waterfalls abound. Except the temperature to be about 10 degrees lower that in the city.

Khandala: Situated enroute to Pune, Khandala is perched high on the cliffs of the Western Ghats. This tiny town benefits from the cool coastal breezes that roll in from the Arabian Sea, bypassing the pollution and heat of the city below. Activities include hiking, nature walks and just plain relaxing.

Lonavala: Located adjacent to Khandala, Lonavala marks the beginning of the Deccan plateau. It also enjoys a relatively cooler climate, while offering the benefits of a small town. Places to see include nearby Bushee dam, and Karla caves.

The Maharashtra coast is lined with numerous unspoilt scenic beaches. Just north of Mumbai begins almost a continuous stretch of beaches that are off the beaten track. A good sampling can be found at Dahanu - a small coastal town about 100km north of Mumbai, famous for its fruit orchards. The local speciality is "chickoo" - don't forget to try some.

The following are multi-day trips but definitely worth the time.

Many travellers leave Mumbai to pay a visit to the Ellora and Ajanta Caves. They are often named together, but they are two groups of caves, the Ajanta caves being even older than the ones at Ellora. However, both groups display old rock carvings and frescoes. Both the Ajanta and Ellora Caves are declared World Heritage Sites.

Ajanta is 100 kms from Aurangabad and the caves were discovered in 1819 by a group of British Officers. They were built between the 2nd century and the 7th Century. Until the 19th century, these caves were hidden from the public. The carvings and frescoes represent Buddhists thoughts and features several Chaityas and Viharas. ITDC, MTDC and MSRTC operates conducted tours on this route.

Ellora Caves are just 30 Kms from the main city Aurangabad. The complex consists of a total of 34 caves. Twelve of these caves are Mahayana Buddhist caves, there are 17 Hindu caves, 5 Jain caves and over 22 caves dedicated to Lord Shiva and that were not discovered until recently. The Buddhists believes that the Buddha returns after every 5000 Years, so cave No. 12 has got seven images of Buddha showing seven incarnations.

 

 

 

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January 23, 2007 change by magiceye

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Bhandardara

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View from MTDC cottage
View from MTDC cottage
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Bhandardara – the perfect weekend getaway for the stressed out Mumbaikar! Situated at a distance of about 180kms, it can be reached in about three to four hours from Mumbai.

Get on to the Mumbai Nashik highway (NH3) and just beyond Igatpuri, you will see an exit to the right for Bhandardara via Ghoti village.

The roads overall are excellent except for the roads in the Ghoti village which are narrow and crowded. The signage all along to Bhandardara and back is good to ensure you do not lose time asking for directions.  

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Ganeshpuri and Vajreshwari

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Vajreshwari temple
Vajreshwari temple
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The natural hot springs of Ganeshpuri that attract visitors all through the year are a mere 70kms from Bandra, Mumbai. A couple of kms from Ganeshpuri you have the famed Vajreshwari Devi temple.  

Legend has it that Sage Vashist did a yagna to propitiate Lord Ganesh here, hence the name ‘Ganeshpuri’. However, it was Bhagwan Nityananda who transformed what was dense forestland inhabited by a few adivasis into a spiritual centre for all those seeking enlightenment.

The Gurudev Sidha Peeth established by Bhagwan's disciple Baba Muktananda is the primary reason more..

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Ellora & Ajanta Caves

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The caves are about 400 kms from Mumbai
About 107 kms. from the city of Aurangabad,

It was only in the 19th century, that the Ajanta group of caves, lying deep within the Sahyadri hills, cut into the curved mountain side, above the Waghora river, were discovered. They depict the story of Buddhism, spanning a period from 200 BC to 650 AD.

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Malshej

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MTDC holiday resort at Malshej
MTDC holiday resort at Malshej
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If you love the mountains and wish to spend some time communing with nature, without having to spend too much of time or money, Malshej is the perfect weekend getaway from corporate Mumbai! On the State Highway 222, at a distance of 140kms from Bandra, Mumbai, Malshej is the sole resort to assist you unwind in any season – summer, winter or monsoon. As a matter of fact, in the monsoons the bird (winged variety) watchers flock to sight the flamingoes which home in there too and the resort was named Flamingo resort when a private entrepreneur had leased it. Now MTDC has it back more..

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