Hill stations to visit near Mumbai - Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar

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Sunil K Singh

9/4/20232 min read

For those residing in Mumbai or its suburbs, longing for the majestic mountains, fresh air, scenic valleys, charming houses, and exquisite properties, this blog is a must-read to explore some of the most sought-after destinations.

For those residing in Mumbai or its suburbs, longing for the majestic mountains, fresh air, scenic valleys, charming houses, and exquisite properties, this blog is a must-read to explore some of the most sought-after destinations. Spare yourself the trouble of contemplating where to go, as I have personally visited most of them, especially during the Monsoon season not only brings happiness but also offers a much-needed respite from the scorching summer heat and infuses a new life into everything. Imagine the delicate mist shrouding the roads, sporadic spells of rain, hot tea, and snacks at the tourist spots, top it up with all the gossip in the company of your friends and family, sometimes alone. Despite the inconvenience of carrying umbrellas and raincoats, the monsoon season offers a fresh lease on life every year. In this blog, I will cover Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar. Monsoons

Panchgani and Mahabaleshwar

Panchgani, a charming hill station located 250 km away from Mumbai, is a journey that takes anywhere between 6-8 hours. Reaching there is not difficult at all with all the different modes of transport available. The journey can be made by road, taking approximately 5-6 hours, or by train, which takes about 5 hours and 30 minutes. Panchgani comes before Mahabaleshwar, and at a lesser altitude offers breathtaking views of hill-tops and the Krishna River flowing through the valleys.

You can visit Table Land, Asia's second-longest mountain plateau, for the stunning sunset views it offers. In the monsoons, there are phases of heavy rains, and probably best to avoid visiting during those specific phases. I have been there in winter (December and January) and monsoon season, and I personally prefer the latter. The weather is chilly not extremely cold, and you can also explore Mahabaleshwar. It has lots to offer with many tourist spots, a highly revered Shiva temple (built in the 16th century), a local market, and Venna Lake. You can find all types of accommodations here ranging from budget to luxury such as Le-Meridian. If you are looking for some advice, I would suggest going all the way to Mahabaleshwar first, staying there for 2 days and a day at Panchgani while coming back.

Mahabaleshwar boasts of numerous prominent sightseeing places, all conveniently connected to one another. A mere 300 meters away lies the magnificent Krishnabai Temple, while the stunning Dhobi Falls can be reached in around 7 kilometers. For those seeking panoramic views, Elephant's Head Point is a mere 5 kilometers away. The picturesque Venna Lake is also easily accessible, at just 5 kilometers away. And for those looking for a taste of delectable treats, Mapro Garden is around 12.5 kilometers away. Finally, for history buffs, the majestic Pratapgarh Fort can be visited at around 26 kilometers.

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