From the scenic setting of rolling hills, to the sun-kissed shores of the Arabian Sea, you have options aplenty to get away from your work-weary life. Take a break and unwind at these five places that are only a few hours away from Mumbai.
Aurangabad is a large tourism hub approximately 330 km from Mumbai. It is home to the ancient cave sites of Ajanta and Ellora, which are shining examples of ancient Indian architecture, art and painting. The impregnable Daulatabad Fort is also located near the city.
Aurangabad also houses the tomb for the last great Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, and his wife’s grave, Bibi Ka Maqbara, which is an imitation of the Taj Mahal.
Distance (from Mumbai): 327 km
How to Travel: Taxis, buses and trains ply regularly from Mumbai to Aurangabad.
Silvassa is a small town that is only a two-and-a-half hour drive from Mumbai. Known for its lush environment, wildlife sanctuaries and serene beaches, it is a perfect destination for a relaxing weekend.
Home to the ancient Warli tribe, Silvassa has a Tribal Cultural Museum highlighting Warli culture. Silvassa is also famous for its lion safari at Vasona Park, and the Satmaliya Deer Park, making it the ideal destination for a wildlife enthusiast as well.
Distance: 165 km
How to Travel:There are no direct trains to Silvassa from Mumbai. You can take a bus or train to Vapi from Dadar, and thena taxi from Vapi to Silvassa.
Shirdi is a temple town, which was home to 19th century holy saint Sai Baba. Located four hours away from Mumbai by road it is a perfect destination for a holy weekend trip.
The Shani Shingnapur Temple is famed for warding off bad luck. The Timbakeshwar Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva, is another holy site which is over 400 years old.
Numerous other temples near the town make it a suitable weekend destination for a deeply spiritual, and rewarding experience.
Distance: 236 km
How to Travel: Buses ply every day from Mumbai. You can also take a train from Dadar, or avail a taxi.
Pune is the second largest city in Maharashtra after Mumbai but unlike Mumbai, it is worlds apart in terms of environment and culture.
Pune has something to offer every traveler – budding rock music and lively party scenes for the modern hippie, monuments such as the Aga Khan Palace and Shaniwarwada Palace for the history buffs, and the Osho Ashram for the spiritually inclined.
How to Travel: Plenty of options from Mumbai. Trains, buses, taxis, and ride sharing cars are available every day. You can even fly to Pune as it has an airport.
Goa is the perfect antithesis to the busy life of Mumbai with golden sand beaches, shacks serving delectable food and drinks, and bars and nightclubs aplenty.
The chill party vibe of Goa makes it a popular tourist destination the world over. It is perfect for visitors seeking to let their hair down, and even those looking for a peaceful, tranquil weekend.
These getaways can be made more enjoyable with a comfortable stays. Pack your bags and head out, and make a weekend to remember.
Distance: 609 km